COVID-19

Atlanta cuts restrictions for outdoor events with under 50,000 people

Atlanta cuts restrictions for outdoor events with under 50,000 people

By Wilborn P. Nobles III, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is lifting some restrictions on outdoor events — a move that will expand the city’s attendance limit to less than 50,000 people. Bottoms took the action Thursday with an executive orderthat directs city officials to begin accepting permit applications for outdoor events for up to 49,999 persons, effective immediately. The events can only occur under the guidelines outlined by the city to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The mayor’s latest order comes after Atlanta entered Phase 4of its reopening plan this month, which allows city employees to return…
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Parts of Sydney going into lockdown as coronavirus outbreak grows

Parts of Sydney going into lockdown as coronavirus outbreak grows

By AJC wire reports Troy Warren for CNT Parts of Sydney went into lockdown Friday as a coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s largest city continued to grow. Health authorities reported an additional 22 locally transmitted cases and imposed a weeklong lockdown in four areas, saying people could leave their homes only for essential purposes. The outbreak of the highly contagious delta variant was first detected last week, and 65 people have been infected. “If you live or work in those local government areas, you need to stay at home unless absolutely necessary,” said Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales state.…
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Autopsy: COVID brains similar to those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Autopsy: COVID brains similar to those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Studies have shown COVID-19 can cause brain complications in some patients’ brains, from memory problems to strokes. A new study has found the brains of people who died from COVID-19 were remarkably similar to the brains of people who die from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, showing inflammation and disrupted circuitry, researchers reported. “The brains of patients who died from severe COVID-19 showed profound molecular markers of inflammation, even though those patients didn’t have any reported clinical signs of neurological impairment,” study co-senior author Tony Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology and neurological sciences…
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Royal Caribbean Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases Onboard Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases Onboard Adventure of the Seas

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Royal Caribbean has found two cases of COVID-19 onboard Adventure of the Seas, which is currently sailing out of the Bahamas. The two cases were found during routine testing before their return home to the U.S. The passengers were immediately quarantined, according to a statement from the cruise line. One of the guests is asymptomatic while the other is showing mild symptoms. Both guests were under the age of 16 and unvaccinated. Their immediate travel party were all vaccinated and have all tested negative. Close contacts of the group have all been identified…
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When do I still need to wear a mask?

When do I still need to wear a mask?

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT It depends, mostly on whether or not you’re vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in most situations. That includes when you’re outside and in many indoor spaces like restaurants, though you still need to follow any local or business rules. Americans also still need a mask when traveling, including on buses, subways and planes and at airports. The guidance on masks will differ by country. Some experts say the CDC…
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NBC Approaches “Moral Hazard” Amid Tokyo Olympics Push During Pandemic

NBC Approaches “Moral Hazard” Amid Tokyo Olympics Push During Pandemic

BY PATRICK BRZESKI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT As health experts question the wisdom of proceeding with the games in Japan — where just 6 percent of the population is fully vaccinated — the broadcaster, with billions at stake, is taking a big risk. During the TV industry’s upfronts in May, Disney enlisted Jimmy Kimmel to liven up the proceedings with a stand-up routine. The ABC late-night star roasted the broadcast community but reserved his arguably sharpest words for NBCUniversal, saying, “NBC is planning to move forward with the Olympics this summer, even if they have to kill every last person in Japan to…
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What to know about COVID-19 variants

What to know about COVID-19 variants

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT So far, roughly 213 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States, with more than a quarter of the nation fully vaccinated. The virus is still spreading, with cases rising in many parts of the country. Each time the virus transmits is another opportunity for a mutation to occur, potentially creating a new — and possibly more problematic — strain of the virus. The Biden administration recently allocated $1.7 billion to fight these troubling variants. Earlier this month, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago launched an advanced molecular lab dedicated to…
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CDC: Delta variant will become predominant COVID strain

CDC: Delta variant will become predominant COVID strain

By Tim Darnell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT States with highest unvaccinated numbers will be most at risk: ex-FDA executive Despite a recent White House victory lap over 300 million vaccine shots administered in President Joe Biden’s first 150 days, the highly contagious delta variant continues threatening the U.S., especially in states with the lowest vaccination numbers. On Sunday, Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” the Biden administration needs a new vaccine strategy. “Connecticut, for example where I am, shows no upsurge of infection, but Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, show…
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Israel to send 1M coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians

Israel to send 1M coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT JERUSALEM — Israel said Friday it will transfer around 1 million doses of soon-to-expire coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian Authority in exchange for a similar number of doses the Palestinians expect to receive later this year. Israel, which has fully reopened after vaccinating some 85% of its adult population, has faced criticism for not sharing its vaccines with the 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. The disparity played out across the globe as the bulk of vaccines went to wealthy countries. As those countries have made progress containing their…
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People already infected with COVID-19 gain no additional benefits from vaccination: Study

People already infected with COVID-19 gain no additional benefits from vaccination: Study

by Michael Lee, Social Media Writer | WashingtonExaminer.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Scientists from the Cleveland Clinic found vaccinating those who have previously been infected with COVID-19 offers no additional benefits to the individual. A study conducted on over 52,000 Cleveland Clinic employees found there was no significant difference in COVID-19 infections between previously infected and currently unvaccinated participants; previously infected and currently vaccinated participants; and previously uninfected and currently vaccinated participants. Researchers also found that 99.3% of all COVID-19 infections occurred in unvaccinated participants who had not been previously infected. The remaining 0.7% of infections were in vaccinated participants who were…
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