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Herd immunity is not stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus in Sweden, an official in the country said this week. 

“The issue of herd immunity is difficult,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top epidemiologist, said at a briefing in Stockholm on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. “We see no signs of immunity in the population that are slowing down the infection right now.”

To date, Sweden has recorded more than 230,000 virus cases and roughly 6,500 deaths from the disease, according to estimates from Johns Hopkins University. (iStock)

Sweden did not impose a nationwide lockdown, with officials in the country instead relying on “voluntary measures,” per Bloomberg, which cited figures that show Swedes have had more COVID-19 exposure than residents in other countries in the Nordic region. 

Some have called Sweden’s response to the virus a “disaster,” while other experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, top infectious disease expert in the U.S., who has proclaimed the concept of herd immunity to be “nonsense and very dangerous.”

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“Quite frankly, that is nonsense and anybody who knows anything about epidemiology will tell you that that is nonsense and very dangerous,” Fauci said. 

(His comments came after Daniel Klaidman, editor in chief at Yahoo News, questioned whether herd immunity were a viable strategy in the U.S., citing The Great Barrington Declaration and reports that some White House officials have embraced the approach. The Declaration, penned by professors at Harvard, Oxford and Stanford universities, calls  for “focused protection” by letting young, low-risk populations carry on with their lives and naturally becoming infected while protecting those at high risk.) 

In an interview with New Statesman in October, Tegnell defended his country’s response to the virus. 

“In common with other countries we’re trying to slow down the spread as much as possible. … To imply that we let the disease run free without any measures to try to stop it is not true,” Tegnell told the publication at the time. 

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“I want to make it clear, no, we did not lockdown like many other countries, but we definitely had a virtual lockdown,” Tegnell continued. “Swedes changed their behavior enormously. We stopped traveling even more than our neighboring countries. The airports had no flights anywhere, the trains were running at a few percent of normal service, so there were enormous changes in society.”

To date, Sweden has recorded more than 230,000 virus cases and roughly 6,500 deaths from the disease, according to estimates from Johns Hopkins University. 

Fox News’ Kayla Rivas contributed to this report. 

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  • In an interview about coronavirus vaccines and COVID-19 prevention, a Moderna executive said current data does not yet prove that vaccines prevent a person from being infectious after contracting the virus.
  • Tal Zaks told Axios that the drug prevents people from getting severely ill or even sick at all when catching COVID-19, but it’s unclear if they can still spread the disease.
  • Infection after vaccination is still a possibility, but the goal of vaccines is to prevent severe illness that can lead to life-threatening complications.

Three novel coronavirus vaccines have shown they can prevent COVID-19 infection or severe illness. These are the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca/Oxford drugs that proved they can deliver the expected immune response in patients, which would reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 and death. As Dr. Anthony Fauci explained recently, that’s going to be the first goal of vaccines, not blocking infection completely. Some vaccines may be able to stop the infection, but others won’t and that’s fine. What they will do is prevent the virus from doing the kind of damage seen in people who develop severe COVID-19. Various immune system components created after vaccination, like neutralizing antibodies and coronavirus-specific B and T cells, will allow the body to fight the pathogen from the moment it enters the body instead of after it has already begun replicating rapidly.

This means vaccinated people who carry the virus might still be infectious to others. Moderna’s chief medical officer Tal Zaks made that point clear in an interview, saying that the data can’t yet prove that a vaccine will stop individuals from spreading the disease.


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Zaks spoke to Axios about Moderna’s mRNA drug which proved to be 94.5% effective according to interim data from the company’s Phase 3 trial. When discussing vaccines for children, Zaks said he estimates that kids will be able to get COVID-19 vaccines at some point in the middle of 2021, adding that he hopes they’ll get it before the next school year. His answer led to a second question from Axios that asked specifically if unvaccinated children can return to schools once the staff is vaccinated.

That’s when Zaks made it clear exactly what it means when someone is vaccinated, according to the data available so far.

“I think we need to be careful, as we get vaccinated, not to over-interpret the results,” the Moderna exec said. “Our results show that this vaccine can prevent you from being sick and can prevent you from being severely sick. They do not show that they prevent you from potentially carrying this virus transiently and infecting others.”

Zaks continued, “When we start the deployment of this vaccine, we will not have sufficient, concrete data to prove that this vaccine reduces transmission. Do I believe it reduces transmission? Absolutely, yes. And I say this because of the science. But absent proof, I think it’s important that we don’t change behaviors solely on the basis of vaccination.”

Health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci have said a number of times that current health measures will remain in place once vaccinations start, and they’ll have to be observed at least until the end of 2021. Face masks and social distancing will be required for people who are vaccinated as well, and that’s because the vaccines won’t be 100% effective. Some people will still get sick and might develop a more serious form of the illness.

