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US sets the stage for COVID booster shots for millions

US sets the stage for COVID booster shots for millions

In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo resident of Harmony Court Assisted Living receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stood on the verge of a major new phase as government advisers Thursday, Sept. 23, recommended booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable …

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WHO recommends antibody treatment for COVID patients at high risk of hospital admission

WHO recommends antibody treatment for COVID patients at high risk of hospital admission

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A treatment combining two antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) is recommended for two specific groups of patients with COVID-19 by a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts and patients in The BMJ today. The first are patients with non-severe COVID-19 who are at highest risk of hospitalisation and the …

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As we enter cold and flu season, here's how to tell if you have COVID or a cold

As we enter cold and flu season, here’s how to tell if you have COVID or a cold

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As we lurch into fall and then winter, we also say hello to flu season, which starts in early to mid-September. But we are also in the throes of a pandemic, and when we come down with sore throats and runny noses, how do we tell if it’s COVID-19 or something …

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Are your face masks still effective as COVID lingers? It depends on what kind you own

Are your face masks still effective as COVID lingers? It depends on what kind you own

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Although being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 dramatically reduces your chances of becoming hospitalized and dying from the disease, the shots don’t entirely eliminate risks of infection. That’s why health experts have continued to urge people to practice other preventive measures—including wearing masks to benefit from an additional layer of protection during …

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Mathematical constructions of COVID virus activity could provide new insight for vaccines, treatment

Mathematical constructions of COVID virus activity could provide new insight for vaccines, treatment

Dr. Arni S.R. Rao. Credit: Michael Holahan, Augusta University Mathematical constructions of the action of SARS-CoV-2 and its multiple spikes, which enable its success at infecting cells, can give vaccine developers and pharmaceutical companies alike a more precise picture of what the virus is doing inside us and help fine tune prevention and treatment, mathematical …

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Here's what happens when you're hospitalised with COVID

Here’s what happens when you’re hospitalised with COVID

Early symptoms are similar to those you’d get with the flu. Credit: Shutterstock The number of people infected with COVID-19 and requiring treatment in hospital is rapidly increasing. Vaccination provides very effective protection against severe COVID but at current levels of vaccination, outbreaks are still likely to result in large numbers of people requiring treatment …

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At my hospital, over 95% of COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated

Idaho’s COVID outlook is dire as cases continue to climb

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Health care workers are exhausted and angry. Some of Idaho’s coronavirus vaccines are expiring because they have sat unused for so long. And coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to climb, putting the state among the worst in the nation for the rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses. Idaho’s public health leaders …

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COVID triage standards may worsen racial disparities in treatment

COVID triage standards may worsen racial disparities in treatment

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain During the crush of the COVID-19 pandemic, overwhelmed doctors and nurses in some places have had to make agonizing decisions about which patients should receive scarce health care resources. However, two Yale-led research studies suggest that a standard measurement designed to help predict which patients have the best chances of survival—and …

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Immunocompromised more likely to have breakthrough COVID cases, hospitalization

Immunocompromised more likely to have breakthrough COVID cases, hospitalization

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Today, the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Lung Association and American Thoracic Society released the following statement in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations: Recently, there has been a dramatic rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations due to the highly contagious Delta variant. According to the Centers for …

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