What are the symptoms of Omicron? For our analysis, we took the health reports from contributors reporting positive cases in the ZOE COVID Study app in December 2021 as Omicron became dominant and compared them with data from early October … Continue reading Omicron Symptoms: What Are They and How Long Do They Last?
The United States is on the verge of reaching a grim milestone: 1 million deaths from COVID-19. But COVID fatigue, or the urge to reopen everything, has dominated media narratives in the past weeks. Two years into the pandemic, Americans … Continue reading ‘Return to Normal’ Leaves Immunocompromised People Behind
The world is experiencing a huge wave of infection with the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. Estimates based on Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) models suggest that on around Jan 17, 2022 there were 125 million omicron infections a … Continue reading COVID-19 Will Continue, But the End of the Pandemic is Near
Israel’s Green Pass system will no longer be extended after March 1 when the current system is set to expire, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Thursday morning. “We were the first country to close its borders to Omicron, so … Continue reading COVID-19 in Israel: Green Pass to be Canceled
Although most people make a full recovery from a COVID-19 infection, for some the symptoms can last weeks or even months, a condition known as long COVID. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), long COVID is defined as a … Continue reading Can COVID-19 Vaccines Help Prevent Long COVID?
The Omicron variant is causing a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases in the United States. Researchers note, however, that Omicron-related cases are usually less severe than cases related to the Delta variant. One reason, experts say, is that the … Continue reading Omicron COVID-19 Cases Less Severe Than Delta. End of Pandemic?
Most of the COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant identified in the United States so far were in people who were fully vaccinated, and a third of them had received a booster dose, according to a U.S. report published … Continue reading Most Reported U.S. Omicron Cases Hit Fully COVID-19 Vaccinated
In the northern hemisphere, the arrival of winter has brought concerns about COVID-19 back to the forefront, with multiple countries reporting high case rates and warning of increasing pressure on hospital services. The situation prompted Austria, a small EU member … Continue reading Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not The Solution
Increasing numbers of people are searching for information on how to “detox” themselves from the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving it, over fears it could have detrimental effects. But is this ever safe or even possible?Can you really ‘detox the vaccine,’ … Continue reading Can You ‘Detox’ From the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Hugh Jackman is best known for playing Wolverine, a superhero whose mutant abilities mean he is impervious to harm and can heal from any injury immediately. In real life, however, Jackman is taking every precaution to look after his health … Continue reading Hugh Jackman Shared the Moment He Got His Vaccine Booster Shot
Experts say it’s likely we will need COVID-19 booster shots in the future, although it’s too early to tell how often those shots could be needed. Spencer Platt/Getty Images COVID-19 booster shots work by strengthening the immunity protection provided by … Continue reading Are COVID-19 Boosters Needed Every 6 Months?
The CDC on Tuesday gave the green light for this age group to get a Pfizer shot, which marks the first COVID-19 vaccine available for children under 12 years old. All Americans ages 5 and up are now vaccine-eligible. Children … Continue reading COVID Vaccine for Kids Ages 5 to 11: Top Questions Answered
nfluenza (the flu) and COVID-19, the illness caused by the pandemic coronavirus, are both contagious respiratory illnesses, meaning they affect your lungs and breathing, and can be spread to others. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look similar, … Continue reading COVID-19 vs. the Flu Similarities and Differences
The pharmaceutical firm Merck announced last week that an antiviral pill it’s developing can cut hospitalizations and deaths among people with COVID-19 by half. The results haven’t yet been peer reviewed. But if the drug candidate, molnupiravir, is authorized by … Continue reading How Antiviral Pill Molnupiravir Shot Ahead in the COVID Drug Hunt
Several health care-associated infections in US hospitals spiked in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to CDC analysis . that found soaring hospitalization rates, sicker patients who required more frequent and intense care, and pandemic-enduced staffing and supply shortages … Continue reading Hospital-Borne Infections Spiked
New COVID-19 cases increased this past week in the United States but so did the daily vaccination rate. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images New COVID-19 cases have risen to more than 100,000 per day over the past week in … Continue reading Where COVID-19 Cases Are Rising and Falling
The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of dark sides. Around the world, people get ill and die, schools close, the healthcare system is overloaded, employees lose their jobs, companies face bankruptcy, stock markets collapse and countries have to spend billions … Continue reading Covid-19 Bright Side: 7 Opportunities of the Pandemic
The one time I got tested for COVID-19, I wound up in the emergency room — but not because I tested positive. During the test, as the technician kept inching the swab deeper and deeper inside my nose, I felt … Continue reading Do Nasal or Oral Swab Covid-19 Tests Cause Body Damage?
