COVID update: N95 mask recalls, kidney disease, long COVID

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Over 39.5 million people in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus through Friday morning September 2, according to Johns Hopkins University. This includes more than 643,000 people who have died across the country.

Globally, there have been more than 219.1 million confirmed cases of the highly infectious virus, with more than 4.5 million deaths reported.

More than 174.9 million Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 2 – about 53% of the total population, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker shows. About 64% of adults and 62% of people aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated in the United States

here is what happened between August 27 and September 2.

FDA says there are “serious concerns” with the quality of these N95 masks

Federal health officials are warning medical professionals of “serious concerns” about the quality of some N95 masks manufactured by Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing in China.

It’s unclear exactly what’s wrong with the products – essential for COVID-19 protection for medical workers – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC say the company “hasn’t successfully controlled the design, labeling and quality management ”of the masks.

All approvals for the N95s produced by Shanghai Dasheng were revoked on August 13, meaning they are no longer authorized for emergency use and “may no longer be manufactured, assembled, sold or distributed” in the United States. United.

Here is a list of masks to avoid.

Most children hospitalized with post-COVID-19 syndrome recover well within a year

Most children who contract the coronavirus have mild illness, but some of them develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome, more commonly known as MIS-C.

It is a rare disease but potentially dangerous if left untreated. More than 4,400 children in the United States had the syndrome as of July 25, according to the CDC, of ​​whom 37 have died.

Medical records show that the most affected children included in the study recovered well without “no significant consequences” in the medium to long term. Here’s what else the study found.

Long-haul COVID-19 at risk for kidney damage – even those who have had mild cases

Long-haul travelers, people who experience symptoms of COVID-19 weeks or months after their infection clears, may be at risk for kidney damage – a significantly higher risk for patients with coronaviruses that have been hospitalized and that exists even for those who have had mild infections.

Based on the medical records of more than 1.7 million people, the new research suggests that approximately 510,000 Americans who have contracted COVID-19 could have kidney injury or disease. And most of them may not know it.

Here’s why.

Unvaccinated teacher triggers COVID-19 outbreak in 22 children in California

An unvaccinated elementary school teacher in Marin County, Calif., Entered work one day in May despite nasal congestion and fatigue; the symptoms were probably allergies, the teacher thought. For two days, the teacher continued to work, sometimes reading aloud to his 24 students without masks, despite the school-wide requirement to wear one indoors.

A test confirmed the teacher had COVID-19. Two days later, reports of additional cases were reported among other school staff, students, parents and siblings.

A total of 26 people have been infected, including 12 of the teacher’s students, six other students in a separate year, four parents and four siblings of affected students, according to a new study.

Cancel Labor Day trip if not vaccinated, CDC says

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner – but we’re still in a pandemic, the CDC has warned hopeful travelers. And that means you still need to take certain precautions – vaccinated or not.

“First and foremost, if you are not vaccinated, we recommend that you do not travel,” CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said during a COVID response team briefing -19 from the White House. Walensky added that people who are fully vaccinated and wearing masks can travel, but should first assess the risks of doing so.

Here’s what the CDC recommends you do if you’re traveling and aren’t vaccinated.

Survey: Number of Americans opposed to getting COVID-19 vaccine hits new low

A new survey has found that reluctance to the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States has declined in recent weeks.

The Axios / Ipsos Coronavirus Index poll found that 20% of those polled said they were unlikely to be vaccinated – the lowest level since the index began tracking l opposition to the vaccine. It comes after the FDA grants formal approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread.

Read on to find out what else the survey found.

180 COVID-19 cases traced to maskless church camp, Illinois conference

Five-day religious youth camp and two-day men’s conference held in Illinois this summer have resulted in 180 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,000 coronavirus exposures, officials said federal health.

Both religious events took place in Schuyler and Adams counties and were linked to Crossing Camp in Rushville. The two events, sponsored by the same organization, did not require masks, COVID vaccinations or a negative test result, according to a CDC report.

Georgia hospital worker unemployed after comparing COVID vaccine to Holocaust

Wearing blue scrubs and a cap, a former Wellstar Health System employee in Atlanta “is no longer employed” after posting a video on TikTok comparing a COVID-19 vaccine to the Holocaust.

“I finally decided to do my part and get, you know, the little one [coronavirus vaccine]Jessica Renzi said, making a clicking noise and a gun gesture with her hand. Her since-deleted social media accounts indicated that she was a surgical technician at Wellstar.

“So I wanted to show you since we’re going to see vaccine passports and all that stuff,” Renzi said. “I thought I would make it a whole lot easier and… just… go ahead and get the number tattooed for me instead.”

The fake tattoo is a nod to the identification numbers that the Nazis tattooed on the forearms of prisoners in German concentration camps during the Holocaust. The original video has been deleted, along with Renzi’s account. He listed the hashtags “#patriote, # funny, #prochoice”.

Joe Rogan says he contracted COVID-19 and took ivermectin, which FDA advises against

Popular podcast host Joe Rogan says he was sickened by COVID-19 and took ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies to treat it.

Rogan, who hosts the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Spotify, posted an Instagram video revealing he started feeling sick Saturday night with a fever and a test the next morning confirmed he had the coronavirus. .

“We immediately threw the kitchen sink on it,” Rogan said. “All kinds of drugs. Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone – everything. And I also had a drop of NAD and a drop of vitamin. I did this three days in a row so here we are on Wednesday and I feel good.

Ivermectin is not approved by the FDA as an antiviral and the agency has advised against its use to treat COVID-19. In humans, the drug is used to treat diseases such as river blindness and scabies. It is used to treat heartworm and other infestations in animals.

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Katie Camero is a McClatchy National Real-Time Science reporter. She is a Boston University alumnus and has reported for the Wall Street Journal, Science and The Boston Globe.

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