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(You must be 21 years old and be prepared for some very, very strong expletives — which is to say some really bad cussing if you watch the 5 min. video at the conclusion of the mailout).
FROM WEBB MD
1. Opinion: Covid-19 Cases Will Likely Rise Again in the Fall. Here’s How to Keep Schools Open (New York Times) Let’s make one thing clear: Covid-19 cases in the United States will likely rise in the fall and early winter. Coronaviruses are seasonal; this virus is no different. As a result, the United States may be tempted to close schools in response, as recently happened in Britain and Singapore. That would be a mistake. Here’s what we can do to ensure it doesn’t happen.
FROM HOPKINS: (J. Harris: A very good and readable summary of pediatric Covid.)
COVID-19 AMONG CHILDREN Public health experts, state officials, and healthcare providers are warning about a surge in COVID-19-related hospitalizations among children and cautioning that the Delta variant could be more dangerous for younger individuals. As of August 10, US hospitals admitted an average of 246 children with COVID-19 every day over the previous week, representing a 27.3% increase over the week ending August 3, according to CDC data. While children ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, rates of vaccination in that age group remain below the national average, around 31% fully vaccinated.
States experiencing the largest increases in overall COVID-19 cases, such as Louisiana and Florida, also are seeing the greatest increases in hospitalizations among children. Dr. Mark Kline of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans said children with COVID-19 account for about 20% of the facility’s hospitalized patients, with most of them under age 10 and too young to be vaccinated. In Texas, more children are being treated in hospitals for COVID-19 than ever before, and many also are infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). One physician, warning of dwindling hospital capacity, said the 2 viruses are “spreading like wildfire” among younger children, particularly those under age 2. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 94,000 cases among children were recorded in the week ending August 5, continuing a “substantial increase” in the number of new cases since the beginning of July.
Although children continue to account for a small percentage of total COVID-19 hospitalizations—between 1.5% and 3.5%—the disease impacts kids of different ages differently, and even those who have asymptomatic or mild infections could experience so-called “long COVID,” or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). Experts are still learning about the condition, which is characterized by a variety of symptoms including memory or concentration difficulties (ie, “brain fog”), trouble sleeping, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, or changes to smell or taste. The impacts of these long-lasting symptoms could be “huge,” according to some pediatric experts, with the symptoms disrupting school and extracurricular activities especially among those in their formative teen years. Concern over the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among younger populations, and the potential for long-term impacts, is amplified by anecdotal evidence the Delta variant might cause more severe disease among children and that many are returning to in-person learning. These factors, and the fact that about 50 million children remain ineligible for vaccination, places even more importance on utilizing other risk reduction methods, including vaccination among those who are eligible, mask wearing, and physical distancing.
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THIS SHORT UTUBE HAS SEVERAl PROFANE WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS, BUT I LIKED THE ULTIMATE MESSAGE AND FORCED MYSELF TO WATCH ALL 5 MIN. OF IT (X3). NORWEIGAN HOUSEKEEPERS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO WATCH IT. I APOLOGIZE TO EVERYONE IN ADVANCE. YOU SHOULD NOT WATCH THIS UTUBE UNLESS YOU ARE AN INSENSITIVE OLD BUZZARD WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR BUT WHO IS TIRED OF UNVACCINATED AMERICANS
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