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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 by the coronavirus, and another 3 million have lost a primary caregiver. In other news, there is ambiguity as to why new variants of the virus have apparently stopped growing.

Study finds USA TODAY: COVID-19 left 10.5 million children without parents or caregivers

Worldwide, 10.5 million children are estimated to have either been orphaned or lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19, according to a study published Tuesday. The study, conducted in JAMA Pediatrics, examined World Health Organization data on excess deaths from May 2022 and found that the majority of these children – 7.5 million – were orphaned while 3 million children lost a primary caregiver. (Stanton, 9/6)

Washington Post: 10.5 million children have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid, study says

The analysis found that among the countries with the highest rates of parental and caregiver mortality were Bolivia, Peru, Namibia, Egypt, Bulgaria, South Africa, Ecuador, Eswatini, Botswana and Guyana. Before the pandemic, there were an estimated 140 million orphans 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 exceed what would normally be expected within a year. (Cha, 9/6)

Updates on the spread of Covid-19

AP: Explainer: Is Covid-19 going away? Scientists say no

Is the Corona virus on its way out? You might think so. New and updated booster shots are being introduced to provide better protection against the variants now circulating. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped recommendations for COVID-19 quarantine and distancing. More people have dropped their masks and returned to pre-pandemic activities. But scientists say no. They predict that a scourge that already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will remain far into the future. (Angar, 9/6)

Stat: Due to the shedding of masks, medical offices are a danger to some

In May, Sarah Fama had to take blood tests before re-prescribing a prescription for the autoimmune disorder. Because her condition puts her at high risk of contracting Covid-19, and she lives with her parents, both in their 80s, she checked out the lab’s website, which said masks were required inside. (Molteni, 9/7)

CIDRAP: Mobile app detects COVID-19 infection in people’s voices

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

In other epidemiological news from Montana and West Virginia –

AP: WVa Health Officer to step down and return to private practice

West Virginia will be looking for its third health official since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that Dr. Ayn Amjad will be stepping down effective October 1. She will continue to serve as a senior health advisor and will appear at the governor’s weekly coronavirus briefings. (9/6)

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