HoustonThe latest COVID-19 data gives reason to be cautiously optimistic after the region’s transmission rates fell for a third straight week. But health officials still recommend caution because only a third of the population is vaccinated.
Texas is also making headlines nationally for other reasons, as debate continues around Joe Rogan’s podcast guest comment about coronavirus vaccines and health complications. Spotify is facing criticism for not banning misinformation, while others argue that free speech is paramount.
Public health officer continue to recommend that people who have not been fully vaccinated at home, maintain a level 1 threat level for the area. According to the COVID-19 data center, there were 159,530 active coronavirus cases in the region as of Monday, January 31, 2022, and 6,941 deaths. The number of active cases within a week fell for the first time in the weeks from January 24 to January 31. On January 24, there were 160,656 active cases of COVID-19, after several consecutive weeks when the number of active cases nearly doubled. There have been 61 deaths reported in the last week.
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New data confirms Omicron is easing its grip on Houston but hospitals continue to strain
The Texas Medical Center reported New data January 31 shows that transmission rates in the region have fallen for the third week in a row. The transmission rate for the week ending January 31 was 0.74, meaning people infected with COVID-19 passed it on to less than one person on average, the data showed.
According to the data, the hospitalization rate also decreased. But hospitals are still feeling the strain, the data shows, with ICUs in the region 95% full and with some at full capacity.
Dr. Peter Hotez, a virologist at Baylor College of Medicine, told the Houston Chronicle Still not the time for celebration.
“The big picture, I’m still interested,” he told the newspaper. “There is a lot of cheerful talk about omicron somehow acting as a weakened virus, herd immunity and the end of the pandemic. I still don’t think so.”
Spotify, Rogan comment on controversy and oppose misinformation
Spotify and Joe Rogan are talk to the Associated Press following an outcry and controversy regarding COVID-19 misinformation and vaccine hesitancy. Last week, Neil Young asked that his music be removed from Spotify after the company refused to remove episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which Young has criticized for misinformation. Spotify announced on Sunday, January 30, 2022, it will add a warning to all podcasts that discuss COVID-19 and refer listeners to the latest information from medical professionals.
Rogan interviewed Dr Robert Malone on his podcast in December, stirring up controversy on Spotify. The Associated Press described Malone as “an infectious disease expert who became a hero in the anti-vaccination community” and who was banned on Twitter for misinformation. Rogan told the AP he was “very happy” with Spotify’s decision to add the warning and said he would bring in more guests with “different opinions.”
“I’m not trying to promote misinformation, I’m not trying to cause controversy,” Rogan told the AP. “I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people.”
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told the AP he doesn’t believe his company should play a role in moderating content. He said “there are a lot of individuals and views on Spotify with which I strongly disagree” and added, “It is important to me that we do not take the position of moderating content while at the same time making sure that There are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them. ”
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