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US Coronavirus: Covid-19 risk for some unvaccinated people is higher than it’s ever been, expert says

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“If you’re not vaccinated, the risk is incredibly high – and maybe higher than ever in some areas,” said Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

“Because there are no mask requirements, people are enjoying this wonderful return of summer and being a little more carefree and careless and making it possible for you to be exposed,” Spencer told CNN on Friday.

In the meantime, vaccinated people should “continue to be smart” but are very unlikely to get sick, hospitalized, or die of Covid-19, Spencer said.

How the pandemic affects vaccinated and unvaccinated people differently is being demonstrated in hospitals across the country as local health authorities report an overwhelming majority of hospital admissions for Covid-19 among those who are not yet fully vaccinated.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 48.4% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. But the pace of vaccinations, averaging seven days, has decreased by 13% compared to the previous week.

Among states that fully vaccinated fewer than half of their residents, the average Covid-19 case rate last week was 11 new cases per 100,000 residents, compared with 4 per 100,000 in states that fully vaccinated more than half of their residents according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Canada and the United States were on par with the percentage of people fully vaccinated by early Saturday afternoon, according to country governments. To date, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, 18,286,671 Canadians, or 48.65%, have been fully vaccinated, compared with 160,686,378 or 48.4% of Americans according to CDC data.

Vaccination efforts are aimed at young people

As the Delta variant gains dominance in the US, officials are increasingly focusing on increasing vaccination rates in younger people.

“Young people sometimes… feel like they are invulnerable. They need a little, I would say a gentle nudge – not forcing or threatening, but to make them understand why it is important for their own safety, ”says Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday. “Because we are getting more and more infections with the Delta variant … we are seeing more and more young people who are seriously ill.”

To that end, Fauci teamed up with 18-year-old pop star Olivia Rodrigo this week and can be seen in a video released by the White House encouraging young people to get vaccinated.

“The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can hang out with our friends and sing songs and all the fun things,” Rodrigo said.

Alabama health officials announced a TikTok contest on Friday aimed at increasing Covid-19 vaccination rates in people between the ages of 13 and 29. Participants will be asked to submit a video showing how to get vaccinated and a message stating the reasons for being vaccinated. Four winners will be selected to receive a $ 250 Visa gift card, officials said.

Darrell Hudson, director of AH Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama, told CNN that school officials don’t know how many of their students are vaccinated and “some are still a little concerned about the vaccine being taken and the contents of the vaccine “. But he hopes that the students, along with their families, will have the chance to safely return to the classroom on August 2nd.

“We don’t want a child to come to our campus and bring the virus back to parents, grandparents, aunts and their relatives,” said Hudson.

As for vaccines for even younger children, studies will continue, Fauci told CNN.

“It looks good so far, but the final decision rests with the FDA,” said Fauci. “And I imagine that probably won’t happen until winter is well advanced, towards the end of this year.”

Additionally, Fauci said he would be “surprised” if Pfizer / BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine didn’t get full FDA approval for people aged 16 and over by the end of August (every vaccine available in the US is approved for emergency use ). , but they have yet to be fully approved). The companies announced on Friday that the FDA had given their vaccine approval application a priority review.

“But even by then, people should realize that the data on the effectiveness and effectiveness of these vaccines is really extraordinary – not just in the United States, but in several countries around the world,” said Fauci.

“I don’t think we saw the worst”

Local officials continue to raise the alarm over the rise in cases, particularly among the unvaccinated. Twenty states have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents, according to the CDC, but health facility resources are depleted in states with fewer vaccinations.

Only a quarter of residents in Mobile County, Alabama, are fully vaccinated, Commissioner Merceria Ludgood said at a news conference Friday. And now the county is seeing a massive surge in hospital admissions, according to Dr. Laura Cepeda, chief medical officer of the Mobile County Health Department, who said hospital admissions rose 400% over the past month.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson encouraged those who got the gunshots to speak to loved ones and neighbors.

“Today we have sports heroes, we have rock stars, we have movie stars, coaches encouraging people across the country to get vaccinated,” said Stimpson. “But if you’ve been vaccinated, don’t underestimate your ability to reach out to someone and encourage them to do so. You can be the person to convince you this is the right thing to do. “

People line up for the vaccine at Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield, Missouri on June 22, 2021.

Katie Towns, acting director of the Department of Health for Springfield-Greene County, Missouri, told CNN on Friday the department is seeking alternative care locations and staff from the state to deal with the growing number of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions, saying: “It’s a level we’ve never seen before”,

“The most striking is the demographics and age,” she said of Covid 19 patients, “almost all of whom” were unvaccinated. “The disease has really shifted from an older population … to ages 20, 30, 40 in the hospital that needs care and oxygen in the intensive care unit.”

