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First confirmed case of Indian coronavirus variant in U.S. found in California

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First confirmed case of Indian coronavirus variant in U.S. found in California

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Alicia Victoria Lozano
Sun, April 4, 2021, 5:02 AM
LOS ANGELES — Researchers at Stanford University said Saturday that they had found at least one case of a new coronavirus variant first detected in India in Northern California.

The new variant has two mutations, including one found in the California strain, in the spiky protein that the virus latches onto, according to Stanford Health Care spokesperson Lisa Kim. The variant was found in a patient from the San Francisco Bay Area by the school's Clinical Virology Laboratory.

"We believe this is the first described case with this variant in the United States," she said in an emailed statement.

The variant was first detected last month by Indian health officials, The Associated Press reported. Cases in India had been decreasing across the country since September but started to creep back up through the winter. More than 47,000 new infections were detected in a 24-hour span, including 275 deaths, in March, according to the AP.

Covid-19 rates have been decreasing across California this spring following a deadly winter surge that started in late November and didn't ease up until after the new year. The drop in cases has allowed some of the state's most populous counties, including Los Angeles, to begin relaxing restrictions and gradually reopen the economy.

California has recorded more coronavirus cases than any state in the country, with over 3.5 million known infections and at least 58,000 deaths as of Saturday, according to the department of health.
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‘We’re in a race between variants and vaccinations’: expert on COVID-19

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‘We’re in a race between variants and vaccinations’: expert on COVID-19

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‘We’re in a race between variants and vaccinations’: expert on COVID-19
Seana Smith
Seana Smith·Anchor
Fri, April 2, 2021, 8:06 PM
As the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases trend upwards, health officials are warning of another wave of the pandemic.

“I am concerned,” said Dr. Jay Schnitzer, MITRE Corporation chief medical officer and chief technology officer, referring to the uptick in cases and another possible resurgence. “We're now in a race between the variants and vaccinations.”

The U.S. reported more than 66,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, as the daily seven-day average rose to nearly 67,000. That’s up from the 14-day average of 60,000.

“The fact it's going back up and driven at least in part by the variants, that is of concern,” said Schnitzer. “I'm not only worried about the three or four or five variants we know today, I’m equally as worried about the next three we don't even know about yet. We need to get this under control as soon as possible in order to prevent the next round of variants which could be worse.”

UK variant becoming 'predominant variant in many US regions'
The more contagious variants are partly behind the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

Health officials have warned the fast-spreading UK variant, known as B.1.1.7, is becoming the predominant strain across the U.S. During a White House news briefing this week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters the strain originating in the UK now accounts for 26% of all COVID-19 cases sequenced nationwide.

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‘We’re in a race between variants and vaccinations’: expert on COVID-19
Seana Smith
Seana Smith·Anchor
Fri, April 2, 2021, 8:06 PM
As the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases trend upwards, health officials are warning of another wave of the pandemic.

“I am concerned,” said Dr. Jay Schnitzer, MITRE Corporation chief medical officer and chief technology officer, referring to the uptick in cases and another possible resurgence. “We're now in a race between the variants and vaccinations.”

The U.S. reported more than 66,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, as the daily seven-day average rose to nearly 67,000. That’s up from the 14-day average of 60,000.

“The fact it's going back up and driven at least in part by the variants, that is of concern,” said Schnitzer. “I'm not only worried about the three or four or five variants we know today, I’m equally as worried about the next three we don't even know about yet. We need to get this under control as soon as possible in order to prevent the next round of variants which could be worse.”

UK variant becoming 'predominant variant in many US regions'
The more contagious variants are partly behind the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

Health officials have warned the fast-spreading UK variant, known as B.1.1.7, is becoming the predominant strain across the U.S. During a White House news briefing this week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters the strain originating in the UK now accounts for 26% of all COVID-19 cases sequenced nationwide.


With new variants spreading at a fast rate, Schnitzer is encouraging people to continue to wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene “until enough Americans are vaccinated to reduce this risk… If not, we’ll see cases go up.”

