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Dr. Anthony Fauci was at a loss to explain why coronavirus cases and deaths continue to fall in Texas despite the state reopening.

During an interview on MSNBC Tuesday morning, Fauci was asked to comment on the positive numbers in Texas.

The MSNBC host said, "Texas effectively opened up, dropped all those restrictions and said, 'It's back to life.' And if you go to Texas, as you know, it looks like 2019. The restaurants and the bars are full and open. The ballparks are full, and yet, we've seen cases and hospitalizations since then continue to tick downward."

Fauci, senior advisor to the White House, was pressed by MSNBC to explain why the cases aren't spiking.

"Yeah, you know, it can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay, because often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you're doing right now," said Fauci. "There are a lot of things that go into that. When you say they had a lot of activity on the outside like ball games. I'm not really quite sure... I hope they continue to tick down, if they do that would be great. But there's always the concern that when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining, and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay, and then all of a sudden cases tick back up."

Fauci soldiered on, despite being wrong about the coronavirus in the past.

"We've been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up -- nothing happens, and then all of a sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you."

It has been more than a month since Texas reopened. And states such as Florida and Georgia have been wide open since last summer.

Watch part of the interview below.
 

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State health officials say 246 Michigan residents contracted Covid-19 after they were fully vaccinated. The residents contracted the coronavirus between January and March. Three people died, as a result.

"These are individuals who have had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series," said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the state health department.

Health officials say fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus. A study is ongoing to determine whether fully vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others.

"While it is significantly less likely, it is still possible to contract the virus after being vaccinated," Sutfin told MSN. "Studies indicate that even if vaccinated people do become ill, they are far less likely to experience severe illness requiring hospitalization or resulting in death.

The CDC and Sutfin recommends wearing face masks and socially distancing for those who've received the vaccine.

"[T]he possibility of infection and further transmission is why we continue to encourage Michiganders to take precautions while out in public, including wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, even after receiving the vaccine until more Michiganders have been able to be vaccinated."

Suftin said the three fully vaccinated people who died were all ages 65 and older. Two of them were within three weeks of receiving their second dose of mRNA vaccine.

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More women are reporting side effects to the vaccine than men, according to a website that records side effects and deaths.

79% of women reported side effects in the first 13.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to Americans this year.

An infectious disease specialist says there may be a biological reason for the disparity in side effects to the vaccine.

"We know that with vaccinations and infections, women tend to have a stronger immune response than men," Dr. Simone Wildes, a Boston-based infectious disease specialist, told "Good Morning America." "That's really driven by biological differences in males and females and the sex hormones."

Wildes explained that men and women experience different side effects because the vaccines tells the body to make foreign proteins.

"When we get the Covid vaccine, we are introducing proteins into our body that are foreign and we're teaching the cells to make the antibodies and the T-cells to help to fight the infection in case we're exposed to it," she said. "What happens in the female body is those cells create more protein than the male cells would."

She added: "When females get the vaccine, we're going to complain of more side effects because our immune system is more revved up," Wildes explained. "We are able to produce more of the antibodies..."

Additionally, Wildes said women in general tend to complain more than men.

"Women in general just report more, so there is that difference," said Wildes. "I can’t tell you how many men I will see in the hospital who say, ‘My wife forced me to go to the hospital,' while some men will say, 'It's not a big deal.'"

So far, 38% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated. Only 14% of Black people have been vaccinated.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to stop the Covid-19 mRNA vaccination distribution while President Donald Trump is in office -- because the vaccine distribution won't be mandatory.

In a discussion with ABC's George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America on Monday, Cuomo said Pfizer's announcement that it's mRNA vaccine is 90% effective is "good news." But he will stop the distribution rather than allow Trump to get the credit.

Pfizer said it is prepared to roll out the vaccines under a plan already in place with the Trump administration.

But Cuomo said he fears Trump's plan to use private distribution to drug stores, clinics and hospitals will be "too slow".

"The vaccine plan is very important, and it's probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID began," he said. "Just to put it in focus, we did 120 million COVID tests in this nation over seven months, scrambling, doing everything we can. We now have to do 330 million vaccinations, maybe twice."

Cuomo said distributing the vaccines through the normal channels (drug stores and hospitals) will bypass the main target community (Black people).

"They're going to take this vaccine and go through the private mechanism, through hospitals, through drug [store] chains, etc., that's going to be slow, and that's going to bypass the communities that we call 'health care deserts.'"

Cuomo said communities that don't have drug stores will have trouble gaining access to the vaccine.

When asked what Joe Biden would do differently, Cuomo declined to go into specifics.

On his website, Biden specified a large task force of 100,000 people and an extensive "track and trace" system to ensure that every citizen in American takes the vaccine.

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Drug manufacturer Pfizer Inc. says its Covid-19 mRNA vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing the coronavirus.

Pfizer released its efficacy analysis revealing its vaccine has likely prevented more than 90% of cases. Pfizer declared the breakthrough as "a great day for science and humanity."

Pfizer recruited 42,000 volunteers separated into two groups, with one group to receive a placebo. 94 volunteers who were vaccinated went on to test positive for Covid-19.

Pfizer says the trial will continue until 164 positive cases have occurred.

The company hopes to obtain authorization for emergency use from the Food and Drug Administration by the third week of November for people aged 16 to 85.

The news was met with great skepticism from the government's main target group -- Black people.

An Instagram user wrote: "I'm good y'all let me know how it goes [peace emoji]."

A second user wrote: "The vaccine is FREE for ALL Americans... Since when is a vaccine or anything dealing with healthcare free... Ummm, no thanks."