Zaks’s answer adds another piece to the puzzle. If a vaccinated person contracts the virus and can be infectious to others, he or she will have to wear protective gear. While the exec referred to the drug that Moderna conceived, it’s likely the same will be true of other vaccines. The vaccine makers and public health experts managing vaccination campaigns will probably have more answers once the vaccines are ready to roll out.

But even if a vaccinated individual can contract the virus and is infectious to others, he or she would likely be infectious for a shorter period of time. Current guidelines say a person with COVID-19 is infectious 2-3 days before the onset of symptoms and for as long as 8-10 days after that. A vaccine would teach the immune system how to kill the virus prior to an infection, so the pathogen will be neutralized much faster. This would reduce the virus’s ability to multiply rapidly — and the less virus that’s in the body, the less infectious a person would be.

The bottom line is that vaccines will reduce the spread of the virus. If vaccinated individuals who catch COVID-19 are indeed still infectious, it will be for a much shorter period. And it goes without saying that the more people get vaccinated, the quicker the virus will stop spreading in communities.

The Axios segment about COVID-19 prevention after vaccination follows below.

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  • A wedding reception in Maine with 55 people led to 177 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths.
  • Following COVID-19 prevention guidelines at a wedding goes against our social instincts, making weddings inherently dangerous during the pandemic.
  • Before RSVPing yes to a wedding, ask the couple for details on safety measures to determine how risky the event may be for you and the community.

Once one of life’s joyous occasions, weddings have taken on a new meaning as dangerous, sometimes illicit affairs during the pandemic.

Case in point: A wedding reception with 55 people in a rural Maine town in early August. A lack of physical distancing and mask wearing at the event led to a total of , including seven deaths, within just 5 weeks.

At an Ohio wedding, dozens of people contracted coronavirus infections, including the bride and groom after the big event.

Despite multiple examples of weddings linked to outbreaks of new infections, a survey of 10,000 couples with weddings scheduled through January 2021 found that 41 percent still plan to move forward with their original wedding dates.

Could these weddings become superspreader events as well?

Absolutely, infectious disease experts say. Here’s why.

Many couples who’ve had weddings in recent months have tried to make the event safer by providing hand sanitizer, requiring vendors to mask up, and encouraging guests to spread out.

But those efforts might not be enough to prevent a reception from turning into a superspreader event.

By their very nature, weddings are supposed to be a time of celebrating love and bonding with friends and family, who may have endured crowds while traveling in from other states.

That, in turn, increases the risk of COVID-19 for everyone at the event.

Our social instincts also increase the dangers at weddings, says Debra Goff, PharmD, FCCP, an infectious disease expert and founding member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“It’s such a happy event, and when the bride and groom come up to you, you say, ‘I’m just going to give them one hug.’ Telling people not to come near you, stay 6 feet away, goes against our normal human behavior, and that’s what makes weddings so dangerous,” she explained.

The dangers of a wedding increase once everyone sits down to eat and removes their masks.

Even if each table only includes people from a single household, a large group of guests gathered in one space without their masks on creates an environment where infections could spread easily, Goff said.

What’s more, drinking impairs people’s judgement, making them more likely to take risks they would otherwise avoid. Dancing draws people physically closer too.

“That’s just the perfect recipe for spreading COVID,” Goff said.

If just one person at the wedding has an infection, they may transmit it to dozens of other guests who then take it back home, potentially transmitting it to others and thus creating a superspreader event.

Couples may have been able to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by moving their receptions outside last summer.

But now it’s getting “increasingly challenging to have a safe wedding as the weather gets colder,” said Dr. Shobha Swaminathan, associate professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and medical director of the infectious diseases practice at University Hospital in Newark.

Gathering with others outdoors tends to be safer because the constantly moving fresh air disperses aerosol droplets that contain the virus, making it less likely that someone else inhales them.

It’s a lot more challenging to provide adequate ventilation indoors.

“You end up pushing around the COVID-infected air, and that’s how everyone downstream of a person with the disease at the event gets infected,” Goff said.

Venues can install HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters to help remove around 99 percent of viruses from the air and make weddings a lot safer.

With that being said, not every venue has these filters. And even those that do can’t eliminate the risk of COVID-19 entirely.

While infectious disease experts warn against attending weddings during the pandemic, they know that turning down an invitation from a loved one can feel like an impossible thing to do.

“If I had a brother getting married, I would want to be a part of that. We are human beings, and we want to be part of these events,” Swaminathan said.

Before RSVPing yes to a wedding, experts recommend asking the hosts about the safety measures they’ll have in place, the number of expected attendees and where they’re coming from, the ventilation system at the venue, requirements that guests wear masks, whether alcohol will be served, and how far apart tables will be spaced.

The more you can understand about the event, the better you can assess how risky it will be for you to attend.

Also take into account any underlying health conditions you have that may put you at higher risk for severe COVID-19 should you contract the virus.