As of Thursday, more than 99 million Americans, about 30% of the population, received at least one vaccine dose, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. Meanwhile 56 million Americans, about 17% of the population, are fully vaccinated.

Bringing employees back to the office
As states expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, companies are starting to bring employees back to the office.

Google told its U.S. employees this week that some workers could return to the office on a voluntary basis as soon as this month, while Microsoft permitted employees to return to its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and nearby campuses this week.

With more companies gradually rolling out plans to bring employees back, Schnitzer says it’s all about ‘risk reduction and risk mitigation,' arguing the decision depends on workplace environment.

“If the work space is such that people are able to maintain social distancing, wear masks and practice good hygiene... and if most of the workers in that facility have been vaccinated, that's a safe environment,” said Schnitzer. “If the answer to any of those questions is no, then you have to wonder whether it's safe enough.”

“This is all about risk reduction and risk mitigation. We're never going to be able to eliminate the risk entirely but we have to make the risk low enough so it makes sense for everybody, and that's going to vary case by case,” he added.
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Canada's 3rd wave of COVID-19 is 'killing faster and younger' and fueled by new variants

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Canada's 3rd wave of COVID-19 is 'killing faster and younger' and fueled by new variants

https://us.yahoo.com/news/canadas-3rd-w ... 16901.html
Michelle Mark
Sun, April 4, 2021, 9:21 AM
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A cyclist wearing a face mask rides along a downtown street amid the coronavirus outbreak on May 19, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. Yu Ruidong/China News Service via Getty Images
Canada's third coronavirus wave is affecting young people more severely than before.

Top health officials say the surge of infections are fueled by new COVID-19 variants.

The new wave is prompting lockdowns and new restrictions in several provinces.

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Canada is battling a surge of coronavirus infections fueled by new variants which is sickening much younger adults than hospitals are accustomed to seeing.

On Saturday evening, the nation surpassed 1 million recorded coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The third wave of coronavirus has mainly struck the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, prompting all three to implement new restrictions to stop the spread.

Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, recently announced a 64% increase in new cases involving coronavirus variants - 90% of which involved the B.1.1.7 variant first found in the United Kingdom in September.

Ontario, in particular, has reported an influx of much younger patients in ICUs. Nearly half of the province's COVID-19 ICU patients are under the age of 60, officials announced this week.

"It's getting pretty alarming here. It's spreading quickly, and it's much faster than the last two waves," Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency physician in Toronto, told CNN. "The people filling the ICU right now are all in their 30s, 40s, and 50s."

Pirzada recently tweeted images of cloudy-looking lungs from ICU patients in their 30s.

Michelle Mark
Sun, April 4, 2021, 9:21 AM
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A cyclist wearing a face mask rides along a downtown street amid the coronavirus outbreak on May 19, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. Yu Ruidong/China News Service via Getty Images
Canada's third coronavirus wave is affecting young people more severely than before.

Top health officials say the surge of infections are fueled by new COVID-19 variants.

The new wave is prompting lockdowns and new restrictions in several provinces.

See more stories on Insider's business page.

Canada is battling a surge of coronavirus infections fueled by new variants which is sickening much younger adults than hospitals are accustomed to seeing.

On Saturday evening, the nation surpassed 1 million recorded coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The third wave of coronavirus has mainly struck the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, prompting all three to implement new restrictions to stop the spread.

Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, recently announced a 64% increase in new cases involving coronavirus variants - 90% of which involved the B.1.1.7 variant first found in the United Kingdom in September.

Ontario, in particular, has reported an influx of much younger patients in ICUs. Nearly half of the province's COVID-19 ICU patients are under the age of 60, officials announced this week.

"It's getting pretty alarming here. It's spreading quickly, and it's much faster than the last two waves," Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency physician in Toronto, told CNN. "The people filling the ICU right now are all in their 30s, 40s, and 50s."

Pirzada recently tweeted images of cloudy-looking lungs from ICU patients in their 30s.


"As the new variants spread, you will see that COVID-19 is killing faster and younger," Adalsteinn Brown, a senior science advisor to the Ontario government, said in a press conference this week. "It's spreading far more quickly than it was before and we cannot vaccinate quickly enough to break this third wave."

