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More than 10 million children have lost their parents and caregivers during Covid

Excess mortality data from the World Health Organization shows that around 7.5 million children worldwide have been orphaned due to covid, and 3 million more have lost a primary caregiver. In other news, there’s a mystery as to why new covid variants have seemingly stalled in growth.

USA Today: COVID has left 10.5 million children without parents or guardians, study finds

Around the world, around 10.5 million children have been orphaned or lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study, in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at World Health Organization data on excess mortality as of May 2022, finding that the majority of these children – 7.5 million – were orphans while 3 million children had lost a primary caregiver. (Stanton, 9/6)

The Washington Post: 10.5 million children have lost a parent or guardian to Covid, study finds

Among the countries with the highest rates of death of parents and caregivers are Bolivia, Peru, Namibia, Egypt, Bulgaria, South Africa, Ecuador, Eswatini, Botswana and Guyana, according to the analysis. Before the pandemic, there were approximately 140 million orphaned children worldwide. Children in countries with lower vaccination rates and higher fertility rates were more likely to be affected, according to the modeling analysis, which is based on deaths that exceeded what would normally be expected in a year . (Cha, 9/6)

In updates on the spread of covid —

ABC News: Mystery as to why growth of new COVID variants has stalled

For much of the pandemic, there has been a steady shift in which COVID-19 variants are most dominant at any given time in the United States. However, over the past five weeks, federal data shows there has been little to no growth in the different proportions of COVID-19 variants in the country. (Mitropoulos, 9/6)

AP: EXPLAINER: Is COVID-19 ending? Scientists say no

Is the coronavirus on the way out? You might think so. New and updated reminders are being rolled out to better protect against the variants currently circulating. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped quarantine and distancing recommendations for COVID-19. And more and more people have thrown off their masks and resumed their pre-pandemic activities. But scientists say no. They predict that the plague that has already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will persist far into the future. (Ungar, 9/6)

Stat: As masks are thrown away, doctor’s surgeries pose a Covid risk for some

In May, Sarah Fama had to do a blood test before refilling a prescription for an autoimmune disease. Because her condition put her at high risk for Covid-19 and she lived with her parents, both in their 80s, she checked the lab’s website, which said masks were needed inside. (Molteni, 9/7)

CIDRAP: a mobile application detects COVID-19 infection in people’s voices

A mobile smartphone app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately detect COVID-19 infections in people’s voices, according to research presented this week at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The app’s developers said the program detects infections more accurately than lateral flow or rapid antigen tests, and is cheaper than a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. . The app was accurate in detecting infections 89% of the time. Participants provided several audio samples, which included coughing, reading a short sentence, and taking a deep breath through the mouth. (9/6)

In other pandemic news from Montana and West Virginia –

ProPublica: Montana’s COVID policy has brought a hospital to the brink

Montana’s GOP-led COVID response has brought waves of patients to a Helena hospital, forcing healthcare workers to make tough care decisions for both COVID and non-COVID patients. (Thompson and Deam, 9/6)

AP: WVa health worker quits, returns to private practice

West Virginia will be looking for its third health worker since the coronavirus pandemic began. Governor Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that Dr. Ayne Amjad is stepping down effective October 1. She will continue to serve as a senior health advisor and participate in the governor’s weekly COVID-19 briefings. (9/6)


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