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The latest on COVID-19
Mandatory vaccination in LA schools
The Los Angeles School Board approved on Thursday, September 9, a plan to require all students ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID.
LA’s public school system is the second largest in the country.
The vote was 7-0.
Teens that age who are attending classes in person, and who have not yet been vaccinated, will need to show that they have received their first dose no later than October 3.
According to the plan, all students must have their dose over on November 21, and their second by December 19.
MU variant expanded
A new variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, called Mu, continues to spread and begins to worry epidemiologists more.
This variant arose in Colombia, where it represents about 35% of cases. In Ecuador it represents more than 10% of the cases. Cases have already been reported in the United States and their spread in the United Kingdom is under investigation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that it is present in at least 40 countries.
Controversy, masks and schools
While millions of students have returned to the classroom in the United States, school districts in some areas of the country face bitter controversy.
In some states, such as Maryland, the wearing of masks is mandatory in school buildings. But in others, like Texas, the state has banned these mandates, as some systems have challenged.
The result is schools where some children go to school with their masks and others do not.
Multiple COVID outbreaks have already been recorded within days of starting the school year in most of the country.
Vaccine: third dose
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States, said that a third dose of the COVID vaccine will be necessary to prolong immunity against the coronavirus.
Fauci added that he believes the three-dose vaccine will be the routine regimen to protect against infection.
These booster doses are already being applied to vulnerable people. For the general vaccinated population, these doses will be available from September 20.
The norm would be that the person could receive the third dose of the vaccine, about 8 months after the first two.
Johns Hopkins University created a near real-time case map that you can also view and follow here:
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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 MERS-CoV has been transmitted from dromedary to humans. 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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