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Capitol Correspondence - 03.09.21

New Resources on Curbing COVID-19 Spread and Obtaining Vaccines

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As our members navigate the COVID-19 vaccine landscape and continue to combat the spread of the virus in their communities, we share the following resources to help inform their operations and advocacy:

  • A Kaiser Health News information brief on COVID-19 vaccine access for people with disabilities. The brief “presents current state-level data about COVID-19 cases and deaths in settings that primarily serve nonelderly people with disabilities and summarizes available research on this population’s elevated risk of severe illness and death; explains how nonelderly people with disabilities and their LTSS providers are reflected in state vaccine prioritization plans; and discusses key issues related to vaccine access for these populations.”
  • A Vox article explaining new COVID-19 symptoms. Newly identified symptoms include mouth ulcers, a fuzzy white covering on the tongue, abnormal blood clots, and six distinct combinations of symptoms known as COVID-19 clusters.
  • Reporting by The Washington Post on the inaccuracy of fever scanners. “Temperature-scanning devices that check for fevers in schools, workplaces and public venues across the United States distort the results in a way that could overlook the telltale sign of a coronavirus infection, according to new research that casts doubt on the systems’ effectiveness in helping people resume normal life.”