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The verdict is in: Pregnant women pass COVID-fighting antibodies to their unborn children

Obstetrician and gynecologist Yelena Rogatinskaya receives the Sputnik V vaccine in St Petersburg, Russia, on September 13, 2021. Peter Kovalev/TASS/Getty Images Pregnant women pass coronavirus antibodies to their unborn children, a spate of research suggests. A new study found high antibody levels in newborns whose mothers had received the Pfizer or Moderna shots. Studies have also shown that mothers can transfer antibodies to infants through breast milk. See more stories on Insider's...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, US, Trends, Pfizer, Antibodies, Newborns, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, New York University, Nyu, St Petersburg Russia, Sardinia Italy, Immunity, Moderna, Peter Kovalev


Tennessee says vaccinated people should be last in line for antibody treatments to save them for the unvaccinated

Nurse Janet Gilleran prepares to treat coronavirus patient Mike Mokler with Bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, December 31, 2020. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Tennessee recommends prioritizing unvaccinated residents for monoclonal antibody treatments. Vaccinated residents are behind them in line, since they're less vulnerable to severe COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies are in short supply as the Delta variant tears through unvaccinate...
Tags: Science, News, Congress, Boston, US, Trends, Chicago, Tennessee, Delta, New Orleans, Pfizer, Vaccines, Msnbc, Boston Globe, Johnson Johnson, The Food and Drug Administration


4 leading public-health experts describe what it would take for them to fully return to normal life

A couple take a selfie as Madison Square Garden reopens for a full-capacity concert in New York City on June 20, 2021. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Insider asked four public-health experts what it would take for them to fully return to their pre-pandemic lifestyles. Some are holding out for specific COVID-19 case rates or vaccination thresholds. Others are waiting to hear about fewer cases among their extended social networks. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's the quest...
Tags: Science, News, New York City, US, Trends, Thailand, South Africa, Delta, New Orleans, University of Florida, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Louisiana, Anthony Fauci, University Of Alabama, Madison Square Garden


Fauci said a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to young children in the fall

In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File Vaccines could be available for use in children under 12 in the fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. The Pfizer vaccine will likely become available for young children before the Moderna vaccine, he added. Under an ideal timeline, children could receive the shot by the end of October. See more storie...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fda, Pfizer, Abc News, Anthony Fauci, Chris, US Food and Drug Administration, Martha Raddatz, Fauci, Scott Gottlieb, Moderna, Riverview Fla


Moderna's vaccine offers better protection against COVID-19 hospitalization than Pfizer or J&J, new CDC study finds

Olivia Parsons, 22, a neuroscience major at the University of Colorado Boulder, left, gets her first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Dr. Laird Wolfe. Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine seems to protect better against hospitalization than other US-authorized shots. Moderna's shot lowered the risk of hospitalization by 93%, a new CDC report found. Pfizer's shot lowered that risk by 88%, whereas Johnson & Johnson's shot lowered it by 71%. See more...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Minnesota, Cdc, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mayo Clinic, Afp, Boston Massachusetts


Scientists are getting closer to classifying long COVID as an autoimmune disease

Maria Romero, a coronavirus long-hauler, in Stamford, Connecticut, on December 22, 2020. John Moore/Getty Images Long COVID increasingly looks like an autoimmune disease. Research suggests that one auto-antibody in particular may lead to harmful inflammation in long COVID patients. These antibodies attack the body's own proteins and are a hallmark of many autoimmune diseases. See more stories on Insider's business page. Long COVID patients may finally get an answer as to why they&...
Tags: Utah, UK, Science, News, Trends, Research, National Institutes of Health, Vaccines, Arthur, University of Arkansas, John Arthur, Stamford Connecticut, Intermountain Healthcare, Genoa Italy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, John Moore Getty


The US could authorize COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids by Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests

A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Kids from 5 to 11 could start getting COVID-19 shots by Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests. The company expects to submit data to the FDA for this younger age group in early October. Pfizer is testing a lower dose of its vaccine among young kids to avoid unnecessary side effects. See more stories on Insider's business page. Though daily vaccination rates are dec...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Children, Cbs News, US, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp


The most common side effects to expect after your Pfizer booster: headache, fatigue, and pain at the injection site

A health worker administers the Pfizer vaccine in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in the Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, on August 29, 2021. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer's COVID-19 booster shot yields mild to moderate side effects, much like its second dose. Injection-site pain is most common after a booster, according to data released Wednesday. People who received a third dose of Pfizer's vaccine also frequently reported headaches and fatigue. See more stor...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Trends, Walgreens, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Miami, Fda, Pfizer, Symptoms, Lancet, Los Angeles County, Side Effects


Vaccine mandates are proving successful in European countries. That may bode well for the US.

