A study by UCLA researchers found that Americans drank more, smoked more, exercised less, and spent more time in front of a computer or television than they did before the pandemic.
Studies have shown that alcohol consumption increased by 23% and smoking by 9%, respectively. Smoking can have a particularly negative effect on people with COVID-19 — research shows that current and former smokers are 2.4 times more likely to need help from the intensive care unit or die from the disease than non-smokers.
The researchers noted that exercise was reduced by a third and screen time was increased by 60 percent. Other countries, such as Canada, Italy, Brazil and Poland, have observed similar behavior during pandemics.
The study found that nearly 80 percent of people stared at the screen for more than four hours a day during a pandemic.
Dr. Livey Chen, author of the study and professor of epidemiology at UCLA, said that unimportant activities and restrictions on staying at home have negatively affected some behaviors in American adults, especially minorities.
“No matter how bad these changes are for all Americans, they will disproportionately affect the racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., who already carry more disease burden than COVID-19,” he said.
Also in the news:
► More than 100 performing arts centers, cruise lines and other businesses, some Florida government officials, are being investigated by the Department of Health for violating a state law banning the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports. other powers.
►New Hampshire State Executive Council on Wednesday rejected a $ 27 million federal grant to deal with the vaccine. The money would have allowed the state to hire a health manager and dozens of workers to promote the COVID-19 vaccine and allay people’s concerns about it.
►The Archbishop of the Military Service said that Catholic servicemen in the United States who are conscientious objectors to the COVID-19 vaccine should not be punished.
► Nearly 800 workers in San Francisco have applied for medical or religious benefits so that coronavirus vaccinations or periods of unemployment do not approach. So far, the city has not approved any of the requests.
►Montana set a new record for the number of hospitalizations with COVID-19. The number of 510 announced on Wednesday exceeded the number of 506 hospitalizations recorded on Nov. 20, 2020, before any coronavirus vaccines were available.
📈 Today’s figures: More than 44 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 719,000 deaths have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global total: more than 239 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 187 million Americans – 56 percent of the population – are fully vaccinated.
📘 What we’re reading: Parents have already noticed a shortage of childcare providers — the workforce is down 10 percent from pre-pandemic levels. Vaccine competencies can make it much more difficult to hire qualified personnel for day care.
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Studies have shown that Pfizer or Moderna boosters may be the best for J&J COVID vaccine
Johnson and Johnson said the best booster for the COVID-19 vaccine could be Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday.
“Mix and Match was a big study that people expected, it gave a lot of new data, and there was nothing about Johnson and Johnson, who were previously mRNA enhancers,” said the research’s vice president, Dr. Eric Topol. National specialist in data use in the Skripps study and medical research in La Jolla, California.
A study of about 500 people showed that one of the mRNA vaccines responded more strongly to a two-dose J&J as a booster after a J&J shock.
For people receiving the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna, the booster dose of the mRNA vaccine was effective.
The new study emerged a day before the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee convened to discuss booster doses of Moderna and J&J vaccines. Pfizer amplifiers were approved on September 24th.
World Health Organization: Global cases fell 7 percent last week
The World Health Organization says the number of global coronavirus cases has dropped in the past week, continuing the downward trend that began in late August.
The United Nations Health Agency said in its latest weekly pandemic estimate released on Wednesday that nearly 2.8 million new cases and 46,000 deaths were confirmed last week, up 7% and 10%, respectively. decreased. In Europe, the incidence increased by 7%, while in other parts of the world it decreased.
WHO said Europe also had the highest increase in deaths last week, with an 11% increase in COVID-19 deaths. The WHO says the highest number of new cases in Europe have been reported in the UK, Turkey and Russia.
The largest decline in employment occurred in the western part of Africa and the Pacific, where the number of jobs decreased by 32% and 27%, respectively. In both regions, deaths fell by more than a third.
Border guards are happy to say the U.S. will lift the border ban
Business owners and families separated by COVID-19 restrictions were delighted after the U.S. on Wednesday said it would end its 19-month freeze on land borders and open it to unimportant travel.
Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico is largely limited to workers whose work is considered important. The new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the U.S. from the beginning of November, no matter what.
Shopping malls and large box vendors in bordering cities in San Diego, California, Nogales, Ariz and Texas, parking lots filled with Mexican digital cars, have been severely damaged due to travel restrictions.
In Del Rio, Texas, Mexican visitors account for about 65 percent of retail sales, said Blanca Larson, executive director of the 35,000-seat City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.