The number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations are growing exponentially. On Friday the U.S. reported more than 169,000 new coronavirus cases, a record high for the third straight day. Eighteen states, predominantly in the Midwest, are reporting a catastrophic surge in hospital admissions. Michigan set a record high case count today of over 8,500 new cases. The CEOs of Michigan’s five hospital systems are seeing COVID-19 hospitalizations doubling every two weeks, which if it continues, admissions will exceed the records numbers from the spring.
Local and national public health experts are urging the public to help slow the spread of the virus by following the CDC’s mitigation advice – wear a mask, socially distance, and hand hygiene, to slow the spread. With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, public health leaders fear that family celebrations will further increase the spread of the virus. While Pfizer Inc announced the first COVID-19 vaccine candidate was more than 90 percent effective, it still needs FDA approval and is not anticipated to be widely available until April 2021.
For this Weekend’s reading check out #Staying Safe, for the latest CDC guidance on mask wearing, Thanksgiving and Michigan’s latest COVID-19 workplace rules. Next, explore #Lasting Impacts for new research findings on lasting health effects on COVID-19 – and a survivor’s perspective. Do not miss #Help on the Horizon for the latest news on the Pfizer vaccine. Last but not least, do not miss #November Nostalgia – especially the article about 10 once-popular foods that have fallen out of favor!
1. #Staying Safe
- NPR: Wear Masks To Protect Yourself From The Coronavirus, Not Only Others, CDC Stresses
- CDC: Celebrating Thanksgiving
- Bridge: Michigan cracks down on workplace COVID rules, urges remote working
2. #Lasting Effects
- JAMA: Reflections of a COVID-19 Long Hauler
- University of Michigan: Life After COVID-19 Hospitalization: Major Lasting Effects on Health, Work and More
- WebMD: COVID Survivors May Develop Mental Illness Later
3. #Help on the Horizon
- Kaiser Health News: Five Important Questions About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine
- World Economic Forum: The COVID-19 vaccine challenge you might not have known about
- New York Times: Don’t Get Too Excited About the Coronavirus Vaccine
4. #November Nostalgia
- Insider: The candy everyone was obsessed with the decade you were born
- Insider: 10 once-popular foods that have fallen out of favor
- New York Times: Go Ahead, Binge Old Movies and Jam Out to ’90s Hits
I hope you enjoy the weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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