Don’t Toss the Masks Just Yet; Keep Searching for COVID Origin; Pandemic Impotence?

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An informal survey of epidemiologists showed that the vast majority think Americans should continue wearing masks at public indoor events for at least another year, despite new CDC guidance to the contrary. (New York Times)

Does this mean the pandemic is over for people who are vaccinated? (CNN)

As of about 8 a.m. ET, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States included 32,853,398 cases and 584,495 deaths, increases of 37,990 and 805, respectively, since the same time Thursday.

Yet another call to delay vaccination for children until global vaccine supplies increase and the crisis in India subsides, and an internist urges parents not to mask children outdoors. (The Atlantic)

A group of scientists urged more studies to obtain “greater clarity” about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Science)

The pandemic tragedy in India has fueled a new surge of misinformation. (AP News)

Whittling time away — literally — to maintain mental health during social isolation. (NPR)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he will pardon any state resident charged with violating regulations related to masking and social distancing. (New York Post)

A former staff member has sued Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) for a “reckless” approach to COVID-19, exposing himself and staff members to the virus. (NBC Washington)

Though fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, talk show host Bill Maher tested positive for COVID, forcing HBO to postpone recording of this week’s episode of “Real Time.” (Variety)

Erectile dysfunction: Another possible side effect of COVID-19? (World Journal of Men’s Health)

Internal FDA emails reveal decisions from agency and Trump-era officials surrounding the over-hyped COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine and the bungled emergency use authorization with convalescent plasma. (Endpoints News)

In other news:

  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said the state will withdraw from voter-approved Medicaid expansion because of lack of funding from the state legislature. (KMBC)
  • Heron Therapeutics announced FDA approval of bupivacaine-meloxicam extended-release solution (Zynrelef) for postoperative analgesia for up to 72 hours after surgery.
  • Biogen announced that its one-time gene therapy for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic eye condition, missed its primary endpoint in a phase II/III trial.
  • Plastic surgeons push for clearer, more strongly worded informed consent before breast implantation. (Fox 17)
  • Ireland’s health service operator had to shut down its information technology system because of a “significant” ransomware attack. (Reuters)
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    Charles Bankhead is senior editor for oncology and also covers urology, dermatology, and ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. Follow








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