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You will know, or possibly be, someone who gets COVID-19 after a vaccine. Here's what to expect, according to 2 people with breakthrough cases.

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales, UK. Matthew Horwood/Getty Breakthrough cases will become more common as the more transmissible Delta variant keeps spreading. But most disease experts still expect COVID-19 to be milder in vaccinated people. Two young people who got sick after they were vaccinated described how their symptoms progressed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Breakthrough infections, or COVID-19 cases diagnosed after someone is fully immunized, were...
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The US saw the largest single-year decline in life expectancy in 2020 since World War II, a CDC report found

El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office staff roll bodies in bags labeled "COVID" from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office on November 23, 2020. Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Reuters US life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, largely due to the pandemic, the CDC found. The average life expectancy is now around 77 years, down from nearly 79 years in 2019. Researchers say it may take a few years for life expectancy to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels. See more stories on Ins...
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A 22% surge in US coronavirus deaths is hitting unvaccinated people hardest. Experts worry about the long-term effects for vaccinated people, too.

El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office staff roll bodies in bags labeled "COVID" from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office in El Paso, Texas, on November 23, 2020. Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Reuters The US's daily coronavirus deaths surged 22% in the last week - mostly among unvaccinated Americans. Still, disease experts worry about breakthrough cases in the elderly or immunocompromised. Increased transmission could also allow the virus to mutate into a more dangerous strain. S...
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Why health insurers big and small are investing in delivering care

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and this week in healthcare news:Why insurers big and small are investing in delivering care;We looked at how the Delta variant is impacting case counts here in the US - and how vaccine-makers are responding;See the pitch deck a startup used to win over investors on an idea that could shape the next wave of telehealth. If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Tips, comments? Email me at [email protected] or tweet @l...
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A mesmerizing NASA video lets you ride with the Juno spacecraft as it flies by Jupiter and its largest moon

An illustration of NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter. Thomson Reuters A new NASA video puts viewers inside the Juno spacecraft as it flies close to Jupiter. The video also includes recent footage from Juno's voyage to Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. Jupiter's roaring cyclones and Ganymede's bright white craters are both visible in the footage. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA's Juno spacecraft has been beaming photos of Jupiter ba...
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How 4 of the US's most vaccinated counties got shots to more than 70% of their residents

Worker Scott Zorn holds up a sign to signal an open station at a community vaccination site in Seattle, Washington, on March 13, 2021. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images Officials from four of the US's most vaccinated counties share their recipes for success. They cite two factors: Residents had easy access to shots and heard about vaccines from trusted sources. Those counties - in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington - have vaccinated at least 70% of residents. See more stori...
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The Delta variant is hitting red states hardest as the US's vaccine divide widens

A protester holds an anti-vaccine sign as supporters of President Donald Trump rally in Woodland Hills, California, on May 16, 2020. David McNew/Getty Images The Delta variant is sickening people most in unvaccinated, heavily Republican "red" states. Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Wyoming have seen upticks in cases and hospitalizations. But the variant has had little effect in blue states like Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US&...
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COVID-19 symptoms are overlapping again with colds, flu, and seasonal allergies. Here's how to tell the difference.

A medical worker performs a PCR test for COVID-19 in Montreuil, France on August 31, 2020. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images Respiratory infections may become more prevalent again now that Americans are ditching their masks. Some cold or flu cases could be easily confused with a mild COVID-19 infection. Headaches and runny noses seem to be more common among recent COVID-19 cases than past ones. See more stories on Insider's business page. Measures to curb the coronavirus' spread, like ...
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Booster shots aren't necessary right now, US health agencies say. Pfizer is seeking authorization anyway.

A healthcare worker in the Netherlands receives the Pfizer vaccine on January 6, 2021. Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP Fully vaccinated Americans don't need booster shots right away, US health agencies said on Thursday. Pfizer announced earlier that day that it plans to seek authorization for a booster next month. The spread of the Delta variant has raised concerns about how long vaccine protection lasts. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pharmaceutical companies and d...
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Arkansas is the US's new Delta epicenter. Its health director says 'we've done everything we can' to convince people to get vaccinated.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson watches an ad featuring former NBA star Sidney Moncrief that encourages people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, at the state capitol in Little Rock, May 20, 2021. Andrew Demillo/AP Photo Arkansas is seeing its highest spike in coronavirus cases in nearly five months. The spread of the Delta variant has made it a new epicenter of the US outbreak. But Arkansas health officials are still struggling to convince people to get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider'...
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Every single person in Maryland who died of COVID-19 in June was unvaccinated. The pattern applies to other states, too.