As for couples on the fence about whether to move forward with wedding plans in the coming months, consider postponing until 2022, when it’s likely that many people will be vaccinated, Goff said.

“The risk of having events in closed environments is incredibly high right now,” she said.

“You need to be socially responsible to your fellow citizens, including your family members. Do you really want to be the one that causes your best friend or parents to die from COVID? That’s an individual choice we need to make,” Goff said.

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Understanding the role pets and livestock play in the transmission of disease from animals to humans is critical. Two new studies out of Kansas State University (K-State) on pigs and cats are increasing the knowledge around SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. The research shows domestic cats can be asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2, but pigs are unlikely to be significant carriers of the virus. 

“Other research has shown that COVID-19-infected human patients are transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to cats; this includes domestic cats and even large cats, such as lions and tigers,”  Jürgen A. Richt, the Regents distinguished professor at K-State in the College of Veterinary Medicine, said in a K-State release. “Our findings are important because of the close association between humans and companion animals.” 

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There are about 95 million house cats in the U.S., explained Richt, who is the senior author on the two publications in Emerging Microbes & Infections: “SARS-CoV-2 infection, disease and transmission in domestic cats” and “Susceptibility of swine cells and domestic pigs to SARS-CoV-2.”

Through their in-depth study at the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, at Pat Roberts Hall, the researchers looked at susceptibility to infection, disease and transmission in domestic cats. The team discovered domestic cats may not have obvious clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2, but can still shed the virus through their nasal, oral and rectal cavities and spread it efficiently to other cats within two days.

Richt said further research is needed to study whether domestic cats can spread the virus to other animals and humans.

“This efficient transmission between domestic cats indicates a significant animal and public health need to investigate a potential human-cat-human transmission chain,” Richt said. 

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Meanwhile, researchers found that SARS-CoV-2-infected pigs are not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and do not appear to transmit the virus to contact animals. 

“Pigs play an important role in U.S. agriculture, which made it important to determine the potential SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in pigs,” Richt said. 

Like the Germans and Chinese, the K-State team concluded that pigs are not susceptible by infection with the U.S. version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through intratracheal-intranasal-oral challenge and are unlikely to be significant carriers of SARS-CoV-2. 

“However, we have to be aware that this only applies to the rather young pigs, the commercial pig breed and the virus we have used for infection. It could be different in an old sow or boar, in a different pig breed or with a different virus,” Richt explains. We always have to be aware that if the virus changes – if the genome changes – the story could be different.”

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The team plans to further study SARS-CoV-2 transmission in cats and pigs. They also plan to study whether cats are immune to SARS-CoV-2 reinfection after they have recovered from a primary SARS-CoV-2 infection, the release said.

“This research is important for risk assessment, implementing mitigation strategies, addressing animal welfare issues, and to develop preclinical animal models for evaluating drug and vaccine candidates for COVID-19,” Richt said. 

The research has involved other K-State researchers from the department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine: Natasha N. Gaudreault, Jessie D. Trujillo, David A. Meekins, Igor Morozov, Daniel W. Madden, Sabarish V. Indran, Dashzeveg Bold, Velmurugan Balaraman, Taeyong Kwon, Bianca L. Artiaga, Konner Cool, Wenjun Ma and Jamie Henningson, also director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Other researchers involved include Mariano Carossino and Udeni B. R. Balasuriya from Louisiana State University; William C. Wilson with the U.S, Department of Agriculture’s Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit; Adolfo García-Sastre with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Heinz Feldmann with the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  

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France reported a new surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours along with another rise in deaths, according to data published from the country’s health ministry on Wednesday.

The ministry said there had been a further 16,282 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases in France to 2,170,097.
It added the death toll had risen to 50,618 – up by more than 380 from the previous day.

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Коронавирус, вероятнее всего, передался человеку через промежуточное животное или несколько их видов, сообщает РИА Новости, ссылаясь на старшего эксперта лаборатории ВОЗ Франка Конингса.

По его словам, существует два возможных сценария случившегося. По первой, но маловероятной версии коронавирус перешёл к человеку напрямую от летучей мыши и быстро адаптировался. По второму сценарию от летучей мыши вирус попал к одному или нескольким видам животных, где адаптировался, и лишь затем перешёл на человека.

Конингс отметил, что обнаружение версии вируса, ещё не адаптированной к человеку, поможет понять, какие изменения в нём важны для заражения людей, и позволит создавать более эффективные препараты против него.

Эксперт рассказал, что сейчас проводятся исследования с различными животными, в том числе с сельскохозяйственными и домашними. Уже известно, что заражению в некоторой степени подвержены кошки и собаки, поэтому, как считает Конингс, «будет хорошей идеей вакцинировать их».

Ранее в ВОЗ рассказали, что «нулевых» пациентов с коронавирусом могло быть больше одного, так как, возможно, имела место передача от нескольких видов животных.

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