Fauci Thanks US Health Workers for Sacrifices but Admits PPE Shortages Drove Up Death Toll

Fauci Thanks US Health Workers for Sacrifices but Admits PPE Shortages Drove Up Death Toll

Exclusive: The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says health workers ‘have lived up to the oath they take’ but says shortages of protective gear have contributed to excess deaths. …

Three Families Reflect on the Health Workers They Lost to COVID-19

‘My Children Were Priceless Jewels’: Three Families Reflect on the Health Workers They Lost

The daughter of an internist in the Bronx, the father of a nurse practitioner in Southern California and the son of a nurse in McAllen, Texas, share how grief over their loved ones’ deaths from COVID-19 has affected them. …

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta Changes the Covid-19 Conversation

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Health Care as Infrastructure

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal includes items not traditionally considered “infrastructure,” including a $400 billion expansion of home and community-based services for seniors and people with disabilities, and a $50 billion effort to replace water pipes lined with lead. Meanwhile, the politics of covid-19 are turning to how or whether Americans…

California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors

Like many states, California is seeing huge regional variations in covid vaccination rates for people 65 and older. Remote rural counties are in some cases struggling to give away doses to vulnerable seniors, while metropolitan areas often have more demand than supply. …

Massive Google-Funded COVID Database Will Track Variants and Immunity

Open repository will give free access to more than 160 million data points with details about individual infections

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How Will the Coronavirus Evolve?

How Will the Coronavirus Evolve?

With declining rates of new infections and the rollout of vaccines, some are beginning to speak of an end to COVID-19. But that rhetoric, in my opinion, is ill-considered and premature. Based on what we know now of SARS-CoV-2, it may no longer be a question of months before an end to the pandemic but a question of years, if not decades. We should plan for it.

COVID Vaccines Are Safe and Effective–What the Research Says

As more coronavirus vaccines are rolled out, researchers are learning about the extent and nature of side effects. | Charlotte’s Truth-Parade Reports Scientific American Magazine Article

Coronavirus News Roundup, February 6 – February 12

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Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 | Masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets (“source control”), which is especially relevant for asymptomatic or presymptomatic infected wearers who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others, and who are estimated to account for more than 50% of transmissions.1,2 Masks also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer (“filtration for personal protection”). The community benefit of masking for SARS-CoV-2 control is due to the combination of these effects; individual prevention benefit increases with increasing numbers of people using masks consistently and correctly.