“Covid” is a much more common search term than “coronavirus,” says this graph by Rick Lesaar, a health-communication expert. Covid-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
By Al Cross and Bruce Maples
“With now more than 1 million Kentuckians being vaccinated, our shot of hope has proven to be our shot of certainty for ending this pandemic,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a press release. “We still need everyone to continue to mask up, practice social distancing, wash your hands and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”
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The percentage of Kentuckians testing positive for the virus over the last seven days rose to 3.4%, but that followed a much sharper drop of 0.5 points the day before. The positive-test rate has declined steadily for more than two months, with two brief plateaus and one upward blip.
Counties with more than 10 new cases were: Jefferson, 135; Fayette, 38; Daviess, 25; Hardin, 23; Kenton, 22; Scott, 21; Henderson, Knox and Warren, 18; Oldham, 16; McCracken and Pulaski, 15; Powell, 14; Boone, Bullitt, Laurel and Leslie, 13; Hopkins, 12; and Bell, Christian and Jackson, 11.
Kentucky hospitals reported 463 Covid-19 patients, 14 more than Thursday, but the number in intensive-care fell by nine, to 101; the number on ventilators rose by three, to 60.
- Corinne Boyer of WEKU-FM has questions about the vaccines, and experts at the University of Kentucky have answers.
- President Biden reversed course and said the U.S. would send millions of vaccine doses to Canada and Mexico, shortly after Mexico said it would close its southern border to all nonessential travel through at least April 21, in response to a surge of illegal migration by Central Americans across the U.S.-Mexico border. Both nations said it was not a quid pro quo.
- A study in The Lancet, the leading British medical journal, found that coronavirus reinfections are rare, but when they do happen, they are more common for people over 65, and seniors have only 47% protection against repeat infection, compared with 80% for younger people. Protection against reinfection remained stable for more than six months.
- No, it’s not like the flu: Research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine showed Covid-19 puts a substantially higher burden on the body than influenza. The study showed that Covid-19 cases cause significantly more weekly hospitalizations, more use of ventilators and higher death rates.
- Texas Roadhouse founder Kent Taylor of Louisville took his own life Thursday “after a battle with post-Covid-related symptoms, including severe tinnitus,” his family said. “Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was, but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable.”