The latest on COVID-19
Return to the offices
The companies are already reopening their doors in the United States, and according to one federal standard, employers can require their employees to be vaccinated, and even encourage vaccination.
They can distribute information about COVID vaccines and under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines they must offer employees who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons the opportunity to work remotely.
However, despite the existence of this federal rule, the states have the power to decide their own rules.
Texas and Florida are in fact creating rules to prevent companies from asking for proof of vaccination. South Carolina state agencies, for example, can encourage their employees to get vaccinated but not make it mandatory.
Authorities in southern China’s Guangdong province are conducting massive tests and have closed areas to try to control an outbreak of coronavirus cases in Guangzhou caused by the Delta strain, which arose in India and is said to be , it spreads rapidly.
More than 100 cases have been reported in Guangdong, China’s most populous province, 96 of them in Guangzhou, the provincial capital.
Authorities are also restricting travel in the region.
The doctor Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States said she was “deeply concerned” by the number of adolescents hospitalized by COVID, a third of whom have to remain in intensive care units and with respirators .
Walensky implored parents to talk to teens about the importance of continuing to wear masks and “encourage them to get vaccinated.” He said the CDC has recommended the Pfizer vaccine for people 12 and older based on the results of clinical trials.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Monday, May 10, the extension of emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine among children aged 12 to 15 years.
Modern pharmaceutical company announced that its vaccine against covid-19 showed, in clinical trials, to be effective for adolescents 12 years and older and has already requested emergency authorization.
Vaccines for all
The Biden administration announced that it will support a controversial measure to exempt covid vaccines from intellectual property rights.
Giving up these rights would make it easier for some countries to export these vaccines, and for others to receive them.
The Biden administration clarified that it strongly believes in the intellectual property of a product, but that, in this case, at least temporarily breaking down the bureaucratic barriers that limit production and export would help to dramatically increase immunization, with the goal of ending the pandemic.
The proposal for this exemption had been submitted last fall by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization.
“As our supply of vaccines to the American people is secured, the Administration will continue to intensify its efforts, working with the private sector and all possible partners, to expand vaccine manufacturing and distribution. It will also work to increase the raw materials needed to produce these vaccines, ”Casa Banca said in a statement.
Johns Hopkins University created a map of cases, almost in real time, that you can also see and follow here:
What are coronaviruses
Coronaviruses (CoVs) are a broad family of viruses that can cause a variety of conditions, from the common cold to more serious illnesses, such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the one that causes respiratory syndrome. severe acute (SARS-CoV). A new coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been found before in humans.
How do you get the coronavirus?
Coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to people (called zoonotic transmission). Studies have shown that SARS-CoV was transmitted from the civet to humans and that transmission of MERS-CoV from dromedary to humans has occurred. In addition, it is known that there are other coronaviruses circulating among animals, which have not yet infected humans.
These infections usually cause fever and respiratory symptoms (cough and dyspnea or shortness of breath). In the most severe cases, they can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Also headache and loss of taste and smell.
How to prevent contagion
The usual recommendations to avoid spreading the infection are to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (with your arm, not your hand). Masks should be used, especially indoors.
Close contact with anyone showing signs of a respiratory condition, such as coughing or sneezing, should also be avoided. Comply with 6-foot (two-meter) social distancing and stay home if symptoms appear.
Sources: WHO, CDC, Johns Hopkins.
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