LIVE: Coronavirus daily news updates, April 11: What to know about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world today

In the United States, more than 23 million people (430,000 in Washington) are estimated to have post-acute COVID symptoms, according to American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which uses COVID data from Johns Hopkins University. assumes a guess 30% of survivors Long is suffering from COVID, based on a University of Washington study published in February 2021 with 177 COVID patients up to nine months after infection. A new, nationwide study funded by the National Institutes of Health is underway, which plans to follow thousands of COVID patients over four years.

We’re updating this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, America, and the world. Click here to see the rest of our coronavirus coverage and to see how we track the daily spread across Washington.


Guangzhou nears most arrivals as China’s outbreak grows

Guangzhou’s manufacturing hub closed on Monday to most arrivals as China grapples with a major COVID-19 surge in its large eastern cities.

Shanghai has borne the brunt of the increase, with another 26,087 cases announced on Monday, of which only 914 showed symptoms. The city of 26 million is under a stringent lockdown, with many residents confined to their homes for three weeks and growing concerns about the impact on China’s largest city’s economy.

The financial hub has canceled international events, and local football club Shanghai Port has been forced to withdraw from the Asian Champions League as travel restrictions barred it from attending games in Thailand.

No such lockdowns have yet been announced for the metropolis of 18 million northwest of Hong Kong, which is home to several top companies and China’s busiest airport. Only 27 cases were reported in the city on Monday.

However, primary and middle schools have been moved online last week after an initial 23 local infections were detected. An exhibition center was being converted into a makeshift hospital after officials had earlier said they would begin mass testing across the city.

Only citizens with a “certain need” to leave Guangzhou may do so, and only if they test negative for the virus within 48 hours of departure, the city.

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COVID may be on the rise in the US right now and we might not even know it

Testing efforts have dwindled as COVID cases rise in some areas of the US, raising fears that the next big wave of the virus may be difficult to detect. In fact, the country may be in the midst of a boom right now and we may not even be aware of it.

Testing and viral sequencing are critical to providing a quick response to new outbreaks of COVID-19. And yet, as the country tries to move past the pandemic, demand for laboratory-based testing has declined and federal funding priorities have shifted. The change has forced some testing centers to close, while others have increased prices in response to the end of government-subsidized testing programs. People are increasingly relying on home rapid tests if they decide to get tested. But those results are rarely reported, giving public health officials little idea of ​​how widespread the virus really is.

“The spread is much higher than we can detect,” said Abrar Karan, an infectious disease doctor at Stanford University. “This is even more true now than it was before in the pandemic.”

Despite unprecedented scientific advances like vaccines and antivirals, public health experts say America’s COVID defense is getting weaker, not stronger, as time goes on.

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—Madison Mueller Bloomberg News


For a long time, COVID has puzzled some Washingtonians and scientists; new research underway

It’s been more than two years since Jarrett Banwart tested positive for the coronavirus, but the 59-year-old is yet to feel back to normal.

Banwart was in very good health before falling ill in March 2020. A lover of cycling, he used to bike 40 to 50 miles several times a week. He went hiking and did yoga and Pilates. He worked a lot, taking a finance job at a dairy company based in Seattle.

Then came shortness of breath, body aches, dry cough and fever.

After four months, something else – mainly frequent “brain fog” and severe fatigue – sets in, making it difficult to exercise, sleep, or work a full day.

Now Banwart, one of the millions of people who have developed symptoms of long-term COVID-19, often referred to as “Long COVID,” is faced with a troubling question: “Can I get better? going to?”

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—Alice Takahama

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