August 4 COVID-19 Update: Here’s What You Need to Know
But recent test-tube experiments mixing the virus with nasal cells from 23 healthy children and 15 healthy adults found that the antiviral defenses in the children’s noses “were markedly less pronounced in the case of Omicron”, reported on Monday researchers in PLOS Biology. They also report that Omicron replicated more efficiently in children’s nasal cells compared to Delta and the original virus.
“These data are consistent with the increase in the number of pediatric infections observed during the Omicron wave,” the researchers wrote, while calling for additional studies.
According to an Argentinian study, the severity of smell dysfunction after coronavirus infection may be a better predictor of long-term cognitive impairment than the overall severity of COVID-19.
The researchers studied a random sample of 766 people over the age of 60, around 90% of whom had been infected with the virus. Physical, cognitive and neuropsychiatric tests performed three to six months after infection showed some degree of memory impairment in two-thirds of infected participants. After accounting for individuals’ other risk factors, the severity of the loss of smell, known as anosmia, “but not the clinical condition, significant (predicted) cognitive impairment”, reported on Sunday the researchers at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2022held online and in San Diego.
“The more we know about the causes or at least predict who will experience the significant long-term cognitive impact of COVID-19 infection, the better we can track it and begin to develop methods to prevent it,” said Gabriela Gonzalez, head of the study. Aleman from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina in Buenos Aires said in a statement.
Novak Djokovic likely to miss US Open due to COVID-19 vaccine status
A petition is circulating to allow Novak Djokovic to play the US Open, but the Serb looks likely to miss the entire North American swing on the hard court unless there is a sudden change in COVID-19 protocols in the US and in Canada.
Djokovic refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine, but the 21-time Grand Slam winner remains on the entry lists for the ATP 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati which serve as a tune-up for Aug. 29-Sept. 11 US Open in New York.
In the case of the US Open, which does not have a vaccination mandate, organizers have previously said that under the Grand Slam rulebook, all eligible players are entered into the main draw based on their seeding 42 days before the first Monday of the event. .
Vaccine mandates linked to better nursing home staffing
In US states that have mandated COVID-19 vaccines for nursing home staff, the rules have achieved the desired effect and have not led to mass quits or staffing shortages, a study has found.
In states without such mandates, however, nursing homes experienced staffing shortages during the study period, researchers in the study reported Friday. JAMA Health Forum. Data collected from mid-June to mid-November 2021 from the National Healthcare Safety Network showed that in 12 states with COVID-19 vaccination mandates, staff vaccination coverage rates ranged from 78, 7% to 95.2%. Non-mandated states “had consistently lower staff immunization coverage throughout the study window” and “higher rates of reported staff shortages throughout the study period,” according to the report.
“The mandates’ association with higher vaccine coverage contrasts with previous efforts to increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among nursing home staff through education, outreach, and incentives,” the officials said. researchers. They added that the data “suggests that fears of massive staffing shortages due to vaccination mandates may be unfounded.”
Read the study here.
What are BC’s current public health measures?
MASKS: Masks are not required in indoor public places, although individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require them.
Masks are also encouraged but not required on public transit and BC Ferries, although they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces such as trains, airports, and airplanes, and in travel establishments. Health care.
GATHERINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, worship services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools. There are also no restrictions or capacity limits on restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sporting activities.
NURSING HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions for visitors to long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities for the elderly, however, visitors must show proof of vaccination before visiting. Exemptions are available for children under 12, those with a medical exemption, and visitors attending compassionate end-of-life visits.
Visitors to senior residences are also required to take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested upon arrival. Testing exemptions are available for people presenting for compassionate visits or end-of-life care.
How can I get vaccinated in British Columbia?
Anyone living in British Columbia who is eligible for a vaccine can get one by following these steps:
• Register online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to make an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can register and then go to a walk-in clinic in your health authority.
• The system will notify you when it is time to take your second dose.
• The same system will also alert you when it is time to give your booster dose.
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
TEST CENTERS: British Columbia’s COVID-19 Test Collection Centers are currently only testing people with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high risk, or who live/work with high risk people. You can find a testing center using the BC Center for Disease Control’s test center map.
If you have mild symptoms, you don’t need a test and you should stay home until your fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need testing.
RAPID HOME ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a personal health insurance number can visit a pharmacy to receive a free take-home test kit containing five rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.
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