COVID Omicron Updates: Study reports higher risk of complications for unvaccinated pregnant women

NEW YORK (WABC) – A newly published study, by omicron of Scotland, found that unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID and their newborns were more likely to develop complications, such as hospitalization and death from the virus, than those who had been vaccinated.

Currently, more than 20% of Americans eligible for injections have not received at least one dose.

In the nation’s hospitals, as the omicron variable rush continues, doctors say they are seeing more children with COVID than ever before.

Meanwhile, the White House says the administration has a stockpile of more than 750 million high-quality N95 masks available. But it remains unclear whether and how Americans can actually get their hands on them.

Related: What are the symptoms of the COVID omicron variant?

Here are more COVID-19 news headlines today:

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine law for US companies
The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing the requirement that employees at large companies be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask while at work. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to move forward with mandating a vaccine for most health care workers in the United States. Court orders Thursday while coronavirus cases were on the rise were a mixed bag for the administration’s efforts to increase the vaccination rate among Americans. .

Omicron in New York City
Take a look at cases and hospitalizations in New York City:

The mayor is open to changing the approval process for COVID testing within the school in NYC
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is open to changing the process by which parents give consent to in-school coronavirus testing. For now, parents must give their children permission to get tested for COVID-19. The proposed change would instead require opting out, which could significantly increase the test pool. Comptroller Brad Lander said there was a positive response to the idea in a call with the mayor and other city officials on Wednesday.

Refuting the idea that viruses evolve to become less lethal over time
Scientists warn that the omicron whirlwind spreading around the world practically guarantees that it will not be the last worrisome variable of the Corona virus. With mounting evidence that the omicron variant is less lethal than previous COVID-19 strains, one often-cited explanation is that viruses always evolve to become less virulent over time. The problem, experts say, is that this theory has been properly debunked. The idea that infections tend to become less deadly over time was first proposed by the eminent bacteriologist Dr. Theobald Smith in the late 19th century. His theory of pathogen evolution was later called the “law of regressive virulence”.

Next week, military doctors and nurses are scheduled to arrive in New York, NJ to help increase the micron
President Joe Biden announced plans Thursday to send military medical teams to the New York and New Jersey area to help increase Omicron. Soon, military doctors and nurses will enter the doors of Coney Island Hospital to help alleviate the staffing shortage. New York is one of six states that will receive assistance. New Jersey is another state, and medical staff will be deployed at the University Hospital in Newark.

New York evacuation postponement period set to expire, New York City to announce relief measures
New York will allow eviction moratoriums and foreclosures to expire at the end of the week, but will again allow people to apply for eviction protection and rent forgiveness. The state’s Office of Temporary Disability Assistance reopened the application portal Tuesday, even though the state doesn’t have enough money to provide more rent relief, in the absence of a flood of federal funding. Applicants receive protection from eviction while the state reviews their applications. A state judge last week ordered New York to reopen the application portal for now, as the court considers a lawsuit brought by tenants and the Legal Aid Association.

Trump criticizes politicians who wouldn’t say they took booster shots
Former President Donald Trump criticizes politicians who refuse to disclose whether they have received COVID-19 booster shots as “not brave.”

“You have to say it. Whether you have it or not,” Trump said in an interview broadcast Tuesday night on the conservative One America News Network.
Trump, who was booed last month by his supporters after revealing he had received a booster dose, has become increasingly vocal in calling on those who questioned the efficacy and safety of vaccines. It’s a change of heart for Trump as he eye a new White House candidacy and faces potential competition from a long list of potential Republican challengers.

Biden doubles down on free COVID tests, makes N95 masks available to fight omicron
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion rapid at-home COVID-19 tests to distribute free to Americans, along with more protective N95 masks, as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country cope with a sudden rise in coronavirus cases. . Biden also announced that starting next week 1,000 military medical personnel will begin deploying across the country to help overcrowded medical facilities alleviate staffing shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Many facilities are struggling as their workers are quarantined at home due to the virus at the same time as a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases. The new deployments will be on top of other federal medical personnel who have already been dispatched to states to help with severe shortages.

Police: A nurse in Italy caught fake shots and gave up a vaccine
Police in Italy have arrested a nurse on charges of fraudulently administering coronavirus vaccines to at least 45 people so they could obtain a health permit without actually getting the shot. The nurse dumped the vaccines in the trash and bandaged his “patients” so the scam wouldn’t be caught. Police in Ancona, on Italy’s east coast, also placed four alleged accomplices under house arrest, accusing them of finding anti-vaccine agents who were willing to pay for a health permit rather than get the shots. 45 people who allegedly obtained false travel permits are under investigation.

When am I contagious if I have Omicron?
When am I contagious if I have Omicron? It’s not yet clear, but some early data suggests that people may become infectious sooner than previous variants – possibly within a day after infection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people with coronavirus are most contagious in the few days before and after symptoms appear. But that time window may occur earlier with Omicron, according to some outside experts. This is because omicron appears to cause symptoms faster than previous variants — about three days after infection, on average, according to preliminary studies. Based on previous data, this means that people with oomicron can start to become contagious as soon as a day after infection.

Staying at home or working sick? Omicron poses a dilemma for workers without paid sick leave
As the angry omicron variant of COVID-19 infects workers across the country, millions of those whose jobs don’t provide paid sick days are forced to choose between their health and their salaries. While many companies instituted more robust sick leave policies at the start of the pandemic, some of those policies have since been scaled back with the introduction of vaccines, although omicron has been able to avoid injections. Meanwhile, the current labor shortage is adding to the pressure on workers who have to decide whether to show their jobs sick if they can’t afford to stay at home.
“It’s a vicious cycle,” said Daniel Schneider, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. “With staff depleted by illness overseas, this means that those at work have more to do and are more reluctant to come into contact with illness when they are sick in turn.”

Federal officials issue warnings about counterfeit COVID-19 test kits
Cases of COVID-19 continue to skyrocket, leading to brutally long queues at testing sites and empty shelves in stores where at-home rapid test kits were once available. Now, an additional problem has emerged: The Federal Trade Commission is warning against selling fraudulent online test kits to desperate customers.

Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the CDC determined that the unvaccinated are 17% more likely to be hospitalized. This article has been updated to say 17 times more likely.

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