This week in Clipboard Health’s Nursing News round up …
As some states begin to lift mask mandates, United States health officials warned that there could be a new surge of COVID-19 cases in the country unless the public continues to follow infection prevention guidelines. President Joe Biden encouraged states to reinstate mask mandates and delay lifting the mandates if they had plans to do so.
For the second week in a row, new COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths increased last week. That was a nearly 10% increase overall compared to the week before. The US reached 30 million total COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
President Biden said that the US expects 90% of adults in the US to be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19.
A summary of the joint study conducted by the World Health Organization and China to determine the origins of COVID-19 determined that the most likely origin of the virus was transmission from bats to humans. The full report will be available March 30.
The summary also stated that the study found it “extremely unlikely” that the virus originated from a laboratory leak.
Health experts and officials in the United States plan to review the report once it is released.
On Monday, the United States released results from its first study of the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in real-world use.
The study looked at 4,000 people from six states, particularly health care workers and other workers at the highest risk for getting COVID-19 due to their jobs. Results found that the vaccines were 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 after two doses and 80% effective after the first dose.
Here’s a brief round-up of recent medical studies and their findings for you to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving field of medical research.
To learn more about the top COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination timelines, potential requirements for health care professionals and facilities, and more, check out our COVID-19 Vaccine Information hub.
Here’s some more of the most recent news from the past week concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
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