Sunday, December 5, 2021

Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, October 28: What You Need To Know Today About COVID-19 In The Seattle Area, Washington State And Around The World

Washington expects about 316,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 childhood vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 to be delivered to the state by the end of next week, pending federal approval, state health officials said Wednesday. A pediatric dose equal to one-third of the Pfizer adult vaccine dose continues to require FDA emergency clearance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. The CDC meets next Tuesday and Wednesday.

A cheap antidepressant has reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 as part of a study to find existing drugs that could be used to treat the coronavirus. Fluvoxamine, which is used to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder and is known to reduce inflammation, will cost $ 4 for COVID-19 treatment. In comparison, intravenous antibody treatment costs about $ 2,000, while Merck’s experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill costs about $ 700 per course. Fluvoxamine is already available in many poor countries.

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7:46 am

In Moscow, most jobs are closed due to an increase in the number of infections and deaths

Employees of the Federal State Center for Emergency Rescue Operations of Russia disinfect the Savelovsky Railway Station in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, October 26, 2021.  The daily number of deaths from COVID-19 in Russia hit another high on Tuesday amid a spike in infections that forced the Kremlin to order most Russians not to work from this week.  (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlyanichenko)

The Russian capital closed on Thursday to stop the spread of the coronavirus as new daily cases and deaths from COVID-19 hit record levels.

The government’s task force on coronavirus has reported 1,159 deaths in 24 hours, the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic. The country’s official death toll from the pandemic is by far the highest in Europe, currently at 235,057.

To slow the spread of the virus, Russian President Vladimir Putin has set a non-working period from October 30 to November 7, when most state organizations and private enterprises should suspend their activities. He called on the worst-affected regions to start work earlier, and some of them ordered most of their residents to leave work earlier this week.

Moscow followed suit by closing kindergartens, schools, gyms, entertainment venues and most stores, and allowing restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway or delivery services only. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and key infrastructure companies remained open.

Putin also instructed local authorities to close nightclubs and other entertainment venues and ordered unvaccinated people over 60 to stay at home.

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—Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press

7:19 am

Cheap antidepressants promise to cure COVID-19 early on

A cheap antidepressant has reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 as part of a study to find existing drugs that could be used to treat the coronavirus.

Researchers tested the pill used for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder because it was known to reduce inflammation and looked promising in small studies.

They shared their findings with the US National Institutes of Health, which publishes treatment guidelines and look forward to a recommendation from the World Health Organization.

“If the WHO recommends it, you will see that it is widely used,” said study co-author Dr. Edward Mills of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, adding that the drug is readily available in many poor countries. “We hope this will save many lives.”

A pill called fluvoxamine will cost $ 4 for COVID-19 treatment. In comparison, intravenous antibody treatment costs about $ 2,000, while Merck’s experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill costs about $ 700 per course. Some experts predict that various treatments will eventually be used to fight the coronavirus.

Researchers tested the antidepressant on nearly 1,500 Brazilians newly infected with the coronavirus who were at risk of serious illness due to other health problems such as diabetes. About half took the antidepressant at home for 10 days, the rest took pacifiers. They were tracked for four weeks to see who ended up in the hospital or spent extended time in the emergency department when hospitals were overcrowded.

In the group taking the drug, 11% required hospitalization or an extended stay in the emergency department, compared with 16% of those who took pacifiers.

The results, published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Global Health, were so compelling that independent experts overseeing the study recommended stopping it as soon as possible because the results were clear.

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—Carla C. Johnson, Associated Press

7:13 am

Huge skeletons are just a part of how we live now.

Skeletons and other Halloween decorations fill the courtyard in front of Alan Perkins' home in Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Oct.22.  (Photo by Angelo Merendino for The Washington Post)

In April, Jake Levin received a letter from the homeowners’ association. “A giant skeleton on [the] the lawn in front of the house needs to be cleaned, ”the message says. “The holiday decor should be removed immediately after the holiday.”

It is about the giant skeleton of Indiana Bones, the 12-foot skeleton of Home Depot, 27-year-old Levine, bought from a reseller for $ 525 at the height of the frenzy last October.

But you can’t just remove the 12-foot skeleton, and so Levin adapted the Indiana Bones for each of the following holidays: Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas Santa costume, St. Patrick’s leprechaun costume. This tactic, along with a conspiracy among neighbors to periodically move Indiana Bones from yard to yard, allowed Levin to avoid fines.

However, he realizes that the disapproving HOA is not the only threat to the 12-foot skeleton.

“He kind of loses his ‘wow factor’ when he’s just constantly present,” says Levin.

Where do we go from here? This is a question that many people are asking after 2020, but especially those who spent $ 300 or more last year on giant skeletons.

They were the perfect accessory for the extreme year. When life returns to its normal size, do you hold it back? Or are you escalating?

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—Maura Judkis, The Washington Post

6:31 am

Find out the last 24 hours

Washington’s kids can get COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next week. More than 300,000 doses for children are expected to arrive shortly after the feds sign the contract. The state official outlined where these doses will go and how the state is changing its quarantine parameters to keep more children in class.

Cheap antidepressant promising new research points to treatment for early COVID-19. The course of treatment will cost about $ 4, which is much cheaper than other treatments that are available or under development.

Some Americans will be able to receive the fourth dose of the vaccine. early next year in line with updated CDC guidelines. See if you are eligible for the first or second booster shot.

—Chris Higginson

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