University of Bath: New modelling shows ‘shielding’ instead of lockdowns would have led to tens of thousands more deaths

University of Bath: New modelling shows ‘shielding’ instead of lockdowns would have led to tens of thousands more deaths . “Shielding strategies or ‘focused protection’, as advocated for in the Great Barrington Declaration, would have been impossible to implement in practice and would have likely led to far worse outcomes. Even if implemented perfectly, the modelling reveals that allowing the infection to spread through less vulnerable groups prior to vaccination would have overwhelmed health care capacity in the UK and led to tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths. In reality, practical considerations would have meant that large numbers of vulnerable people who were supposed to be protected would also have died.”

CDC: COVID-19 Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

CDC: COVID-19 Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.. “Two reports released in today’s MMWR use CDC’s National Vital Statistics System to look at death rates in the United States and find that differences in death rates still remain between certain racial and ethnic minority groups. The first report provides an overview of provisional U.S. mortality data for 2021, including a comparison of death rates for all causes of death and for deaths involving COVID-19. The study found that the overall age-adjusted death rate increased by almost 1% in 2021 from 2020. Overall death rates were highest among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaskan Native and non-Hispanic Black or African American people. For the second year, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.”

University of Liverpool: Report suggests the emergence of the alpha variant did not lead to more severe disease in children admitted to hospital

University of Liverpool: Report suggests the emergence of the alpha variant did not lead to more severe disease in children admitted to hospital. “A new study, published in the journal Paediatric Research, provides evidence that the number of school-age children admitted to hospital with coronavirus did not rise significantly in the second wave of the disease when compared with the first wave in the UK as previously thought, despite changes in variant, relaxation of shielding and return to face-to-face schooling.”

New York Times: Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers

New York Times: Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers. “By the numbers, Shanghai has been an exemplar of how to save lives during a pandemic. Despite the city’s more than 400,000 Covid-19 infections, just 17 people have died, according to officials, statistics they have touted as proof that their strategy of strict lockdowns and mass quarantines works. But those numbers may not give a complete picture of the outbreak’s toll.”

The GW Hatchet: Aspirin COVID-19 treatment reduces mortality among patients, SMHS study shows

The GW Hatchet: Aspirin COVID-19 treatment reduces mortality among patients, SMHS study shows. “School of Medicine and Health Sciences researchers found that aspirin can limit the mortality rate of patients with moderate COVID-19, according to a study published late last month. The study found that patients with moderate COVID-19 – which involves symptoms like fever and coughing combined with shortness of breath, sometimes requiring hospitalization – had a 1.6 percent lower mortality rate if they received aspirin during their first day of treatment.”

NewsWise: Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro

NewsWise: Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro. “In a study to be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal (23-26 April), researchers from Sociedade Mineira de Infectologia and Associação Mineira de Epidemiologia e Controle de Infecções show a correlation between the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s denialist attitude to COVID-19 and higher COVID-19 incidence and mortality.”

Independent: Omicron Covid symptoms ‘last half as long as common cold – if you’re triple jabbed’, study says

Independent: Omicron Covid symptoms ‘last half as long as common cold – if you’re triple jabbed’, study says. “Omicron symptoms disappear in half the time of a common cold if the sufferer has received three Covid jabs, a new research study has shown. Researchers at King’s College London studied 62,000 vaccinated people during the Omicron outbreak which began in November 2021. The scientists found notable differences in recovery times depending on how many Covid doses sufferers had received.”

CIDRAP: Study sheds light on death spike in Hong Kong COVID-19 surge

CIDRAP: Study sheds light on death spike in Hong Kong COVID-19 surge. “The recent Omicron variant surge in Hong Kong came with a mortality rate among the world’s highest yet in the pandemic, a troubling development in a region known for its strong pandemic measures, and today researchers from the United States, Hong Kong, and China who dug into the data suggest that vaccination lapses in older people played a major role.”

COVID-19 in Israel: New variant similar to Omicron, no rise in serious cases (Jerusalem Post)

Jerusalem Post: COVID-19 in Israel: New variant similar to Omicron, no rise in serious cases. “The R-rate currently stands at 1.35, a slight reduction compared to late last week when it measured at 1.4, but still considerably higher than it had been in recent weeks. The increase in infections that is reflected in the R-rate can also be seen in the number of total new infections over the last seven days – around 88,500 – which were 85.3% higher compared to a week prior. Despite the considerable increase in daily infections, there has not been an increase in serious cases, they are, in fact, still continuing to decline.”

Bloomberg: People with Covid-19 and flu at greater risk of severe illness and death

Bloomberg: People with Covid-19 and flu at greater risk of severe illness and death. “Adults in hospital with Covid-19 and the flu at the same time are at much greater risk of severe disease and death compared with patients who have Covid-19 alone or with other viruses, research has shown. Scientists found that patients who had both Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, and influenza viruses were more than four times more likely to require ventilation support and 2.4 times more likely to die than if they just had Covid-19.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus vaccine protection was much weaker against omicron, data shows

Washington Post: Coronavirus vaccine protection was much weaker against omicron, data shows. “While coronavirus shots still provided protection during the omicron wave, the shield of coverage they offered was weaker than during other surges, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The change resulted in much higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death for fully vaccinated adults and even for people who had received boosters.”