COVID Highlights - Arabian Peninsula and Elsewhere

@ April 12, COVID-19 Deaths Per Million:

  • Italy: 1,892
  • UK: 1,864
  • USA: 1,732
  • Spain: 1,632
  • Germany: 940
  • Canada: 614
  • Saudi Arabia: 192
  • UAE: 154

April 12 - CNN: "Facebook will show vaccine eligibility notifications to US users by state" ... "Facebook users will now receive notifications at the top of their news feeds advising them of their vaccine eligibility in states that have opened vaccination appointments to all adults, the company said in a blog post Monday. ..."

April 9 - CTV News: "COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors" ... "Doctors in Japan announced Thursday they have successfully performed the world's first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from COVID-19. The recipient, identified only as a woman from Japan's western region of Kansai ... her husband and son, who donated parts of their lungs, are also in stable condition. ..."

April 8 - CNN: "More than half of UK positive cases asymptomatic, figures show" ... "... "In March 2021, 47% of people testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK with a strong positive test reported symptoms and 53% did not report having any symptoms," the ONS said. ... "Asymptomatic" describes a person who is infected but does not have symptoms. With Covid-19, asymptomatic carriers can still easily infect others without knowing it. ..."

April 7 - CNN: "One third of Covid-19 patients experience psychological or neurological diagnoses over 6 months, study shows" ... "... They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. The most common diagnosis was anxiety, found in 17% of those treated for Covid-19, followed by mood disorders, found in 14% of patients. ..."

April 7 - CNN: "European Medicines Agency finds AstraZeneca shot can cause rare blood clots with low platelet count" ... "... They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. The most common diagnosis was anxiety, found in 17% of those treated for Covid-19, followed by mood disorders, found in 14% of patients. ..."

April 6 - CNN: "Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine continues to show robust antibody levels at 6 months" ... "... but stresses the overall benefits of the vaccine in preventing coronavirus outweigh the risks of side effects. ... "So far, most of the cases reported have occurred in women under 60 years of age within 2 weeks of vaccination. Based on the currently available evidence, specific risk factors have not been confirmed.""

April 6 - CNN: "Half of parents say they’re likely to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19, poll finds" ... "Just over half of parents – 52% – said they are likely to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19 when a vaccine becomes available for their age group, according to results of a new Axios-Ipsos poll, released Tuesday. ..."

April 5 - CNN: "Nearly 40,000 children in the US have lost a parent to Covid-19, new model estimates" ... " ... “The number of children experiencing a parent dying of Covid-19 is staggering, with an estimated 37,300 to 43,000 already affected,” said the research letter, led by Rachel Kidman of the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. “Black children are disproportionately affected, comprising only 14% of children in the US but 20% of those losing a parent to Covid-19.” ..."

April 2 - CNN: "UK medicines watchdog finds 30 blood clot cases after AstraZeneca vaccinations" ... "The UK’s medicines watchdog has identified 30 cases of rare blood clots in people who have received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine -- 25 more than previously reported. It added that the cases were still very rare and advises the vaccine continue to be used, as the benefits outweigh the risk. ..."

April 1 - CNN: "Pfizer says Covid-19 vaccine protection lasts at least six months, protects against variants" ... "... The vaccine remains more than 91% effective against disease with any symptoms for six months, the companies said. And it appeared to be fully effective against the worrying B.1.351 variant of the virus, which is the dominant strain circulating in South Africa and which researchers feared had evolved to evade the protection of vaccines, the companies said. "The vaccine was 100% effective against severe disease as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 95.3% effective against severe COVID-19 as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)," Pfizer and BioNTech said in a joint statement. ..."

March 31 - CNN: "Covid-19 was third leading cause of death in US last year, CDC confirms in early data" ... "... Early data showed that the top 10 leading causes of death in 2020 were: 1. Heart disease 2. Cancer 3. Covid-19 ..."

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