World More than 4,000 Covid patients now on ventilators
Answers to your 24 most pressing questions about the coronavirus vaccine, from side effects and costs to when you'll be able to get one
Coronavirus vaccines are the main chance the US has to dig itself out of the pandemic, and 10.6 million people have gotten their first shots so far. People are desperate to get vaccinated so they can protect themselves, see loved ones, and return to normal. The rollout so far has been slow and messier than planned, but US health officials say they're hitting the gas pedal in the weeks ahead. Here's what you need to know about the vaccine, from timeline to cost and side effects. Have a burning question you don't see here? Email reporter Kimberly Leonard at KLeonard@insider.com.
The number of coronavirus patients on mechanical ventilation in the UK has passed 4,000 for the first time in the pandemic.
A total of 4,076 Covid patients were on hospital ventilators as of Friday,.
That is higher than during the first wave, when the peak was 3,301 on 12 April.
It comes as another 1,348 deaths and 33,552 new infections were reported on Saturday.
The UK's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told a Downing Street news briefing on Friday: "The death rate's awful and it's going to stay, I'm afraid, high for a little while before it starts coming down."
Did This COVID Doctor Kill the Weak to Save the Strong?
ROME—Dr. Carlo Mosca’s online patient reviews describe a loving “humanitarian” who saved countless lives before the coronavirus pandemic struck Italy. Patients and their families lavished praise on the loving father, whose hospital in Brescia in northern Italy was one of the hardest hit during the first wave of the pandemic last March. Something clearly changed in Mosca as the pandemic raged on. The 47-year-old was arrested on double homicide charges this week, accused of killing weak COVID patients and doctoring their medical records in order to free up beds for other patients.
Meanwhile, new figures show that a record number of seriously-ill Covid patients are being transferred from.
About 1 in 10 patients admitted to intensive care are being sent to a different site, according to the body which audits critical care services.
It comes as some scientists said that signs a new Covid variant is more deadly than the earlier version should not be a "game changer" in the UK's response to the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that there was "some evidence" the variant that emerged in the UK may be associated with "a higher degree of mortality".
A weak gut microbiome may be linked to more severe COVID-19
Imbalances in gut bacteria could be associated with more severe cases of COVID-19, according to a new hypothesis. Some patients who were hospitalized due to the illness had less helpful bacteria and more harmful bugs compared to healthy people. About one in 10 COVID-19 patients experience GI symptoms according to initial estimates, and even more shed the virus in their poop. More research needs to be done to explore this potential link, but it could lead to gut-based therapies for COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
But the co-author of the study the PM was referring to said the variant's deadliness remained an "open question".
Another adviser said he was surprised Mr Johnson had shared the findings when the data was "not particularly strong". A third top medic said it was "too early" to be "absolutely clear".
- LOOK-UP TOOL:
- SOCIAL DISTANCING:
Public Health England medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle also said it was not "absolutely clear" the new variant was more deadly than the original.
"There is some evidence, but it is very early evidence. It is small numbers of cases and it is far too early to say," she told the Today programme.
Meanwhile, senior doctors are calling on England's chief medical officer to cut the gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Undercounted New York Nursing Home Deaths Revive Debate on Controversial Andrew Cuomo Order
New York's attorney general said the Department of Health likely undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by about 50 percent.State health officials reported more than 8,700 total COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents as of Thursday, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project.
an extension to the maximum gap between jab from three weeks to 12 weeks, to get the first dose to more people, was "difficult to justify".
- FANCY A FILM?:
- THRIFTY COOKING:
COVID-19 Deaths Are 25 Percent Higher Than in Any Previous Week .
States reported 23,259 COVID-19 deaths this week, and the number of people hospitalized with the disease is still rising.For 16 weeks, throughout the fall and then straight through the data disruptions around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 has risen. On October 13, there were 36,000 people with COVID-19 in U.S. hospitals. Yesterday, on January 13, there were 130,000.