Pill to Treat Covid-19 Cuts the Risk of Death by Half, Says Merck, Which Will Seek Its Emergency Authorization

Pill to Treat Covid-19 Cuts the Risk of Death by Half, Says Merck, Which Will Seek Its Emergency Authorization

(CSU)Medicine has been shown to cut the risk of hospitalization or death by half. The study was done by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.

If Covid-19 is approved by the FDA, it will be the first oral medicine used to fight viral infections.

Merck said that at the interim analysis, molnupiravir reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 50%.On Day 29, 7.3% of the people who received molnupiravir had to be hospitalized or died. 14.1% of the people who took a placebo pill were hospitalized or died on Day 29. No one in the group that took molnupiravir had to be hospitalized or die on day 29

Merck said that they would go to the FDA as soon as possible.

Doctors sometimes give people pills that doctors call antivirals. These drugs are not vaccines. They can stop the virus that makes someone sick. Doctors hope they will be able to develop an antiviral that stops Covid-19 as Molnupiravir does. This drug would need to be taken right away before the person.
Merck has been making doses of the vaccine while they wait for the results of the study. They want to make 10 million doses before the end of this year.



There is one drug that is approved to treat Covid. It is called redeliver, and it is given intravenously to sick people in the hospital. It should not be used for early, widespread use. Some states are seeing more people getting vaccinated.

More states are making it so that people have to get shots before they can work. This is to help them not get sick with Covid-19. One governor said he might have to stop people from coming to his state if they don’t get the shot

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has told the National Guard to prepare in case there are staff shortages when a mandate and testing requirement goes into effect at the end of Monday. State Workers must provide proof of vaccination, or they will be put on unpaid leave.

As of Thursday, over 63% of people were vaccinated. That’s about 20,000 people. 12% have started testing themselves more often. But there are still 8,000 people who are not following the rules. But 2,000 people have been more careful and updated their records in the last two days!

We have given some people the choice of getting tested instead of getting vaccinated. That way they can decide which is best for them. Our neighboring states do not offer this option, so I am glad we do. We have also given our employees time to be in compliance. Our employees should all be compliant, which is why we gave them this time.

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Connecticut is one of many states that are having a hard time with the idea of making the vaccine. A minority wants to stay unvaccinated and in their jobs. But health experts say it’s important for people at higher risk to get the vaccine, so they don’t get Covid-19.
The Health Department announced that “all employees, interns, and volunteers in RIDOH-licensed healthcare facilities” would be required to take the first dose of this vaccine by Friday.

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95% of the employees at Care New England have been vaccinated. They are giving people vaccines because it is important to be healthy. The more population who get vaccinated, the less likely they will get sick or spread germs that can make other people sick.
California health workers needed to get their vaccination by Thursday, but only if they do not have a religious or medical reason for not getting it.

Pill to Treat Covid-19 Cuts the Risk of Death by Half, Says Merck, Which Will Seek Its Emergency Authorization (1)
In the state of New York, none of the health care facilities shut down because of vaccine mandates for workers. Earlier this week, it was described that 92% of nursing home workers, 89% of adult care facilities staff, and 92% of hospital staff have received at a minimum one dose.
“You will see the number go higher quickly because we’re finding out that as more people are put on furlough or suspension, that number is going to go up,” Hochul said.

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Some teachers in New York asked the Supreme Court to stop a law that says you have to get one of these things. It was supposed to happen Friday at 3 p.m., but it didn’t happen because they are working on it. New York City’s teachers are 93% vaccinated with the end of the day coming.

The mayor said that this mandate has worked. The goal was to protect kids, including the youngest kids who can’t get vaccines yet. The schools are safe! Vaccines for younger kids will soon be available, but there is some hesitancy.

The schools have been hard because of the Covid-19 outbreaks. They have to quarantine some students and staff.
Yet, despite evidence that vaccines are making people less sick and decreasing infections among eligible age groups, some parents are still hesitant to inoculate their children.

Parents of 5- to 11-year-olds will vaccinate their children. 1/3 say that they will do it right away, another 1/3 say they want to wait and watch how the vaccine is working, and the last 1/4 says that they definitely won’t get their children vaccinated.

Most of the interviews were done before Pfizer announced that Covid-19 was safe. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is okay for people at least 16 years old and maybe okay for people at least 12 years old. It has an emergency use authorization, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly 200 million US adults have had at least one vaccine. More than 67% of US adults are vaccinated.

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People in the country die more often than people in cities, a new study says.

The epidemic’s influence is being studied in many regions of the country. People in non-metropolitan areas die from Covid-19 at a rate that is more than twice as high as those in metropolitan areas. This is according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa.
In the two weeks ending September 15, non-metropolitan areas had a median of 0.85 Covid-19 deaths for Daily 100,000 residents. The Metropolitan region had an average of 0.41.

At the beginning of this study, people in non-metropolitan areas died more than those in metropolitan areas. But it wasn’t just then. It has been that way since April 2020. On September 15, people from non-metropolitan areas died more than twice as much as those from metropolitan areas. This hasn’t happened since December 1

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