COVID Live Updates: Doctors see severe psychosis in a small number of coronavirus patients

NEW YORK (WABC) – There are new details about the disturbing potential impact of the coronavirus. Doctors around the world have now said that patients with the virus have seen severe psychosis.

Doctors say a small number of COVID-19 patients who have never had mental health problems develop these symptoms weeks after contracting the virus.

Many of them did not have severe coronavirus cases.

Experts believe that this may be another example of the virus affecting neurological and cognitive abilities.

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NYC expands Open Storefronts program
Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the expansion of the Open Storefronts program, which aims to help small businesses in New York amid the COVID pandemic. The expansion runs until September 30, 2021. The program allows retail stores and restaurants to use sidewalks to sell pre-packaged food, to expand the number of restaurants that sidewalks can use for takeaway and is part of NYC’s economic recovery plan.

Hospitals in California Overwhelmed
California is taking drastic steps because its hospitals are being overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. The U.S. military has deployed medical troops to help. The Los Angeles region is now reporting a 600% increase in deaths since November. This is because 96% of the hospitals did not report any space for emergency patients this past weekend.

NJ warehouse party sued, organizers arrested
New Jersey police have brought a large party into a warehouse with more than 200 people. The event over the weekend in Newark was an extreme violation of the limit for ten people inside, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The party was held in a warehouse on Libella Court where illegal gambling also took place. Police say the party’s host also served alcohol without a license. Two women accused of organizing the organization are now facing various charges.

New Jersey Indicators
Government Phil Murphy has reported an additional 21 deaths in New Jersey for a total of 16,706 nationwide. He said 2,745 new cases were reported for a total of 463,965.

NYC positivity rate rises
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced another 224 hospitalizations in the city and a total of 2,428 new cases. The positive rate of 7 days increased to 7.24%.

Cuomo promises to curb vaccine fraud
The Cuomo government has announced that anyone who practices fraud to administer the vaccine beyond the criteria set by NYSDOH will be held accountable to the full extent of the law. Cuomo will issue an executive order to increase fines for suppliers who intentionally disregard. Administration to a person unknowingly ineligible could result in a fine of up to $ 1 million and the revocation of all state licenses.

The population that is vaccinated in New York is expanding
Cuomo’s government said those eligible for the vaccine this week were expanding to staff at emergency care centers, those administering the vaccine and residents of OASAS facilities. Next week, the criteria will be open to healthcare workers in outpatient care and public health workers – including those administering COVID tests.
Novavax COVID-19 vaccine becomes fifth to launch US Phase 3 trials
A major study by another candidate for the COVID-19 vaccination is underway Monday, as U.S. states continue to roll out scarce supplies of the country’s first shot options. The US has granted permission for the use of two vaccines, one by Pfizer and BioNTech and the other by Moderna, but doses will be rationed for months. The candidate nominated by Novavax Inc. made is the fifth to test the final stage in America. About 30,000 volunteers are needed to prove that this vaccine – a different kind from its Pfizer and Modern competitors – really works and is safe.

Why you get a COVID-19 vaccine does not mean you should stop wearing a mask
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States, and more than 9.5 million doses have been distributed. Although these developments mark a historic moment and hold great promise, it does not mean that Americans will soon be able to stop wearing masks. CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, explain why.

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