Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, January 7: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

A record 9.5 million COVID-19 cases were reported last week, marking a 71% increase in confirmed cases, as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads, the World Organization of health. Despite the increase in reported cases, the number of deaths last week decreased from the previous week.

Meanwhile, more than 2,000 flights in the US were canceled on Thursday alone due to bad weather and staff shortages caused by coronavirus infections. At the same time, Alaska Airlines announced that it would reduce the number of flights by 10% until the end of the month, as it deals with personnel problems.

We are updating this page with the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in the Seattle area, USA and the world. Click here to see the live updates from the previous days and all of our other coronavirus coverage, and here to see how we track the daily spread in Washington.

Hospitalizations Skyrocket in US Children Too Young to Receive COVID Injections

Hospitalizations of American children under the age of 5 with COVID-19 have soared in recent weeks to the highest levels since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday.

The worrying trend in children too young to be vaccinated underscores the need for older children and adults to be vaccinated to protect those around them, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .

Since early December, as the highly contagious omicron variant has spread furiously across the country, the hospitalization rate for these younger children has risen to more than 4 in 100,000 children.

That compares to about 1 in 100,000 for children ages 5 to 17, according to CDC data.

Read the story here.

—Mike Stobbe and Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press

In omicron outbreak, US governors lose their appetite for terms

Governors took radical action during previous waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many schools closed and ordered the closure of businesses. They issued mask mandates, vaccine requirements, and even quarantines in some places for people who had traveled to out-of-state hot spots.

Not this time, even as the exponential spread of the super contagious omicron variant breaks COVID-19 infection records. While governors send aid to hospitals, they show little appetite for widespread public orders or closures.

Even Democratic governors who passed tough mandates early on now rely more on persuasion than dictates. To a large extent, they leave it up to local officials to make tough decisions about decisions like whether to limit capacity in restaurants and theaters or keep schools open.

South Carolina set a record for positive tests over New Years weekend and COVID-19 hospitalizations were up 67% from the previous week. But Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, urged everyone to carry on as if all was well. “If you get really sick, there will be room in hospitals,” he promised this week.

Read the story here.

—Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press

FDA shortens Moderna booster time to 5 months

U.S. regulators on Friday shortened the time people who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have to wait for a booster to five months instead of six.

The Moderna two-dose vaccine is available to Americans 18 years of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Friday means Moderna recipients are eligible for a booster after at least five months have passed since their last injection.

Read the story here.

-The Associated Press

Families desperate for a return to remote learning after the holidays

Faced with an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Detroit district this week joined a growing number of others in online mobile classes after winter break. The shift involving 50,000 students once again leaves parents juggling home and work schedules around their children’s educational needs.

The vast majority of US districts appear to be returning to in-person learning, but other large school systems, including those in Newark, New Jersey, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, have returned to remote learning as infections rise and fall. aside to staff members. Dozens of smaller districts followed, including many around Detroit, Chicago, and Washington.

Interruptions also raise alarms about risks to students. The long periods of remote learning over the past two years have taken their toll, leaving many children with academic and mental health setbacks that experts are still trying to understand.

Read the story here.

—Corey Williams, The Associated Press

Women’s periods may be delayed after coronavirus vaccination, study suggests

Shortly after the coronavirus vaccines were implemented about a year ago, women began reporting erratic menstrual cycles after receiving the injections.

Some said their periods were late. Others reported bleeding heavier than usual or painful bleeding. Some postmenopausal women who hadn’t had a period in years even said they had menstruated again.

A study published Thursday found that women’s menstrual cycles did change after vaccination against the coronavirus. The authors reported that women who were inoculated had slightly longer menstrual cycles after receiving the vaccine than those who were not vaccinated.

Read the story here.

—Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times

Will the ‘Forever Momentum’ Beat the Coronavirus?

A year ago, only two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or even one, in the case of Johnson & Johnson’s formulation, were thought to offer sufficient protection against the coronavirus.

Now faced with the extraordinarily contagious omicron variant, Israel has begun offering fourth doses to some high-risk groups. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded eligibility for boosters to teens and refrained from describing anyone as “fully vaccinated” because two injections no longer seem adequate.

Instead, a person’s vaccination status will now be “up to date”, or not. No wonder many Americans wonder: Where does this end? Should we roll up our sleeves for booster shots every few months?

Repeatedly humiliated by a virus that has defied expectations, scientists are reluctant to predict the future. But in interviews this week, nearly a dozen said that whatever happens, trying to boost the entire population every few months is unrealistic. It also doesn’t make much scientific sense.

Read the story here.

—Apoorva Mandavilli, The New York Times

Catch up on the last 24 hours

President Joe Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Go Before the Supreme Court Today, judges consider two requirements that cover more than 80 million Americans. This question and answer section describes who will be affected and what is at stake. Listen live when the hearing starts at 7am and find updates here.

Hospitals in our state are approaching a crisis point, and we’re only at the beginning of the omicron-driven wave, officials say. Washington’s daily total of COVID-19 cases yesterday soared past the previous day’s record.

The United States plans to ship 500 million test kits to homes soon, according to people familiar with the plan. You can request the rapid tests online.

When testing, should you rub your throat? besides your nose? The experts are divided. Their reasons are worth reading and weighing the pros and cons.

Women’s periods may be delayed after vaccination, suggests a new study, which supports many anecdotal reports. But overall, the changes the researchers tracked were not significant and appeared to be transitory.

Will we be forever pushing to beat the virus? That’s not realistic, scientists say. They are explaining how other strategies could keep us off the momentum stage forever. Meanwhile, frustrated former Biden health advisers have publicly described what they think a new normal of coexistence with the virus should look like.

Unmasked passengers filmed themselves partying on a plane, and now no airline will take them home. Elsewhere, 125 adult passengers tested positive when a flight arrived in India, and there were only 160 on board. Things got tense.

—Kris Higginson

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