Health Experts Say India Missed Early Alarm, Let Deadly Coronavirus Variant Spread | World News

By Devjyot Ghoshal and Zeba Siddiqui

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A veteran public health expert warned top Indian officials in early March that a new variant of the coronavirus was spreading quickly in a rural district in the heart of the country and that the outbreak required urgent attention.

Federal health authorities failed to respond adequately to that warning, Dr Subhash Salunke, who has 30 years of experience in public health in India, Indonesia and the United States, told Reuters.

The variant, now known as B.1.617, triggered a catastrophic wave of coronavirus cases in India and has since spread to

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Young people are experiencing rare cases of heart inflammation after getting coronavirus vaccines, but doctors say the risk of COVID-19 is far greater

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Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

  • Young people who got COVID-19 vaccines have reported higher rates of heart inflammation.

  • The CDC is investigating whether there’s a link between the Pfizer and Moderna shots and these events.

  • Even if there is a link, doctors said, the risk from COVID-19 is far greater than from the vaccines.

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Young people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines have reported higher-than-usual rates of heart inflammation and swelling, US health officials said on Thursday.

The findings are preliminary and

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Rep.-elect Luke Letlow died from heart attack after procedure related to coronavirus

Louisiana Republican Rep.-elect Luke Letlow died of a heart attack after a procedure related to COVID-19, according to the chancellor of the hospital he was admitted to.

LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghali told the Monroe News-Star that Letlow, 41, experienced the heart attack following a hospital procedure related to the virus.

“It’s devastating to our entire team,” Ghali told the outlet, adding that Letlow had no underlying conditions.

“It was just COVID,” the chancellor said.

LSU Health directed Fox News to Letlow family spokesperson Andrew Bautsch, who did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

LUKE LETLOW,

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Boston health care worker allergic reaction Moderna coronavirus vaccine allergies

This is the first known case of allergic reaction from a Moderna coronavirus vaccine, although there have been at least six similar reported cases in the United States associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

“After I got the vaccine, I felt tachycardic, but I felt like it was probably anxiety because I was scared after learning about Pfizer’s reactions in the US, especially with those people who have shellfish allergies, like me,” Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh explained to CNN. Tachycardia is a medical term for a heart rate over 100 beats per minute.

After having his vitals checked, Sadrzadeh realized his heart … Read More

The latest news on the coronavirus pandemic

By The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high.

KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday.

At the Swedish First Hill campus of Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center, 10 coronavirus patients were admitted within a span of five hours Wednesday.

Leaders from hospitals statewide met last week to consider strategies to ensure they have room to care for COVID-19 patients as the hospitalization rate climbs.

Washington State Hospital Association CEO

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Rates of ‘broken heart syndrome’ are way up during the coronavirus pandemic, a study found

FILE - In this April 20, 2020, file photo, resident physician Leslie Bottrell stands outside a room at an Intensive Care Unit as a nurse suctions the lungs of a COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. A U.S. government report says death rates are 12 times higher for coronavirus patients with chronic illnesses than for others who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Monday, June 15 highlights the dangers posed by these conditions. They include heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung ailments, such as asthma or emphysema. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this April 20, 2020, file photo, resident physician Leslie Bottrell stands outside a room at an Intensive Care Unit as a nurse suctions the lungs of a COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. A U.S. government report says death rates are 12 times higher for coronavirus patients with chronic illnesses than for others who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Monday, June 15 highlights the dangers posed by these conditions. They include heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung ailments, such as asthma or emphysema. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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