Friday, April 1, 2021
- HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS ARE YOUNGER: In Orange County, FL, cases are rising among young adults, with people 45 and under accounting for 1 in 3 COVID-related hospitalizations, and the average age for new infections dropping to 30. Health officials in Maryland say that young people are driving up cases statewide. In Michigan, the latest surge in coronavirus cases is putting younger people in the hospital compared with a previous surge last fall.
- COVID 3RD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH: A new study from the CDC published Wednesday found that COVID-19 was the third lead cause of death (345,000) in 2020. Heart disease was the No. 1 cause of deaths (690,000), followed by cancer (598,000). The report noted that the COVID-19 death rate was highest among Hispanics and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons.
- VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS: A study from the CDC released on Monday found that even a single shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is highly protective against the coronavirus. Following a single dose of either vaccine, the study participants’ risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 80 percent two or more weeks after vaccination. After two doses, risk of infection was reduced by 90 percent two or more weeks after vaccination.
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