Ontario has enacted a month-long "emergency brake" in response to the surge in infections. The new restrictions will shut down gyms, indoor dining, and personal care services, CBC News reported.

Quebec, meanwhile, has implemented a lockdown in three different cities, shutting down schools and non-essential businesses, and enacting a stricter curfew. British Columbia has also put a three-week ban on indoor dining, worship services, and indoor fitness activities.

Canada has had a remarkably slow vaccine rollout, mainly due to delays in importing doses. The country lacks the capacity to manufacture its own vaccines. As of April 1, just 1.75% of the population was fully vaccinated, and just 11.86% had received at least one dose, according to government data.
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Remembering the lives lost to COVID-19: Former SSgt. Robert Pedro Mendoza, 43, of Oceanside, Calif.

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Remembering the lives lost to COVID-19: Former SSgt. Robert Pedro Mendoza, 43, of Oceanside, Calif.

https://us.yahoo.com/news/remembering-t ... 33282.html

Former Staff Sgt. Robert Pedro Mendoza, 43, of Oceanside, Calif., died on April 20, 2020, after becoming ill with COVID-19. He’s among the more than 550,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the disease since the first known fatality in early 2020.

His mother, Yolanda Mendoza, told Yahoo News that her son was a “loving person” who loved his family, his son and his country.

“He served in the United States Marine Corps for about 15 years. He loved being a Marine, and everything that it stood for.”

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Originally from Houston, Mendoza moved to California in 1994 at age 17 to join the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and was deployed seven times, including tours to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

In 2008, Mendoza decided to retire from the military to start a family. He was honorably discharged.

After his military service, Mendoza ran Tactical Defense Systems, a company in Oceanside, Calif., that made tactical gear for the military and law enforcement agencies. Mendoza says her son “dedicated the rest of his life to his business and his son.”

He was a devoted father to his 10-year-old son, Christian. “Robert was an awesome dad,” Mendoza said. “He loved that little boy. He was so proud of [him].”

Last spring, just before Easter, SSgt. Robert Mendoza began to feel ill. Within days of testing positive for COVID-19 and developing symptoms, he died at a hospital in San Diego.

For his mother, his sudden death was shocking and difficult to accept.

“He was just a big, solid guy,” she said. “He had two black belts in Jiu Jitsu. He could tackle anything. He could go to war. He came back safely. My son has been shot at, and for him to die of a virus, I just couldn't believe it.”

Although the pain of losing her son is still very fresh, visiting him at the cemetery every Sunday brings her and her husband some comfort.

“We talk to him,” she said. “We try to tell him how Christian is doing, and I always ask Robert, before I leave, to just protect Christian and guide him if he can.”
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Covid was the third leading cause of death among Americans in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, CDC says

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Covid was the third leading cause of death among Americans in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, CDC says

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/covid-w ... -says.html
  • Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a new CDC study.
  • More than 3.3 million deaths were reported in the U.S. last year, a 16% increase over 2019.
  • The deadliest weeks of 2020 were at the beginning of the pandemic in April and then in the middle of the holiday surge in late December.
The coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 3.3 million deaths were reported in the U.S. last year, a 16% increase over 2019, according to provisional data published Wednesday compiled by the National Vital Statistics System, which examines and reports annual mortality statistics based on death certificates.

The deadliest weeks last year were at the beginning of the pandemic and then in the middle of the holiday surge, during the weeks ending April 11, with 78,917 fatalities, and Dec. 26, when 80,656 people died, the CDC found.

According to the study released Wednesday, Covid-19 was listed as the underlying cause for 345,323 deaths, killing more Americans than unintentional injuries, strokes, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia and kidney disease.

The agency’s early findings were published months ahead of schedule due to “improvements in timeliness and the pressing need for updated, quality data during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers wrote.

Only heart disease and cancer killed more people in the U.S. than Covid-19 in 2020 — heart disease killed 690,882 people and cancer killed 598,932.