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Wales, UK. Matthew Horwood/Getty Biden's new vaccine mandates aim to boost lagging vaccination rates in the US. France, Greece, and Italy have all had success with this approach. Their vaccination rates rose shortly after instating new vaccine requirements. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden unveiled a spate of new vaccine mandates on Thursday, amid an ongoing struggle to convince unvaccinated Americans to seek C...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Greece, Wales, France, US, Trends, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Italy, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Associated Press, Pfizer


The Mu coronavirus variant shares key similarities with Delta, but it doesn't pose a greater threat

Healthcare worker Elizabeth Cameros administers a COVID-19 test to traveler Wade Hopkins at Los Angeles International Airport on November 23, 2020. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Scientists are closely watching the Mu coronavirus variant. Mu has the potential to resist protection from vaccines or a prior infection. But Mu isn't becoming more prevalent - a sign that it's less concerning than Delta. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last month, ...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Mexico, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Colombia, Delta, Belgium, Who, South America, Associated Press, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci


The FDA approval of Pfizer's vaccine didn't cause the uptick in vaccinations that people had hoped, data shows

An empty vaccine waiting area at a Walgreens in Miami Beach, Florida. Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group/Getty Images The US's average weekly vaccination rate has declined 38% since the FDA approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Some experts predicted that the FDA approval would have a major, positive impact on vaccine uptake. The regulatory green light could still pave the way for more vaccine mandates, though. See more stories on Insider's business page. In the two weeks sinc...
Tags: Science, News, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Walgreens, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Miami, Pentagon, Fda, Npr, Pfizer, Louisiana, Anthony Fauci


3 concerning variants have caught scientists' attention since Delta emerged - here's how they compare

A medical worker performs a PCR test for COVID-19 on August 31, 2020, at a testing booth in Montreuil, France. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images Three coronavirus variants - Lambda, Mu, and C.1.2 - have raised red flags among scientists lately. The variants show signs of being highly transmissible, able to circumvent vaccine protection, or both. But so far, none is more concerning than Delta, the world's dominant strain. See more stories on Insider's business page. After the Delta vari...
Tags: Twitter, Science, News, China, US, Trends, Colombia, South Africa, Delta, Belgium, Peru, Who, Helix, South America, Lambda, Pfizer


Welcome to your new planet: There's no such thing as a local disaster

Waves crash against the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29, 2021. Reuters In the last year, I've found myself face-to-face with a hurricane and two wildfires. This is what our planet is like now: The effects of climate change are inescapable, no matter where you live. Any extreme weather event can have impacts far from its epicenter. See more stories on Insider's business page. While the remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through New York City on Wednesday, m...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Science, News, Climate Change, California, Oregon, New York City, US, Trends, Global Warming, Ipcc, Analysis, Pennsylvania, Wildfires


Delta cases may finally be reaching a peak in the US. Future surges are likely to be weaker.

People walk near Little Island park in New York City on May 27, 2021. Noam Galai/Getty Images The US's Delta cases are rising at a slower rate than earlier in the summer. In countries like the UK and India, Delta surges seemed to spike quickly then fizzle. Experts say the US is still vulnerable to more Delta outbreaks, but future surges will likely be weaker. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant appears to be loosening its hold on the US.Roughly two months...
Tags: Florida, UK, Science, News, Indonesia, France, India, New York City, US, Trends, Delta, University of Pennsylvania, Variant, Morris, Miami Florida, Harvard Medical School


A new coronavirus strain detected in South Africa shares key similarities with the most concerning variants, including Delta

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020. Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images A coronavirus variant detected in South Africa in May, called C.1.2, has a concerning set of mutations. Scientists say the mutations could help the virus spread or evade the immune system's defenses. But the fact that C.1.2 isn't rapidly circulating worldwide means Delta still has the upper hand. See more storie...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Spain, South Africa, Delta, Louisiana, Iceland, Vaccines, Oceania, Variant, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Mario Tama Getty, Scripps Research, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital


How to think about your immunity if you're one of the nearly 39 million Americans who've had COVID-19

A man receives a COVID-19 test at Los Angeles International Airport. Mario Tama/Getty Images A coronavirus infection doesn't guarantee long-term immunity. Experts advise people who've had COVID-19 to get vaccinated. Still, natural immunity seems to provide stronger, more lasting protection than vaccines alone. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's a staggering number: Nearly 39 million Americans have had confirmed coronavirus infections - almost 12% of the popul...
Tags: UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Delta, New Orleans, Pfizer, Vaccine, Louisiana, Infection, Northwestern University, Immunity, Mario Tama Getty, Moderna, McDade


An outbreak at a church camp gave 87 people COVID-19. All but 8 were unvaccinated.