And hospitals and health officials are predicting the numbers will spike after the July 4th holiday.

“I don’t think we saw the worst,” Towns said.

Mask Return Policy

But even in areas with higher vaccination rates, officials are starting to reintroduce safety protocols like masking requirements to try to contain the spread.

First Covid-19 case reported in Tokyo Olympic VillageSan Francisco Bay Area health officials announced Friday that they would recommend everyone wear masks indoors. That followed this week’s news from Los Angeles County, which on Saturday night reintroduced its indoor mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

George Metsos, owner of Patys restaurant in Los Angeles, told CNN the mask requirement is confusing and the changed guidelines are not helping.

“They say follow the science. Well they said don’t wear masks if you are vaccinated. Now put the mask on if you are vaccinated,” Metsos said. “I have to protect my customers, I have to protect my employees, and I have to follow the rules, but I am very in touch with the American public: they are very frustrated.”

Amid growing concerns, “local authorities have the discretion to go the extra mile or step to ensure that the spread of this virus is really contained,” Fauci told NBC Nightly News. “And they do that by saying everyone should wear a mask.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the number and percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Jen Christensen, Jacqueline Howard, Laine Mackey, Deidre McPhillips, Leyla Santiago and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.

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NYC Restaurant Hostess Gets Attacked After Asking For Covid-19 Vaccination Proof

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As of August 17, New York City (NYC) requires those 12 and older to provide evidence of them … [+] receive at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine before entering an indoor dining area. The city has ordered that the staff in such restaurants should also be vaccinated. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images)

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Add this to the WTF list that seems to be getting longer and longer every day. Last Thursday night, a restaurant hostess in New York City (NYC) was physically assaulted after asking three Texas women for proof of vaccination. Who would have thought that working in a restaurant could require training in mixed martial arts (MMA).

The scuffle took place at Carmine’s restaurant on NYC’s Upper West Side. As of Aug. 17, New York City (NYC) has required these 12-year-olds to show that they have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine before entering an indoor dining area. The city has ordered that the staff in such restaurants should also be vaccinated.

Of course, 12 years and older or even 18 years and older does not mean that everyone will behave like an adult with regard to the regulation. The three visitors to Texas reportedly did not take the request for proof of vaccination too kindly. Perhaps they felt that their “freedoms” had been violated, their freedom to eat rigatoni with chicken and broccoli in a restaurant on the Upper West Side.

Even so, at least one of the visitors is said to have started beating and beating the hostess. Other restaurant workers then stepped in to defend the hostess. Eventually, the police finally took the Texas women into custody.

Here is a news segment from CBS New York about the incident:

Hmmm, sleep for your thoughts on this. If you are refused a seat because you are not following a city rule, then it is a good idea to (a) go away and find another way to get dinner, or (b) try to call the hostess Stuff to go out of my way? Well, choosing option “b” is very unlikely to lead the restaurant to say, “Okay, you didn’t beat up our hostess, let’s get you a good table.” You are not Thanos trying to get the infinity stones.

It’s not that restaurants are playing the cannoli hide and seek for fun when enforcing vaccination regulations against Covid-19. You have a personal interest in preventing Covid-19 outbreaks. There is no tendency for potential customers to say, “Oh, hey, let’s go to the place where the Covid-19 outbreak recently hit.” Plus, there is all of the potential suffering and death that restaurants face in the event of an outbreak would have to deal.

As I wrote for Forbes, there are requirements because not enough people volunteer to take Covid-19 precautions. In view of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, which, by the way, is still a public health emergency, precautions are necessary to prevent the Delta variant from spreading further. It must be understood that Covid-19 precautions like vaccinations and wearing face masks are not just personal choices, they affect everyone around you. People need to understand that the world doesn’t spin around them like a meatball that circles to get into their mouths. Still, it cannot be said these days that pasta people fail to realize this and even resort to harming innocent people.

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Letters: Hawaiian Immersion, Homeless, Dr. Pang, Vaccines & COVID-19 Mandates

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Keakaulike High School does not endorse the Hawaiian immersion program

I have been teaching Advanced Placement Literature and Senior English at Kekaulike High School for 23 years. As of November 2019, we have a new administration at the school that does not support the Hawaiian Immersion Program, Driver’s Education Program, or the Culinary Program. I have Kula Kaiapuni students in my English class who tell me they are being harassed by the administration for having their lunch outside of the Hawaiian Immersion classrooms because there is no space in the cafeteria due to COVID-19 restrictions.

