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One chart shows people vaccinated with Moderna had the best protection against COVID in 2021

Magic Johnson received a COVID-19 vaccine on March 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Gina Ferazzi - Pool/Getty Images A large new study from the CDC charts how the Delta variant spread through both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in New York and California last year. The data suggests that Moderna's vaccine provided slightly superior protection to Pfizer's, while Johnson & Johnson's shot performed the worst.  The study was conducted before boosters were widely available, and ...
Tags: New York, Science, News, California, Cdc, US, Trends, Public Health, Delta, Pfizer, Johnson, Johnson Johnson, J J, Moderna, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Hilary Brueck


CDC report finds prior infection provided strong protection against COVID-19 in 2021, but experts warn it's 'playing with dynamite' to get sick on purpose

Clinicians work on intubating a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 10, 2021.Mario Tama/Getty Images A new report from the CDC shows how vaccine-induced protection against COVID-19 changed during the Delta wave. Prior infections and vaccinations both provided good immunity against Delta, but infections had a slight edge. Still, vaccination remains the safest strategy for developing protection against COVID-19 to avoid the risks of...
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We tried to get free at-home COVID tests on the first day they became available. We were not successful.

"Save your receipt" is what the cashiers told us at Walgreens. Some insurance companies are partnering with "preferred" pharmacies to offer home test kits at no upfront cost.Aria Bendix, Hilary Brueck / Insider On Saturday, insurance companies were slated to start reimbursing at-home COVID-19 test kits — 8 tests per customer per month. We checked out how it worked in California and New York and found many pharmacies didn't have any tests in stock. The 2 stores that had tests didn't re...
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CDC: Ditch your cloth mask and get a NIOSH-approved N95 for the best protection against Omicron

Respirators, when "worn properly" protect better than cloth or surgical masks, the CDC said.Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images The CDC is urging Americans to up their mask game in the face of the Omicron variant. The agency says the best mask for you is the one that fits you well (covering both nose and mouth) and that you will wear consistently. This is the first time the CDC's said it may be best for everyone — even non-medical workers — to use NIOSH-approved N95s. The Centers for Dis...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Masks, Trends, Getty Images, Public Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp, NIOSH, MARK RIGHTMIRE, Omicron, Joseph Prezioso, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Hilary Brueck


A man who had a rare case of 'flurona' describes feeling like he had razor blades in his throat and 'wild' night sweats which cleared after 48 hours

Jamie Grayson.Courtesy of Jamie Grayson Co-infections of the flu and COVID-19 (colloquially dubbed "flurona") are unusual, but they will likely become more common this flu season. One man who had flu and COVID-19 at the same time in December said the worst of it lasted about 48 hours, and included terrible night sweats. Experts stress getting vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19 will reduce your odds of getting co-infected.  When Jamie Grayson first started to feel sick in mid-December, h...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, New York City, Israel, Trends, Public Health, Norway, Flu Shot, Denver, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Budd, Grayson, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus


A simple guide to understanding the CDC's exasperating COVID-19 rules

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on November 4, 2021.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The new CDC guidance on COVID-19 isolation and quarantine is confusing. The guidance says people can come out of isolation after day 5. Buried in the fine print: you still need to wear a mask and act like you're infectious for 10 days.  If you're confused about the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines, you're not alone. The agency p...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, New York City, Isolation, US, Trends, Public Health, Washington Dc, Wall Street Journal, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Ama, Don, American Medical Association, Quarantine, Tom Williams CQ Roll Call Inc


'Swab your throat first and then your nose': 4 disease experts offer new guidance on COVID-19 rapid tests

A woman uses a swab to take a sample from her mouth at a NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 testing unit in west London on May 25 2021.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images New research suggests Omicron may be easier to detect in saliva than nasal samples. Some experts recommend swabbing your throat then your nose for a COVID-19 rapid test, even if the test doesn't say to. The FDA and testing manufacturers advise against performing throat swabs at home. The FDA has authorized just one method of taking ...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, US, Trends, European Union, Public Health, Moscow, Fda, University Of Southern California, University College London, Abbott, Petersen, Campbell, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


