CDC says vaccinated kids don’t need masks at summer camp; WHO recommends new names for variants: Coronavirus update for June 1, 2021
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Updated guidance says vaccinated children don’t need to wear masks at summer camp, while the World Health Organization has proposed new names for coronavirus variants.
Cleveland.com is rounding up some of the most notable coronavirus news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, June 1.
Vaccinated kids don’t need masks at summer camp
Kids who have received a COVID-19 vaccine don’t need to wear a mask at summer camp, according to updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, the new guidance released Friday says kids who have not been fully vaccinated are “strongly encouraged” to wear a mask if they’re indoors or a crowded outdoor setting.
The guidance still recommends masks for children who have compromised immune systems.
More than 2.5 million children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 have been vaccinated since the Pfizer vaccine was approved for that age group last month, according to CDC data.
WHO recommends new names for coronavirus variants
The World Health Organization on Monday recommended the use of letters from the Greek alphabet to identify coronavirus variants.
The B.1.1.7 variant discovered in the U.K. will be known as Alpha, while the B.1.351 variant discovered in South Africa will be known as Beta. The P.1 variant discovered in Brazil will be called Gamma, and the B.1.617.2 variant found in India will be Delta.
The WHO proposed the new naming system in response to criticism that referring to a variant by its country of origin could increase stigma toward that country.
The use of letters from the Greek alphabet will be easier for the public and media to use instead of the scientific names which were previously used to identify variants, the WHO said. The scientific names will still be used in research.
COVID-19 vaccine effective in cancer patients, study finds
The coronavirus vaccine is effective in cancer patients but produces a weaker immune response, according to a study published Friday in JAMA Oncology.
Approximately 90% of cancer patients who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine tested positive for antibodies two weeks after their second dose, the study found. Researchers from the U.S. and Israel also said they expect to see a similar immune response from cancer patients who receive the Moderna vaccine.
The antibody levels found in cancer patients were roughly 70% lower than those found in someone who does not have cancer, but they were still high enough to protect against COVID-19, the study found.
Data shows lower-income individuals were less able to stay home during pandemic
Location data from 45 million mobile phone users shows lower-income individuals were less able to stay home during the pandemic, according to a new study.
The study, published in the journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers, says lower-income individuals were either unable to stay home, or more likely to work in professions where working from home was not an option.
The researcher used anonymous tracking data to calculate how much time residents of 12 cities across the U.S. spent at home between Jan. 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020. They compared that data to demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
They found those who lived in areas with a higher percentage of wealthy residents and a higher percentage of postgraduates tended to stay home more often.
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