Fauci Issues COVID Vaccine Allergy Warning
"What the Pfizer people are saying is that if you have a history of a severe allergic reaction, you should not take this vaccine," said Fauci.In clinical trials, the vaccine was tested on 44,000 people and found to be safe and 95 percent effective. It has been authorized for emergency use and is rolling out to healthcare workers across the country. Pfizer had previously warned that people who've experienced severe allergic reactions, like anaphylaxis—a swelling of the throat that impairs breathing and can be fatal if not treated—may want to avoid it.
Last week, Texas and Mississippi opted to end their mask mandates and fully reopened businesses back to 100 percent. However, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to warn that returning to life as usual in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic could have devastating results, despite the fact that three vaccines are currently available and Americans are getting vaccinated daily. During an interview with NPR, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC, warned of a potential surge, and revealed how it could be effectively prevented. Read on to hear what she had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
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We Have “Too Many Cases” Now to Pull Back Restrictions, Warns CDC Chief
Dr. Walensky started by revealing that the number of infections declined over the last couple of weeks, that the numbers seem to be stabilizing to around 60,000-70,000 infections per day, “too many cases to try and put an end to this pandemic,” she points out. And, now that the more highly transmissible variants are quickly becoming dominant, it “really threatens the progress that we've been making to date,” she points out. “And so with these levels of virus circulating and the hyper transmissible strain, I'm just worried about what the future looks like.”
That, paired with the undeniable fatigue being demonstrated by the public, could be a recipe for disaster. “It's such an important point that we are all exhausted,” she said. “We are all exhausted, and this is not the message that I want to be sending as I first enter into this new position.”
Dr. Fauci Just Said When We Get Back to "Normal"
In an exclusive interview with Meet The Press, U.S. Surgeon-General nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy says it is more realistic to assume that it will be closer "to mid summer or early fall when the vaccine makes its way to the general population."
She pointed out that we are so close to the end of the pandemic—if we continue walking the walk. “Six months ago, we didn't see any vision of what the future might look like. But today, the day after the President announced that by the end of May, we will have enough vaccine to vaccinate the entire country, there is a vision that there's a light at the end of the tunnel that we could vaccinate the entire country, that we really could get to a place where we don't have so much virus circulating. And so today in my mind is not the time to relax these things as exhaustive as we all are, because we do really see that real promise of getting to vaccinate everyone,” she said.
However, we are at a crossroads. “I think the next two or three months could go in one of two directions,” she revealed. “If things open up, if we're not really cautious, we could end up with a post spring break surge the way we saw a post Christmas surge. We could see much more disease, we could see much more deaths.”
Dr. Fauci Has This Message of Hope for 2021
"I will guarantee you this will end," he said. But we all have to do this first.As COVID-19 vaccines have begun to roll out to healthcare workers, Fauci and other public health officials have urged Americans to stay vigilant about protective measures like mask wearing, social distancing and handwashing to stem spread of the virus.
However, “in an alternative vision,” there is hope. “I see we really hunkered down for a couple of more months. We get so many people vaccinated and we get to a really great place by summer. And what I'm just encouraging people to do despite the exhaustion, and I feel it too, is to share the vision of that second place,” she said.
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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
10 COVID Symptoms You Haven’t Heard About
Coronavirus cases are now as low as they were in October, but the virus can still make anyone—young or old—sick. With thousands of lives lost, doctors now know that the initial symptoms—to just be a cough, fever and shortness of breath—are in fact more varied, and more comprehensively nefarious, affecting nearly every part of your body. Read on to learn about symptoms you haven’t heard about—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Predicts When We'll Return to Normal
"Together with a vaccine, I believe in 2021 we will see this behind us. It’s not going to happen in the first few months. If we do it correctly, hopefully, as we get into the end of the summer, the beginning of the fall of 2021, we can start to approach some degree of normality.""Well, the pandemic emerged from the standpoint of a societal issue at the worst possible time," said Dr. Fauci, when asked to look back on this "tough year," "because anybody who views what's going on throughout the world, but particularly in our own country, there's a great deal of divisiveness in the country.
1. You Could Get COVID Tongue
Just this month, a British expert identified “Covid tongue” as a new symptom he is seeing among patients. “Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!” Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, tweeted this month. He estimated 1 in 500 have this.