CDC advisors urge boosters for kids aged 12 and older to prevent COVID, help them stay in school, and curb anxiety rates

Simon Huizar, 13, received his first dose of the Pfizer on May 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images An influential advisory committee to the CDC just voted 13-1 to recommend teens 12 and up should get booster shots for COVID-19. Pfizer boosts can be administered any time at least 5 months after the primary series. One doctor called it a last-ditch "whack-a-mole" strategy against Omicron. Booster shots for vaccinated youngsters aged 12 and up are on the wa...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Long, Public Health, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Sarah Long, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Rochelle Walensky, Amanda Cohn


CDC urges boosters for kids aged 12 and older to prevent COVID, help them stay in school, and curb anxiety rates

Simon Huizar, 13, received his first dose of Pfizer on May 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images On Wednesday night, the CDC recommend teens 12 and up should get booster shots for COVID-19. Pfizer boosts can be administered any time at least 5 months after the 2-shot primary series. One doctor called it a last-ditch "whack-a-mole" strategy against Omicron. Booster shots for vaccinated youngsters aged 12 and up are here. An independent panel of doctors and ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Getty Images, Long, Public Health, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Sarah Long, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine


The CDC shortened its COVID-19 isolation recommendation to 5 days for asymptomatic people after some disease experts said 10 days was too long

A student quarantines after COVID-19 exposure.MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images / Contributor People with asymptomatic COVID-19 can isolate for just 5 days, the CDC said Monday. Many disease experts already recommended a shortened isolation period before the announcement. Some experts say isolation rules should include testing requirements and account for vaccination status. It was a steadfast rule for most of the pandemic: People with COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days after thei...
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Rapid tests do not always detect Omicron — here's how to know for sure if you've got COVID or not

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Early indications suggest rapid tests work on Omicron, but only if you take them when your viral load is high. You need to reach a certain threshold before any test — PCR or rapid — can detect your infection. Experts recommend isolating first, then taking at least two rapid tests, spaced a day or two apart.  Rapid tests for COVID-19 are simple to administer and ready within mi...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, University Of Southern California, Don, Wu, Mina, MICHAEL MINA, Palos Verdes Estates California, Shayanne Gal, Coronavirus, COVID, Susan Butler Wu


Rapid tests do not always detect Omicron — here's how to know for sure if you've got COVID-19 or not

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Early indications suggest rapid tests work on Omicron but only if your viral load is high at the time. You need to reach a certain threshold before any test — PCR or rapid — can detect your infection. Experts recommend isolating first, then taking at least two rapid tests, spaced a day or two apart. Rapid tests for COVID-19 are simple to administer and ready within minutes, in...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Trends, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, University Of Southern California, Don, Wu, Mina, MICHAEL MINA, Zoe, Spector, Palos Verdes Estates California, Tim Spector


ER doctors say this COVID wave is forcing them to deny treatment to other patients, who are dying as a result: 'Every shift is like the worst shift of my career.'

A team of critical care nurses and assistants treat a critically-ill COVID-19 patient on December 8, 2021, at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images Top ER doctors in several states say they're being forced to refuse life-saving emergency care to patients. Around 30-40% of their beds are tied up with COVID-19 cases. "We say 'no' day after day," one ER doctor said. "And that's led to preventable deaths." There is no...
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ER doctors say this COVID-19 wave is forcing them to deny treatment to other patients who can die as a result: 'Every shift I'm working these days is like the worst shift in my career'

A team of critical-care nurses and assistants treat a COVID-19 patient on December 8 at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images Top ER doctors in several states say they're being forced to refuse life-saving care to patients. About 30 to 40% of their beds are tied up with COVID-19 cases. "We say no day after day," one ER doctor said. "And that's led to preventable deaths." There is not enough room for all the sick and injur...
Tags: Utah, New York, Science, News, Minnesota, Montana, New York City, Trends, Department Of Defense, Public Health, Iowa, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Don, Minnesota Department of Health, Washington Idaho


