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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...
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2 fringe doctors created the myth that ivermectin is a 'miracle cure' for COVID-19 - whipping up false hope that could have deadly consequences

Getty Images; Marianne Ayala/Insider Ivermectin is a wondrous, Nobel Prize-winning drug that is cheap and available around the world.The oral version - originally derived from a clump of Japanese dirt in the 1970s - has nearly eradicated infections that could otherwise have caused widespread blindness and disfigured people's limbs and genitals. Formulated as a lotion, ivermectin is safe enough to be administered as an over-the-counter treatment for head lice in kids.But ivermectin is n...
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Woman had life-saving surgery pushed back because Tennessee's hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients

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 Tennessee woman's life-saving surgery was pushed back because the hospital is so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. "It's terrifying to experience a medical emergency during a pandemic," she wrote in a Washington Post guest essay. Tennessee is facing a surge in new cases, and has one of the lowest vaccination rates...
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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...
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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...
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The US is averaging 100,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since February

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 The US is averaging over 100,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations a day for the first time since February. In the past two months, hospitalizations increased by nearly 500%, according to The New York Times. Deaths have climbed to 1,000 a day for the first time since March. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US is ave...
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Phil Valentine, the conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic, has died of COVID-19 after weeks battling the virus

A COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 10, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images Phil Valentine, conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic, has died after weeks of battling COVID-19. Valentine previously said his personal chance of dying from the virus was "way less than one percent." His family said he came to regret his views and told people to "PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!" See more stories on Insider's business page. A well-known...
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A South Carolina GOP leader who called face masks an 'illusion' has died from COVID-19

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 The leader of a South Carolina GOP group died from COVID-19 after making fun of masks. Pressley Stutts also cheered on unvaccinated doctors and criticized vaccine mandates. Then after landing in the ICU for treatment, Stutts called the coronavirus "hell on earth." See more stories on Insider's business page. The GOP leader...
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3 leading COVID-19 experts say there isn't clear evidence that healthy, vaccinated people will need booster shots 8 months out

An Ohio resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine in March. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images On Wednesday, US officials recommended a booster shot eight months after a person's second jab. Three COVID-19 experts said they weren't sure this was the right strategy to curb the pandemic. Ultimately, they said, we need to vaccinate the unvaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. The federal government has recommended COVID-19 booster shots for all....
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3 leading COVID experts say there isn't clear evidence that healthy, vaccinated people will need booster shots 8 months out

An Ohio resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine in March 2021. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images US health officials said Wednesday that a booster shot is recommended eight months after a person's second shot. Three leading COVID-19 experts say they aren't sure this is the right strategy to curb the pandemic. Ultimately, they said, we need to vaccinate the unvaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. The federal government has officially recom...
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Hospitals in states struggling with COVID-19 are facing severe staff shortages due to burnout, with 2 saying patient beds are going unused

Clinicians work after incubating a COVID-19 patient in Louisiana. Mario Tama/Getty Images Some hospitals struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks are reporting nursing shortages. Patient beds are being left empty, even as other hospitals fight to accommodate patients. Many nurses were driven out at the peak of the pandemic due to burnout, an official told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. Some hospitals across the country are reporting severe staff shortages as a surge of...
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How smart-ring company Oura expanded its reach beyond Silicon Valley insiders

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:Oura's CEO explains how the company's smart ring became a favorite of companies looking to reopen;Anthem's Bryony Winn shares the insurer's approach to primary care;Louisiana is facing a dire surge of coronavirus cases that could overwhelm its healthcare system.If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at [email protected] or tweet @lydiaramsey125....
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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...
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How A 10-Year-Old Boy Saved His Newborn Brother's Life

When Ashly Moreau's water broke earlier this month — way ahead of her baby's due date of September 20 — she was alone with her 10-year-old son, Jayden Fontenot, in their home in Sulphur, Louisiana. According to NBC local affiliate KPLC, the baby was arriving before help could come, but Fontenot jumped in to help deliver his newborn baby brother while emergency responders were on the way.At the time, TODAY reports, Moreau's fiancé had already left for work for the day, and Fontenot ran to his gr...
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