Michigan’s Virus Cases Are Out of Control, Putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a Bind

Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, locked down her state over the din of protests last year. Now she is trying a different approach, appealing to personal responsibility. Nowhere in America is the coronavirus pandemic more out of control than in Michigan. via Technology and News Today https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/10/us/coronavirus-michigan-gretchen-whitmer.html

Tesla reportedly had 450 cases of coronavirus at its California plant after reopening last May

After it reopened in defiance of health department orders last May, Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California saw 450 cases of COVID-19 through December 2020, new data from legal website PlainSite shows (via The Washington Post). via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/13/22329041/tesla-450-cases-coronavirus-fremont-california-coronavirus-elon-musk

Have people died after getting vaccinated? Can the vaccine help with lingering side effects?

People still have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge is working to answer as many as possible. Unfortunately, the answer is no. We aren’t completely sure what factors are involved in some people having prolonged symptoms of a coronavirus infection. via Technology and News Today https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/good-health/2021/03/03/have-people-died-after-getting-vaccinated-can-the-vaccine-help-with-lingering-side-effects/

Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine is effective, FDA confirms

The one-dose COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson protects against severe disease and has no serious safety concerns, according to a new analysis published today by the US Food and Drug Administration. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/24/22298855/covid-vaccine-johnson-effective-fda-south-africa-variant

The first member of Congress has died from COVID-19

The first member of Congress has died from COVID-19

Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) has died after two weeks in the hospital with COVID-19, his office announced today. Wright was the first sitting member of Congress to die from the disease. Wright was 67 years old and had a number of comorbidities.

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Vaccines Alone Are Not Enough to Beat COVID

Vaccines Alone Are Not Enough to Beat COVID

The world’s attention is rightly focused on news of COVID-19 vaccine updates, from eligibility to supply. But we will make a critical error if we ignore the need for treatments as well as vaccines. Vaccines may not reach everyone for many years. Vaccines will not protect everyone.

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The Second-Generation COVID Vaccines Are Coming

The Second-Generation COVID Vaccines Are Coming

Six months ago, as the northern hemisphere was still battling the coronavirus pandemic’s first wave, all eyes turned to the COVID-19 vaccines in late-stage clinical trials. Now, a year after the pandemic first erupted, three COVID vaccines have been given emergency authorization by either the U.S.

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On Night Before Inauguration, Biden Leads Mourning for Virus Victims

On Night Before Inauguration, Biden Leads Mourning for Virus Victims

“To heal we must remember,” Mr. Biden said, standing in front of the Reflecting Pool, which was surrounded by 400 lights meant to mark the 400,000 people who have died from Covid-19. WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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Yelp lets you tattle on places that don’t enforce masks and social distancing

Yelp lets you tattle on places that don’t enforce masks and social distancing

Yelp is adding a new option that lets customers provide feedback on whether a business is enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines, the company announced today.

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Frontline essential workers and the elderly next in line for COVID-19 vaccinations

Frontline essential workers and the elderly next in line for COVID-19 vaccinations

Frontline essential workers and people 75 years of age and older in the United States should get COVID-19 vaccines in the next wave of immunizations, an independent committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended. That group includes about 49 million people.

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New COVID-19 strain spreads more quickly, UK medical chief says

New COVID-19 strain spreads more quickly, UK medical chief says

LONDON (Reuters) – A new strain of COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom can spread more quickly and urgent work is under way to confirm that it does not cause a higher mortality rate, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Saturday.

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Newly Released COVID-19 Data Show Most U.S. Cities Are ‘Sustained Hotspots’

Newly Released COVID-19 Data Show Most U.S. Cities Are ‘Sustained Hotspots’

The Trump administration on Friday made public a trove of federal data on the pandemic that reveals a country awash in red alerts.

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Doctors say CDC should warn people the side effects from Covid vaccine shots won’t be ‘a walk in the park’

Doctors say CDC should warn people the side effects from Covid vaccine shots won’t be ‘a walk in the park’

Public health officials and drugmakers must be transparent about the side effects people may experience after getting their first shot of a coronavirus vaccine, doctors urged during a meeting Monday with CDC advisors as states prepare to distribute doses as early as next month. Dr.

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Amazon’s net income tripled last quarter, and it didn’t even have Prime Day to help

Amazon’s net income tripled last quarter, and it didn’t even have Prime Day to help

Even without Prime Day, Amazon had a blockbuster quarter. Its net income nearly tripled from this time last year, as retail store closures and coronavirus restrictions encouraged people to spend big online. In its earnings report today, Amazon said it made $6.33 billion in net income, up from $2.

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COVID-19 Public Immunity Could Only Last a Few Months

COVID-19 Public Immunity Could Only Last a Few Months

Fewer than five percent of adults had coronavirus antibodies, scientists said in a UK study which suggests that any virus immunity would wane quite rapidly, leading to a greater risk of reinfection.

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How the Immune System of Older Adults Like Trump Weakens with Age

How the Immune System of Older Adults Like Trump Weakens with Age

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 is especially concerning because of his age. At 74 years old, Trump is solidly within an age group that’s been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic.

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US passes 5 million coronavirus cases

US passes 5 million coronavirus cases

As school districts across the country struggle to figure out how — or if— to safely reopen schools to teachers and students, the number of coronavirus cases in the US passed 5 million on Sunday, according to the Coronavirus Research Center at Johns Hopkins University.

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