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COVID-19 by the numbers
Wednesday, November 2
California health officials are worried about both the fun and the COVID-19 circulating this fall and winter, but some are also worried about another virus that could create a “tridemic” threat.
It’s respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, and it’s especially worrisome in children.
Dr. Phuong Luu, health officer for Yuba and Sutter counties, is sounding the alarm.
“We’re seeing a recourse to that, and there’s even an isolated clustering, not necessarily locally, but in other countries that we’ve heard about in California and other places within the United States,” Luu said.
According to the California Department of Public Health, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants. It is also a cause of serious illness in adults older than 65 years.
Luu said that while cases are low in the northern state now, it’s only a matter of time before the region sees a spike in cases.
“We are just at the beginning of the fall season. So we expect there to be some clusters of outbreaks as we go into the winter,” she said.
Symptoms include runny nose, fever, cough, and wheezing. The state health department says that young children and infants with RSV may not have a fever but may be lethargic, irritable, and have little interest in feeding.
There is currently no vaccine for RSV, but there have been development progress.
Luu said the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. Also, stay home when you or your children are sick to stop the spread.
Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland have been temporarily prevented from leaving as part of virus tests that the city government said have been extended to 439,000 people.
According to the Associated Press, Walt Disney Co and the help of the city government, the park closed Monday to test staff and visitors for viruses.
They gave no details of an outbreak, but last week 1.3 million residents of a Shanghai district were told to stay home to get tested.
The city government said all Disneyland visitors left Monday night. Social media posts said some amusements were still operating for guests who were prevented from leaving. China has adhered to a “Covid zero” strategy that aims to isolate every case.
Tuesday, November 1
A new study suggests that vaccinating pregnant women protects their newborns from the common but terrifying respiratory virus called RSV. The virus is a nuisance to most healthy people, but it can be serious for infants and older adults.
As the Associated Press reported, efforts to create a vaccine have failed for decades, but some recent promising studies are raising hope that one is finally getting closer.
Pfizer reported preliminary results from its pregnancy vaccine, a shot it has also successfully tested in older adults.
Rival GlaxoSmithKlein has also reported success with its versions of the vaccine in older people.
Workers at a manufacturing plant in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou appear to have left to avoid COVID-19 restrictions.
Many were traveling on foot days after an unknown number of factory workers at Foxconn, the factory that makes Apple products, were quarantined at the facility following a virus outbreak.
According to the Associated Press, videos on Chinese social media platforms show suspected Foxconn workers climbing fences and carrying their belongings on foot down the road.
Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou is one of the largest factories in China that assembles Apple products, including its latest iPhone 14 devices.
Cities surrounding Zhengzhou have asked Foxconn workers to report their return in advance so they can undergo proper isolation measures.
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