Fauci heard Roger Marshall calling him a “moron” after a heated exchange
Dr. Anthony Fauci defended remarks he made Tuesday after a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was heard calling Marshall a “moron” when the senator questioned whether he should have a publicly available financial statement form.
Dr. Fauci told MSNBC on Wednesday that he was shocked to learn that “the current US senator does not realize that my financial statement is public.”
The infectious disease expert also clashed with Senator Rand Paul during the hearing, who accused him of politicizing the epidemic and “fueling maniacs” with his remarks. Since then, Dr. Paul has doubled down on his observations.
Dr. Rochelle Walinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, also appeared before lawmakers to answer questions about the US response to the new variants of Covid-19.
The hearing comes as health policymakers say they believe the administration needs an urgent reset in the way it handles the new realities of the pandemic, even though Dr Fauci has suggested the US was on the “threshold” of Covid-19 becoming Epidemiological.
In a speech on Tuesday, he said the Omicron variant “with an extraordinary and unprecedented degree of transmissibility efficiency, will eventually find nearly everyone.”
CDC says Covid deaths and hospitalizations are on the rise due to delta, not omicron
While the increase in cases in the United States is being driven by the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the rise in hospitalizations and deaths is being driven by one of the delta variants, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) said Wednesday.
Speaking at a briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walinsky said: “The magnitude of this increase is largely related to the Omicron variant, which now accounts for about 90 percent of Covid-19 cases in the country.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that in the past week, hospital admissions for Covid-19 increased 33 percent while deaths increased 40 percent.
Dr. Walinsky said the rise in hospitalizations and deaths “is likely to be a late effect of the delta variant, which was rising before Omicron hit the US in December.”
“We may see deaths from Omicron but I think the deaths we are seeing now are still from Delta,” she added.
Tom Fenton reports that the number of daily hospitalizations has surpassed the previous record as of January 2021
Sravasti DasguptaJanuary 13, 2022 04:59
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 94% effective against hospitalization among adolescents
A new study finds that Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines are 94% effective in preventing teens from being hospitalized.
The study, conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with 31 hospitals in 23 states in the country, included data on adolescents aged 12-18 who were hospitalized between July 1 and October 25.
She analyzed data for 445 teens who were hospitalized with Covid and 777 who were hospitalized without the disease.
“Despite eligibility for the Covid-19 vaccine, 96 percent of patients who were hospitalized with Covid-19 and 99 percent of those who received life support were not fully vaccinated,” the study authors wrote.
“We found that vaccination with two doses of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine (the official name for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) reduced the risk of hospitalization from Covid-19 by 94% among adolescents aged 12-18 in the United States,” the study said.
The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Sravasti DasguptaJanuary 13, 2022 04:36
Don Jr laments Fauci, calling him a ‘victim’
Donald Trump Jr. bemoaned Dr. Anthony Fauci for being a “victim” after an infectious disease expert defended calling the Republican senator a “moron” and accused another of misleading the public about Covid.
“Remember, Lord Fauci is always the victims,” Mr Trump Jr chirp On Tuesday, “Nobody else!”
Our Gino Spockia story has it.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2022 04:30
Many will become infected but not everyone will become severely ill, says Dr. Fauci
Not everyone who catches Covid-19 will experience severe illness, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.
At a White House briefing on Covid-19, Dr. Fauci outlined the statement made by the US Food and Drug Administration’s acting commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, on Tuesday, in which she said most people will contract Covid.
“What Dr. Woodcock was referring to when she said that most of us will eventually get Omicron is not that most of us will eventually get sick from Omicron,” Dr. Fauci said Wednesday.
He added that while Covid cannot be eradicated, it can be controlled.
“If you somehow control it at that low level, and people are vaccinated and boosted, sooner or later, when we start to live with it, then what she was suggesting is that almost everyone will end up being exposed and potentially infected — but if you are vaccinated And if you are boosted, your chances of getting sick are very low.”
“That’s what she was referring to,” he added.
Sravasti DasguptaJanuary 13, 2022 04:06
The United States may be on the “threshold” of coexistence with Covid
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the United States is approaching the “threshold” of living with Covid-19, with cases rising across the country.
While speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Tuesday, the president’s chief medical advisor said nearly everyone will be exposed to the highly contagious Omicron variant but that the vaccine would be better off.
“Omicron, with its exceptional, unprecedented degree of transmissibility efficiency, will eventually find just about everyone,” he said.
Alisha Rahman Sarkar reports.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2022 03:30
The impact of staff shortages at United Airlines resulting in reduced schedule
United Airlines has canceled more flights after thousands of airline workers called for them to contract the coronavirus.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2022 02:30
How long can you wear a KN95 or N95 mask?
As the United States struggles to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, reports have emerged that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering recommending that those who can wear a mask wear a higher standard in public places — specifically the KN95 and N95 masks that have been in demand. It has risen over the past two years.
How long should you wear them?
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2022 01:30
Majoree Taylor Green mocks lawmakers’ proposal to dismiss maskless lawmakers
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green on Tuesday derided a proposal to allow House members to vote without masks from a glass case at the House Gallery, suggesting that any member concerned about Covid-19 should not be in office.
Talking to from the insideMs Green said she would argue that members “may not be up to the task” if they feel threatened by the coronavirus that has killed more than 800,000 Americans.
“Maybe they need to consider that they are in the risk group, and they just have to sit outside until they feel safe to go out,” she said.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2022 00:30
How can a state of vaccination change the symptoms of Covid?
A New York emergency room doctor explained the symptoms that Covid patients usually develop, depending on how many and how many vaccinations they received. Unsurprisingly, unvaccinated patients are the worst off.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2022 00:00
Low childhood vaccination rates for Covid-19 called ‘gut punch’
Mistrust, misinformation, holiday delays and bad weather have combined to produce what authorities say are alarmingly low vaccination rates for Covid-19 in American children ages 5 to 11.
As of Tuesday, just over 17 percent were vaccinated, more than two months after age group vaccines became available. While Vermont is 48 percent, California is shy of 19 percent and Mississippi only 5 percent.
Vaccinations among the elementary school group shot up after the shots were introduced in the fall, but the numbers have slowly crept since then, and the omicron’s explosive spread appears to have had little effect.
The low rates are “extremely concerning,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “It’s absolutely amazing.”
Dr Murphy said parents who hesitate “take a huge risk and continue to fuel the epidemic.”
The number of children under the age of 18 hospitalized with Covid-19 in the United States has jumped to the highest levels recorded in the past few weeks. Many of them have other conditions exacerbated by Covid-19, although many are not sick enough to require intensive care.
The low vaccination rates and high number of hospitalizations are “a punch in the gut, especially when we work so hard to keep these kids healthy,” said Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician in Overland Park, Kansas.
Vaccines have proven to be extremely safe and effective in reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 12 2022 23:30