Pfizer says its ultra-low dose vaccine isn't enough for kids aged 2-5 — setting up a booster scenario that could delay toddlers' shots until mid-2022

Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images Pfizer says the company's ultra low-dose vaccine for babies and toddlers isn't necessarily strong enough to induce protection among 2-to-5 year-olds. The baby shot is a 3 µg mRNA dose (kids aged 5-11 receive 10 µg, and adults get 30 µg).  Pfizer said rather than up the dosage for toddlers, they're evaluating giving a third dose after two months — a development that threatens to delay toddlers' shots. Pfizer says it's lower-dose COVI...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, US Food and Drug Administration, EUA, Ute Grabowsky Photothek, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, Covid-19 Vaccine, Getty Images Pfizer


Pfizer says kids under 5 may not get shots until mid-2022 after trial found low-dose vaccine didn't work in kids aged 2-5

Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images Pfizer says the company's ultra low-dose vaccine for babies and toddlers isn't necessarily strong enough to induce protection among 2-to-5 year-olds. The baby shot is a 3 µg mRNA dose (kids aged 5-11 receive 10 µg, and adults get 30 µg).  Pfizer said rather than up the dosage for toddlers, they're evaluating giving a third dose after two months — a development that threatens to delay toddlers' shots. Pfizer says it's lower-dose COVI...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, US Food and Drug Administration, EUA, Ute Grabowsky Photothek, Hilary Brueck, Shayanne Gal, Coronavirus, Covid-19 Vaccine


One chart shows just how fast Omicron is spreading in the UK — it's possible it could rival Delta by the end of the week, data-crunchers say

RT-PCR swab tests at a pre-departure coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility, at Sydney International Airport in Australia, November 29, 2021.Loren Elliott/Reuters On Friday, the UK released new projections estimating how fast the Omicron variant may spread. Omicron looks to be spreading faster than Delta in UK households, and among close contacts. Experts stress that third dose boosters may help ward off symptomatic Omicron infections, but even two shots will likely still protect young peopl...
Tags: UK, England, Science, News, Australia, US, Trends, Public Health, Delta, World Health Organization, Ramsay, South Africa Europe, Sydney International Airport, Omicron, Hilary Brueck, LOREN ELLIOTT Reuters


A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK turned into a potential Omicron superspreader event, even though everyone was vaccinated — but all the cases were mild

File image — not the actual party.Klaus Vedfelt via Getty Images A 60-year-old's birthday party turned into a likely Omicron superspreader event. 15 of the 18 party-goers tested positive for COVID-19 after the party. All were vaccinated, and many were boosted. "It's highly unlikely that Delta would behave like that," said epidemiologist Tim Spector, who suspects it was Omicron.  A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK has turned into a coronavirus superspreader event — and it'...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, News, Youtube, US, Trends, Getty Images, Public Health, Delta, Zoe, Spector, Tom Werner, Omicron, Hilary Brueck, Tim Spector


How to choose which booster shot is right for you, between Pfizer and Moderna

Vials of the Moderna (R) and Pfizer (L) COVID-19 vaccines.Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images Most people who've gotten booster shots in the US have stuck with the same brand of vaccine they had initially. But, it's also fine to switch it up. Some early studies suggest that Moderna's vaccine is slightly stronger than Pfizer's. "To be honest, I'm not sure there's really a big difference between those two," one expert said. Now that free booster shots are being offered to a...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Johnson Johnson, J J, Johns Hopkins University, R, International Vaccine Access Center, L, Moderna, William Moss, Hilary Brueck


The US probably has 2,000 Omicron cases already, according to 'dirty math' from a COVID expert who often advises the White House

The Public Health Company cofounder and CEO Dr. Charity Dean.The Public Health Company The CDC says Omicron is not in the US yet. But Dr. Charity Dean, a former top health official in California, who warned about the spread of COVID-19 in the US early on in the pandemic and long before federal experts did, says there's no way that's true. "Our case ascertainment rate is zero," Dean said, but she has "no doubt that there are in fact cases here." Dr. Charity Dean has a solid track recor...
Tags: UK, Science, News, California, White House, China, Africa, US, Trends, Public Health, United States, South Africa, Delta, Anthony Fauci, Michael Lewis, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
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1 chart shows how quickly a booster shot can improve immunity, with some extra protection in just a few days