Children at a camp in Shavertown, Pennsylvania on August 17. Aimee Dilger/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images A June outbreak at an Illinois church camp exposed more than 1,100 people to the coronavirus. Eighty-seven campers and staffers got infected, all but eight of whom were unvaccinated. No vaccinated people were hospitalized. A total of 180 infections were linked to the outbreak. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nearly 300 teenagers piled into buses and vans in June t...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, Cdc, Singapore, Masks, US, Trends, Georgia, Maine, Delta, Pfizer, Vaccines, Illinois, Camp


Vaccines could get authorized for young kids this fall. Here are the drug companies' most likely timelines.

Monserat Ramos, 3, kept a close eye on the needle as her grandparents got vaccinated in Los Angeles on March 5. Francine Orr /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Coronavirus vaccines won't be available for children under 12 until fall at the earliest. Pfizer expects to know how its vaccine performs among kids ages 5 to 11 by the end of September. Moderna could produce data for that same age group in late fall or early winter. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's one...
Tags: Science, News, Nbc, Cdc, White House, US, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Trends, New York Times, Food And Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Anthony Fauci


You aren't legally allowed to know which variant gave you COVID-19 in the US, even if it's Delta

A COVID-19 testing site in Paris. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Most people with COVID-19 in the US are legally prevented from knowing which variant infected them. That's because sequencing tests have be federally approved for results to be disclosed to doctors or patients. Lab scientists say the process of validating the tests for approval is too costly and time-consuming. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sam Reider, a musician from San Francisco, got a call from the Califor...
Tags: Science, News, US, San Francisco, Trends, Spain, Cms, Getty Images, Paris, Delta, Kaiser, Vaccines, Forrest, Centers for Medicare, California Department of Public Health, Westminster California


Large insurers have stopped waiving COVID-19 treatment costs, an analysis found. Hospitalization could cost you thousands.

Dr. Joseph Varon (right) speaks to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 29, 2020. Go Nakamura/Getty Images Many large insurers no longer waive COVID-19 treatment costs, a new analysis found. Insurers started charging again once vaccines became widely available. But hospitalizations are rising in the US. Those hospitalized with COVID-19 may pay $1,300, on average. See more stories on Insider's business page. A ...
Tags: Science, News, US, Alabama, Trends, Insurance, Georgia, Healthcare, Delta, Rhode Island, Houston Texas, Kaiser Family Foundation, United Memorial Medical Center, Emily Kask, Kentucky Louisiana, KFF


A year and a half after Sweden decided not to lock down, its COVID-19 death rate is up to 10 times higher than its neighbors

Insider Sweden's state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell. Getty Sweden decided not to implement a full-scale lockdown during the pandemic. It now has up to 10 times as many COVID-19 deaths per capita as its Nordic neighbors. Sweden also didn't fare much better economically, suggesting its gamble didn't pay off. See more stories on Insider's business page. Months before the first COVID-19 cases were detected, public-health experts to handle a pandemic. But in Marc...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Sweden, Trends, Spain, Economy, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Stockholm, Gothenburg Sweden, TT News Agency


New findings show vaccine effectiveness falls over time - which is why the Biden administration just recommended booster shots

A healthcare worker extracts the Moderna vaccine from a vial. Radek Mica/Getty Images Vaccinated Americans should get booster shots after eight months, health authorities said Wednesday. New data indicates that vaccine protection wanes over time, particularly in the face of Delta. The Biden administration had already recommended boosters for some immunocompromised people. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans who have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna shoul...
Tags: New York, Science, News, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, New Orleans, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Paul Offit, Johnson & Johnson, Mario Tama Getty


Louisiana is approaching a 'major failure' of its healthcare system as hospitals get dangerously close to capacity

