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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #425 on: December 27, 2021, 06:04:45 PM »
A significant development in the handling of isolation and quarantine time periods for asymptomatic people with positive test results or who were exposed to people with positive tests:

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cutting its recommended isolation time for people infected with COVID-19 from 10 to five days, as long as they are asymptomatic.

The agency on Monday said that change applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status and that after the five days is up, people should wear a mask around other people at all times for another five days.

Additionally, CDC said it was shortening the recommended quarantine to five days for people who are unvaccinated or vaccinated but not boosted if they are exposed.

For people who are vaccinated and boosted, CDC said there's no need to quarantine.

Isolation is the recommended course of action when someone tests positive for COVID-19, while quarantine is suggested for a healthy person with an exposure to someone who tested positive.

CDC said the change was driven by science showing that the majority of virus transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the first two days prior to onset of symptoms and the two to three days after.

"CDC's updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

For anyone exposed to the virus, CDC said best practice would also include a coronavirus test five days after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

"This is a great example of following the science," said Megan Ranney, an emergency physician and a dean at the Brown University School of Public Health. "We don't need to continue to do things the same way, just because they've always been done that way. We should follow what we're learning about the virus."

But Ranney said she was concerned that people wouldn't wear masks after the five days in isolation or quarantine, particularly people who are not vaccinated.

She also said she wasn't sure why CDC would apply the same isolation standard to everyone regardless of vaccination status, since studies show the period of infectiousness is shorter for people who have been vaccinated.

Monday's announcement follows the agency's move last week to change guidelines to allow health care workers to reduce their time in isolation from 10 days to seven, or even five in times of a staffing crisis.

As the omicron variant stretches many hospitals and health workers to near breaking, federal officials said they want to make sure there are enough staff when there's a COVID-19 outbreak.

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The changes announced on Monday extend the guidance to the general public.

"If it's good enough for health care workers, it should be good enough for everyone," Ranney said. "If the rules truly are that if you are asymptomatic, you can shorten your isolation, that's fair. And that's backed up by the science."
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #426 on: December 30, 2021, 07:52:22 AM »
Update from Argentina:

The number of cases have suddenly increased in the last week in similar levels to those we had during the second wave.

The authorities have stated that we're in the middle of the third wave of cases, and both Delta and Omicron variants are circulating in the country. However, and despite the high number of positive cases detected in the last week the  occupation in the Intensive Care units in the whole country remains around the 35 % only and the number of daily deaths until now are less than 50.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #427 on: January 02, 2022, 02:35:23 PM »
New restrictions for the foreigner visitors have been announced to enter the country on December 30th:

Negative PCR made within the 72 hours before to the beginning of the travel.

Also an affidavit provided by Migrations where it must be certificated that there's no observations from the traveler's medical authorities. This includes a medical discharge if the person has suffered the infection during the previous 90 days of entering the country - including the corresponding positive PCR -.

Certificate proving that the person have complete the full vaccination scheme according to the respective country's directives.

A COVID-19 health insurance covering hospitalization, isolation and / or medical transfer services, for those who are positive cases, suspects or close contacts.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #428 on: February 03, 2022, 08:47:56 PM »
Update from Argentina:

It's been a long time reporting, sorry.

The third wave hit us really hard, specially in the first three weeks of January with number of cases counted over one hundred thousand every day. Also the number of deaths is still in similar numbers to the second wave. Only good thing was that the ICU occupation in the whole country has barely passed the 50 %, what is seen as a effect of the vaccination program mostly. Omicron has becoming the dominant variant during the wave with a small part of Delta variant cases still detected.

A decrease in the number of cases almost to the half of the numbers of January has been reposted in the last ten days.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #429 on: February 18, 2022, 01:47:41 AM »
A pre-print study from Japan suggests that the recently identified BA.2 sub varian of the Covid-19 omicron variant may be far more serious and even more transmissible, and highly mutated compared to the original Covid-19 coronavirus. Tests and treatments may not work, and new vaccine boosters may be necessary.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/17/health/ba-2-covid-severity/index.html
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #430 on: February 24, 2022, 11:07:13 AM »
Update from Argentina:

The number of cases here are contantly decreasing in the last couple of weeks, with last Sunday only reporting a little more of three thousand, the lowest amount since last year.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #431 on: March 26, 2022, 04:41:21 AM »
The BA.2 sub variant of the Covid-19 Omicron variant is now driving a majority of the Covid-19 cases worldwide, per the WHO, and is now rapidly spreading in Los Angeles. It is said to cause more severe cases than Omicron, and vaccinations and treatments are not handling the sub variant.