2. You Could Get Delirium
“Delirium is a state of acute confusion that starts suddenly and can occur during any illness,” according to the ZOE Covid Symptom Study headed by Spector. “The exact trigger may not always be clear, but delirium can be associated with low oxygen levels or the effects of the underlying illness on the brain. It is generally more common in older people who need help with daily life—for example due mobility problems, poor eyesight, hearing problems or existing memory issues such as dementia.”
3. You Could Hallucinate
“One 55-year old woman with no known current or historical mental illness was admitted to hospital with recognized Covid-19 symptoms including fever, cough and muscle aches,” reports Forbes. “She was discharged after two weeks, having been treated with oxygen, but four days later her husband reported she was confused and behaving strangely. She then experienced hallucinations, reporting seeing lions and monkeys in her house, and became delusional and aggressive with her family and hospital staff. She was treated with anti-psychotic medication and her symptoms improved over the course of three weeks, although the study does not confirm whether she made a full recovery.”
Dr. Fauci Warns “Don’t” Do This Before or After COVID Vaccine
"Don't declare victory prematurely. Let's continue to abide by the public health measures," Doctor Anthony Fauci said.As coronavirus deaths approach 200,000 in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, joined CNN's Jim Acosta on The Situation Room to discuss how you can help control the outbreaks that might be sparked over the long weekend. Read on to hear his essential advice, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
5. You Might Be Struck by Confusion
“COVID-19 also has been reported to cause confusion in older people, especially those with severe infections,” says the Mayo Clinic.
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The CDC chief wWarned that the opening of restaurants and lifting of mask mandates has led to more spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).Although it may seem like the pandemic is nearly over, it is not. “With the most recent seven day average of 62,000 cases per day, we also continue to see deaths hovering around 2,000 deaths per day, with the latest seven-day average of 1,900 deaths per day, the current numbers remain concerning,” said Dr. Walensky. “Cases and deaths are still too high and have now plateaued for more than a week at levels we saw during the late summer surge, following six weeks of sturdy declines.
6. You May Get “Brain Fog”
Pulmonary and critical care physician Joseph Khabbaza, MD, “reports that he’s seen these symptoms quite often,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. “While the medical community is still trying to figure out what causes brain fog, it’s believed that it’s likely a result of the body’s immune response to the virus or inflammation throughout the nervous system and blood vessels that lead to the brain. As for hallucinations and delirium, those, too, stem from the body fighting off the virus.”
7. You Might Have Enlarged Blood Vessels in Your Eye
“COVID-19 might cause eye problems such as enlarged, red blood vessels, swollen eyelids, excessive watering and increased discharge. The infection also might cause light sensitivity and irritation. These symptoms are more common in people with severe infections,” says the Mayo Clinic.
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8. You May Have a Splitting Migraine More Than a Few Times a Week
A “headache” is listed as a COVID symptom, according to the CDC, but a migraine can be far more painful—debilitating even. “The headache struck like the sudden boom of a thunderclap, waking the otherwise healthy woman,” reports Hartford Healthcare. “Six hours later, she had other symptoms of COVID-19. The 33-year-old, who had a history of migraine but found this virus-related headache to be different and much worse, is the subject of a case study by Dr. Sandhya Mehla, a headache specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center."“From the most recently available data,” said Dr. Mehla, “it is estimated that headache is a symptom of COVID-19 in about 13 percent of patients with COVID-19. It is the fifth most common COVID-19 symptom after fever, cough, muscle aches and trouble breathing.”
9. Your Heart Rate or Temperature May Leap Suddenly
“Dr. Khabbaza says he’s seen patients’ heart rates shoot up after minimal activity shortly after becoming infected. This along with elevated temperatures are a result of autonomic dysfunction,” reports the Cleveland Clinic. Says the doctor: “We’re seeing this more and more. When it occurs, our immune system is attacking autonomic nerves — so nerves that regulate things in the body like heart rate and temperature — that thermostat can be thrown off.”
11. You May Feel These More Common COVID Symptoms
“People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness,” says the CDC. “Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.” Contact a medical profrssional if you think you have coronavirus—and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Don't Worry if This Happens After Your Vaccine, Says CDC .
These side effects of COVID-19 vaccine are perfectly normal—in fact, it means the vaccine is working, says the CDC.