The Latest on Covid-19

A growing number of Americans have missed their scheduled second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna require two doses -- administered three and four weeks apart, respectively -- to be considered fully effective. But data shows about 8% of Americans have missed that important second dose -- up from about 3.4% in March.


The Infectious Disease Society Association has officially urged the White House to publicly issue a federal directive asking all states to require masks to control the pandemic. Masking may turn a deadly virus into a milder infection.

UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi said, “Even if you do get (the) infection, it looks like the evidence is showing us that you’re getting less virus and that you’re less likely to get sick.”
A higher dose of the virus leads to more severe disease.

Black Americans have more existing medical issues, less access to health care, and are more likely to work in unstable jobs -- all factors that have made the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt blacks more.


  • The Governors of Texas and Florida just announced bars will be closed with no reopen date in sight.
  • New Coronavirus case count doubled to 9,000 over the last 24 hours in Florida - State health department.
  • The list of people who are at an increased risk of getting severely ill from the Coronavirus has expanded. Older adults and condition-related risks have been redefined. Among adults, risk increases steadily as you age, not just for those over 65. Illness: Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher), Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, Serious heart conditions, like heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardimyopathies, Sickle cell anemia, Type 2 diabetes - CDC
  • It's not common to contract Covid-19 from a contaminated surface. However, close-up, person-to-person interactions for extended periods of 15 minutes or more of unprotected contact with someone less than 6 feet away is the main culprit. But a sneeze in the face or other intimate contact can also spread the virus faster - CDC
  • The Coronavirus and its economic fallout threaten to speed up mortality rates for African Americans. Blacks are dying at disproportionately high rates from COVID and our unemployment rate has tripled as a result of the pandemic.
    The financial stress along with ongoing racial tension, may compound factors that have been shown to worsen the health of African-Americans - The WallStreet Journal
    The US Population is 4% of the world population, but has almost 1/3 of the world's Covid-19 cases - John Hopkins University
  • Trump got his first detailed Covid-19 briefings in January, but waited until March to do anything - NPR
  • 83% of US Covid-19 deaths (54,000) could have been avoided if the White House implemented social distancing just 2 WEEKS sooner - Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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