The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending 04.10.21 – NEJM Journal Watch

Click on the link for the NEJM Journal Watch weekly update.  Another good week for SARS-CoV-2 articles. For the second week in a row I did not forget to post this link.

https://www.jwatch.org/fw117693/2021/04/10/latest-covid-19-news-week-ending-apr-10

Meanwhile in B.C. Canada…

B.C. shatters records with 1,293 new COVID-19 cases, pushing average over 1,000 per day — https://globalnews.ca/news/7746859/b-c-shatters-records-with-1293-new-covid-19-cases-pushing-average-over-1000-a-day/

Covid-19 and Young Adults – You Are Not Invincible (a gentle reminder)

Whistler recorded 1,120 COVID-19 cases from the beginning of January to March 28, with 218 of them last week alone, driven by the P.1 variant most commonly associated with Brazil. The majority of cases – 83.2 per cent – are in people aged 20 to 39.

Variant that forced B.C. ski resort shut is rapidly spreading, sending more young people to hospital — https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-covid-19-variant-spreading-rapidly-in-bc/

Young adults age 18 to 34 years hospitalized with COVID-19 experienced substantial rates of adverse outcomes: 21% required intensive care, 10% required mechanical ventilation, and 2.7% died. This in-hospital mortality rate is lower than that reported for older adults with COVID-19, but approximately double that of young adults with acute myocardial infarction.4 Morbid obesity, hypertension, and diabetes were common and associated with greater risks of adverse events. Young adults with more than 1 of these conditions faced risks comparable with those observed in middle-aged adults without them. More than half of these patients requiring hospitalization were Black or Hispanic, consistent with prior findings of disproportionate illness severity in these demographic groups.5,6

Clinical Outcomes in Young US Adults Hospitalized With COVID-19 — https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2770542

Please get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible. This is a gentle reminder before I start getting a bit harsher with my messaging.

Possible Human to Pig 2009 H1N1 Infection

Canada: Farmer possibly gave swine flu to pigs – CNN.com

I find it odd that the confirmed number of 2009 H1N1 cases being reported continues to trend downwards while the WHO continues to maintain its pandemic flu alert rating.  Even from the normal reliable sources, it is becoming increasing difficult to determine the truth.

CNN and other news outlets are reporting what may be a human to pig transmission of the 2009 H1N1.