The United States is ontrack toship36.7millionBinaxNOW rapid point-of-care Covid-19teststo states by the end of this week,the US Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CNN on Monday.
"To protect seniors and to facilitate the continued re-opening of schools, businesses and the economy, the Trump administration prioritized scaling-up our state and national point of care testing capacity,"Admiral Dr. BrettGiroir, the department's assistant secretary for health, said in a news release on Sunday.
The BinaxNOWantigentests, developed by Abbott, are intended to help governors with reopening their states, according to the news release. The federal governmentpreviously announced itwants to deploy 150millionBinaxNOW Covid-19testsnationally; HHS confirmed to CNN on Monday that the 36.7 million tests are part of that total.
ButGiroiradded in the news release that testing does not replace following the guidelines of avoiding crowds, washing hands and wearing a mask.
"Combining personal responsibility with smart, targeted testing is a proven formula to prevent outbreaks but we cannot 'test our way' out of this pandemic,"Giroirsaid. "Public vigilance in adhering to precautionary measures is required especially as we clearly see the onset of mitigation fatigue."
Giroirhad said on Sept. 1 that the Trump administration would begin to send the low-cost antigenteststo states starting in mid-September.On Sept. 28,Giroirsaid the6.5millionteststhe government shipped to governors across the country that week were a real step forward in our testing. At that time,Giroirsaid that production and shipment of thetestsdidnt happen overnight.
The main goal for a coronavirus vaccine is to prevent people from getting ill, and actually preventing infection is secondary, Dr. AnthonyFaucisaid Monday.
The primary thing you want to do is that if people get infected, prevent them from getting sick, and if you prevent them from getting sick, you will ultimately prevent them from getting seriously ill, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a Yahoo Finance interview.
He said that a vaccine that prevents infection would be even better.
If the vaccine also allows you to prevent initial infection, that would be great, Fauci said. But what I would settle for and all of my colleagues would settle for is the primary endpoint to prevent clinically recognizable disease.
More than half of the states across the nation have reported their highest single-day of new Covid-19 cases during the month of October, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
So far this month, 27 states reported at least one record high day of new cases over the last few weeks. Here's the list of states:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
11 states reported their highest single-day of new deaths during the month of October: Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah & Wisconsin.
In a letter to the Democratic Caucus, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cited the White House's resistance to meeting her demands on Covid-19 testing and tracing as a key reason why a stimulus deal has not been reached.
The Republicans continued surrender to the virus particularly amid the recent wave of cases is official malfeasance," she wrote.
We must come to agreement as soon as possible.But we cannot accept the Administrations refusal to crush the virus, honor our heroes or put money in the pockets of the American people," Pelosi wrote.
The current surge of coronavirus cases is not a second wave because the first wave never ended,Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday.
I look at it more as an elongated and an exacerbation of the original first wave, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a Yahoo Finance interview.
It's kind of semantics, Fauci added. You want to call it the third wave or an extended first wave? No matter how you look at it, it's not good news.
Fauci noted that the US never reached a low baseline of cases, which he would consider to be around 10,000 per day. Instead, cases have shot up and down throughout the pandemic, ranging from 20,000 to 80,000 per day.
We've never really had waves in the sense of up and then down to a good baseline, he said. It's been up and wavering up and down, until now we're at the highest baseline we've ever been which is really quite precarious.
Pennsylvania's secretary of health warned against small family gatherings during the holidays during a press conference Monday.
"As we approach the holidays, we need to rethink those gatherings. We need to think about more and more gatherings being virtual, or only staying with the family that you live with," Dr. Rachel Levine said. "I think that's a sacrifice, but that sacrificed could mean people don't get sick in your family."
During part of the conference where she repeated the state's official guidance to avoid larger gatherings, Dr. Levine added that residents should "maybe also though, avoid smaller gatherings."
Nearly 6% of all hospitalized patients with Covid-19 work in health care and most in that group were nurses, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 4% of health care workers who were hospitalized died.
The CDC-led Covid research team reviewed the charts of nearly 7,000 Covid-19 patients who were in the hospital between March 1 and May 31.
Most were women. A large proportion were Black. These patients skewed much younger than the general Covid-19 patient population. The median age of a health care professional who was hospitalized was 49, compared to 62 for the country as a whole, the team reported in in the CDCs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Nearly 90% of hospitalized health care professionals with Covid-19 had at least one underlying medical condition. The most common, reported at nearly 73%, was obesity.
In addition to infection prevention and control efforts, the CDC researchers said there is a need for prevention and management programs to help people control their weight. Obesity significantly increases the risk for severe Covid-19 illness.
This research is in keeping with earlier studies. Research in China also found that people in nursing-related occupations accounted for the most cases among the health care profession.
Nurses may be most at risk of being exposed to the novel coronavirus because they have extended cumulative exposure time. Nurses have the most close and frequent contact with sick patients.
New Mexico has reported record numbers of people hospitalized for Covid-19 for three days in a row, state data shows.
On Friday, the state reported it had 229 people hospitalized for Covid-19, surpassing the previous record high of 223 set on May 15.
Since then, the number has only climbed. The state reported 264 hospitalizations on Saturday and 287 hospitalizations yesterday, state data shows.
The states dashboard does not specify how these numbers relate to the states overall hospital capacity.
New Mexico is currently reporting a total of 41,863 cases of Covid-19 and 967 deaths from the virus.
One thing to note: These numbers were released by New Mexicos public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNNs database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.
Stock losses accelerated on Monday with the Dow dropping more than 800 points or 2.8% following a record surge of new coronavirus cases and languishing stimulus talks in DC.