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“Whatever team you choose and which commercial is your favorite, be sure to watch the Super Bowl and only gather virtually or with the people you live with,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH . (CNBC)
On Thursday at 8:00 a.m. ET, the unofficial COVID-19 record in the U.S. hit 26,558,715 cases and 450,823 deaths – an increase of 122,121 and 3,922, respectively, since that time yesterday. Daily case numbers have declined by more than half in the past month, but deaths stubbornly remain near all-time highs.
Oxford University researchers say the COVID vaccine they developed with AstraZeneca reduces coronavirus transmission, but outside experts aren’t convinced. (STAT)
Data reporting problems in community health centers and other small centers may explain differences between the CDC’s accounting and state reports. (Reuters)
The University of California Davis is now offering free coronavirus testing, masks, and quarantine houses for all residents and workers, whether or not they are affiliated with a university. (New York Times)
Daily COVID tests have stagnated in the US since peaking at 2 million in mid-January, and this is a problem. (The Atlantic)
Hong Kong continues to enforce the “ambush” lockdown of entire apartment blocks as part of its strategy to contain the virus. (The guard)
An NIH panel concluded that there is insufficient data to recommend either for or against the use of IL-6 inhibitors tocilizumab (Actemra) or sarilumab (Kevzara) for the treatment of COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.
SARS-CoV-2 can infect human pancreatic tissue and lead to metabolic dysregulation, according to an article in Nature Metabolism.
New York Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi, MD announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. He hadn’t been vaccinated. (NBC4)
Inhaled Aviptadil (Zyesami) enters Phase II / III clinical trial with early-stage COVID, NeuroRx announced.
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