I want to get this topic out into the open because, although I am not a native Hawaiian, I am a Hawaiian at heart and I respect and admire the strength of Hawaiian culture. I want to be “pono” and give a voice to those who are afraid to voice their concerns. – Bea Arendale, Kula

Talk to the homeless to understand the meaning of life

Sit down with homeless people like Aunt Penny to learn the meaning of life. I see them more than most people during the week. We sit, cry, laugh and tell stories. She is really funny. Isn’t it true that those who need our help teach us to be grateful? We all hold a rat race and instead of being grateful for every moment, we measure happiness in things, places, and money.

In my early 20s, I started working with the homeless in Santa Monica, especially mentally ill homeless women. I saw them outside the shelter and they talked to me, some gave me presents and a lady Janet made me a bag that was sewn from her own socks. I loved this bag. I started mingling with the homeless, chatting with them, feeding them, laughing with them, even hugging them. I fell in love with each and every one of them. Even the drug addicts and the alcoholics.

Another shocker to you, they’re not all addicts. Some of them just got lost. … You never know what the story of this woman or man is, and I choose to help others because I am able to. I’ve learned that people are people no matter how dirty, poor, creepy, or disgusting we find them. I’ve learned that even the homeless just want love and respect.

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I’ve learned that when people are mean to them, they are so sad. … I’ve learned that the most human thing that is taken from the homeless is everyone’s inability to look them in the eye. I’ve learned that they know that you feel sorry for them, that they make you uncomfortable and that you are scared at times, and they hate that and want to show you that they are just people in a dead end with good hearts and need to be treated the same way like everyone else.

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Don’t dehumanize the homeless. Check them out, talk to them and listen to them. … These people experience their deepest moments outdoors for everyone to see. I pray Aunt Penny that one day she will find peace and rest. Her community is very important to her. – Maya Marquez, Paia

Vaccine Mandate Not Locking Up The Economy, Way To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19

Governor David Ige’s recent attempt to blame tourists for COVID-19 problems in Hawaii ignores that the source of the growth in cases comes from locals, not tourists. Furthermore, his efforts to deter tourists from coming and face another lockdown will bring the economy to its knees again for all the wrong reasons.

Tourists must either arrive tested, quarantined, or fully vaccinated. Such requirements do not exist for Hawaiians who do not leave the state. So blame the tourists? This is about distraction from lack of courage to do the right thing. Instead of blaming tourists, it is time to deny unvaccinated people access to hotels, restaurants, and large public gatherings. And it’s time to make vaccinations mandatory for those who are in close contact with the public like retail stores, restaurants, gyms, etc. Stop blaming the wrong people, Governor, and control the spread through the Rest. – Larry Rosencrantz, Lahaina

Why should vaccinated people protect people who don’t want to protect themselves?

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As a vaccinated person, why should I continue to protect those who have chosen not to be vaccinated?
Why keep threatening to close everything again to protect those who choose not to protect themselves?

If a group of people decide to play on the freeway, do we ban the cars and close the freeway to protect those who took the risk to play there?

If you want people to get vaccinated, you are putting them at the risk they are taking rather than rewarding them with restrictions for us who chose to vaccinate. – Theo Amend, Kahului

Witch Hunt by Dr. Lorrin Pang should end

I support Dr. Lorrin Pang wholeheartedly in all of his medical approaches to patient care. I met Dr. Pang first volunteered at the University of Maui College mass vaccination clinics. This man is really dedicated to his job as a healer. He always encouraged vaccination and educated volunteers about vaccines / COVID-19 issues.

It’s sad when a non-medical person like Senator Roz Baker gives a medical opinion. I was trained as an orthopedic surgeon. Medicine is as much an art as it is a science. We’ve used off-label implants, devices, and drugs on a regular basis. Always in the best interests of the patient. Nobody has ever encouraged my resignation or asked the Medical Association to revoke my license. Senator Baker should obey the law and give up the witch hunt. Sad! – Nicholas Valos, Wailuku

Welcome to COVIDLAND, now you go home

It is time for the governor to take the people in and shut them down before more people die. At this rate, no one will be around to serve the tourists.

To the tourists, welcome to COVIDLAND! Hope you enjoyed the drought and bushfires. Now go home! – Malia Kealoha, Paia

The vaccination mandate is excessive and based on fear

I want to be respectful of public office. Still, I am totally amazed by these “proclamations” from our governor and mayor. What enables the government (without influence from other levels) to determine what every private company must do with regard to vaccines? What indicates that it is still a “crisis”? The government is not here to prevent sickness and death. If so, they should address heart disease, opioid addiction, and suicide.

