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CDC says COVID-19 mutating & becoming more contagious but not more lethal

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The CDC noted that the Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate and experts believe it is becoming more contagious but not any more lethal, according to new research.

The CDC study analyzed 5,000 genetic sequences of the virus, which appears to be continuing to mutate throughout the epidemic. However, the study did not find that mutations of the virus have made it more lethal. According to a report in the Washington Post, public health experts said the mutations are normal and all viruses have them, most of which are insignificant.

Currently, the Fall has seen an increase of COVID-19 in certain states. Medical experts have continued to warn that the virus is expected to spread during the Fall and Winter seasons, as most viruses do.

Coronavirus cases have increased by at least 10 percent or more compared to the week before in 21 states

CNN reported that as of Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10 percent or more compared to the week before in 21 states. They noted that most of increases of the virus were in the West, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

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California Tells COVID-Positive Medical Staff to ‘Return to Work Immediately, Without Isolation or Testing’

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The Los Angeles Times came out with a piece Wednesday titled, “With hospitals reeling, California tells COVID-positive medical workers to stay on the job.” With more and more patients arriving to the emergency room every day, forced to wait entire days to be seen, there is no one to answer the phones and no one to take out the trash.

Due to the Omicron-fueled surge, healthcare workers are calling out sick in droves, and has “left the medical infrastructure on edge.” As a result, California, and other state’s officials are examining a “Sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately, without isolation or testing.”

Currently, the policy will remain in place through February 1st to avoid staffing shortages. The California Department of Public Health said because hospitals are reaching capacity, providing essential care is extremely compromised.

“Given those conditions, the department is providing temporary flexibility to help hospitals and emergency services providers respond to an unprecedented surge and staffing shortages” said the agency.

On Tuesday, nurses and representatives with the SEIU 721 union spoke out against the measure outside the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown to L.A. The California Nurses Association also said it planning a “day of action” for Thursday to condemn the state’s decision.

“It is absolutely infuriating that Democrats turned our nation upside down, harmed our children and may have even allowed the Democrats to steal an election creating these mandates, only to be forced to throw it all out the window on a whim because they did not work” says Sara Carter

“When President Trump was questioning these things, when I would question these things, when any sane person would question these things, the Democrats tried to make everyone look like they wanted to kill their grandmother and that we were conspiracy theorists” adds Carter.

“Is the situation ideal? No,” said Dr. Robert-Kim Farley, an epidemiologist and infectious-diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Is it the lesser of the two evils of having no one to care for patients, versus having staff caring for them that may have COVID? Yes, it’s the lesser of two evils.”

The L.A. Times adds, “Kim-Farley said the policy is a recognition of the significant strain hospitals are experiencing amid an increased number of patients and decreased number of staff. The chances of transmission from an asymptomatic worker are minimal, he said, particularly since he or she would be practicing precautions, including wearing high-grade medical masks.”

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