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A man who spent 4 months in hospital with COVID-19 and ended up with a double-lung transplant said he regrets not getting the vaccine

Josh Garza in hospital with coronavirus. CNN Josh Garza spent four months in hospital with coronavirus, and needed a double lung transplant. He told CNN that he regretted not getting a vaccine for the virus. "If could do it all over again, I'd get it. No doubt. What I went through is probably the worst I've ever seen." See more stories on Insider's business page. A man who spent four months battling coronavirus in hospital and almost died from the virus said he regretted not ge...
Tags: Texas, Science, Trends, Cnn, News UK, Garza, Houston Methodist Hospital, Josh Garza, Coronavirus, COVID, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, UK Weekend, UK Weekend News


A 33-year-old nurse got long COVID despite being fully vaccinated. Doctors think we may see more of these rare cases.

A tired nurse leaves Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital in New York City on April 23, 2020. B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto/Getty Images Anna Kern, a 33-year-old nurse, got long COVID several months after being fully vaccinated. Doctors are starting to recognize that these cases are possible, even if they're extremely rare. Kern said she's struggling to return to work and dealing with extreme fatigue. See more stories on Insider's business page. Anna Kern got her second vaccine dose five mo...
Tags: UK, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Pfizer, Detroit, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Kern, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Bob Wachter, Moderna, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID


Baseline medication use is associated with COVID-19 severity in people with rheumatic diseases

Results from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance and the French RMD cohort -- COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection. It has been suggested that biologic or targeted synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (b/tsDMARDs) may dampen the inflammatory response in COVID-19, perhaps leading to a less severe clinical course of the infection. However, the way some antirheumatic drugs work might impair the body's natural immune defence against viruses. Two abstracts presented...
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Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


Costa Rica rejected a Chinese vaccine, saying it is not effective enough, as China's shot come under increased scrutiny

A nurse prepares a shot of COVID-19 vaccine on May 7, in Escazu, Costa Rica Arnoldo Robert/Getty Images Costa Rica said Wednesday that will not purchase the Sinovac vaccine from China. Officials said that data showed that it was not effective enough against the coronavirus. Some places using China's other vaccine - Sinopharm - have had unexpected surges in virus cases. See more stories on Insider's business page. Costa Rica's vaccination advisory board turned down China's...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, China, Trends, Turkey, Chile, News UK, Who, Vaccine, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Jakarta, Seychelles, World Health Organization WHO, Sinovac


Blood cancer patients with COVID-19 fare better with convalescent plasma

A large, retrospective, multicenter study involving Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can dramatically improve likelihood of survival among blood cancer patients hospitalized with the virus. The therapy involves transfusing plasma -- the pale yellow liquid in blood that is rich in antibodies -- from people who have recovered from COVID-19 into patients who have leukemia, lymphoma or other blood cancers and ar...
Tags: Science, St Louis, Washington University School of Medicine, COVID


New in the Hastings Center Report, May-June 2021

New in the Hastings Center Report: Racial justice and environmental toxins, gene editing, Covid, and more in the May-June 2021 issue.
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RUDN mathematician builds a COVID-19 spread model -- it shows how vaccination affects pandemic

RUDN University mathematicians built a model of COVID-19 spreading based on two regression models. The mathematicians divided the countries into three groups, depending on the spreading rate and on the climatic conditions, and found a suitable mathematical approximation for each of them. Based on the model, the mathematicians predicted the subsequent waves. The forecast was accurate in countries where mass vaccination was not introduced.
Tags: Science, RUDN University, RUDN, COVID


CureVac's COVID-19 shot just failed in a large trial, a major setback for the Gates-backed biotech

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert CureVac's experimental COVID-19 vaccine failed in a pivotal clinical study, the biotech said Wednesday. It's the first late-stage study to flop, with CureVac's vaccine showing 47% effectiveness. The German biotech saw its stock price drop by more than 50% in post-market trading. See more stories on Insider's business page. A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the German biotech CureVac f...
Tags: Health, Science, Trends, Healthcare, Vaccine, Biotech, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, CureVac, Andrew Dunn, Coronavirus, COVID, Dispensed, Andreas Gebert, Franz Werner Haas


One year or 5? Doctors and drug companies increasingly disagree about when we'll need COVID-19 booster shots

Marianne Ayala/Insider Booster shots may not be medically necessary for another one to five years, disease experts wager. But pharmaceutical companies are prepping to distribute boosters to the US before the end of 2021. In either case, boosters probably won't require the same urgency as initial vaccines do. See more stories on Insider's business page. The next vaccine race is underway - this time for booster shots.Leading vaccine developers, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, UPS, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Philadelphia, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cornell University


China's COVID-19 vaccines are being called into question after infections surged in countries using Chinese shots