Covid-19 replaced suicide among the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., the study found. Overall, the annual death rate increased by nearly 16% in 2020 compared with a year earlier, the first time it’s grown since 2017, the CDC said.

The highest annual death rates were reported among men, people ages 85 and older, and people who are non-Hispanic Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native, the CDC said.

However, when looking at Covid-19 alone, Hispanic and American Indian and Alaskan Native people, as well as those ages 85 and older, died from the disease at higher rates compared with every other group. Men died from Covid-19 at a higher rate than women.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said following the study’s release that the findings should serve “as a catalyst” for Americans to drive down the spread of the virus and get vaccinated once it’s their turn.

“I know this is not easy and so many of us are frustrated with the disruption this pandemic has had on our everyday lives, but we can do this as a nation working together,” Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 press briefing Wednesday.

It typically takes researchers 11 months after the end of the calendar year to investigate “certain causes of death and to process and review data.” While the daily total Covid death figures reported by the CDC are timely, they can underestimate the actual number of deaths because of “incomplete or delayed reporting.”

“Provisional death estimates provide an early indication of shifts in mortality trends and can guide public health policies and interventions aimed at reducing numbers of deaths that are directly or indirectly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers wrote.

Some have tried to sow doubt about the true amount of deaths caused by Covid-19, claiming they may have been overstated. However, in a separate CDC study published Wednesday, the agency found that the death certificates accurately reflected the number of reported coronavirus fatalities.

The agency examined death certificates listing Covid-19 and at least one other co-occurring condition. The CDC found that in 97% of the deaths, Covid-19 was reported alongside another condition that was possibly caused by the virus, such as pneumonia or respiratory failure, or significantly contributed to its severity, such as diabetes or hypertension.

A small proportion of them — 2.5% of the certificates — documented conditions that aren’t currently associated with Covid-19, the CDC found.

“These findings support the accuracy of COVID-19 mortality surveillance in the United States using official death certificates,” the researchers said.
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Dozens of unaccompanied migrant minors sheltered in San Diego have tested positive for coronavirus

4/1/21


https://outbreak.news/2021-04-01-unacco ... virus.html


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed reports that dozens of unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and were transported to a shelter at the San Diego Convention Center have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to the HHS, 82 of the more than 700 migrant minors in the shelter tested positive but none required hospitalization.

HHS officials said those who tested positive were brought to San Diego on a separate plane and their intake was separate from the others. They were also kept in separate areas on a separate floor.

Those who tested negative are tested for COVID-19 every three days. All migrant minors are tested before boarding transportation to the shelter.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria told the media over the weekend that the shelter is only taking unaccompanied girls aged 13 to 17.

“Today we are showing the world that San Diego is a welcoming city. These are children. This is the right thing to do,” Gloria said as he led the opening of the facility on Saturday, March 27.

Gloria added the shelter will provide a full range of services.

“I want to be clear, this is not just cots, but [what] we are doing here is intensive case management, medical care, behavioral health care, educational services, recreational services, nutritious meals, legal services, religious services, and probably above anything, to be a safe place,” he said.

The San Diego shelter, which is under contract until mid-July, will operate as a processing facility and shelter for the children until social workers can connect them with relatives or sponsors. Officials said South Bay Community Services in San Diego is helping the minors contact relatives in the country or helping them find sponsors.

The convention center is one of at least eight facilities that have been converted into shelters or created to house the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children entering the U.S. in recent months.

Over 17,000 unaccompanied migrant minors under government care

According to a March 30 report, there are 17,641 unaccompanied migrant minors in government care – 5,606 are in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody and 12,035 are in the care of the HHS.

From March 1 to March 30, there were a total of 647 COVID-19 cases in 40 out of 50 Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Office of Refugee Resettlement operations. (Related: Unloading disease-carrying immigrants in large U.S. cities a ‘perfect storm’ for pandemic disease outbreak.)

At the facility for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas, around 11 percent of kids have tested positive for COVID-19, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News Wednesday, March 31. There are 766 unaccompanied migrant minors stationed at the site.

