“The United States appears to have ended the pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “The virus has not finished with us.”
The United States has reported more than 15,000 cases of the B.1.1.7 Covid-19 strain, sometimes referred to as the UK variant. Beaumont Health’s Royal Oak Hospital in Michigan is noticing that its patients are getting younger and generally healthier than they were several months ago.
Fred Romankewiz, 54, who tested positive for Covid the same day he planned to get vaccinated, is being treated at the hospital and told CNN that the virus feels like he “spent 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.”
Tina Catron, a 44-year-old woman with no underlying health problems, said, “You feel like you’re choking a little.” He experienced dangerously low oxygen levels of 82%, well below the normal range of 95% to 100%.
YOU ASKED. WE RESPOND.
Q. Can I travel after getting vaccinated?
A. Millions of Americans took flights this week, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still urges people to avoid nonessential travel, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. because most Americans have not yet been vaccinated. .
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
America will have enough vaccines for all Americans by the end of next month
More than 40% of adults and more than 75% of older people in the US have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and about 23% of adults and 55% of older people are fully inoculated. An analysis by CNN shows that the US is vaccinating its population almost five times faster than the world average.
North Korea reportedly not participating in the Tokyo Olympics
North Korea, an already isolated nation, decided to cut almost all ties to the outside world in 2020 to prevent an influx of coronavirus cases. The country has not reported a major Covid-19 outbreak and there has been no indication that one has occurred, although experts doubt Pyongyang’s claim that the country has not seen a single case of the virus.
After false starts, Australia-New Zealand bubble starts this month
Australia has allowed New Zealanders to enter the country without quarantine for several months, and Monday’s announcement will make the arrangement a two-way corridor. Both countries have reported very few Covid-19 cases and deaths, and have tried to eradicate the virus, rather than simply control it.
“This is an important step forward in our response to Covid and represents an arrangement that I don’t think we have seen anywhere else in the world. That is, to safely open international travel to another country while continuing with a strategy of elimination and a commitment to keep the virus out, “Ardern said during a news conference.
ON OUR RADAR
- An undercover report showing members of the Parisian elite enjoying secret dinners at upscale restaurants in violation of Covid-19 rules has sparked a furor in France and prompted an investigation.
- “I started feeling like myself for the first time in a year” – Jessamyn Smyth is one of many longtime Covid victims who says her symptoms improved after receiving a vaccine. Investigators are looking into it.
- A bar opening event in rural Illinois in February has been linked to 46 cases of Covid-19 and a school closure that affected 650 children.
- California now has the lowest Covid-19 positivity rate in the US.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would go to the pub for a pint at the beer garden when England relaxes coronavirus restrictions next Monday.
- The India union territory of Delhi has imposed a nightly curfew with immediate effect as coronavirus cases rise there. Several states are also calling for vaccinations for the youngest Indians.
TODAY’S TOP TIPS
With summer just around the corner and more people getting the Covid-19 vaccine in many countries, you may be wondering if going to the beach is a safe bet. Even for people who have been fully vaccinated, “nothing is going to be 100% safe, just like nothing is going to have a 100% risk,” said CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen. The good news is that beaches “are much safer than other environments because they are outdoors,” says Wen.
“In fact, I am alive today because of a drug that was developed 30 years ago for another condition.” – Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a researcher working to find already approved drugs to reuse as Covid-19 treatments.