“The U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak Is Still Bad—And it Could Get Worse” – Time / Source: Time

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Jobless claims in the past week resumed their downward trajectory, reaching 380,000 in a steady decline along with a pickup in hiring and optimistic consumer sentiment. The decline comes as a record 4 million people left their jobs this spring in search of better pay, flexibility and fulfillment, prompting a nationwide labor shortage. Restaurant and hotel workers led the way in resignations, signaling a post-pandemic change in employee desires for how and when to work. 
  • Federal health officials noted that there is a “likely association” between the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and heart inflammation in teens and young adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a public meeting on Wednesday that the side effect is extremely rare and that most people who experienced it have recovered and are doing well.
  • The American Red Cross is warning of a “severe” blood shortage as the return to pre-pandemic activities results in an increase in elective surgeries, organ transplants and emergency care. The organization said it has experienced a 10% increase in red blood cell demand from hospital trauma centers over last year and distributed 75,000 more blood products than expected over the past three months.
    • @RedCrossLA : CALLING ALL TYPE O DONORS: Type O+ & O- blood are the most in-demand blood types, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions & emergencies every day. Right now, there is a severe shortage of your essential blood type. Please schedule your donation 
    • @modrnhealthcr : More than a third of community blood centers across the country reported having a one-day supply or less, according to America’s Blood Centers’ daily update from 59 community blood centers.
  • Australia’s most populous state reported a rise in new cases of COVID-19 for the third straight day as the region fights to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, prompting tough new restrictions. Brazil passed 500,000 coronavirus deaths with no sign of letup, while Uganda faces a serious shortage of oxygen for hospitalized coronavirus patients.
  • New York abruptly ended its popular cocktail takeout program after New York’s state of emergency was lifted, sending restaurant and bar owners scrambling. In Colorado, the governor signed into law a provision that permits alcohol takeout and delivery for another 4 years, noting that the state could create a “new normal that’s even better.”

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