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CDC: New COVID Strain May Dominate U.S. by March

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 11:03 AM The CDC is urging Americans to double down on precautions to thwart the spread of the coronavirus, as the new B.1.1.7 “super strain” takes hold in the U.S. New CDC modeling shows the new strain could cause more than half of new infections in this country by March, even as the U.S. races to deploy vaccines.

As Vaccines Roll Out, ECPs Get in Line

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:33 AM NEW YORK—Across the country, COVID-19 vaccine rollout has kicked off. Most states are still in the early phases of vaccination, which usually includes older, more vulnerable members of the population, and certain frontline and health care workers. In many states, those health care workers include ECPs. For many, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is a cause for hope, joy and celebration. To honor the science that got us here, many in the optical community have taken to social media to share the news of their vaccinations—and to share what The Cut is calling “The Vaxxie,” or the Vaccination Selfie. Here we take a look at The Vaxxie in the optical community. Read More

As Vaccines Roll Out, ECPs Get in Line

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Across the country, COVID-19 vaccine rollout has kicked off. Most states are still in the early phases of vaccination, which usually includes older, more vulnerable members of the population, and certain frontline and health care workers. In many states, those health care workers include ECPs. For many, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is a cause for hope, joy and celebration. To honor the science that got us here, many in the optical community have taken to social media to share the news of their vaccinations—and to share what The Cut is calling “The Vaxxie,” or the Vaccination Selfie. Here we take a look at The Vaxxie in the optical community.

When Will The Vaccine Change Things?

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:57 PM Now that people are getting vaccinated againt COVID-19, it's only natural to wonder how long it will take before things start to go back to some semblance of normality. According to some experts, at least 50 percent of Americans will need to be vaccinated before we start to see a change in the infection rate—but that's not all there is to it. Head over to Fast Company for the rundown. 

AOA Hosts #AskAOA Webinar on Paycheck Loans

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:06 AM

Why You Should Still Wear a Mask and Avoid Crowds After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:51 AM Once you've been vaccinated for COVID-19, you'll likely feel relieved and optimistic, and rightfully so. However, vaccination doesn't mean you should let your guard down completely. In fact, keeping up mask-wearing and social distancing will remain important for a while, still. Head over to NPR for more information.

De Rigo Closes the Year 2020 and Sets New Goals for the Year Ahead

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:06 AM Having closed 2019 with a turnover of €446 million, De Rigo has risen to the challenge of managing the difficulties of 2020, reacting quickly to sudden changes in the market and dynamically to an ever evolving scenario.

Fatigue, Brain Fog Most Common in 'Long COVID'

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:00 PM Fatigue, post-exercise malaise and cognitive dysfunction (or brain fog) are the most common symptoms reported by COVID long haulers 6 months after contracting the coronavirus, according to a new preprint study published on MedRxiv.

How Will You Find Out When You Can Get Vaccinated?

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:48 AM As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout speeds up across the country, many people find themselves asking the same question: how will I know when it's my turn? As it turns out, the answer isn't very simple, in part because each state has a different rollout technique. Head over to Fast Company for more information. 

Averting COVID Hospitalizations With Monoclonal Antibodies

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:00 AM The United States has allocated more than 641,000 monoclonal antibody treatments for outpatients to ease pressure on strained hospitals, but officials from Operation Warp Speed report that more than half of that reserve sits unused as clinicians grapple with best practices.

Review of Optometry: Missed Visits During COVID Increase Risk of Vision Loss

By Staff
Monday, January 11, 2021 10:03 AM The lockdown last spring caused patients to delay seeking routine medical care. Looking at the effects of this on vision, new research in Ophthalmology found that about 40% of people who were scheduled to see a retina specialist for intravitreal injections during this time either cancelled or were no-shows. They noted that the delay in care of about five weeks caused vision loss in many of these individuals. The chart review included patients aged 18 or older with DME and/or PDR, wet AMD or RVO who were scheduled to see a retinal specialist during the mandated lockdown starting in mid-March 2020. These individuals had received an intravitreal injection in the 12 weeks prior. Read More

59 Percent of COVID Cases Stem From Asymptomatic Spread

By Staff
Monday, January 11, 2021 12:11 AM More than half of all COVID-19 cases transmit from people who don’t have any symptoms, according to a model developed by CDC researchers.

About 59 percent of transmission comes from people without symptoms, according to a new study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open. This includes 35 percent from people who infect others before they show symptoms and 24 percent from people who never develop any symptoms.

“The bottom line is controlling the COVID-19 pandemic really is going to require controlling the silent pandemic of transmission from persons without symptoms,” Jay Butler, one of the study authors and the CDC deputy director for infectious diseases, told The Washington Post

Head over to WebMD to read the full story.

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Jan. 3: Keeping Tabs on Jabs, A Sustainability Contest and The Vision Council’s Summit

By Staff
Friday, January 8, 2021 8:05 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at keeping tabs on jabs, a sustainability contest and The Vision Council’s Summit.

New COVID ‘Super Strains’ Could Disrupt Life Again

By Staff
Friday, January 8, 2021 12:08 AM After 10 months of masks, social distancing, virtual school, fear for vulnerable loved ones, and loneliness, this is the news no one wanted to hear: The virus that causes COVID-19 has changed—once again—in ways that make it more contagious.
At least one new “super strain” of the virus is already in the U.S. Another highly contagious strain from South Africa could be on its way. As bad as things are now, experts believe these new strains are not responsible for the spike in cases seen in many states as people fall ill after holiday travel.

The strains are about 50 percent more contagious than the virus that has been most widely circulating in the U.S., though it doesn’t seem to be more fatal for any one person who catches it.

Head over to WebMD to read the full story.