Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira’s report. Here now the news of the pandemic from around the world on the 917th day of the pandemic.
Given the tremendous overlap of symptoms, one simply cannot rely on them to determine if you have a cold, the flu, or SARS-CoV-2. Patients with all three conditions typically present with a cough, sore throat, and/or runny nose.
You can eliminate the common cold if you have a fever. Fever is very much a symptom of the flu or Covid. The same goes for chills, headaches, and muscle and body aches.
However, if you have a new loss of taste and/or smell, shortness of breath, shortness of breath, or diarrhea, it is more likely to be Covid.
Fortunately, home test kits make that determination quite simple without a visit to the doctor. Keep some on hand as winter approaches and we spend more time indoors, making us more prone to illness.
In other news we cover today, a study found that nearly half of all covid patients have not fully recovered months later and Taiwan reopened its borders to tourists after a 2.5-year pandemic lockdown.
Hong Kong officials said they are considering lowering the limit on public gatherings to 12 residents from the current four. Additionally, they will likely allow live performances at entertainment venues to resume starting next week.
Cases in the city have largely leveled off from a recent high of 10,273 on September 2 of this year. The current 7-day incidence is 4,685.
A study coming out of Scotland found that nearly 50% of SARS-CoV-2 patients have not fully recovered months later. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, followed 33,000 people who had tested positive for the virus as of April 2020 and 63,000 who had never been diagnosed with Covid.
The researchers also revealed that one in 20 people who had been sick with covid reported that they did not recover at all. Meanwhile, another four in ten said they had not fully recovered months later.
A new symptom of Long Covid is coming to light, reduced exercise capacity. New research published Wednesday in the JAMA Network suggests that those with prolonged COVID may be prone to exhaustion after exercise. The study followed 350 people who had recovered from SARS-CoV-2 and 460 with Long Covid symptoms and found that, on average, people in the group experiencing Long Covid symptoms had a lower peak oxygen level than those who fully recovered. As with other Long Covid symptoms, not all of them are present in all Long Covid patients.
Taiwan has reopened its borders to tourists after 2.5 years of pandemic-induced closure. Visitors now have unrestricted access to the island nation, making mainland China one of the few countries to keep its borders closed.
Meanwhile, the Deutsche ReiseVerband reported that Germans’ tourist bookings for the upcoming winter season were down 33% at the end of August compared to the same pre-COVID-19 period in 2018-2019. However, bookings showed an improvement over last year.
Here are the daily stats for Thursday, October 13.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 628.5 million cases of covid-19, an increase of 0.6 million cases and 6.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. Additionally, 607.8 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.4 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Thursday is 14,171,789, an increase of 262,000. Of that number, 99.7%, or 14,133,191, are considered mild and 0.3%, or 38,598, are classified as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed in the last 24 hours.
The United States reported 74,018 new coronavirus infections on Thursday from the previous day, compared with 50,629 on Wednesday, 23,823 on Tuesday and 6,850 on Monday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. 7-day incidence rate is now 38,714. Weekend numbers (reported the next day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to less testing being done.
The daily average of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 38,828, a decrease of 20%, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths during the same period is 377, a decrease of 2% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 26,690, a decrease of 7%.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has registered, as of Thursday, 98.7 million cases, a higher number than any other country, and a death toll of 1.09 million. India has the world’s second-highest number of officially recorded cases, 44.6 million, and a reported death toll of 528,847.
The most recent data from Russia’s state statistics service Rosstat showed that as of the end of July, the number of covid or covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 823,623, giving the country the second highest pandemic in the world. number of related deaths, behind the United States. Rosstat reported that 3,284 people died from the coronavirus or related causes in July, up from 5,023 in June, 7,008 in May and 11,583 in April.
For its part, France is the third country with the highest number of cases, with more than 36 million, although Brazil has registered the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 687,076, and has registered 34.8 million cases, placing it in number four slots.
Germany is at number five with 34.4 million cases.
The other five countries with total case numbers above 20 million are South Korea, with more than 25 million cases, the UK, with 23.7 million cases, putting it at number seven, and Italy, with more than 22.9 million, as number eight, in addition to Japan, with more than 21.6 million, and Russia, with 21.3 million.
FOCUS ON VACCINATION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of last Thursday, more than 264.6 million people in the United States, or 79.7%, have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. . Of that population, 68%, or 225.9 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 624.2 million. Breaking this down further, 90.6% of the population over the age of 18, or 234 million people, have received at least a first inoculation and 77.9% of the same group, or 200.9 million people, are fully vaccinated. In addition, 52.1% of that population, or 104.7 million people, have already received a first booster dose of the vaccine.
Beginning June 13, 2022, the CDC began updating vaccine data weekly and posting the updated information on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT, according to a statement on the agency’s website.
About 68.2% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. So far, 12.8 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally, and 1.8 million doses are now administered per day.
Meanwhile, only 22.9% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
Only a handful of the world’s poorest countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal) have reached the 70% vaccination mark. However, many countries are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain at 10% or less.
Furthermore, with vaccinations starting in North Korea at the end of September, Eritrea remains the only country in the world that has not administered vaccinations.
Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.
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