COVID-19

  • COVID Testing on Campus Is About More Than the Students
    on October 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Many U.S. institutions of higher learning, including Duke University where we work, have implemented large-scale COVID-19 testing programs for students, staff, and faculty. In these mass testing programs, everyone is regularly…

  • You Couldn’t Pay Some People to Get Vaxxed. Or Could You?
    on October 25, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Offering a $25 incentive for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine increased uptake, as well as vaccine interest, particularly among residents of underserved communities, a small pilot study in North Carolina found. Initiation…

  • Sudden Psychosis, Abnormal CSF in Three Teens With COVID
    on October 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Sudden, rapidly progressing neuropsychiatric symptoms ranging from severe anxiety to delusional psychosis caused three teenage patients with recent COVID-19 to be hospitalized, researchers reported. Of the three pediatric patients…

  • Homicide-Suicide Risk Something to Be Aware of During the Pandemic
    on October 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

    (MedPage Today) — As the pandemic continues, clinicians should be on the lookout for patients at risk of committing homicide-suicide, Elias Ghossoub, MD, director of the psychiatry residency training program at the American University of Beirut…

  • Fauci in the Doghouse; SCOTUS to Review Texas Abortion Law; Public Health’s Downfall
    on October 25, 2021 at 9:15 am

    (MedPage Today) — Note that some links may require registration or subscription. NIH officials admitted that they funded research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology that enhanced bat coronaviruses, but insisted there were too many genetic differences…

  • Pfizer Vax for Young Kids Passes the Test Among FDA Staff
    on October 25, 2021 at 8:31 am

    (MedPage Today) — Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine produced an immune response and was safe and effective in young children, but its benefits may be largely dependent on severity of the COVID outbreak, according to FDA briefing documents released…

  • So You Don’t Want to Practice Rural Medicine
    on October 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many inequities in the foundations of our healthcare system, including factors causing disparate access to care for rural areas of the country. Since 2005, there have been 181 rural hospital…

  • Immune Responses to COVID Vaccines; A Potential Treatment for NASH
    on October 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso…

  • Can Intranasal Vaccines Stop Breakthrough COVID?
    on October 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — The recent surge of COVID-19 in the southern U.S. in summer and early fall was fueled by the rise of the Delta variant storming through the unvaccinated population. But among the cases and hospitalizations were also some vaccinated…

  • COVID Vaccine Recipients Also Less Likely to Die of Other Causes
    on October 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — People who were vaccinated against COVID-19 were also less likely to die from non-COVID-19-related causes compared with unvaccinated people, researchers found. The adjusted relative risk of non-COVID-19 mortality ranged from…

  • Australia news live update: Scott Morrison unveils details of 2050 net zero plan; Victoria premier…
    by Amy Remeikis on October 26, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Prime minister gives press conference on Australia’s commitments to climate action; Daniel Andrews outlines new pandemic laws; Victoria confirms four Covid deaths overnight, NSW one death – follow all the day’s newsBoris Johnson says chances of Cop26 success are ‘touch and go’Qantas in talks with federal government over vaccine rulesVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe estimates hearings today cover off the same committees as yesterday: Continue reading…

  • Coronavirus live: European Medical Agency approves Moderna booster; UK records 36,567 new cases
    by Harry Taylor (now) and Tom Ambrose ,Martin Belam, Samantha Lock (earlier) on October 25, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    The EU’s medical body has approved booster doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine for all adults; UK also reports 38 further Covid-related deathsChina to vaccinate children as young as threeExperts frustrated as German footballer says he hasn’t had Covid jabUK government dismisses claims case surge caused by testing debacleBeijing marathon postponed as China battles Delta outbreakWorst of US pandemic likely behind us but can’t drop guard – expertsSee all our coronavirus coverageJust back on those school anti-vaccine protests for a moment, my colleague Sarah Marsh has this report: Keir Starmer calls for schools to be protected from anti-vaccine protestsThe Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) revealed this month that most of the schools surveyed by the union (79%) had been targeted by anti-vaxxers. This had mainly been through emails threatening legal action, but the ASCL said in some cases staff had been threatened with physical harm and some protesters have gained access to school sites.Starmer said: “It is sickening that anti-vax protesters are spreading dangerous misinformation to children in protests outside of schools. The uptake of vaccines among children is far too low and the government’s rollout is painfully slow. Everything must be done to get those eligible jabbed as quickly as possible in this public health emergency.“Labour believes the law around public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) urgently needs to be updated so that local authorities can rapidly create exclusion zones for anti-vax protests outside of schools.”PSPOs can be used to disperse people from a public area and have previously been used to move on protesters outside abortion clinics or to allow police to confiscate alcohol in certain spaces.But gaining permission to impose one takes significant consultation, and Labour is calling for an expedited process in cases of preventing harassment and intimidation of children outside schools if agreed to by the school, the leader of the local council, and the local police chief constable. Continue reading…

  • Facebook is ‘unquestionably making hate worse’, says whistleblower Frances Haugen – as it…
    by Andrew Sparrow on October 25, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    This live blog is now closed. You can find our latest Facebook stories hereFacebook admits site appears hardwired for misinformation, memo revealsJohnson says he is “very worried” about Cop26 because they might not get the agreements they need for the world to get to net zero by the middle of the century.But he thinks it can be done. Continue reading…

  • The Guardian view on Covid and the NHS: ministers in denial over a looming crisis | Editorial
    by Editorial on October 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Boris Johnson’s government is drifting into another Covid winter showing none of the urgency or seriousness it demandsCompare and contrast the following sets of statements, the first from Westminster. According to the health secretary, Sajid Javid: “We don’t believe that the pressures currently faced by the NHS are unsustainable.” On the contrary, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, says the health service is on course for “gamechanging” investment of nearly £6bn. Meanwhile, the prime minister urges the public to get a booster jab against Covid. That, he says, is “our way through this winter”.From the frontline, the NHS looks very different. The president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Katherine Henderson, says A&E departments are “already struggling to cope”, even before we reach the depths of our second Covid winter. The boss of NHS Wales, Dr Andrew Goodall, warns that the next few months will be among the hardest we have ever faced. The country’s most senior gynaecologist, Dr Edward Morris, worries that the coronavirus surge poses a direct threat to maternity wards, with operations cancelled, specialist staff redeployed and an already huge backlog continuing to build. Continue reading…

  • Rising number of anti-vaxxers ‘willing to take direct action against schools’
    by Sally Weale and Sarah Marsh on October 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Warning comes after Keir Starmer calls for councils to be allowed to use exclusion orders to protect schoolsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Substantial numbers” of people influenced by conspiracy theories are now willing to take direct action against schools administering vaccines, experts on online misinformation have warned, as Labour called for exclusion orders to block activists.Amid findings that close to 80% of schools had been targeted by anti-vaxxers, Keir Starmer said it was “sickening” that those against vaccinations were demonstrating where children are educated. Continue reading…