When will our local government wake up and let people live their lives and let businesses thrive at the same time? The only people who are not affected by these restrictions are those who work in the government. This is not a public service. This is over the top and based entirely on fear. I am totally disappointed. – Joshua Rempfer, Pukalani

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Here’s how Covid-19 is hitting hospitals in five key European countries

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However, the introduction of vaccinations has kept hospital admissions well below the level seen in the first few months of 2021.

As a result, Europe presents a nuanced picture as governments prepare for a possible surge in cases in the autumn and winter months.

Here is the situation in five major European countries.

The UK

After starting one of Europe’s longest and strictest lockdowns in 2021, the UK lifted virtually all remaining restrictions in July, despite a surge in cases. Major events and nightclubs can operate without distancing measures, and masking requirements are no longer required in most public places. At the beginning of September, according to official information, daily recordings of Covid-19 patients reached a moving seven-day average of 1,000 for the first time since February.

But the heavy roll-out of vaccination in the UK has kept the numbers well below the winter peak. More than 4,000 people with the virus were being admitted to UK hospitals every day in January, although cases were only marginally higher than they are now.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that restrictions could return in winter if the country’s National Health Service (NHS) is at risk of being overwhelmed. “Covid is still out there. Unfortunately, the disease still remains a risk,” he said at a press conference.

France

Hospital admissions in France rose during August amid warnings of a fourth wave of the virus hitting facilities across the country. By the end of the month, there were more than 11,000 people with Covid-19 in hospitals.

Will Biden's mandates work?  Macron's vaccination card contest may have some cluesBut hospital admissions showed some signs of flattening in September. The total number of patients is back below 10,000 – far from the surge in the country in April when it cared for more than 30,000.

France has put strict restrictions on unvaccinated people in place to spur adoption. As of Thursday, health workers must be fully vaccinated and “health cards” are required to enter restaurants or travel long distances.

The government has confirmed that around 3,000 healthcare workers were suspended after missing the deadline for full vaccination.

Italy

Italy faced a huge spike in hospital admissions in April, with more than 32,000 people being admitted to the country’s health facilities. The number of patients then dropped to a low of around 1,250 in mid-July before rising again in recent weeks, according to Our World in Data.

The country has seen close to 5,000 hospitalizations in the past few days.

After being hit hard in the initial stages of the first wave, Italy was one of the first countries to reopen to visitors in 2020. In 2021, entry was largely restricted to residents of the European Union as well as a select list of non-EU countries, including the US, Canada, Japan and the UK.

Italy on Thursday became the first country in Europe to require proof of vaccination, negative test or recent recovery from infection for all public and private sector workers. The rule is designed to convince more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and is set to go into effect on October 15.

“This is to do this [work] Making places safer and making the vaccination campaign even stronger, “said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza. He called the decree” a strategy that points to the vaccine as the fundamental key to the start of a new season. “About 75% of the Italian population ages 12 and older are currently fully vaccinated, according to government figures.

Tourists in Venice in summer.

Ireland

Ireland has fared better than some of its closest neighbors in terms of case numbers and deaths, which are among the lowest in Europe – largely thanks to one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns during the pandemic.

Together with its EU counterparts, it is now open to visitors again. Hospital admissions have increased since then, but are still lower than in previous waves.

There are now signs of a plateau in hospital admissions – there were about 60 people in intensive care units each day in September, compared to a high of 221 in January.

Unlike the neighboring United Kingdom, Ireland still limits capacity for large indoor and outdoor events, including sporting events.

Ireland’s restrictions are due to be relaxed from September 20th, allowing fully vaccinated people to meet indoors in groups of up to 100 people. Starting October 22, the government plans to lift the last remaining restrictions on face covering, social distancing and large gatherings.

Denmark

Denmark essentially returned to pre-pandemic life this month, allowing citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants without showing a “Covid Pass”, use public transport without a face covering, and meet in large numbers without restrictions.

It’s too early to say whether this move will result in a significant increase in cases and hospital stays. The number of hospital patients in Denmark has risen over 100 in the last few weeks – again a small fraction of the previous wave in January when almost 1,000 people were in hospital. Denmark lifted its last remaining Covid-19 restrictions this month.

The transmission rate, or R-rate, is currently 0.7, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke tweeted on Wednesday, which means the epidemic continues to shrink. If it’s above 1.0, Covid-19 cases will increase in the near future. If it’s below 1.0, cases will decrease in the near future.

“The vaccines and the great efforts made by all of Denmark’s citizens over a long period of time are the basis for our doing so well,” said Heunicke.

The country has had far lower case numbers than its neighbor Sweden, which became an outlier in Western Europe when it opposed a strict lockdown in 2020. But the two nations are now roughly in line on hospital admissions.

CNN’s Sarah Dean, Nicolo Ruotolo and Laura Smith-Spark contributed to the coverage.

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