Pedestrians wear masks as they walk on a street in the capital Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. AP Photo/Salim Ally Two Chinese shots have been welcomed by vaccine-deprived lower-income countries. But in some, cases of COVID-19 are surging even after widespread vaccination. In response, observers are questioning how well the shots work, angering China. See more stories on Insider's business page. By March, the Seychelles was one of the world's most vaccin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Cdc, China, India, Africa, Israel, US, Trends, Bbc, Beijing, Santiago, Chile, New York Times, News UK


Covid outbreaks in Chinese ports could cause global goods shortages

Combination of rise in demand for products as some countries reopen and lockdowns in some port cities mean prices could climbAn outbreak of Covid-19 in southern China has combined with the rapid reopening of the world economy and a shortage of shipping containers to cause a surge in transport costs that could fuel inflation and cause shortages of goods across the globe.China reported 21 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Wednesday with 15 of them in the vital industrial province of Guangdo...
Tags: Business, Science, China, India, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Guangdong, Coronavirus, COVID


Pandemic planning: Government should embrace uncertainty rather than confront it or shy away from it

New research shows the UK's COVID-19 management decisions were based on an outdated pandemic modelling structure and suggests a more resilient approach would have been more effective.
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A 'supertaster' gene that makes people more sensitive to bitter flavors may also help protect against COVID-19

Getty Images The T2R38 gene makes people more sensitive to bitter tastes and also enhances immune function. It has been linked to stronger immunity against infections. Research suggests that includes COVID-19. "Supertasters" with two copies of the gene may be less likely to get COVID-19 and develop severe illness. See more stories on Insider's business page. Despite performing countless procedures that increased his risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Dr. Henry P. Barham has not gott...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Trends, Immune System, Taste, Louisiana, Adalja, Amesh Adalja, Barham, Bahram, ENT, Baton Rouge General, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Andrea Michelson


The US coronavirus death toll has passed 600,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data

A nurse tending to a patient at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images The US death toll from COVID-19 has passed 600,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Pre-pandemic life has largely returned in the US because of the vaccine rollout. But some vaccine hesitancy and procrastination is posing a threat to reaching herd immunity. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US reached a grim ...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Pfizer, Gallup, Johnson Johnson, Johns Hopkins University, St Jude Medical Center, Coronavirus, COVID, Speed desk


Israel ends indoor masking, its final COVID-19 restriction, as the country logs zero or one daily deaths in June

A worker removes a COVID-19 information notice in Tel Aviv on June 15, 2021. Nir Elias Israel has ended its indoor mask mandate, Reuters reported. Daily deaths from COVID-19 have slowed into single figures, with some days at zero. The country is beginning to return to normal after a lightning-fast vaccine rollout. See more stories on Insider's business page. Israel ended its indoor mask mandate Tuesday as deaths from COVID-19 slowed to a trickle. It is the last of the major restricti...
Tags: Science, Israel, Tel Aviv, Trends, New York Times, News UK, Reuters, Health Ministry, Johns Hopkins University, Amir Cohen Reuters, Sheba Medical Center, Aria Bendix, Eyal Zimlichman, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Israel ends indoor masking, its final COVID-19 restriction, as it logs less than one virus death a day in June

A worker removes a COVID-19 information notice in Tel Aviv on June 15, 2021. Nir Elias Israel has ended its indoor mask mandate, Reuters reported. Daily deaths from COVID-19 have slowed into single figures, with some days at zero. The country is beginning to return to normal after a lightning-fast vaccine rollout. See more stories on Insider's business page. Israel ended its indoor mask mandate Tuesday as deaths from COVID-19 slowed to a trickle. It is the last of the major restricti...
Tags: Science, Israel, Tel Aviv, Trends, New York Times, News UK, Reuters, Health Ministry, Johns Hopkins University, Amir Cohen Reuters, Sheba Medical Center, Aria Bendix, Eyal Zimlichman, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Transplant patients 'desperate' for COVID vaccine protection are getting illicit 3rd doses - and it might be working for some

A doctor administers a second COVID-19 vaccine injection to a heart transplant recipient on February 20, 2021 at a hospital in Strasbourg, France. Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images It can be hard for people with transplant organs to derive the same benefits from vaccines as other people. A new study suggests giving them 3 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, instead of 2, can help. See more stories on Insider's business page. For tens of thousands of Americans with suppressed or compromised...
Tags: Science, France, US, Trends, Public Health, Johns Hopkins, Booster, Johnson Johnson, Strasbourg France, Annals of Internal Medicine, Sanford Health, Frederick Florin, Oak Forest Illinois, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, COVID


