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.
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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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’
On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.
The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.
Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.
“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”
“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”
While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.
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