Clinicians work to intubate a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 10, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images Hospitals are at least 70% full in all but one region in Louisiana. Several regions have just a handful of ICU beds left amid the state's dramatic COVID-19 surge. State health officials warn of catastrophic outcomes, such as patients being denied critical care. See more stories on Insider's business page. Eight months af...
Tags: Death, Science, News, Trends, Healthcare, New Orleans, Louisiana, Vaccines, John Bel Edwards, Edwards, Baton Rouge, South Central Louisiana, Neal, Lake Charles Louisiana, Central Louisiana, Mario Tama Getty


The new school year is already a disaster: Thousands of students are quarantining as COVID-19 cases skyrocket among kids

A child wears a mask at a California school. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Days into the school year, COVID-19 outbreaks have already forced thousands of students to quarantine. Experts predict that pediatric infections will continue to rise, leading to more school closures. Bans on mask mandates while young kids wait on vaccine authorization make it tough to protect students. See more stories on Insider's business page. Mere days into the new school year, thousands of k...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Science, Kids, News, Mississippi, California, Masks, US, Trends, Missouri, Delta, Dallas, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccines


How one woman overcame her vaccine hesitancy: 'You call them anti-vaxxers - I believe a lot of them are just afraid'

A person receives the AstraZeneca vaccine. Reuters/Johanna Geron Marie-Hélène Desmarais was scared of coronavirus vaccines, even though she knew the facts. With encouragement from friends and family, she got her first Pfizer dose on Saturday. Desmarais said people shouldn't let fear get in the way of protecting themselves from COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last week, Marie-Hélène Desmarais sat down in a chair at her local vaccine clinic in Montreal. But...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Canada, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Montreal, Desmarais, Kaiser Family Foundation, Anti-vaxxers, Vaccine Hesitancy, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus


Florida's worst month yet: How Gov. DeSantis ignored the best ways to save lives as COVID-19 cases hit record highs

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responds to a question at a press conference in Melbourne, Florida, on March 22, 2021. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has questioned the effectiveness of masks and lockdowns. Meanwhile, Florida's daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have climbed to record highs. Here's a timeline of how DeSantis' approach to COVID-19 has undermined proven ways to save lives. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Politics, Science, News, Cdc, White House, Masks, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Deaths, Miami, Cbs, Biden


Health experts share what they're doing to stay safe amid Delta's threat: They're still traveling but avoiding indoor dining

Passengers on a Pobeda Airlines tour flight over the Golden Ring of Russia on December 20, 2020. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS/Getty Images Health experts are adjusting their behavior now that the Delta variant is driving up COVID-19 cases. Even though they're fully vaccinated, experts say they're wearing masks in all indoor settings. But they're still traveling, seeing friends, and taking their kids on outdoor playdates. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rule number on...
Tags: Health, England, Texas, Science, News, Maryland, California, Cdc, Scotland, Masks, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Getty Images, Chicago, Delta


The 5 most common COVID-19 symptoms based on your vaccination status, in one chart

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Matthew Horwood/Getty COVID-19 symptoms look somewhat different for vaccinated people who get breakthrough cases and unvaccinated people, a study found. Unvaccinated people are more likely to report a fever and persistent cough. They're also more likely to get severely sick and reported more symptoms in total. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant is challenging vaccines more than any coronavirus strain so far...
Tags: UK, England, Science, News, Wales, Cdc, Scotland, US, Trends, Delta, Pfizer, Symptoms, Imperial College London, Los Angeles County, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna


The 'Delta Plus' variant has spread to nearly 30 countries, but low case numbers are a sign it won't overtake Delta

A coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2020. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images The Delta Plus variant is the Delta variant with an extra mutation. It has reached nearly 30 countries. It's not yet clear whether Delta Plus is more transmissible than Delta. The fact that Delta remains dominant worldwide is a sign that Delta Plus won't overtake it soon. See more stories on Insider's business page. As the Delta variant tears across the globe, scientists ar...
Tags: South Korea, Science, News, Cdc, China, India, US, Trends, Read, Delta, Miami, Pfizer, Vaccines, Public Health England, Bolivia, Variant


A San Francisco hospital is offering a dose of Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccine to people who got J&J

Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images A San Francisco hospital is letting people who got Johnson & Johnson's vaccine get a dose of Pfizer's or Moderna's. J&J's shot may be the least effective against the Delta variant. But US regulators haven't recommended extra shots or boosters for any Americans yet. See more stories on Insider's business page. It'...
Tags: Science, News, Abc, US, San Francisco, Trends, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Delta, Pfizer, Antibodies, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cornell University, New York University, Nyu, Temple University



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