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Q. If I am young and healthy, then why should I take the vaccine?
- A highly contagious strain is hitting young adults hard. The B.1.1.7 variant is now the most dominant strain spreading in the United States. And unlike the original strain, this one is heavily affecting young people.
- Young adults can get long-term Covid-19 complications. Plenty of young, healthy people have turned into coronavirus “long-haulers.”
- Young adults can be easy transmitters of coronavirus. Several states recently reported spikes in young people with Covid-19.
- Young adults can be victims of their strong immune systems. Doctors have noticed some young, previously healthy patients suffer from Covid-19 cytokine storms. That’s basically when someone’s immune system overreacts — potentially causing severe inflammation or other serious symptoms.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Weekly average of Covid-19 deaths in US hits lowest point in six months
Yet, experts warn that to defeat the pandemic, more Americans need to get vaccinated, notably young people, some of whom still are hesitant or may think they don’t have as much to fear from the virus.
Double crises of coup and Covid could push half of Myanmar’s population into poverty, UN warns
Rising food costs, significant losses of income and wages, the crumbling of basic services such as banking and health care, and an inadequate social safety net are likely to push millions of already vulnerable people below the poverty line — with women and children among those hardest hit.
US regulators won’t release AstraZeneca vaccine until they are sure it is safe and effective
This comes after the White House said Monday it would ship doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries after a safety review by the FDA, Maggie Fox reports. AstraZeneca has yet to apply for regulatory approval in the US, but the company has been making tens of millions of doses there in the expectation that it will apply and eventually receive the green light.
ON OUR RADAR
- Thelma Sutcliffe just became the oldest living person in the US. At 115 years old, all she wants is to be able to eat meals with her friend again, but cannot do so due to Covid-19 restrictions at her assisted living facility.
- Joe Rogan, Spotify’s top podcast host, doubled down on the controversy surrounding his remarks that healthy young people should not get the Covid vaccine.
- When coronavirus upended the world last spring, organ donation and transplant programs faced many uncertainties. It complicated the plight of three siblings, whose race to find organ donors came at an inopportune time.
- Opinion: Covid 19’s lessons, especially the extraordinary pace of the development of vaccines, are key to crushing the world’s most brutal infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis.
“Just like the pandemic in this country has moved into a different phase, we’re transitioning too…” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent
For 14 months and almost 300 episodes, Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction has provided listeners with a way to make sense of the pandemic. We’re grateful you trusted us as a source of knowledge and comfort but now we’re ready for a new phase of the podcast. Stay tuned to your feed on Monday morning when you’ll hear what we have coming next.