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, receives her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Booster shots are being offered to all US adults. Studies suggest boosts can improve protection against symptomatic COVID-19, at least temporarily, with benefits beginning to accrue after a few days. It's unknown how durable booster shot protection will be, but scientists are hopeful. Two shots are good, but when it comes to preventing symp...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, Public Health, Astrazeneca, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Fauci


The 5 most common booster shot side effects, according to 11,290 people in the US who've gotten boosted

71-year-old Frank Mallone receives a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at the Safeway on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on October 4, 2021.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Booster shots are now being offered to all adults in the US. Side effects of third COVID-19 shots tend to be milder than the second, according to early CDC data. Fatigue, fever, and headaches are still common for a day or two after a booster.  Booster shots are now available to every adult vaccinated against COVID...
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The 5 most common booster-shot side effects, according to 11,290 people in the US who've gotten boosters

Frank Mallone, 71, received a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at the Safeway on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 4.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images Booster shots are now being offered to all adults in the US. Side effects of third COVID-19 shots tend to be milder than the second, early CDC data showed. Fatigue, fever, and headaches are still common for a day or two after a booster. Booster shots are now available to every adult vaccinated against COVID-19 in the US — at ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Public Health, Washington Dc, National Institutes of Health, Capitol Hill, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Safeway, Johnson Johnson, Fauci, Moderna


The NFL's top doctor says vaccinated players who get COVID-19 get better quicker — and back to the field sooner — than their unvaccinated teammates

The Atlanta Falcons, pictured here in November, have been 100% vaccinated since August 2021.George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images More vaccinated NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19 than unvaccinated players, but that's only because there are far more of them. The league's top doctor said, if you read the data correctly, vaccinated NFL players are actually less likely to test positive. When they do get sick, they recover faster than their unvaccinated peers, he said...
Tags: Science, News, Sports, NFL, Trends, Public Health, National Football League, Atlanta Falcons, Falcons, AT T Stadium, Arlington TX, Wayne Gallman, Sills, Allen Sills, George Walker Icon Sportswire, Hilary Brueck


The uncertain consensus around vaccine mandates

Lawyers agree that the issue is inevitably heading for constitutional challenge, but not all accept the mainstream view that the limitation of rights is justifiable The post The uncertain consensus around vaccine mandates appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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CDC approves boosters for all vaccinated adults — and says it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The agency approved an expert committee's verdict, that people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  This allows many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots will become available to all vaccinated adults...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, New Mexico, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Nirav Shah, James Hildreth, Moderna, Sarah Long


CDC advisors endorse boosters for all vaccinated adults — and say it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images An expert committee advising the CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The committee said people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  If the CDC director agrees, this would allow many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots are likely going to becom...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, New Mexico, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Nirav Shah, James Hildreth, Getty Images An, Moderna


Dr. Fauci says he doesn't understand parents who have not vaccinated their kids: 'What are you waiting for? Protect your children'

Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 7 year old Kye'Vontay Jordan (right) was one of the first kids ages 5-11 to receive a COVID-19 shot in Washington DC.Tom Williams-CQ Roll Call via Getty Images / Children’s National Hospital Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn't think there's any reason to wait to vaccinate 5-11 year olds. "There have been clinical trials that are very, very clear to show that the vaccine is highly effective and very s...
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Dr. Fauci says he expects babies and toddlers will have a COVID-19 vaccine by spring 2022

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on January 21, 2021 in Washington.Alex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Fauci says children from 6 months to 5 years old may be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the spring of 2022. Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine seems like the likely frontrunner for FDA authorization in that age group. "Can't guarantee it, you've got to do the clinical trial," Fauci said of his predicted timeline.  Kids younger than...
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