Scientific teams around the world have developed successful Covid-19 vaccines in incredibly short order. In a feat that even a couple of years ago would have seemed completely out of reach, vaccines to protect against the new disease were being … Continue reading Comparing 3 Covid-19 Vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and J&J
Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic. Murray had until recently been hopeful that the discovery of several … Continue reading When Will the Covid-19 Pandemic End?
People with asthma face unique challenges when it comes to COVID-19. However, research suggests that people with asthma are not at higher risk for contracting the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) or developing COVID-19 if they do contract an infection. Dr. Payel … Continue reading Expert Update: COVID-19 and Asthma
Researchers at the CDC say women tend to have stronger side effects to COVID-19 vaccines than men. Experts say this isn’t unusual with vaccinations because the estrogen in women’s bodies is designed to elicit a stronger immune response. They add … Continue reading Why Women Experience Stronger Side Effects to COVID-19 Vaccines
The COVID-19 vaccines in use now have been touted for how well they work—the Pfizer vaccine trials found its product to be 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections after both shots and the Moderna 94.1 percent effective after the … Continue reading Can You Spread Coronavirus After Vaccination?
Myth: Taking a COVID Vaccine Will Give You COVID No, a COVID-19 vaccine will not give you COVID-19. According to the CDC, none of the vaccines in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, … Continue reading COVID Vaccine Myths Debunked by Experts
The most common reported side effect following vaccination is pain at the injection site. Trial data has shown that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and generally well tolerated. No deaths from anaphylaxis following either vaccine have been reported. … Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects: What to Know Now
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to make face masks one of its primary recommendations for preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — some people are turning to plastic face shields … Continue reading Why Plastic Face Shields Aren’t a Safe Alternative to Face Masks
Pregnancy is an exciting — and stressful — time. Your mind races with a zillion questions and concerns ranging from mild (but not silly — there are no silly questions when you’re pregnant) to very serious. A common question is … Continue reading Coronavirus and Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Risks
The COVID-19 vaccines in use now have been touted for how well they work—the Pfizer vaccine trials found its product to be 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections after both shots and the Moderna 94.1 percent effective after the … Continue reading Can You Spread Coronavirus After You Receive the Vaccine?
The U.S. this week started requiring travelers to show negative Covid-19 tests before flying to the United States from abroad. Now the Biden administration is “actively looking” at whether to mandate Covid-19 tests before domestic flights, a senior Centers for … Continue reading Covid Testing: Airlines Push Back On Testing For Domestic Flights
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends multi-layer cloth masks for the general public. The ideal mask blocks both large respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes — the primary method by which people pass the virus to others — along … Continue reading Best and Worst Face Masks For Covid-19 Virus Protection
It’s also not surprising that I’ve been bombarded with news over the past few months about how to bolster my immune system. I can’t scroll through my Instagram feed without seeing some influencer bragging about an immune-boosting smoothie or a … Continue reading How To Boost Your Immune System – 5 Tips From Experts
But let’s back up a second: A rapid test manufactured by Abbott Laboratories was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in August 2020. Now, 50 million of these tests are being produced and distributed nationwide every month. Here’s how … Continue reading How Reliable Is the COVID-19 Rapid Test?