Mitch McConnell warns of a COVID-19 wave like 'we went through last year' without vaccinations


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning of a potential surge of deaths and hospitalizations similar to those experienced in 2020 if vaccination rates continue to lag in the U.S.

“These shots need to get in everybody’s arms as rapidly as possible or we´re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for — that we went through last year,” McConnell said at a news conference Tuesday, The New York Post reported. “This is not complicated.”

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As Changing America previously reported, the delta coronavirus variant now accounts for approximately 83 percent of new cases in the U.S., according to health officials.

Several states are witnessing a renewed surge in fresh infections and many say it’s being driven by the more contagious strain. Missouri for instance is leading the nation in delta variant infections, with the strain composing 29.9 percent of current COVID-19 infections.

McConnell’s speech comes as other lawmakers are encouraging vaccination increases and scrutinizing the spread of vaccine misinformation. 

Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox recently said, “We have these — these talking heads who have gotten the vaccine and are telling other people not to get the vaccine,” The Washington Post reported.

““That kind of stuff is just, it’s ridiculous,” he added. “It’s dangerous, it’s damaging, and it’s killing people. I mean, it’s literally killing their supporters. And that makes no sense to me.”

McConnell is calling for people to look up verified information about the virus, mirroring President Biden’s efforts to combat the spread of anti-vaccination rhetoric and misinformation. 

As Changing America previously reported, the Biden administration is increasing its scrutiny of social networks and narrowing in “superspreader” disinformation accounts.

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'Shredder' enzyme might tear cells apart in severe COVID-19


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Nicoletta Lanese


24 August 2021














































(Image credit: Getty / ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)An enzyme that can tear cell membranes to shreds may contribute to the organ damage that ultimately kills some people with severe COVID-19, a new study hints.Strikingly, they found that circulating levels of sPLA2-IIA reflected the severity of patients' disease, "particularly in deceased COVID-19 patients.