Tag Archives: pandemic

COVID-19 Testing Drops, Still Essential, Experts Say

By | March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021 — A recent decrease in the number of Americans seeking testing for COVID-19 has experts on alert. Accurate and timely testing remains critical for treating and isolating individuals with COVID-19 infection, they stress. Widespread testing also allows for tracking the spread of the virus and any variants of concern as they arise. … Read More »

Public Health Experts Slam States’ Moves to Ditch Masks

By | March 4, 2021

Other states lifting mask orders are trending better, but on Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said they are not out of the woods, either. “Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases, with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” she said in a press briefing. “These variants are… Read More »

Houston Has a Problem: All the COVID Variants of Concern

By | March 3, 2021

March 03, 2021 — Houston has had cases of every concerning variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a large new genome sequencing study. Public health authorities have flagged the six variants identified in the study as problematic, because they have gene changes that may make the virus more contagious or help it escape immunity… Read More »

Biden Vows Enough COVID-19 Vaccine for Every Adult in May

By | March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021 — President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the United States will have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate every American adult by May. In an afternoon address, Biden also said: That pharma giant Merck will begin producing Johnson & Johnson’s recently authorized vaccine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a significant… Read More »

Want a Vaccine With That? Drive-Thru COVID Shots Recommended

By | February 19, 2021

Feb. 19, 2021 — Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites, if set up nationwide on a massive scale, could significantly speed up the number of Americans vaccinated, according to new research that provides a detailed model for how to do it. Based on the suggested model, 350 million doses could be given in 100 days, says study co-author Sunderesh… Read More »

CDC Says Schools Can Safely Reopen, But Will They?

By | February 12, 2021

Leila Kubesch, Spanish teacher, Norwood High School, Cincinnati, OH. Andrea Wader, parent; president, John C. Fremont Elementary PTA, Long Beach, CA. Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; associate professor of epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. Craig Broeren, superintendent, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, Wood County, WI. Burbio.com: “K-12 School Opening… Read More »

How Families Cope When Only One Gets COVID Vaccine

By | February 11, 2021

Linsey Marr, PhD, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Leana Wen,  MD, emergency medicine doctor; public health policy professor, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Amesh Adalja, MD, emerging infectious diseases specialist, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, Baltimore. Melissa Martin, Atlanta area. Lindsay Macheska, New York City. Kaiser Health News: “COVID Vaccines… Read More »

Experts Debunk COVID-19 Vaccine-Shingles Link

By | February 9, 2021

Feb. 9, 2021 — The Reddit message board user was looking for others in similar misery to share their stories. The 27-year-old had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Two-and-a-half weeks later, the user developed shingles. “Anybody else have a similar experience?” the post asked. “My doctor said there are anecdotes out there similar to mine.”… Read More »

With COVID Vaccine Restricted, Line Jumpers Sneak In

By | February 8, 2021

CDC: “CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Recommendations,” “Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines,” “COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States.” CNN: “A vaccination site meant to serve a hard-hit Latino neighborhood in New York instead serviced more Whites from other areas.” KUOW: “People jump vaccine line in Washington state, while others try to get appointments.” Clarksville Now: “COVID vaccine: Line-jumpers, website… Read More »