The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issued recommendations for the 2021-22 school year that include anyone over the age of 2 who wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
The Academy also “strongly” recommends face-to-face learning and urges anyone who may be eligible to get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. AAP said it reinforces recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ventilation, testing, quarantine, cleaning and disinfection of buildings in the updated guidelines.
Dr. Sonja O’Leary, chair of the AAP Council on School Health, said the pandemic has taken a “heartbreaking toll” on children.
“Our priority must be getting children back into school with their friends and teachers – and we are all helping to ensure that it happens safely,” said O’Leary.
The announcement comes as new coronavirus cases surge across the country. Infections rose on Sunday in all 50 states for the fourth day in a row on a seven-day moving average, an ominous run that has not been seen since the spike in spring 2020.
The weekly rolling average for cases in the United States nearly tripled in the past month. The number of deaths has also risen sharply – 24.7% from its low point two weeks ago.
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►US stocks, which traded at record highs for the past few days, fell sharply in early Monday trading on concerns that the pandemic is worsening in hotspots around the world. Global stocks swooned too.
► United States MP Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, said Monday he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus despite being fully vaccinated. He said he had mild flu-like symptoms.
►A federal judge allows Indiana University to continue its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all students and staff. Eight IU students who tried to block the request.
► Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte urges people to go back to work from home. Dutch infection rates skyrocketed soon after the government eased almost all lockdown measures last month, including reopening nightclubs.
► Right-wing British commentator Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia on Monday after bragging on social media about planning to break quarantine rules. Hopkins was scheduled to appear on a reality TV show and was in mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine in Sydney.
📈Today’s numbers: There have been more than 34 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 609,000 deaths in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global totals: More than 190.5 million cases and 4 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 161.2 million Americans – 48.6% of the population – have been fully vaccinated.
📘What we read: Cuba sent doctors abroad amid the pandemic. Now its own rise in COVID has triggered historical protests.
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DeSantis blames the “seasonal pattern” for the virus peak
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said a “seasonal pattern” that primarily affects the Sun Belt states is largely responsible for the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. DeSantis, a Republican who opposes virus-related mandates, said he thinks “not the way to reach the people” to berate or ridicule people who have concerns about the vaccine or who just don’t want it. But he said it was important that people get vaccinated.
“If you’re vaccinated and test positive but don’t get sick, the game is keeping people out of the hospital,” DeSantis said. “Seventy-five percent of Florida’s over 50s have had an injection, we think that’s very, very positive.”
US Olympic gymnast tested positive
Kara Eaker, a deputy of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, tested positive for COVID, coach Al Fong confirmed in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. The alternate Leanne Wong, who trains with Eaker, is also in quarantine after being classified as close contact, Fong said. The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games is scheduled for Friday.
US tennis star Coco Gauff announced on Sunday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and announced that she would retire from the Tokyo Olympics a few days before the Games begin. Olympic organizers announced on Sunday that three residents of the Olympic village, including two athletes, had tested positive for COVID-19, although arrival logs were initially clarified.
ACLU calls for mercy for inmates sent home during the pandemic
A bipartisan group of criminal justice advocates is calling on President Joe Biden to pardon and commute sentences given to federal prisoners who were allowed to serve their sentences at home because of the pandemic but now have the option to return to prison. Lawyers have urged Biden to use his powers aggressively, citing his campaign promise to reduce federal prisons.
“This is your opportunity to give thousands of people who are already safely out of prison a second chance to reintegrate into society, reconnect with loved ones, find a job and get back to school go, “said the letter from 20 interest groups on Monday. including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, and NAACP.
2 more Texas Democrats tested positive
Two other Democratic state Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, DC to prevent the passage of a restrictive GOP-backed electoral law tested positive for COVID-19, according to the leadership of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, despite them have been vaccinated. This increases the total to five.
A group of MPs took a private plane to Washington, DC, to campaign in Congress to pass federal electoral reform. However, lawmakers drew some criticism after photos appeared from the plane showing them traveling without masks. The federal pandemic guidelines require masks to be worn on commercial flights, but not on private aircraft.
New mantra: Mask AND Vax
More and more experts are calling for vaccinated people to mask themselves as COVID rises across the country. Nearly 5,500 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized or have died of COVID-19, among the more than 160 million people who were fully vaccinated, the CDC reports. “Instead of cheating OR masking it, the emerging data suggests that CDC should advise numbing and masking it in areas of (increasing) cases and positivity until we see the numbers go down again,” the former US -General surgeon Dr. Jerome Adams said on Twitter.
“If I’m in an area where I think there might be a lot of unvaccinated people, I’ll be careful when wearing my mask indoors,” said current US surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy to CNN.
“Spreads like wildfire”: General surgeon spreads misinformation
Public health officials for the Biden government targeted social media platforms like Facebook on Sunday for being seen as inactive to stop misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. It comes two days after the President himself said that internet untruths “kill people”. Alerted by the rise in coronavirus infections across the country and frustrated by ongoing conspiracy theories about the pandemic, public health officials are more critical of the media and technology platforms that they claim are putting the public at risk.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the federal government’s top health advisor, said on Sunday that “misinformation is still spreading like wildfire in our country, supported by technology platforms”.
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Boris Johnson in quarantine on the eve of the UK lifting of restrictions
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will self-isolate for 10 days after contact with a confirmed coronavirus case. His office’s announcement on Sunday reversed an earlier statement that, unlike most people, he would not be quarantined. Johnson met with Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Friday, who later tested positive for COVID-19. Contact persons from positive cases usually have to self-isolate for 10 days. Johnson contracted the disease in April 2020 and spent several days in the hospital before making a full recovery.
The UK government is still planning to lift any remaining legal restrictions on social contact and other public health measures on Monday, despite the UK registering more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in six months and a terrible warning from The UK UK Government’s chief medical advisor.
Contribution: The Associated Press