More than 807,950 cases — including reinfections — and over 8,700 deaths have been reported in Minnesota since COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. On January 22, 2021, Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran reached out to governors across the country to share details of the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19. Among other things, the Acting Secretary Cochran indicated that HHS will provide states with 60 days notice prior to the termination of the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19. To learn more about the extension and other flexibilities that are tied to the public health emergency declaration, please read the full text of Acting Secretary Cochran’s letter. April 26, 2022 • So many people caught the omicron variant over the winter that almost 60% of everyone in the U.S. — including most children — now have antibodies to the virus in their blood, the CDC said Tuesday.
Aug. 30, 2021 – The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been licensed down to age 16 years but can be used for ages under emergency use authorization. Sept. 1, 2021 – Pediatricians are working overtime to combat anger and misinformation and allay anxiety and fear to keep children safe. Sept. 1, 2021 – Pediatricians should discuss with patients and families the role of stress and internalizing disorders in contributing to gastrointestinal symptoms and disability.
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Those were among recommendations of experts who took part in a recent AAP virtual town hall panel discussion. July 27, 2021 – Everyone in schools and those living in areas with substantial or high COVID-19 disease transmission should wear a mask in public indoor settings regardless of their vaccination status due to the delta variant. Aug. 23, 2021 – Experts discussed risks to children who return to school with varying levels of protection against COVID-19 and shared tips to mitigate community spread of the delta variant. Aug. 31, 2021 – Authors of the new study say their findings support health officials’ assertions that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
Stephen Kissler, research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, said he expects COVID-19 to settle into a seasonal pattern of spread, with cases picking up in the winter and declining in the summer, as the virus becomes more endemic. Air on planes “is extraordinarily safe,” said Leonard Marcus, founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative NPLI) and co-director of NPLI’s Aviation Public Health Initiative. May 10, 2021 –Trials showed the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 100% effective and presented no serious safety concerns in adolescents. May 17, 2021 – Pediatricians should work with families to catch up on routine immunizations and address questions and concerns about COVID vaccines. May 19, 2021 – Authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests are not validated to evaluate immunity or protection from COVID-19 infection. July 1, 2021 – Pediatric intensivists have stretched their skill set, adaptability and capacity in the last year to accommodate for new disease states and shifts in seasonal trends.
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Even though our immune systems aren’t quite as effective against Omicron as they were against previous variants, “We still have cells and antibodies, which are generated by getting vaccinated, that can attack the Omicron variant,” noted James Hay, postdoctoral research fellow. The re-emergence of polio in Malawi is likely due to the pandemic interfering with many ordinary but necessary primary and preventive health services, such as childhood vaccinations. During COVID, people also lost trust in vaccines because of misinformation and politicization. “If Covid taught us something, it’s that bad governance can destroy a response and destroy trust of the population in health institutions,” said Marcia de Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography and chair of theDepartment of Global Health and Population.
As US surpasses sombre mark of one million confirmed COVID-19 deaths, many Americans still refuse to get jabs. A positive COVID-19 test for Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman comes as time is running short in the legislative session and as she and other top state leaders have been meeting in private negotiations. More businesses and schools are requiring proof of vaccination for entry or for work. Newly released documents reveal that the meatpacking industry’s callousness toward the health of its workers and its influence over the Trump administration were far greater than previously known.