July 2, Updates

Orange County shows uptick in hospitalizations

Hospitalizations jumped from 56 on Wednesday to 70 on Thursday, while the number of intensive care unit patients increased from 10 to 13. The county won’t have another update until next week as officials move to weekly instead of daily reporting.

Breakthrough cases are rare in California

About 7,550 out of more than 19.5 million Californians who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have contracted the disease, a minuscule percentage that provides strong evidence of the vaccines’ effectiveness, according to state data.

The US isn’t following the WHO’s mask guidance

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are out of step in their COVID-19 mask guidance, prompting confusion. The WHO says vaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors. The CDC says vaccinated individuals may relinquish masks indoors and outdoors two weeks after their second dose.

J&J vaccine lasts at least 8 months, protects against Delta variant

The Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine provides immunity that lasts at least eight months, and it appears to provide adequate protection against the Delta variant, the company said.

Nearly 5 out of 6 coronavirus cases were undetected in pandemic’s early months

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health who studied blood samples from across the United States have discovered that for every coronavirus infection recorded during the spring and summer of 2020, nearly five more went undetected — amounting to nearly 17 million additional cases by July 2020. The discovery, published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine, reveals that the coronavirus was far more widespread in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic than previously thought, and could help scientists and health officials better respond to future outbreaks.

Experts question if WHO should lead pandemic origins probe

The first part of a joint World Health Organization-China study of how COVID-19 started concluded in March. As the WHO draws up plans for the next phase of its probe of how the coronavirus pandemic started, numerous experts say that political tensions between the U.S. and China make it impossible for an investigation by the agency to find credible answers.