Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.)
Total U.S. confirmed cases: 45,836,469 (45,718,022)
Total U.S. deaths: 743,565 (741,597)
Total global cases: 245,746,227 (245,241,884)
Total global deaths: 4,985,122 (4,976,499)
Many are willing to quit jobs rather than be vaccinated, survey finds
Vaccine mandates were devised to force people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A new study suggests it is encouraging people to quit their jobs instead.
The October Survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 40% of unvaccinated Americans are willing to quit their jobs rather than be vaccinated. Nearly 25% of people in the survey said their employers are requiring them to be vaccinated.
This reluctance also extends to parents of children aged five to 11, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Fifty-three percent of parents are worried that their child may be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 even if they don’t want them to.
Study finds ‘brain fog’ may persist for months
One symptom of COVID-19 is difficulty in thinking clearly, and a new study finds that this “brain fog” created by the virus often lingers for months after a patient recovers. The study, published in JAMA Network OpenTrusted Source, adds to existing evidence of cognitive issues related to the coronavirus.
“One of the main strengths of our study was that we had reliable and valid in-person cognitive measures,” said study author Dr. Jacqueline Becker.
In the study involving 740 patients, 24% had problems with learning new information. Memory recall, which refers to retrieving previously learned information, was affected in 23% of the participants.
Kiss roadies slam tour group over crew member's death
Roadies for the rock group Kiss are speaking out after guitar technician Francis Stueber died of COVID-19 while the band was on tour. Three crew members told Rolling Stone that not enough was done to protect them. They blamed the tour production company for Stueber’s death.
“Every day during the shows, we weren’t tested,” one of the anonymous crewmembers said. “And there are so many unknowns. Did we super spread this, did we spread this thing from city to city? It’s horrible that Fran passed, and it’s horrible if this is our protocol just for us to tour.”
Steuber died in a Detroit hotel room where he was quarantined by Wayne County health officials after being diagnosed with the virus.
Around the nation
Washington: State officials say approval to vaccinate young children can’t come too soon. The Washington Department of Health reports that there have been 189 COVID-19 outbreaks related to schools in the state from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, with 1,284 cases associated with these outbreaks.
Kentucky: Kentucky is another state where cases were surging in September, but they have dropped sharply in the last two weeks. Knox and Laurel counties are in the top 30 for the lowest COVID-19 case rates in the state. “We are almost decreasing in cases at the speed that we increased,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.
New Jersey: New Jersey keeps inching up in the nation’s vaccination standings, The state entered the top 10 this week when its statewide vaccination rate hit 74%. The state’s standing was aided by Paterson, which now has a 90% vaccination rate.
Massachusetts: Analysts at MassBenchmarks, studying GDP data, report that economic growth in the state slowed considerably in the third quarter. They also report that their outlook for the next six months is less optimistic than it was previously because of the Delta variant’s dampening effect on consumer spending.
Utah: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing Xlear, a Utah-based company, over charges that it made unsupported claims about a COVID-19 treatment product. The complaint accuses the company of “violating the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, alleging that it falsely pitched its saline nasal sprays as an effective way to prevent and treat COVID-19.”