Novavax says its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective in a large trial, moving the shot a step closer to widespread use

lechatnoir/Getty Images Novavax said its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. The shot succeeded in a study that enrolled almost 30,000 volunteers in the US and Mexico. The Maryland biotech plans to ask US regulators for permission to give the shot more widely. See more stories on Insider's business page. The biotech company Novavax said on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine succeeded in a final-stage clinical trial, demonstrating 90% efficacy at preventing...
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Doctors in India are reporting COVID-19 patients with gangrene, hearing loss, and diarrhea - but there's not enough data to prove they're caused by the Delta variant

A woman is seen on oxygen support moments before she collapsed while waiting to get tested for Covid-19 infection, at MMG hospital, on April 21, 2021 in Ghaziabad, India. Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Doctors in India say COVID-19 patients have unusual symptoms that could be due to the Delta variant. They include gangrene and hearing loss. There aren't enough sequencing tests sent to labs to know if these are unique to the Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Delta, Astrazeneca, Telegraph, Pfizer, Symptoms, Delhi


New app tracks human mobility and COVID-19

To understand just how COVID-19 affected human movement on a global scale, researchers in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography and Sustainable Development developed COVID-19 vs. Human Mobility, an innovative and interactive web application that shows the connections between human mobility, government policies, and cases of COVID-19.
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Pandemic restrictions will largely vanish this week. Politics? Or science?

At the stroke of midnight on June 15, the spell will break. Masks can fall. Churches and gyms and movie theaters can fill up. We’ll finally be able to tell a smile from a scowl, and sales of lip balm — and, perhaps, breath mints — will surely rise. As California stands on the precipice of normalcy after more than a year of pandemic drama and trauma, some worry. Are we really ready? Is the state that valiantly vowed to follow the science really following the science? Juliana Ibaraki, a junior ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, California, Stanford, India, Sport, European Union, Public Health, Soccer, Metallica, States, UC Berkeley, Ny, New York State


Why are women more prone to long Covid?

While men over 50 tend to suffer the most acute symptoms of coronavirus, women who get long Covid outnumber men by as much as four to one Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn June 2020, as the first reports of long Covid began to filter through the medical community, doctors attempting to grapple with this mysterious malaise began to notice an unusual trend. While acute cases of Covid-19 – particularly those hospitalised with the disease – tended to be mostly male and o...
Tags: Science, Biology, Pregnancy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paris, Microbiology, Women's Health, ME / Chronic fatigue syndrome, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid


More people have died of COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020 and it's only June

A coronavirus death in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Coronavirus deaths in 2021 have already overtaken the total deaths from the virus in 2020. That's according to Johns Hopkins University data analysed by The Wall Street Journal. According to the paper's analysis, the tipping point was June 10. See more stories on Insider's business page. There have been more coronavirus deaths worldwide in 2021 than in all of 2020, highlighting the continued spread of the pandemic even as so...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, News UK, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Johns Hopkins University, Juan Forero, Coronavirus, COVID, Sinead Baker, Speed desk


The world has reported more COVID-19 deaths in 2021 than in 2020, and it's only June

A coronavirus death in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Known coronavirus deaths in 2021 have already overtaken the number recorded in all of 2020. That's according to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Wall Street Journal. According to the paper's analysis, the tipping point was Thursday. See more stories on Insider's business page. More coronavirus deaths have been recorded worldwide so far in 2021 than in all of 2020, highlighting the ongoing nature of the pandemic ...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, News UK, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Johns Hopkins University, Juan Forero, Coronavirus, COVID, Sinead Baker, Speed desk


Delta variant is linked to 90% of Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


International medical graduate physician deaths from COVID-19 in US

What The Study Did: International medical graduates often practice as physicians in locations and specialties less preferred by U.S. medical graduates. This study reports on physician mortality from COVID-19, and on the mortality of international medical graduates in particular.
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A COVID-19 outbreak closed a hotel where some members of the G7 delegation and media are staying in Cornwall

The Pedn Olva Hotel is seen, after it was closed due to a guest contracting coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the G7 leaders summit, in St Ives, Cornwall, Britain, June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez A COVID-19 outbreak shut down a hotel one mile from the G7 summit where world leaders are gathering. The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives was hosting the German delegation's security detail, Sky News reported. Most Cornwall hotels are fully booked for the summit, which begins Friday. See...
Tags: Japan, Politics, England, Science, News, Germany, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, Cornwall, Cbs, Outbreak, St Ives, Sky News


Two varieties of flu seem to have disappeared during lockdown. Experts say it's possible they're gone.

A sign points towards a flu vaccination center. Getty/ Jeff Greenberg / Contributor Two varieties of flu have not been spotted for over a year, STAT reported. Public-health measures to control the pandemic might have led these strains to disappear. However, it's still possible they are circulating undetected. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's been a lonely year to be an influenza virus.Infectious-disease protections put in place during the pandemic to protect p...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, News UK, Flu, Victoria, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Manila, Afp, St Jude Children s Research Hospital, Budd



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