Delta variant's spread raises Florida's total COVID-19 cases - Wink News

Health

Wink News 19 July, 2021 - 12:42pm 4 views

Florida is seeing a jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases, and it has many sounding the alarm. In June, our state saw 10,459 new cases.

According to Florida Department of Health’s report, over a 10-week period, we saw that number jump to more than 45,000 new cases. Now, these new numbers have even vaccinated people concerned.

The Delta variant is spreading fast, becoming the dominant strain worldwide. We’ve seen it in our infection trends here in Florida. If you are vaccinated, doctors say you can still get the Delta variant, but do not panic: The vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, and although it is possible to get infected, vaccines reduce the risk of serious illness that leads to hospitalizations or death.

However, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is calling this pandemic “the pandemic of the unvaccinated,” meaning those who are unvaccinated are more vulnerable to this Delta variant and spreading it.

Last week, Florida reported more than 45,000 new cases of COVID-19. In Southwest Florida, 1,920 new cases were reported. With Lee County coming in with the most cases last week at 1,014.

While the majority of businesses and other establishments in Southwest Florida have done away with their mask mandates, with case numbers rising, you may see more people wearing masks in public.

To continue to protect yourself from COVID-19 and its variants, the CDC recommends that people wear masks and get vaccinated.

Read full article at Wink News

COVID-19 cases in Virginia trending upward

WSLS 10 20 July, 2021 - 11:10am

Unvaccinated Americans say COVID vaccines are riskier than the virus, even as Delta surges among them

Yahoo News 20 July, 2021 - 04:00am

The survey of 1,715 U.S. adults, which was conducted from July 13 to 15, found that just 29 percent of unvaccinated Americans believe the virus poses a greater risk to their health than the vaccines — significantly less than the number who believe the vaccines represent the greater health risk (37 percent) or say they’re not sure (34 percent).

Over the last 18 months, COVID-19 has killed more than 4.1 million people worldwide, including more than 600,000 in the U.S. At the same time, more than 2 billion people worldwide — and more than 186 million Americans — have been at least partially vaccinated against the virus, and scientists who study data on their reported side effects continue to find that the vaccines are extraordinarily safe.

Yet 93 percent of unvaccinated U.S. adults — the equivalent of 76 million people — say they will either “never” get vaccinated (51 percent); that they will keep waiting “to see what happens to others before deciding” (20 percent); or that they’re not sure (22 percent).

With Delta rapidly becoming dominant nationwide, U.S. COVID-19 cases have surged by 140 percent over the last two weeks. Hospitalizations and deaths — both lagging indicators — are up by one-third over the same period. Missouri, Arkansas, Nevada and Florida are being hit particularly hard, with hospitalization rates soaring to 2-3 times the national average. Nearly all of the Americans who are falling ill, getting hospitalized and dying — 99 percent, according to some estimates — are unvaccinated. And more than half the U.S. population (52 percent) has yet to be fully inoculated.

As the Delta variant surges among the unvaccinated and counties such as Los Angeles reinstitute indoor mask mandates to try to stave it off, Yahoo News and YouGov sought to understand why so many Americans continue to hold off on vaccination — and whether Delta’s rise might change any minds.

The results are complicated. Some unvaccinated Americans recognize the rising threat of Delta. The share who say they are worried about the variant has risen 9 percentage points (from 25 percent to 34 percent) since last month. Yet the share of unvaccinated Americans who say they are not worried about Delta is larger, and it has risen by nearly as much (from 31 percent to 39 percent).

As such, just half of the unvaccinated say Delta poses “a serious risk” to “all Americans” (33 percent) or “unvaccinated Americans” (17 percent); the other half says the variant doesn’t pose a serious risk to anyone (30 percent) or that they’re not sure (20 percent). In contrast, a full 85 percent of vaccinated Americans — and 72 percent of all Americans — say Delta poses a serious risk.

Yet while unvaccinated Americans are relatively dismissive of Delta’s dangers — which have been amply proven by massive outbreaks in India and elsewhere — they tend to apply a much lower bar to the COVID vaccines. Asked to pick the “most important reason” they haven’t been vaccinated, for example, few say they lack “easy access to vaccination” (4 percent), “can’t get time off from work” (3 percent), or “already had COVID” (9 percent). More say they’re not worried about getting COVID (12 percent) or — far more frequently — that they don’t trust the COVID vaccines (45 percent).

But why? The most important reason, according to 37 percent of unvaccinated Americans, is that they’re “concerned about long-term side effects.” That’s followed by “I don’t trust the government” (17 percent), “The vaccines are too new” (16 percent), “The FDA hasn’t fully approved the vaccines yet” (11 percent) and “I don’t trust any vaccines” (6 percent).