The source said the site’s contractor is a nonprofit that provided emergency coronavirus response resources to Texas this year and requested that COVID-19 positive teens be sent to the facility.

Late Tuesday, March 30, 500 unaccompanied minors were brought to Fort Bliss, Texas, which houses boys between 13 and 17. The facility can house as many as 5,000 children. It’s not yet clear how many children there have tested positive for COVID-19.

Also on Tuesday, reporters were given a first look inside a CBP-run facility, which revealed severe overcrowding. A temporary tent facility in Donna, Texas, which is meant to hold 250 migrants, had more than 4,100 crammed inside.

According to the CBP, 3,400 of those were unaccompanied minors and more than 2,000 had been held beyond the legal limit of 72 hours.

“It’s not surprising then, that girls who are legally not supposed to be held for more than 72 hours and are being held for a much longer period of time at those facilities are contracting the disease,” Pedro Ríos, the director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Program with the American Friends Service Committee, which aids migrants in San Diego, told ABC News.

He described those facilities as “horrendous or ill-equipped to handle any type of medical emergency or any situation where there could be a spread of communicable disease.”

“They don’t have the medical supplies there to handle any type of outbreak or treat anyone with any serious illness. That’s what we’ve seen children die in the past,” Ríos said.

During the time of former President Donald Trump, his administration invoked a section of the public health code known as “Title 42” to give immigration authorities the green light to remove unaccompanied migrant children. CBP said it was necessary to reduce overcrowding at its facilities.

But under President Joe Biden, the government is allowing teens and children to stay in the country. The change, combined with an unprecedented increase in the number of kids found crossing the border, has strained government resources and sent the Biden administration scrambling to find more shelter space.
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4 virus variants are spreading in the US, and studies suggest they can make people sicker, evade the immune response, or spread faster. Here's why experts are concerned.


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Shock Video: Cops Force-Vaccinate Special Needs Girls In Statewide ‘Operation Homebound’ Program

LA officers worked to administer vaccine to "underrepresented, homebound, and underserved disabled residents."

4/12/21


https://www.newswars.com/shock-video-co ... d-program/


Horrific video out of California shows LAPD officers forcibly administer the COVID-19 vaccine to a trio of women with special needs who were forcefully resisting the shot.

The footage shows a terrified special needs woman struggling to escape getting jabbed while being constrained by two officers as the third officer sticks the needle in her arm.

“I’ll be gentle, ok? I’ll be gentle,” the officer with the vaccine said.

“Noooooo!” the woman screamed.

After forcibly injecting her with the experimental mRNA vaccine, the officers then clapped as the woman continued wailing.

Another special needs girl is seen in a driveway trying to escape the officers with the vaccine before also getting jabbed.

Next, the officers appeared to administer the COVID-19 to a sleeping patient with Alzheimer’s disease without her knowledge or consent.

“There you go, piece of cake. It’s okay hon, we just gave you a vaccination, that’s all,” the female officer said as the woman began to wake up.

This disturbing footage is part of Los Angeles’ Operation Homebound, which the LA County Sheriff’s Office says is a “program designed to vaccinate the most underrepresented, homebound, and underserved disabled residents in our communities, including those experiencing homelessness.”

This particular state-run vaccine initiative appears to be just another insidious form of the eugenics operation already underway as the vaccine is being rolled out across the world.
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The billionaire scientist who developed Pfizer's breakthrough vaccine has not sold any shares in his surging stock, unli

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The billionaire scientist who developed Pfizer's breakthrough vaccine has not sold any shares in his surging stock, unlike contemporaries

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Texas Governor Bans Vaccine Passports with Executive Order

4/6/21


https://humansarefree.com/2021/04/texas ... order.html


Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday morning banning the creation or use of a “vaccine passport.It prohibits state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas from creating a “vaccine passport” or conditioning services on a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

“Everyday, Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I’ve said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Governor Abbott said in a video announcing the order.

“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”



In addition to impacting state agencies and local governments, the executive order also applies to any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds through any means from requiring the presentation of vaccination status from consumers before rendering services.

Nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities are allowed to continue requiring documentation of vaccination status.
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