Maryland National Guard Specialist James Truong (R) administers a Moderna coronavirus vaccine in Wheaton, Maryland, May 21, 2021 . Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Everyone who died of COVID-19 in Maryland in June was not vaccinated, Gov. Larry Hogan said. Almost all new COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the US overall are among the unvaccinated. It's even more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent severe disease and death. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
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One vaccine dose isn't enough to protect against the Delta variant, new research shows

Peter Byrne/PA Images/Getty Images A new study suggests that a single vaccine dose is largely ineffective against the Delta variant. The researchers performed lab experiments using both Pfizer's and AstraZeneca's vaccines. Other studies have also shown that partially vaccinated people are more vulnerable to symptoms from Delta. See more stories on Insider's business page. Although vaccines work well against the Delta variant, the level of protection they offer seems to depend ...
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Vermont is about to become the first state to reach herd immunity. Massachusetts and Hawaii are close behind.

A National Guard soldier gives a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination stand at the Vermont Creamery in Websterville, Vermont, on June 29, 2021. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Vermont has administered at least one vaccine dose to nearly 75% of its population. That milestone may indicate the state has reached herd immunity, according to one expert. Others think the Delta variant might raise the herd immunity threshold. See more stories on Insider's business page. Vermont is set to become ...
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The Delta variant is causing more than 80% of new COVID-19 infections in 4 US states, including 96% of new cases in Missouri

Spc. Demetrie Barnett of the Nevada National Guard administers a COVID-19 test to Josiah Smith, 12, of Nevada, during a preview of a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the parking garage of the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel on November 12, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images The Delta coronavirus variant is causing more than 80% of new COVID-19 cases in four US states. Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Connecticut have the highest proportion of Delta cases,...
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A map shows the 13 states most at risk from COVID-19, all with high levels of Delta and below-average vaccination rates

COVID-19 testing. Rick Pescovitz The 13 US states at most risk from COVID-19 include Arkansas, Nevada, and Missouri, according to Covid Act Now. The organization uses CDC data and is partnered with Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown Universities. The highest risk states include those with lower vaccination rates and more cases of the highly infectious Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's business page. most at risk from COVID-19 include those with below-average vaccination rat...
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A map shows the 12 states most at risk from COVID-19, all with high levels of Delta and below-average vaccination rates

COVID-19 testing. Rick Pescovitz The 12 US states at most risk from COVID-19 include Arkansas, Nevada, and Missouri, according to Covid Act Now. The organization uses CDC data and is partnered with Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown Universities. The highest risk states include those with lower vaccination rates and more cases of the highly infectious Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's business page. most at risk from COVID-19 include those with below-average vaccination rat...
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The CDC stopped tracking most COVID-19 cases in vaccinated people. That makes it hard to know how dangerous Delta really is.

A nurse administers a COVID-19 test at a testing site in Suffolk County, New York, on December 18, 2020. John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images The CDC stopped monitoring non-severe COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people in May. It's hard to assess Delta's risk without knowing what mild breakthrough cases look like - or whether they're becoming more common. Vaccines still seem highly effective against the variant, though. See more stories on Insider's business page. It w...
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20 states have already reached 70% vaccination rate

Maryland National Guard Specialist James Truong (R) administers a Moderna coronavirus vaccine at CASA de Maryland's Wheaton Welcome Center on May 21, 2021 in Wheaton, Maryland. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 20 states have given at least one dose of a vaccine to at least 70% of their adult population. President Joe Biden had a goal of vaccinating 70% of adults across the country by July 4. Vermont has the highest vaccination rate with 85.3%, The New York Times reported. See more stor...
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1,000 US counties still have vaccination rates below 30% - particularly in the Southeast and Midwest, CDC says

Maryland National Guard Specialist James Truong administers a Moderna coronavirus vaccine in Wheaton, Maryland, May 21, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 1,000 US counties have vaccination rates below 30%, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday. Coronavirus transmission will likely increase in these areas as the Delta variant keeps spreading. But the US is struggling to put shots in arms: Vaccination rates fell 85% in the last three months. See more stories on Insider's busines...
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Surging coronavirus cases and deaths in Russia show the Delta variant's havoc on a largely unvaccinated population

People wait to get tested for COVID-19 in Omsk, Russia on June 28, 2021. Yevgeny Sofiychuk/TASS/Getty Images Russia's daily coronavirus cases have more than doubled in the last month. Deaths are climbing, too, as the Delta variant becomes more widespread. It's a lesson in what happens when Delta strikes a mostly unvaccinated country, experts said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nearly a year after becoming the first nation to authorize a coronavirus shot, Russia h...
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The original coronavirus strain has almost disappeared in the US. One chart shows how variants took over.

