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Across the nation, new COVID-19 cases are dropping to hopeful levels, and while they still remain on the higher side, things are starting to look much better.
One of the many reasons that new daily cases have started to plummet is because of wide-spread mask mandates in many states across the country. Now, one of the country's biggest states, in terms of population, has decided to lift its mask mandate as it believes it's "no longer needed". According to Texas Governor Greg Abbot, the mask mandate will end on March 10.
Abbot said, "Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility. It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed". The removal of the mask mandate will mark Texas as the largest state to a mask mandate. Additionally, the ending of the mask mandate will remove limits on the number of people who can dine in a restaurant or customers allowed indoors. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
The nations leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has given what could be the happiest COVID-19 update for Americans.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Dr. Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the White House, has given somewhat somber updates about the current COVID-19 situation. Now, in a recent interview with Yahoo News, Dr. Fauci has changed his tune, which may spark some hope in many Americans who desperately need it right now.
During the interview, Dr. Fauci was asked if the pandemic in the US is behind us, and his response was actually quite optimistic. Dr. Fauci said, in the terms of the worst being over, "it might be" but, "I'm not absolutely, 100% certain. There's a really good chance that we will do fine, at least in the immediate future." Additionally, Dr. Fauci says now is the time to "outrun the variants by getting people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can."
St. Louis County police have announced that two parents were found dead in their bed last Thursday morning due to COVID-19 complications.
The police say that both parents were aged in their 40s, and the mother tested positive but was sent home to quarantine with her husband, who was also COVID-19 positive. Both parents were quarantining in their basement, and according to neighbors, the couple's 11-year-old daughter, who is their only child, was the one to make the tragic discovery.
According to Chuck Duy, "To lose both parents at one time you know for an 11-year-old, it's really tragic. Last year at Christmas time they came down to our door and gave us cookies. They were just the nicest people. We are praying for the girl and their family". If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out this link here. To track the coronavirus for yourself, visit this tracker here.
A pregnant woman who was suspected of a COVID-19 infection was rushed to the hospital after she reported experiencing severe abdominal pain.
Doctors monitored the unborn infant's heart rate and noticed that it was abnormally low. Upon discovering the abnormally low heart rate, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section and delivered the baby. The mother and the child were then throat swabbed, and both were confirmed to have a COVID-19 infection. The throat swabs were then used to confirm the possibility that the baby contracted COVID-19 while still in the womb.
This confirmation was backed up by the fact that the infant was isolated from the mother right after the cesarean and didn't come into any other family members, which could have also had COVID-19. Later tests showed that the baby contained not only the original COVID-19 strain from the mother but also a mutated strain of the virus. Luckily, the mother made a swift recovery and was discharged four days after giving birth. The baby didn't develop any severe COVID-19 symptoms and eventually developed antibodies on its own that neutralized the virus.
Experts are saying that some data has been misinterpreted after a vaccine safety program data shows that more than 900 people have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
The data comes from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As of this past Sunday, the VARES system shows that 977 people have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from both Moderna and Pfizer.
Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology and global public health at the University of Michigan, has said that there is no reason for anyone to be concerned, "If you start looking at where the deaths are occurring post-vaccination, you find that they're mainly in nursing homes." Of the people that died in the state, half were seniors, and more than 33% of them were more than 80 years old. It should be noted, on the VARES website, it's stated that "vaccine deaths" may not be directly caused by the vaccine.
The United States is making progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but is there something that can backtrack all the progress?
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has expressed concern about a "shift in trajectory", as daily cases have been increasing over the past seven days. "Seventy thousand cases a day seems good compared to where we were just a few months ago", said Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Additionally, the head of the CDC said that she is also concerned about the newly emerged strains of COVID-19 that are popping up around the country. According to the data recorded by the CDC, there have been 2,463 cases of coronavirus variants, and of those 2,400 are the B.1.1.7 strain from the UK, and 53 are the B.1.351 strain from South Africa. The last ten are the P.1 strain identified in Brazil.
The chief medical advisor to the White House and the nation's leading infectious disease expert has been accused of profiteering off the US coronavirus vaccine rollout.
The accusation comes from an environmental lawyer and vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and according to Kennedy, Dr. Anthony Fauci has a financial stake in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which would garner him profits as the vaccine is sold. Kennedy dropped the accusations in an interview with NewsGuard, and said that Fauci "owns half the patent for the Moderna vaccine and will get royalties on it."
In response to these accusations, Dr. Fauci told Newsweek, "That's completely and totally incorrect. I don't have any idea why he said that but I can tell you that it's absolutely, unequivocally and completely incorrect." According to NewsGuard fact-checkers, Kennedy made several exaggerated claims about the development of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine and that there is no evidence that Dr. Fauci owns any financial stake in the Moderna vaccine.
There are lots of strange and mysterious animals in the ocean, and researchers are constantly discovering more about our aquatic life every day.
A fisherman that was working off the coast of Indonesia recently made one of these discoveries, and could be one of the strangest ones yet. The fisherman named Abdullah Nuren was fishing near Rote Ndao and discovered a dead juvenile shark, but to his surprise, the baby shark appeared to have "a human face".
As you can probably imagine, the fisherman had no idea why the baby shark looked the way it did, but since photos have been posted online, many people have given their two cents as to why it looks the way it does. One Twitter user proposes that the baby shark looks like this because of a mutation called Cyclopia, which "happens when the genes responsible for diving your eyes/face so you're symmetrical get mutated."
COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out around the country, but some people aren't recommended to get one, according to Dr. Fauci.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the chief medical advisor to the White House and the nation's leading infectious disease expert. During an interview with CBSN, Dr. Fauci said that if you are prone to allergic reactions, particularly anaphylactic reactions, to not get any of the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, the infectious disease expert said that people who get anaphylactic reactions can still get a vaccine, but make sure the location it's administered has the capabilities of responding to the allergic reaction.
Dr. Fauci pointed to the scientific literature, stating, "if you look at the allergic reactions just recently reported in the scientific literature, there's about between four and five per million vaccinations with the Pfizer and between two and three per million vaccinations with the Moderna."
A new recall has been published on the Food and Drug Administration website, and this time the recall is for a certain brand of cheese.
The recall has been posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bulletin board, and is for multiple kinds of cheese from the company El Abuelito Cheese. The reason for the recall is that the cheese may be potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and elderly people that have weakened immune systems.
All Quesco Fresco products that have the sell-by dates through to 03/28/21, and all Quesillo (Oaxaca, string cheese) products with sell-by dates through 04/16/21 have been recalled. Additional recalls have been made for Requeson (Ricotta) products with sell-by dates through 03/14/21. In the entirety of this article, you will find the states where the recalled products were sold in. It's recommended that if you own any of these products, not to consume them and return them to the place of purchase.