The trouble for public health officials is twofold. First, despite the fact that there’s no precedent in the history of vaccines for severe side effects emerging several months after dosage, let alone several years — and no mechanism by which the COVID vaccines would trigger such side effects — it’s difficult to convince skeptics that this time won’t be different. Meanwhile, the pandemic is ongoing and the clock is ticking.

Second, when unvaccinated skeptics are asked to select “all” the reasons they don’t trust the COVID vaccines — as opposed to just the “most important” — many select all of them. Seventy percent say they’re concerned about long-term side effects; 60 percent say the vaccines are too new; 55 percent say they don’t trust the government; 50 percent say they’re concerned about short-term side effects; 45 percent say the FDA hasn’t fully approved the vaccines yet; 45 percent say they don’t trust drug companies; and 26 percent say they don’t trust any vaccines. Hesitancy, in other words, could turn into a game of whack-a-mole: address one concern and another just pops up to replace it.

Whether Delta’s impact softens any of this resistance remains to be seen. Fifteen percent of unvaccinated Americans say the spread of Delta makes them more likely to get vaccinated, particularly Democrats (34 percent) and Latinos (34 percent). Yet another 12 percent of unvaccinated Americans actually say Delta makes them less likely to get a shot, and 73 percent say it makes “no difference.”

Delving deeper, 20 percent of unvaccinated Americans say they would be “much more” (10 percent) or “somewhat more” (10 percent) likely to get vaccinated “if COVID cases start to rise among unvaccinated people in [their] area”; the same goes for rising local hospitalizations and deaths. Likewise, 27 percent of unvaccinated Americans say they’d be either much more (12 percent) or somewhat more (15 percent) likely to get vaccinated when the FDA fully approves the COVID vaccines, which are currently authorized for emergency use to combat the pandemic.

Full FDA approval isn’t expected until next year. COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths, on the other hand, are already rising. We’ll see if either makes a difference.

Andrea Dick is a die-hard supporter of former President Donald Trump and thinks the election was stolen from him, although that claim has been thoroughly discredited. She does not like President Joe Biden, and that is putting it mildly. Her opinions are clear in the blunt slogans blaring from the banners outside her New Jersey home: “Don’t Blame Me/I Voted for Trump” and several others that attack Biden in crude terms. Several feature a word that some people find particularly objectionable but w

"Women should not be made to feel self conscious about what they are wearing when competing, but should feel comfortable and at ease."

Instead of a crypto mining operation, the consoles were building up FIFA Ultimate Team accounts for profit.

John Cena hasn't wrestled in a major WWE match since 2018 due to his rapidly growing career in Hollywood.

Space companies Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and SpaceX are looking to make space exploration more affordable and accessible.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the head of Unilever on Tuesday that Israel will “act aggressively” against Ben & Jerry’s over the subsidiary's decision to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem. British consumer goods conglomerate Unilever acquired the Vermont-based ice cream company in 2000.

LA bomb technicians miscalculated the weight of homemade fireworks that resulted in a "catastrophic" explosion in South Los Angeles, authorities say.

Hannity broke away from his fellow Fox News primetime hosts by urging his viewers to "Please take COVID seriously," and get the vaccine.

Nine days after billionaire Richard Branson made history by becoming the first person to launch himself into space on his own Virgin Galactic plane, fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos did the same on a rocket from his company Blue Origin.

"I'm here to just invite you to think differently."

This mom was shocked to find that every inch of her home had been plastered in hamster signs.

Megyn Kelly casts doubt on Naomi Osaka's mental health issues as tennis pro covers Sports Illustrated.

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Nina Turner had just belted out a short address to God’s Tabernacle of Faith Church in the cadences and tremulous volumes of a preacher when the Rev. Timothy Eppinger called on the whole congregation to lay hands on the woman seeking the House seat of greater Cleveland. “She’s gone through hell and high water,” the pastor said to nods and assents. “This is her season to live, and not to die.” On Aug. 3, the voters of Ohio’s 11th District will render that judgment and

It'll take you three minutes to prep.

Tai Tuivasa took exception to Greg Hardy's characterization of their fight and posted a series of fiery responses on social media.

Kelly Ripa shared a photo of Mark Consuelos lusting after her while the duo lounged by the pool

Pompeo publicly made overtures to back Trump's election lies while privately fretting about them sparking a foreign conflict.

Almost half of those reporting symptoms are linked to the CIA, say officials, with possible cases in Berlin and Vienna and on every continent but Antarctica.

Julius Ssekitoleko fled on Friday, leaving a note that said he didn't want to return to Uganda.

Actor Isaiah Stokes has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a Queens, New York man.

Delta variant

Health Stories