See, e.g. The W.H.O. says the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron is driving most cases around the world

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/24/world/who-omicron-variant-ba2-cases.html

BA.2 or 'stealth' subvariant of omicron is more contagious: medical expert explains what is known so far

https://www.9news.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/ba2-stealth-subvariant-omicron-contagious-medical-expert-explains/73-0e50f957-af56-48ed-a13e-fae0e0809769

A roundup of items from The New York Times including Covid Updates: Glaxo Antibody Drug Is Restricted in the Northeast

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/03/25/world/covid-19-mandates-cases-vaccine

Omicron subvariant BA.2 spreading rapidly in L.A. and across the nation (Los Angeles Times)

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-25/percentage-of-omicron-subvariant-ba-2-rising-in-l-a-county




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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #432 on: March 29, 2022, 07:02:04 PM »
The CDC is now reporting that the BA.2 sub variant is now the most common strain of Covid-19 in the U.S.:

https://apple.news/A2_3QJQPlTkS5H6RJHaF0MQ
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #433 on: March 30, 2022, 02:00:54 AM »
Same, with additional details, and second booster shot approved for those 50 and older or with immunocompromised conditions
BA.2 sub variant now dominate Covid-19 strain in U.S., has 30% greater transmission rate than original Omicron variant.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/600172-omicron-subvariant-ba2-now-dominant-strain-in-the-us-cdc
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #434 on: April 18, 2022, 08:29:19 AM »
Update from Argentina:

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic authorities have reported zero deaths related to COVID-19.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #435 on: April 18, 2022, 05:11:50 PM »
A federal district judge in Florida has struck down the CDC public transportation mask mandate, ruling that theCDC did not have the legal authority to issue the mandate, and that the process it used violate federal law on administrative procedure.
Public transportation includes aircraft, trains, taxis, busses and other modes of public transportation.
It’s not clear yet whether the order will be appealed or if its effect will be stayed pending an appeal.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #436 on: April 18, 2022, 08:50:17 PM »
The Transportation Security Agency and major airlines have announced that they will no longer enforce a mask mandate. The CDC has stated that pending their review of the decision the mandate is not being enforced.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #437 on: April 21, 2022, 10:43:16 AM »
At the request of the CDC, the US Justice Department is appealing the federal district judge order overturning the public transportation Covid-19 mask requirement. Cases of the BA.2 sub variant continue to spread, but hospitalizations and death rates are not rising.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #438 on: May 04, 2022, 10:27:15 PM »
After seeing a federal district judge terminate a mask mandate for public transportation two weeks ago, the CDC has now issued a recommendation about mask wearing in public transportation; the new guidance is not a mandate.

https://deadline.com/2022/05/cdc-reissues-mask-planes-public-transportation-1235015720/
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #439 on: May 05, 2022, 05:57:27 PM »
From CNN breaking news

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The US Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it is limiting the emergency use authorization of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Covid-19 vaccine to people 18 and older for whom other vaccines aren't appropriate or accessible and those who opt for J&J because they wouldn't otherwise get vaccinated.

The FDA said in a statement that the change is being made because of the risk of a rare and dangerous clotting condition called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) after receiving the vaccine


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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #441 on: May 21, 2022, 01:37:08 AM »
It’s confusing as infection rates slowly rise literally in every state due to the various Omicron sub variants. These sub variants are more infectious but less likely to result in hospitalizations or deaths. Large indoor and possibly outdoor settings seem to be the likely factor in transmission. (Various political and entertainment figures have been testing positive, but news reports aren’t being specific as to which variant or sub variants. Two finalists on the current season of American Idol tested positive in the same week, after the then remaining contestants filmed segments at Disneyland. One contestant had to perform live remotely from his hotel room, while prerecorded rehearsals were used for the other contestant. Both recovered within a week, and completed the following week.(One of the contestants is one of the Final Three, and recorded a hometown visit and performance for the finale Sunday.
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Re: Coronavirus: OFFICIAL Updates/ Health Info/Travel Info
« Reply #442 on: May 21, 2022, 01:38:51 AM »
On the monkeypox situation, the disease is frequent in some areas of Africa. What’s unusual about this outbreak is that it’s being detected inEurope and North America.
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