COVID in California: SF Rent Assistance Program Stops Taking New Applications

COVID in California: SF Rent Assistance Program Stops Taking New Applications

COVID changes people’s personalities, study finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a decade of normative personality change in some people, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Plos One. The researchers found that personality traits in the five-factor model – neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness – that were previously thought to be insensitive to stressful events in adulthood were strongly impacted over the past two years and more in 7,109 people participating in ongoing personality assessments. as part of the Understanding America study. “Strikingly, young adults showed disturbed maturity in that they increased neuroticism and decreased agreeableness and conscientiousness,” the researchers found. They plan to continue their research. “If these changes persist, this evidence suggests that stressful population-wide events can slightly alter the trajectory of personality, particularly in young adults,” they said.

SF’s COVID Rent Assistance Program Stops Taking New Applications

San Francisco officials have suspended a vital COVID-19 pandemic relief program for low-income city residents due to the overwhelming number of requests it has received. The San Francisco’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program released a bulletin Thursday saying it had stopped accepting new applications so its staff could focus on “a large backlog of pending applications.” The program, which offers up to $7,500 in housing assistance to those who meet its criteria, has about 4,000 unprocessed applications on file. The website notes that it expects to resume accepting new applications in late 2022. California ended its statewide rent relief program on April 1.

Woman who created Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker honored

A Johns Hopkins University scientist who created a website to track COVID-19 cases around the world is this year’s recipient of the award Lasker Award for Public Service, reports the Associated Press. The $250,000 prizes, announced Wednesday by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, recognize achievements in medical research. The public service award went to Lauren Gardner, an engineer who studies the spread of disease. She worked with her lab team to develop the COVID-19 tracker as the coronavirus began spreading around the world in January 2020. The dashboard has become a key resource and now tracks cases, deaths, vaccines and more around the world. Through it all, the team has made the tracker freely available to the public. The dashboard set “a new standard for public health data science” and helped inform both personal decisions and policy, the Lasker Foundation said in a statement.

BA.4.6 has mutations that make it resistant to Evusheld, study finds

The omicron BA.4.6 subline of the coronavirus, which currently accounts for about 12% of sequenced cases in the United States and is increasing in proportion, has mutations that make it more immune evasive than BA.5, according to a study published Tuesday in the scientific journal The Lancet. The strain has Arg346 mutations in the spike glycoprotein – a change also detected in new variants such as BF.7, BA.5.2.6, BA.4.1.9, BE.1.2, BA.4.7 and BF.13 – which makes him resistant to Evusheld, a preventive monoclonal injection for immunocompromised patients. Mutations in BA.4.6 also increase the possibility of reinfection after recovery from a COVID BA.4 or BA.5 infection.

CDC again predicts another ‘uncertain’ period for deaths

Deaths from COVID-19 will again remain stable or have an uncertain trend over the next four weeks, according to the latest predictions from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ensemble models used by the agency predict that an additional 1,500 to 3,900 Americans will die in the week ending October 22. Forecasts last week showed a potential decrease in the number of deaths. Despite the general improvement in case and hospitalization trends nationwide, the average number of confirmed COVID deaths in the United States has changed little since April, with the country recording 400 virus deaths per day.

California teachers say pandemic has accelerated burnout, survey finds

A growing number of California teachers have held a negative view of their profession since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study commissioned by the California Teachers Association and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. In a survey of 4,632 teachers across the state, administered this summer by Hart Associates, 77% of respondents said things had gotten worse since March 2020, compared to 45% who cited deteriorating conditions before the pandemic. Many noted high levels of dissatisfaction with their jobs, with 57% of these teachers saying they were considering leaving the profession due to stress burnout and 40% due to political attacks.

Current teachers overwhelmingly described their job as exhausting (68%) and stressful (61%), compared to those who think their position is rewarding (34%) and fulfilling (29%). About one in five teachers said they were likely to leave the profession in the next three years, including 14% who said they would definitely. Another 22% say there is a 50 to 50 chance they will leave. One of the major sticking points cited was classroom management. “The hardest parts of being a teacher right now that I see is that a lot of teachers struggle with the behavior management part of the classroom,” one of the anonymous respondents told the ‘investigation. “Because you can’t teach if you don’t have control of your class and your kids aren’t engaged, and I think the pandemic has a lot to do with that.”

Reminders offer substantial protection against hospitalization, study finds

The third dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization by 59% against the omicron variant of the coronavirus compared to two doses, according to a study published late last week in JAMA. While other research has established that boosted individuals enjoy a 55% to 99% lower likelihood of COVID-19 hospitalization than unvaccinated individuals, the new case-control research shows the added benefit of a booster dose to the primary series. The study, commissioned by the nonprofit Providence Health System and led by a University of Chicago researcher, showed that although protection from the booster dose declines over four to five months, the injections still reduce considerably the overall risk of serious consequences. . “This research shows us that even if you’re fully vaccinated, there’s real value in getting a booster,” Ari Robicsek, MD, of Providence, said in a company press release.

Erectile dysfunction added to long list of common COVID symptoms by CDC

Anyone who experiences health consequences for four weeks or more after a coronavirus infection is now considered to have “post-COVID conditions,” the umbrella term for long-COVID symptoms, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States. In updated guidelines for clinicians, the agency has shortened the time it considers post-COVID conditions to be present if recovery does not occur, although it said some patients may recover within the previous timeframe of 12 weeks. It also expanded the list of commonly reported symptoms to include erectile dysfunction, as well as menstrual cycle irregularities, poor stamina, brain fog, impaired daily functions and mood changes. The CDC estimates that nearly 1 in 5 adults who have ever had COVID-19 currently have symptoms of long COVID.

Study confirms COVID injections affect menstruation

A large international study has confirmed the link between COVID-19 vaccination with an average increase in the length of the menstrual cycle of less than a day, the The National Institutes of Health said Tuesday. The new study included data from nearly 20,000 people worldwide who received one of nine different vaccines. The increase was not associated with any change in the number of bleeding days. Researchers found that, for most study participants, the problem was resolved in the cycle following vaccination. “These results provide additional information to advise women on what to expect after vaccination,” said Diana Bianchi, director of the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Changes after vaccination appear to be small, within the normal range of variation, and temporary.”

FDA says it plans to review fewer COVID tests for authorization

The US Food and Drug Administration updated its COVID-19 Testing Policy, stating that going forward, it intends to consider “only a small subset” of new emergency use authorization requests for diagnostic tests. The agency encourages developers of all test types interested in marketing authorization to seek out traditional premarket review avenues. “Testing remains a key pillar in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Given the current state of manufacturing capacity and consumer access given the administration’s significant investment in testing, for most new tests, moving to traditional pre-market review would meet best meet public health needs during the current stage of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The FDA will continue to offer support and expertise to assist in the development of accurate and reliable tests, and to facilitate continued access. to testing for all Americans.

UCSF’s Wachter monitors rise in UK cases

Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Chairman of Medicine, tweeted tuesday that anyone waiting to make an appointment for a new bivalent booster could consider getting their shot sooner rather than later amid a rise in UK coronavirus cases. UK cases in the past have been a “warning sign” for the US, Wachter said, and a story on CNN also noted that rising UK case rates could portend a fall thrust. Although Wachter is keeping an eye on the data, he said the news from the UK does not warrant immediate behavioral changes “(i.e., if you eat indoors, no reason to stop now). But if you’re waiting for a new booster, I’d be thinking of getting it soon, for 2 weeks for full effect,” Wachter tweeted.

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