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“Of the 900 cases related to the Provincetown cluster, there have been no deaths, 7 hospitalizations, and the symptoms are largely mild,” said Provincetown’s Town Manager.

Although many of the COVID infections in last month’s outbreak in Massachusetts were among the vaccinated, few people got very sick.

“The vaccines are working,” said Provincetown Town Manager Alex Morse in a Tweet on July 30. “Of the 900 cases related to the Provincetown cluster, there have been no deaths, 7 hospitalizations, and the symptoms are largely mild.”

“Our positivity peaked at 15% on 7/15 and was only 4.8% yesterday. The outbreak is contained and Provincetown is safe,” he continued.

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study that found 346 of the 469 reported coronavirus infections at that time occurred in people who were fully vaccinated. The outbreak happened between July 3–17 in Barnstable County as large summer gatherings took place in Provincetown.

Of the breakthrough cases in the report, 274 were symptomatic, while four people were hospitalized. One other infected individual who had not been vaccinated was also hospitalized.

Testing found that 90% of specimens from 133 patients contained the Delta variant. The most common side effects were cough, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, and fever. No deaths were reported.

“This finding is concerning and was a pivotal discovery leading to CDC’s updated mask recommendation,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “The masking recommendation was updated to ensure the vaccinated public would not unknowingly transmit virus to others, including their unvaccinated or immunocompromised loved ones.”

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The CDC previously released new guidelines on Tuesday based on new science around the Delta variant, which has become the most predominant strain circulating in the United States. Appearing in four out of five infected samples, the Delta variant has been known to infect vaccinated people and spread to others on occasion.

The new guidelines included the continued push for COVID-19 vaccinations, as they have been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in addition to preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even with the Delta variant.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people in areas with substantial-to-high transmission rates are recommended to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Additionally, those who are not inoculated are urged to continue wearing masks until they are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the CDC recommends K-12 students return to full-time in-person learning in the fall, with proper COVID precautions in place.

“This moment, and most importantly, the associated illness, suffering and death, could have been avoided with higher vaccination coverage in this country,” said Walensky. “COVID-19 continues to present many challenges and has exacted a tremendous toll on our nation. We continue to follow the science closely and update the guidance, should the science shift again. We must take every step we can to stop the Delta variant and end this pandemic.”



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“It’s one of the most transmissible viruses we know about. Measles, chickenpox, this — they’re all up there,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky

The delta variant of COVID-19 is likely as contagious as chickenpox and causes more severe illness than other strains of the virus, according to data found in an internal document from the Centers for Disease Control.

Health officials at the CDC said in the document, obtained by the Washington Post, that it’s time to “acknowledge the war has changed” as the U.S. struggles to deal with the delta variant with just under half of the country not vaccinated against COVID-19.

The findings back up CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s decision this week to recommend that fully vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in areas with high rates of COVID-19, she told CNN after verifying the legitimacy of the document.

“I think people need to understand that we’re not crying wolf here. This is serious,” she said. “It’s one of the most transmissible viruses we know about. Measles, chickenpox, this — they’re all up there.” The CDC also announced this week fully vaccinated people with breakthrough cases may spread COVID-19 as easily as unvaccinated people.

As of July 30, new COVID-19 cases have jumped by 151% in the last 14 days, according to The New York Times, and the U.S. is now averaging around 71,600 new infections a day.

“The number of cases we have now is higher than any number we had on any given day last summer,” Walensky said.

Along with urging mask-wearing indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, the CDC has said that anyone in schools this fall, including students, staff and visitors, should wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status. In the document, the CDC also recognized that they need to change their messaging to get more Americans vaccinated.

“The measures we need to get this under control — they’re extreme. The measures you need are extreme,” Walensky said.

Four months since the COVID-19 vaccines became widely available, less than half — 49.4% — of the country is fully vaccinated against the virus, according to CDC data. Slightly more, 57.2%, have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Among those who are eligible for vaccination, people aged 12 and up, 66.9% have received at least one dose and 57.7% are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases had been on the decline as Americans got vaccinated, dipping down to around 11,000 a day in early June. But as the delta variant became the dominant strain in the U.S., cases again soared back to levels not seen since February, when the vaccines were not readily available to all Americans. The biggest increase in cases have been in southern states like Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas and Florida, all of which have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that all federal employees will be required to get vaccinated or be subjected to weekly COVID testing. He urged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“This is an American tragedy. People are dying — and will die — who don’t have to die. If you’re out there unvaccinated, you don’t have to die,” he said. “Read the news. You’ll see stories of unvaccinated patients in hospitals, as they’re lying in bed dying from COVID-19, they’re asking, ‘Doc, can I get the vaccine?’ The doctors have to say, ‘Sorry, it’s too late.’ “


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One of the key lessons in adopting healthy habits is to start with small, easily attainable goals and grow from there—and of course having a bit of guidance can be helpful, too. If the habits you’re trying to adopt are related to brain health, a new study published in Neurology suggests starting with just half a serving of flavonoid-rich foods. Simple enough, right? 

What are flavonoids? 

Flavonoids are an antioxidant found in colorful, plant-based foods, like strawberries, oranges, peppers, apples, grapefruits, and more. “There is mounting evidence suggesting flavonoids are powerhouses when it comes to preventing your thinking skills from declining as you get older,” study author Walter Willett, M.D., said in a news release. “Our results are exciting because they show that making simple changes to your diet could help prevent cognitive decline.”

How can flavonoids support brain health?

Researchers from Harvard University looked at nearly 50,000 women around 48 years old and more than 27,000 men around 51 years old at the start of the study. Over the course of 20 years, participants answered survey questions about their food intake. The data was used to determine how many and what type of flavonoids the participants were consuming on a daily basis. 

The participants were also asked to evaluate their cognitive abilities twice during the study to see how their memory and brain function changed over time. At the end of the trial, researchers found people who ate half a serving of flavonoid-rich foods per day had a 20% lower risk of cognitive decline. 

Of the flavonoids eaten, flavones (found in yellow and orange fruits and veggies) and anthocyanin (found in blueberries, blackberries, and cherries) had the most protective properties, lowering cognitive decline by 38% and 24% respectively. 

How to add more flavonoids to your diet. 

While “flavonoid” might sound like an unfamiliar word, if you’re eating fruits and veggies, you’re already getting this antioxidant. “The people in our study who did the best over time ate an average of at least half a serving per day of foods like orange juice, oranges, peppers, celery, grapefruits, grapefruit juice, apples and pears,” Willett said. “While it is possible other phytochemicals are at work here, a colorful diet rich in flavonoids—and specifically flavones and anthocyanins—seems to be a good bet for promoting long-term brain health.”

Aside from simply snacking on these flavonoid-rich fruits and veggies, here are some of our favorite recipes that utilize them: 

Brain health is vital at any age, and while new habits can seem overwhelming to start, Willett assures us it’s never too late to start. “We saw those protective relationships whether people were consuming the flavonoids in their diet 20 years ago, or if they started incorporating them more recently,” he said.


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