Data on long Covid in UK children is cause for concern, scientists say

With lack of vaccinations and schools in England set to reopen cases must not be ignored, experts warn

Given the lack of a vaccine for this age group, scientists have warned that emerging research on long Covid in children should not be overlooked, but have cautioned that the evidence explaining these lasting symptoms in children is so far inconclusive.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently released data that has caused concern. Five weeks after a confirmed Covid-19 infection, 13 percent of under 11s and about 15 percent of 12- to 16-year-olds reported at least one symptom, according to the results. Since the ONS tests households at random, positive cases are not based on getting symptoms and being tested.

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Donald and Melania Trump quietly got Covid vaccines last month, reports say

Unlike other officials, the then president and first lady did not receive their shots on TV

According to several news outlets on Monday, Donald and Melania Trump obtained the coronavirus vaccine before leaving the White House.

While other politicians, such as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and former Vice President Mike Pence, opted to get their shots publicly to raise vaccine confidence, the Trumps chose to get vaccinated secretly in January, according to other sources. There was no information about the shot they got or how many doses they got.

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D.C. National Guard commander added as witness to hearing on Capitol attack

The commanding general of the D.C. National Guard will testify on Wednesday during a Senate hearing about the attack on the U.S. Capitol, joining a group that initially included only civilian witnesses, defense and congressional officials said.

The investigation is lengthy, with requests for information coming from a number of agencies and departments. It is expected to take more than a year, according to congressional officials. Senior civilian officials from the Defense Department, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security were on a witness list released to the news media last week, but Maj. Gen. William Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, was added to the list on Monday.

Walker supervised the D.C. National Guard’s minimal role in preventing violence ahead of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, which was triggered by a rally in support of President Donald Trump’s false allegations that the election was stolen from him.After Congress was overwhelmed, the National Guard response was increased, ultimately affecting about 26,000 National Guard members before President Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Thousands of people have been enabled in Washington to provide defense.

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Democrats backpedal on raising minimum wage in COVID-19 bill, but hopes for hike alive

WASHINGTON – Democrats backed down from an effort to use President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour without Republican support, but that has not ended hopes of addressing the issue in Congress.

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed support for increasing the minimum wage, which is currently $7.25, for the first time since 2009, but they disagree about how much to increase it. Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton of the Republican Party suggested a raise to $10 per hour last week, but said employers should check that the pay is going to employees who are lawfully in the country.

However, two Senate Democrats admitted that passing an increase in the 50-50 chamber would be difficult.

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CDC Director Warns Latest COVID-19 Data Could Spell Trouble For The U.S.

The latest data on the spread of COVID-19 in the United States is highly troubling, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases of variants spreading, we risk losing all of the hard-won ground we’ve gained,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing, referring to evolving coronavirus strains that tend to be more transmissible, deadlier, and vaccine-resistant.

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U.S. airstrike in Syria on Iranian-backed militia killed one fighter, wounded two, says Pentagon

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in London, had said the U.S. raid had killed at least 22 fighters.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to the Pentagon, an American airstrike in eastern Syria last week killed one militant in an Iranian-backed militia and injured two others.

“All I can tell you right now is that we believe one militia member was killed and two militia members were injured,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

The Biden administration had previously claimed that the number of people killed or wounded in the bombing raid, which was carried out in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on a US-led coalition base in northern Iraq, as well as two other rocket attacks, was undisclosed.

Last Thursday, two US F-15 fighter jets dropped seven precision-guided bombs on what the Pentagon described as an Iranian logistics center.

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At least 18 dead on bloodiest day of Myanmar protests, U.N. says

“If they push us, we’ll rise. If they attack us, we’ll defend. We’ll never kneel down to the military boots,” one protester said.

At least 18 people were killed by Myanmar police on Sunday, the bloodiest day of weeks of protests against a military coup, according to the United Nations human rights office.

After stun grenades, tear gas, and shots in the air failed to disperse protesters, police were out in force early and opened fire in various parts of Yangon’s largest city. Soldiers have bolstered the police department.

Several injured people were carried away by fellow demonstrators, leaving bloody smears on the streets, according to media accounts. According to a doctor who did not want to be identified, one man died after being rushed to the hospital with a bullet in his chest.

“Police and military forces have confronted peaceful protests, using lethal and less-than-lethal force that has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 injured, according to reliable information obtained by the UN Human Rights Office,” the UN human rights office said in a statement.

“Use of lethal force against non-violent demonstrators is never justifiable under international human rights norms,” the statement added.

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Inside ‘post-Covid’ clinics: How specialized centers are trying to treat long-haulers

As the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. appears to be turning a corner, another health crisis is brewing: Covid-19 survivors struggling to bounce back to their former selves.

Of the more than 28 million Americans diagnosed with Covid-19, an estimated 10 to 30 percent — possibly as many as 8.4 million people — fall into the category commonly known as “long-haulers.”

Despite the staggering numbers, there is no simple diagnosis, standard treatment, or national guidelines for treating these patients. However, there are some promising signs. A deeper understanding of the disorder is developing at special clinics around the world.

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Biden admin will let migrant families separated under Trump reunite inside U.S.

Lawyers for the families had asked the Biden administration to let parents deported without their children come back to the U.S. to reunify the families.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Biden administration’s task force for reuniting migrant families separated by the Trump administration would allow separated families to be reunited either in the United States or in their country of origin.

In a White House briefing, Mayorkas called the Trump administration’s separation of thousands of migrant families “the most strong and tragic example of the violence that preceded this administration.”

“We intend to reunite the families either here in the United States or in their home country. We hope to be in a position to give them the vote, and if they want to reunite in the United States, we will look at legal options for them to stay in the country and meet their family’s needs “Mayorkas remarked.

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