COVID-19

  • What Disease Just Got a Controversial New Therapy?
    on June 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

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  • Let’s Recognize Childhood COVID as the Crisis It Is
    on June 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — COVID-19 demonstrates that infectious diseases needn’t be extraordinarily lethal to be devastating to public health. With some exception, in any given child, the most probable outcome of COVID-19 is, thankfully, a complete and…

  • Experts Confident About COVID Vaccines’ Long-Term Safety
    on June 11, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — While experience so far with COVID vaccines shows that some are associated with very rare, early side effects, experts say they have confidence about the long-term safety of these vaccines. That’s because past experience shows…

  • FDA Allows Some J&J Vaccine Doses From Troubled Facility
    on June 11, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — The FDA announced Friday that batches of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine manufactured at Emergent BioSolutions’ beleaguered facility will be authorized under emergency use authorization (EUA) for use. However, in a highly…

  • COVID Takes Heavy Toll on International Med School Grads
    on June 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Graduates of international medical schools practicing in the U.S. were more likely to die of COVID-19 than their numbers in the physician workforce would suggest, according to a study that relied partly on data collected by MedPage…

  • Cancer Patients See High Seroconversion Rates After COVID Vax
    on June 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Patients with cancer who were vaccinated against COVID-19 achieved high seroconversion rates, a single-center study found. The rate of seroconversion was especially high among patients with solid tumors (98%). However, patients…

  • FDA Advisors Uncertain on EUA Pathway for Younger Kids’ COVID Shots
    on June 11, 2021 at 9:30 am

    (MedPage Today) — An FDA vaccine advisory committee was torn on whether emergency use authorization (EUA) was the right step for COVID-19 vaccines in younger children, but there was broad agreement that key safety concerns will have to be worked…

  • Deja Vu All Over Again; Delay of Game: NFL Vaccine Pushback; Third FDA Advisor Quits
    on June 11, 2021 at 9:15 am

    (MedPage Today) — Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Here we go again. As cruise lines struggle to recover from COVID-19, two passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean ship tested positive for coronavirus; all crew and passengers…

  • Myocarditis and COVID Vaccines: Where Do We Stand?
    on June 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Neither U.S. nor European health regulators have yet confirmed a causal link between COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and myocarditis, but they continue to investigate reports of a potential relationship. In early June, the CDC issued…

  • Docs, Scientists Call on FDA to Delay Approval of COVID Vaccines
    on June 10, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — A group of clinicians and researchers has petitioned the FDA to delay fully approving any COVID-19 vaccines before clinical trials have been completed, calling the notion of approval to stimulate vaccination rates “backward logic…

  • Why are women more prone to long Covid?
    by David Cox on June 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

    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 over 50, long Covid sufferers were, by contrast, both relatively young and overwhelmingly female.Early reports of long Covid at a Paris hospital between May and July 2020 suggested that the average age was around 40, and women afflicted by the longer-term effects of Covid-19 outnumbered men by four to one. Continue reading…

  • At least 130,000 households in England made homeless in pandemic
    by Chaminda Jayanetti on June 13, 2021 at 4:30 am

    While ban on evictions protected some people, domestic abuse and loss of temporary accommodation were common triggers for homelessnessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt least 130,000 households in England were made homeless during the first year of the pandemic, despite the government’s ban on evictions, according to data sourced by the Observer. With the ban now over, fears are rising that a surge of evictions may be imminent. But the Observer’s figures show that even while the ban was in place, households were being forced from their homes.“The ban didn’t stop tens of thousands from facing homelessness,” said Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter. “During the pandemic, the most common triggers for homelessness were no longer being able to stay with friends or family, losing a private tenancy, and domestic abuse.” Continue reading…

  • Factory workers making goods for the west bear brunt of virus surge in south-east Asia
    by Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok & Vutha Srey in Phnom Penh on June 13, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Migrant labourers tell of being forced to isolate in brutal conditions as Covid wave grips regionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was around mid-May when workers at the Cal-Comp factory in Phetchaburi, central Thailand, heard a small group of their colleagues had tested positive for Covid-19. It soon became clear the virus had ripped through the production lines. A cluster associated with the electronics factory has since been linked to thousands of infections.Hwan Htet Paing*, a worker from the factory, said he was not told the results of his Covid test, carried out on 19 May. Despite this, he was instructed to quarantine inside a vast hall at his workplace. The floor was covered with tarpaulin sheets and lined with rows of mosquito nets for each worker. Everyone was given a bucket and a cup, and bedsheets to lay across the floor. Fans were handed out to help ease the heat – until the vast numbers of people testing positive meant there were none left. Continue reading…

  • Victoria on track for further easing of Covid restrictions after recording one new case
    by Australian Associated Press on June 13, 2021 at 1:48 am

    The new local case is a primary close contact of another coronavirus case and has been self-isolating Vic exposure sites; Qld Covid hotspots list; NSW hotspotsCovid Victoria restrictions explainedCovid vaccine rollout numbers: tracking vaccination progressMelbourne is on track for a further easing of restrictions later in the week after recording one new locally acquired Covid case on Sunday.The Health Department on Sunday confirmed the new case is a close contact of an already infected person and has been quarantining throughout their infectious period. Continue reading…

  • Covid news: UK records a further 7,738 cases as Johnson cautious over lockdown easing – as it…
    by Kaamil Ahmed (now); Harry Taylor, Miranda Bryant (earlier) on June 12, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    All Saturday’s coronavirus updates: Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedDelay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urgeSaudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concernsMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab – study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 11.36pm BST 11.00pm BSTBrazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been fined for breaking local lockdown rules when he joined thousands of motorcyclists for a rally without wearing a face mask, the AP reports. The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later from atop a sound truck, where helmeted but largely maskless backers cheered and chanted as he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated — an assertion disputed by most public health experts.Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110 — would be imposed for violation of a rule that has required masks in public places since May 2020. According to a survey by local authorities, 12,000 motorcycles participated in the pro-Bolsonaro event. Continue reading…