More and more younger Brazilians now appear to be falling seriously ill and dying from Covid-19, doctors say, amid a nationwide spike in daily deaths and cases that are also pushing global numbers up.
Nearly a dozen doctors and nurses in intensive care since mid-January in several Brazilian hospitals say their ICU beds are filled with more young people than ever.
“We have otherwise healthy patients who are between 30 and 50 years old, and that’s the profile of the majority of patients,” said Dr Pedro Archer, a 33-year-old intensive care physician at a public hospital. from Rio de Janeiro. . “This is the big differentiator of this latest wave. ”
The question is: why? There is little data available to explain it, but experts are investigating whether the P1 variant first detected in Brazil infects more young people and makes them sicker. A recent study shows that it could be up to 2.2 times more contagious. Experts also report an increase in parties around the New Year and then carnival holidays.
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Q. Many parents get vaccinated, but their children cannot yet. Can grandparents visit if children are not vaccinated?
A. Getting parents vaccinated is really important. This reduces their own risk of disease, as well as their likelihood of passing the coronavirus to other people, including their children, says Dr Leana Wen. It also makes visits from other family members safer.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that fully vaccinated people can visit another family in which not everyone is vaccinated, as long as those who are not yet vaccinated are themselves at high risk of serious illness due to Covid-19. This means that grandparents can visit their children and grandchildren, stay with them, have dinner with them indoors, hug them and not wear masks. Read here for more advice from Dr Wen.
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The revision is low – compared to 79% – and for those over 65, the company has revised its data up, from 80% to 85%. He maintains that his injection is 100% effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalizations. The data debacle is the latest of many missteps that have called AstraZeneca’s management into question, writes Julia Horowitz.
Vaccine nationalism at the center of the EU summit
European Union leaders will meet at a virtual summit today to flatten their vaccine export control plans, in an ongoing dispute with the UK over the supply of doses, especially the AstraZeneca vaccine .
The EU struggles to get enough doses to roll out effective immunization programs, but other countries, including the US and UK, have also largely kept home-made doses for themselves- same. US President Joe Biden is expected to attend the meeting, at the invitation of the EU.
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Boris Johnson’s latest blunder could threaten UK vaccine rollout
The gaffe-prone British Prime Minister has made frantic attempts to reverse his comments that the successful vaccine rollout in his country was “because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.”
The timing of those comments – in a private call with Conservative Party backbenchers on Tuesday – could be troubling for the Prime Minister. European Commission leaders are trying to unite the 27 EU member states by seeing the UK as the bad guy and strengthening itself with vaccine export controls that will affect the country, writes Luke McGee.
India detects new ‘double mutant’ variant
It is not known how many infections in India have been linked to this recently discovered variant, or if the strain is more dangerous. However, the health ministry said such variants generally increase infectivity and could “confer an immune loophole,” meaning people might be less able to fight off infection.
A “double mutant” variant is a strain which carries two mutations. India made the discovery as infections rose there, raising fears of a second wave.
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So what to do about it? “Definitely cut yourself a break,” says Lisa Drayer, CNN’s health and nutrition contributor, adding that it’s natural to take comfort foods in times of stress. But Drayer recommends a few small changes that can make a big difference: Eat small and frequent meals, add protein to your plate, and walk for at least 30 minutes a day. Read here for more Drayer advice.
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As more people in the United States get vaccinated, some are planning their trips and airports are seeing larger crowds. CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta speaks with Muntean, who covers aviation and transportation, the latest guidelines on travel restrictions and how to go on vacation safely. Listen now.