Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:
- We got the scoop on a key Apple Health exec’s new project;
- What experts think we should do about the rise in COVID-19 cases in kids;
- Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be “reasonable” to assume vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are less likely to spread it.
- Apple’s Kevin Lynch, a VP of technology, has been tapped to help lead its work on cars.
- Apple is reportedly revamping its self-driving-car project, and parts of its health division are in flux.
- Lynch, an architect of the Apple Watch, has shaped the giant’s strategy on health and wearables.
More kids are being hospitalized with COVID. Experts say we need to vaccinate more people, and use masks in schools.
- There’s been a slight rise in children being hospitalized with COVID in several US states.
- Doctors are worried more kids could develop life-threatening complications in the weeks ahead.
- More vaccinated adults, and more masks for the unvaccinated, would both help.
Fauci: Vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are far less likely to spread the virus than unvaccinated people
- Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be “reasonable” to assume vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19.
- Vaccinated people who get COVID-19 typically have less virus in their nasal passages.
- That would suggest that breakthrough infections are less contagious than infections in unvaccinated people.
More stories we’re reading:
- J&J recalls spray sunscreens after testing found traces of cancer-causing chemical (Insider)
- Health systems including the Cleveland Clinic won’t administer a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug (The New York Times)
- At most, just 7% of the human genome is unique to our species. We share most genes with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other ancestors. (Insider)
- Truveta, a health data startup created by 14 health systems raised $US95 ($AU129) million (GeekWire)