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Spring wave of coronavirus crashes across 38 states as hospitalizations increase

Spring wave of coronavirus crashes across 38 states as hospitalizations increase

Please NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. The coronavirus pandemic in the United States has turned into a patchwork of regional hotspots, with some states hammered by a surge of infections and hospitalizations even as others have seen the crisis begin to ease. The of the pandemic has driven hospitalizations above 47,000, the highest since March 4.Thirty-eight states have reported an increase during the past week in the number of people hospitalized with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to a Washington Post...

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Joel Achenbach
Apr 15
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CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’

CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’

As tens of millions of people in the United States reach the vaccination finish line, a small fraction have had “breakthrough infections,” testing positive for the virus after being inoculated and in rare cases requiring hospitalization, according to data from state health departments.The precise number of these breakthrough cases is unknown, but figures released by states suggest it is at least several thousand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has had a team monitoring breakthrough infections since February, has partial data but has not made it public.These cases...

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Apr 9
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Signs of life amid signs of concern in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic

Signs of life amid signs of concern in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic

ADThe coronavirus pandemic isn’t over, but its psychological grip on the United States has weakened. Pandemic fatigue, warmer weather and a surge in vaccinations have led to a spring fever palpable across much of the country.Last weekend, more than 1.5 million Americans on Sunday alone, a new high for the pandemic and triple the figure from the same period in 2020 during the , figures from the Transportation Security Administration show.Cellphone mobility data analyzed by The Washington Post show movement steadily increasing everywhere except in large cities, where office buildings remain...

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Mar 25
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After weeks of declining cases, echoes of hot spots emerge in Upper Midwest, New York City area

After weeks of declining cases, echoes of hot spots emerge in Upper Midwest, New York City area

ADAfter weeks of declining deaths and hospitalizations, new hot spots of infection have emerged, and disease experts warn that the spread of a more dangerous variant and a too-rapid rush to return to normal life could prolong the historic health emergency.Caseloads are down nationally and tens of millions of people are fully loaded with antibodies to the virus, with more than 2 million people getting doses of vaccine every day. But the virus continues to pose a real and present threat, with about 55,000 new infections daily.Michigan has seen a rise in hospitalizations and positive test...

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Mar 16
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New research shows California coronavirus variant is more transmissible

New research shows California coronavirus variant is more transmissible

ADA variant detected in California this winter rapidly became dominant in the state over five months and now makes up more than half of the infections in 44 counties, according to new research from scientists who believe this version of the virus should be declared a “variant of concern warranting urgent follow-up investigation.”The United States has been ramping up scrutiny of the shape-shifting virus, and scientists have identified many genetically distinct variants, but there is continued uncertainty and debate over which of these mutations are significant and to what extent. The variant...

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Joel Achenbach
Feb 24
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A mass-casualty event every day

A mass-casualty event every day

It’s the first day back at work for Scott E. Lynn, the Montour County coroner. He’s been sick with covid-19. He was out for a month and lost 25 pounds. As he arrives at his office in a remote corner of Geisinger Medical Center, he still feels weak. Lynn doesn’t know how he contracted covid. Deceased people do not spread the virus under normal circumstances. And Lynn mostly handles corpses enclosed in two layers of body bags.“I can only assume it was somewhere in the process of my death investigations,” he says. He wears a mask at work, but he still has to go into homes, motel rooms,...

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Feb 18
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Winter coronavirus wave ebbs and deaths drop, but experts fear a spring surge

Winter coronavirus wave ebbs and deaths drop, but experts fear a spring surge

ADThe catastrophic winter wave of the pandemic that was killing more than 20,000 people a week in the United States has subsided dramatically, giving a reprieve to stressed hospitals and in recent days driving new infection numbers below 100,000 for the first time since early November.Still, infectious-disease experts caution that the virus remains a threat, with the pathogen circulating at high rates and killing more than 2,000 people a day. The fading dark days of this pandemic winter could yield to another wave of infections propelled by of the virus that have taken root, with 997...

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Feb 12
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U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds

U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds

ADUpdated February 8, 2021Democrats are as they aim to pass a $1.9 trillion relief package quickly.The variant that shut down much of the United Kingdom is , outcompeting other mutant strains.The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine provides , a study found.Rep. Ron Wright (R-Tex.) . He was 67.The variant that shut down much of the United Kingdom is spreading rapidly across the United States, outcompeting other strains and doubling its prevalence among confirmed infections every week and a half, according to new research made public Sunday.The report, and not yet peer-reviewed or published in a...

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Feb 7
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Coronavirus mutations add urgency to vaccination effort as experts warn of long battle ahead

Coronavirus mutations add urgency to vaccination effort as experts warn of long battle ahead

ADThe road to herd immunity from the suddenly looks longer. The emergence of more transmissible, potentially vaccine-evading variants threatens to extend the global health disaster and make 2021 feel too much like 2020.A complicated mix of good news and bad news makes any forecast for the coming months fuzzy. But scientists have one clear and sobering message: The pandemic is a long way from over.The mutation-laden variants are on the move, and that includes one first identified in South Africa and confirmed in a Baltimore-area adult, said Saturday. It was the third known case in the United...

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Joel Achenbach
Jan 30
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Vigils underway to honor 8 victims in FedEx shooting as Indianapolis mourns latest massacre in U.S.

Vigils underway to honor 8 victims in FedEx shooting as Indianapolis mourns latest massacre in U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS — Residents held vigils here Saturday in memory of eight people gunned down late Thursday at a FedEx plant, why the 19-year-old gunman targeted his former workplace.This latest mass shooting — the sixth in the United States in the past five weeks — left to stop these violent outbursts that have targeted offices, stores, places of worship, movie theaters, nightclubs, colleges and grade schools.“We have to act against gun violence,” said Rupal Thanawala, president of the Asian American Alliance in Indianapolis. “I cannot say why this happened, but these people will not come back....

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Apr 17
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