A mobile COVID-19 vaccination center in Bolton, England, on June 9, 2021. Peter Byrne/PA Images/Getty Images Coronavirus variants have largely replaced the original strain, rendering it essentially obsolete. The Alpha variant took over as the US's dominant strain in April. Delta could replace it soon. Scientists aren't sure whether more contagious variants will evolve from the dominant ones. See more stories on Insider's business page. Viruses will do what it takes to survive ...
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Early findings indicate that mixing and matching coronavirus vaccines might improve your protection

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman at a clinic in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images Mixing Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses yields a greater immune response than two doses of AstraZeneca. That's according to early data from a UK study, though it hasn't been peer reviewed yet. One expert thinks it will be beneficial to get an mRNA booster after J&J's single-dose shot. See more stories on Insider's business page. The evidence i...
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How Americans waged war on the scientists trying to save them

Protesters gather outside Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's mansion to protest a stay-at-home order on April 18, 2020. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images The pandemic ushered in a new breed of attack on scientists and public-health officials. Unlike previous anti-science movements, the war this time was more personal. Lasting resentment towards scientists could hinder the US's ability to handle future public-health crises. See more stories on Insider's business page...
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Almost all of the current COVID-19 deaths are among those unvaccinated

Healthcare workers get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on December 16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images More than 99% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated, the Associated Press reported. Fully vaccinated people accounted for .8% of COVID-19 deaths in May. Experts are urging Americans to get vaccinated as the more transmissible Delta variant spreads. See more stories on Insider's business page. Almost al...
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A map shows how many people had undiagnosed COVID-19 in the first 6 months of the pandemic, across 7 regions of the US

A bike lane in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images During the first six months of the pandemic, 16.8 million coronavirus cases went undiagnosed in the US. That's according to a report that compares the prevalence of coronavirus antibodies in various regions. The Mid-Atlantic saw the most undiagnosed cases - nearly 9 out of every 100 people - by July 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. On paper, the US's summer and winter coronavirus surges look far more devast...
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Israel is reimposing indoor mask rules - 10 days after lifting them - as the country records a spike in Delta variant cases

Maskless shoppers walk in a shopping center in Tel Aviv, Israel. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images Israel reinstated indoor mask-wearing rules on Friday as COVID-19 case spike up again. The country had lifted that mandate just ten days ago. The current surge in cases is likely driven by the Delta variant, Israel's pandemic czar said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Israel is imposing mask-wearing rules indoors once again as the country faces a new surge in cases. The mandate,...
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The Delta variant may be making COVID-19 more common in kids - but severe infections are still rare

Kindergartner Grace Truax, 5, removes her mask before posing for a portrait during "picture day" at Rogers International School on September 23, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines haven't been authorized for children under age 12 yet. That means kids are at higher risk of contracting Delta, the most transmissible variant to date. But experts are more worried about kids spreading the variant than getting severely ill themselves. See more stories on...
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The Delta variant is fueling school outbreaks in Israel, leading the country's cases to tick up

A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv, on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images The Delta variant seems to be causing an uptick in Israel's COVID-19 cases, particularly in schools. Vaccinated Israelis may need to quarantine if they've been exposed to the variant, officials said. Experts are more worried about kids spreading the variant than getting severely ill themselves. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Monday, Isr...
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Has the coronavirus reached 'peak fitness'? Experts wonder if the Delta variant is the worst we'll see.

A nurse administers a COVID-19 test at a testing site in Suffolk County, New York, on December 18, 2020. John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images World Health Organization officials called Delta the "fittest" variant to date on Monday. Delta is more transmissible, and potentially deadlier, than any other coronavirus variant so far. Scientists now wonder if the virus has reached "peak fitness," though it's likely too soon to tell. See more stories on Insider's business page. No coro...
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The UK's battle with the Delta variant may serve as a crystal ball for the US: Cases and hospitalizations could soar again

A server carries a tray of drinks from a pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 26, 2021. Andrew Milligan - PA Images / Getty The UK's daily coronavirus case total has risen again due in large part to the Delta variant. In a matter of weeks, Delta will likely become the US's dominant strain, too. Experts worry the US could soon see a similar uptick in cases and hospitalizations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Summer was supposed to bring a return to normal in the UK...
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