The Coronavirus - What's Happening Around the World

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Pfizer vaccine may not be as effective against the Delta variant.

Pfizer vaccine protection takes a hit as Delta variant spreads, Israeli government says

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/06/health/israel-pfizer-efficacy-delta-variant-intl/index.html

The Israeli government says its analysis has shown the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine appears to be less effective against infections caused by the Delta variant compared to other strains of Covid-19.
In a brief statement issued on Monday, the government said that as of June 6, the vaccine provided 64% protection against infection. In May -- when the Alpha variant dominated in Israel and the Delta strain had not yet spread widely -- it found that the shot was 95.3% effective against all infections.
The government added that the vaccine was now 93% effective in preventing severe disease and hospitalizations, compared to 97% reported in the medical journal The Lancet in May.
 
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Any CV19 vac is better than none. It's unfortunate this nation is so full of ignoramuses'. Read couple of articles recently stating of CV19 deaths only .02% were vaccinated. The majority no vac deaths are either anti-vac, lazy, ignorant or RWN, but I repeat myself.:giggle:
 

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BoSox/Yanks cancelled due to Covid. Several of the top players in the British Open had to withdraw. Tokyo is experiencing the highest surge in Covid in 6 months, right before the Olympics.
But yeah, lets continue to pretend it ain't there. No masks and full crowds!
 
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Out bi-weekly shopping today - Wally, Costco, Sam's - near no one masking outside of a few employees. People are so blatantly nonchalant with few exceptions. I masked from F150, back to F150. Monday had cystoscopy - had to be masked to enter medical bldg., but once in area for procedure, no one masked at all (except myself), not even Doc. Signage said "fully vaccinated - no mask, otherwise required" - considering 35% +/- of population fully vaccinated, I suspect there were many liars/pretenders I saw this week. I'm learning to have a very huge distaste for my fellow americans (lower case as sign of purposely disrespecting stupidity).
 

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New long COVID studies warn we're still in “uncharted territory”
https://newatlas.com/health-wellbeing/new-study-long-covid-symptoms-coronavirus/

With successful vaccines helping prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 scientists are racing to understand the long-term effects of this novel disease. Dubbed "long COVID", a handful of new studies are beginning to shed light on this unusual chronic condition, highlight who is more susceptible and what kind of symptoms are most common.


Below is the study. It's a long read.

Characterizing long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00299-6/fulltext

excerpts:
A significant number of patients with COVID-19 experience prolonged symptoms, known as Long COVID.

Patients with Long COVID report prolonged, multisystem involvement and significant disability. By seven months, many patients have not yet recovered (mainly from systemic and neurological/cognitive symptoms), have not returned to previous levels of work, and continue to experience significant symptom burden.

Public discourse on COVID-19 has largely centered around those with severe or fatal illness [
[1]
]. However, recent studies show that a growing number of patients with initially mild COVID-19 will experience prolonged symptoms..............


Patients with Long COVID can experience relapsing-remitting symptoms[
[7]
]. In this cohort, a minimum of 85.9% (84.8% to 87.0%) of respondents reported experiencing relapses
There is a lot to read of significance.
Be sure to read
3.6.5 Impact on work

Under the Discussion header, this stands out:

Overall, these findings suggest that the morbidity of COVID-19 illness has been greatly overlooked. Patients experience multisystem symptoms for over seven months, resulting in significant impact to their lives and livelihoods.
IMO, this will cause a strain on social services and be a negative factor on our economy.
 
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Are there any anti-vaxxers here? If so I'd like to know your reasoning. Did you know that your refusal to get vaccinated may cause my state to go back to Phase I and we will lose all the freedom we have gained recently. This will happen because emergency room beds will be over the 90% capacity.
 
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I agree, there are some folks around here that won't even go a local Chinese restaurant even though the folks that run them are born American of oriental decent, haven't traveled at all because they work too hard to have time off.

It's kind of silly, unless you travel or live near a major travel city, or otherwise at risk from what is known so far.
It doesn't hurt to be cautious, but IMHO a good portion of the US population would be more in danger of the seasonal flu rather than coronavirus.
The seasonal flu isn't deadly.
 
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Are there any anti-vaxxers here? If so I'd like to know your reasoning.
The seasonal flu isn't deadly.
There are three threads ongoing regarding Covid-19 and this one is in the Random Discussion forum where such controversial discussions are not allowed. If you want to pursue that avenue there's a thread in the Controversial Topics forum that would be more suitable. :)

Plus, if you do pursue it in the Controversial Topics forum, I would point out that the statement you quoted by RT was made in February 2020 which was at the very beginning of the pandemic and we didn't yet know what we were dealing with. Hardly debate material as much has changed since then. :)
 
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Just to address 'seasonal flu'.... my late wife's elderly grand parents on her fathers side both died from 'seasonal flu' back in the early 1980's.
There are statistics every year about those kind of deaths.
But influenza is no where near as lethal as the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
I get a flu shot every fall.
 

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