As US Covid-19 cases rise, so does demand for antivirals | Malay Mail

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As US Covid-19 cases rise, so does demand for antivirals | Malay Mail

As US Covid-19 cases rise, so does demand for antivirals | Malay Mail

WASHINGTON, May 18 — Rising Covid-19 cases are driving up the use of therapeutics, with Pfizer Inc’s PFE.N oral antiviral treatment Paxlovid seeing a 315 per cent jump over the past four weeks, US health officials said yesterday. The increase in US cases and hospitalisations is starting to...

Telegram channel for the latest updates.A SINGAPORE (May 16): Singapore has detected two local Covid-19 cases infected with the BA.A KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country for the 19th epidemiological week (ME) this year (May 8 to May 14) increased by 119.Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said an increase in Covid-19 infections is expected following the country’s reopening, but as long as the number of serious cases stays low, the situation is still under control.

WASHINGTON, May 18 — Rising Covid-19 cases are driving up the use of therapeutics, with Pfizer Inc’s PFE.N oral antiviral treatment Paxlovid seeing a 315 per cent jump over the past four weeks, US health officials said yesterday.5 variant, according to the republic’s the Health Ministry (MOH).The increase in US cases and hospitalisations is starting to affect recommendations on behaviour, with New York City, the nation’s most populous city, advising stricter mask usage but stopping short of new mandates.He said in line with the increase in daily cases in ME 19, the average infectivity rate also showed an increase of 70.Apple has scrapped return to office plans.4 and BA.“Increasingly, we’ll see this virus hit people who are substantially older, frail, have underlying illnesses, or are distinctly immunocompromised,” said Dr William Schaffner, infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville.“These admissions are pre-emptive measures and involve mostly elderly folk or those with comorbidities.

“But we now have better treatments and many of those people will leave the hospital vertically rather than horizontally.It noted that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has recently classified them as Variants of Concern.57 in ME18.” The United States is averaging nearly 97,000 new cases a day, up from about 73,000 a week ago, according to a Reuters tally.Cases have been gradually rising since hitting a recent low of 30,000 new infections a day in late March.4 and BA.The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday estimated that about half of infections last week were from the BA."Fatalities in ME19 showed a slight increase of 3.2.“All cases were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat; and did not require hospitalisation.The number of Covid-19 patient admissions to health facilities, public hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs) per 100,000 population also increased by 38% in ME19 compared to ME18.

12.1 sublineage of the Omicron variant, which has been on the rise since mid-April and is already the dominant strain along much of the East Coast.MOH said all three cases had self-isolated upon testing positive for Covid-19 and did not have any reported exposure to vulnerable settings.“The admission of Covid-19 patients to public hospitals for every 100,000 residents has also increased by 100% involving all categories of patients.“The other thing that’s going on is that we’re providing the opportunity for spread; we’ve taken off our masks, we’re going back to group activities both in business and for recreation,” said Schaffner.“Going forward, we will have to figure out when is the impact of this virus sufficient such that we might have to start putting our masks back on and doing more social distancing.4 and BA.That sort of discussion is going on in New York right about now,” he added.“If there is a rise in Covid-19 cases but severity is low, it means that we can live with the virus.

New York City raised its Covid-19 alert level to high yesterday with its health department strongly advising wearing masks in all public indoor settings for everyone and in crowded outdoor settings for those older than 65 or at high risk.Both lineages contain mutations in the spike protein which appear to confer greater immune escape properties and higher transmissibility compared to the BA.New wave Based on population, the US Northeast has seen the greatest rise in new cases in the last seven days, led by Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.There are currently nearly 20,000 people hospitalised across the country, up from 16,500 last week, according to a Reuters tally.2 causing the Omicron wave earlier this year, it said.Hospitalisations have also been steadily rising from a recent low of 12,000 in mid-April.Based on population, the states with the most hospitalisations are Maine, New York and Delaware.4 and BA.

Deaths, a lagging indicator, have held fairly steady at a daily average between of 300 to 500.Covid-19 has killed more than a million US residents since the start of the pandemic.Citing the The World Health Organisation (WHO), the ministry said at least 1,000 cases of BA.Nearly 115,000 courses of Paxlovid were dispensed during the first week of May, the Department of Health and Human Services said yesterday.A total of 668,954 courses were administered out of the available supply of 3.5 have been reported in at least 16 countries as of May 11, 2022.3 million, HHS data show.

Paxlovid is approved to keep high-risk individuals with Covid-19 from becoming seriously ill.4 and BA.It is meant to taken for five days beginning shortly after symptom onset.Providers gave out 230,257 courses of molnupiravir, Merck & Co’s MRK.Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.N rival oral antiviral developed along with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.About 3.

2 million molnupiravir courses are available, HHS data show.Vaccines, tests and treatments The White House said last month it was aiming to address unexpectedly light demand by expanding access to treatments like Paxlovid by doubling the number of locations at which they are available.“In recent weeks we’ve gone from 20,000 sites with Paxlovid to approximately 35,000 and we’ll keep working to increase availability,” the senior health official said, adding that 88 per cent of the population lived within 5 miles (8 km) of a site.Health officials face a challenge in convincing the public that repeat vaccinations are beneficial, said Schaffner.“We’ll have to keep vaccinating because it would appear that to one degree or another over a period of months protection against serious disease begins to wane,” he said.

The US Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorised the use of a booster shot of Pfizer and BioNTech’s BNTX.O vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, making everyone 5 or older eligible for a third shot.The government has shipped around 360 million coronavirus tests to homes nationwide, the official said, and has opened a third round of ordering on its Covidtest.gov website on Monday to allow additional requests.— Reuters You May Also Like.

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