- A Covid-19 outbreak in a nursing home shows older people need time to develop an immune response to the vaccine. German nursing home residents who were also infected after vaccination had milder symptoms and recovered faster than unvaccinated patients – despite being infected with the alpha variant, which was first detected in the UK, researchers reported on Tuesday. A separate study by the US CDC shows that people who are fully vaccinated are more than 90% protected from infection and, in the event of illness, have a milder illness than unvaccinated people.
- The impact of Covid-19 on the global quality of life has been utterly devastating, but some travel destinations have performed much better than others. This year Auckland, New Zealand climbed to the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index thanks to its success in containing the pandemic quickly and lifting restrictions early.
- The Brazilian Supreme Court will meet on Thursday to consider the possible suspension of the Copa America football tournament next week after some lawmakers and unions argued the tournament should be over the possibility that it could spark a new wave of Covid-19 cases , being stopped. Brazil national team players and staff criticized the tournament organizers in an open letter on Wednesday, but said they would continue to participate if it continued.
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Q: Is it Safe to Go on Vacation?
The CDC threat levels are determined by the number of Covid-19 cases in a given country. At each level, the agency recommends getting vaccinated, but its guidelines for unvaccinated individuals vary depending on the severity of the pandemic in each country.
It is recommended not to travel to level 4 countries, the highest threat level that has more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days. Level 4 countries include nations such as Brazil, India, and Iraq. Level 1 countries like Australia and New Zealand are considered the lowest risk destinations and have reported fewer than 50 Covid-19 cases in the past 28 days.
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US lawmakers are focusing on a classified report backing the laboratory leak theory
The report, issued in May 2020 by researchers at the government-backed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, found that Covid-19 may have escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan at one point, according to four people familiar with the document that line of investigation was applicable as politically taboo.
It’s not clear how influential the paper’s findings were on the government’s understanding of the origins of the virus, or whether the document influenced a simmering debate about whether the nature of coronavirus research in the laboratory could have contributed to the creation of Covid-19. The report also found that the virus may have developed naturally in the wild – reflecting what the intelligence community now believes – and several sources familiar with the document downplayed its importance.
American senators took a military plane to Taiwan to announce a vaccine donation, which angered Beijing
A delegation of US senators visited Taiwan on Sunday to announce the donation of 750,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called the shots “timely rain” for the island, which vaccinated only 3% of its population and recorded the highest daily death toll at 37 people on Saturday.
The US donation is likely to incite the ire of Beijing, which has come to rest in the face of Taipei’s apparent refusal to accept its offer for Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines. Taipei, on the other hand, has accused Beijing of blocking its efforts to buy vaccines internationally instead of trying to help.
How a vaccination experiment known as “Project S” changed a small Brazilian city
Brazil has the second highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world nationwide after the US and is entering the third wave of increasing daily cases and deaths. Only 10% of the Brazilian population are fully vaccinated. But the people who live in Serrana say that thanks to Project S they are experiencing a completely different reality.
This spring, researchers administered full two doses of the Chinese vaccine Coronavac to 27,160 adults – roughly 95% of the city’s adult population. While the researchers’ full results have not yet been peer-reviewed or published, the preliminary results released on June 1 showed an 80% reduction in the number of symptomatic cases, with an 86% decrease in hospital admissions related to Covid and a decrease in Mortality by 95%.
Think about your mental acronyms: When trying to solve problems or make decisions, we rely on “heuristics,” a fancy term for rules of thumb, intuition, and mental acronyms that help with our judgment, according to Eve Wittenberg, one Health Decision Scientist at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
But there is ambiguity with Covid – not knowing how likely certain outcomes are. And Wittenberg said that makes it even more difficult to take a risk like eating inside, getting on a plane or going to that concert. A key tip for decision making is to update your decisions based on the information you receive.
Assess how protected you are: Unvaccinated people are primarily a danger to other unvaccinated people, but not a great danger to those who have been vaccinated. (And the vaccinated do not pose a great risk to them.) Experts say that for most people, most situations where we are not around for an extended period of time is a matter of assessing the situation who one is and takes steps to minimize risk.
Think about whether you are risk tolerant or risk averse: people differ in what they worry about. Therefore, individuals should absorb and evaluate information, how trustworthy they consider it and how relevant it is to their own situation.
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