Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 100,371,303
Global deaths: 2,160,562.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 425,250.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 55,532,629

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 25,445,241 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 425,250.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 42,726.
U.S. total people tested: 295,369,233

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,235,045 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks first in the world.  England is second in the world, with 3,225,301 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,290,621 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

World passes 100 million COVID-19 cases; US reports nearly 4,000 deaths Tuesday
There have now been more than 100 million reported COVID-19 cases in the world since the first case was reported on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan, China.  The grim benchmark was passed late Tuesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University, which as of Wednesday morning reports there are 100,371,303 cases worldwide, with 25.3% of those — 25,445,241 – in the U.S, which continues to have more reported COVID-19 cases than any other country.

Meanwhile, the daily death toll in the U.S. continues to increase.  There were 3,990 reported COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University, meaning one person died in the U.S. of COVID-19 about every 22 minutes.  There were also 142,511 new cases reported in the U.S. Tuesday, although the Covid Tracking Project continues to report an overall national decline in coronavirus hospitalizations.  There were 108,957 people hospitalized in the U.S. Tuesday with COVID-19, which is almost 30,000 fewer cases than a couple of weeks ago, the tracking project said. 

There are currently 425,250 total COVID-19 deaths reported in in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasting as many as 465,000 to 508,000 total reported fatalities by the week ending February 13. 

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine? Skip those pain meds beforehand, say experts
It’s not uncommon to feel modest, temporary flu-like symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 injection, as well as some pain at the injection site.  But experts say it’s best to grin and bear it rather than reach for the Tylenol or Advil beforehand.  Dr. Simone Wildes, an infectious disease specialist at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell, Massachusetts and a member of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, tells ABC News, “We do not recommend premedication with ibuprofen or Tylenol before COVID-19 vaccines due to the lack of data on how it impacts the vaccine-induced antibody responses.” 

Vaccines work by stimulating your body’s immune system to produce antibodies against the invader – in this case, COVID-19.  Anti-inflammatory medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen work by repressing parts of the immune system, which, the thinking goes, may also prevent the body from achieving optimal COVID-19 immune response after the vaccine.  If you’re already taking these meds for a pre-existing condition, experts say you should ask your doctor what to do, before you get vaccinated.

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