Others were suspicious that the news comes just days after the presidential election.

One Instagram user wrote: "Interesting considering the elections are ... nvm [never mind]."

Local governments anticipate some resistance from the public who refuse to take the vaccine. They are ready to implement laws to crack down hard on resistance.

The New York State Bar Association on Saturday voted to approve a resolution urging the state to make Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations mandatory for all New Yorkers -- even those who object for "religious, philosophical or personal reasons."

Other local governments are monitoring New York closely as they also prepare to enact similar vaccine mandates.

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The New York State Bar Association on Saturday voted to approve a resolution urging the state to make Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations mandatory for all New Yorkers -- even those who object for "religious, philosophical or personal reasons."

The bar association met on Saturday to vote on the mandatory recommendation if voluntary Covid-19 vaccinations fail to produce satisfactory immunity levels in the population.

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If the state adopts the Bar's recommendations, every New Yorker will be forced to line up when the vaccines become available.

The timing of the NYSBA's vote -- coming just four days after the presidential elections -- seems suspicious to some objectors.

"The authority of the state to respond to a public health crisis is well-established in constitutional law," said Mary Beth Morrissey, chair of the Health Law Section's Task Force on COVID-19.

Among the NYSBA's recommendations is releasing older inmates and prisoners with disabilities and serious illnesses who do not pose a danger to the community.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has a vaccine in development for months, said multiple vaccinations per person will be necessary to achieve immunity.

The normal timeline for vaccine development is three years.

Gates said Black people and healthcare workers should be first in line to receive the mandatory injections.

Interestingly, Gates disabled comments under this post.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it erroneously published guidance that indicated COVID-19 was "airborne."

The CDC in Atlanta claimed it originally published the guidance "in error", following "a pressure campaign" from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health organizations absurdly claimed the virus can linger in the air for hours and travel 26 feet.

The new CDC update confirms the virus doesn't linger in a viral cloud that infects people who walk through it.

On Monday, the CDC updated its website to reflect that the "virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person" in close contact with each other.

The CDC's stunning reversal helps explain why a so-called "deadly" virus doesn't sicken a majority of people who are infected.

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Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, and polio that were in decline in recent decades are now mounting a comeback in parts of the world due to the coronavirus.

Tuberculosis cases that were down worldwide over the past two decades (to 1.3 million cases per year) have risen to 1.4 million cases. Researchers are expecting 4,000 cases per day over the next 5 years.

So far this year, Tuberculosis (TB) is outpacing Covid-19 cases in Africa.

Even in the United States, where TB cases are relatively rare, doctors are seeing a rebound.

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TB is a serious lower respiratory illness caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. TB attacks the lungs but can also spread to other organs such as your brain.

TB is highly contagious and is spread by droplets when infected people cough or sneeze.

Because of the extensive damage to lungs and the brain, TB is a much more fearsome disease than Covid-19. America has taken extreme measures to eradicate TB over the past decades.

On the rare occasion that TB is diagnosed in an American hospital, that patient is immediately placed in isolation and the health department is notified. Contact tracing is done to ensure that TB hasn't spread.

Like Covid-19, not everyone infected with tuberculosis becomes sick. People with latent TB do not have symptoms, and cannot spread TB to others.

Signs and Symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB)

The signs and symptoms of tuberculosis are similar to Covid-19.

  • Cough
  • Fever and chills
  • Sweating at night
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • No appetite
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    Treatment of TB

    Without treatment, latent (dormant) TB can advance to tuberculosis and make people sick. Patients are treated with a drug cocktail for 6 to 9 months. Cases of drug-resistant TB are very difficult to treat. Patients may be hospitalized for months.

    Drugs used to treat TB include:

  • isoniazid (INH)
  • rifampin (RIF)
  • ethambutol (EMB)
  • pyrazinamide (PZA)
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    This was the scene in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC on Wednesday, as hundreds of mask-free rap fans danced in the streets and blocked traffic to shoot a music video by rapper Casanova.

    Judging by this scene - and other scenes like it on social media - you wouldn't know the United States in the midst of a record 45,000 jump in COVID-19 cases this week as the global total of coronavirus cases nears 10 million.

    Health officials say the spike in the number of cases is thanks to the "complacency" of young people across the south and the west.

    The 45,000 cases reported on Wednesday tops the late April record of 36,000 cases in a single day.

    The news comes as many states are reopening and allowing salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars to resume operations.

    Seven states, including California, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas saw record spikes in confirmed cases, but the coronavirus death rate has plummeted nationwide.

    New York, NJ and Connecticut have all said they will be reinforcing quarantine orders and targeting travelers from out-of-state.

    Out-of-state travelers will be fined as much as $10,000 if they don't agree to quarantine for 14 days.

    People I spoke with online believe the virus is being weaponized for political purposes. Others who once were afraid have moved on with their lives, saying the coronavirus is just another flu.

    The Trump administration vows there will not be another nationwide lockdown like the one that crippled the U.S. economy and led to a record number of job losses.

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    Hundreds of partiers showed up at a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri amid the coronavirus pandemic this Memorial Day weekend.

    A reporter posted video on Twitter.com showing a crowded pool party at Ozarks Lake on Saturday.

    Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the drone video footage, MSN.com reported. "No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks," he captioned the video.

    The pool party violates social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures.

    The Lake of the Ozarks expected a large turnout despite the lockdown order in Missouri.

    "It's supposed to be one of the biggest Memorial Day weekends we've seen at the lake here in years," Bill Morgan, manager of Robins Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, told KTVI earlier this week.

    Missouri confirmed 11,800 COVID-19 cases with 680 deaths since February.