Tag Archives: pandemic

COVID Led More Women to Forgo Needed Health Care

By | June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 — Morgan Tebeau has struggled with debilitating back pain all of her adult life. The 38-year-old mother from Harrisonburg, VA, was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease when she was 18 years old. Her pain worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic as she put off much needed care — something a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey found… Read More »

COVID Vacations: Plan, Be Flexible, Travel Safe

By | June 11, 2021

Highlights: Be smart. Only travel lif it makes sense for your situation.  Domestic may be safer than international.  Driving may be safer than flying.  Get fully vaccinated. June 11, 2021 — In normal times, summer travel is all about unwinding, spending time outdoors, and putting most cares aside, at least temporarily.… Read More »

Expiration Dates on J&J COVID Vaccine Extended

By | June 11, 2021

FRIDAY, June 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — U.S. regulators have extended the expiration date on millions of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses by six weeks, the company announced Thursday. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration review concluded the shots remain safe and effective for at least 4 1/2 months, J&J said in a statement. In February,… Read More »

Porn Use Spiked During the Pandemic

By | May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 — Move over, Netflix. You’re not the only video streaming outfit to benefit from the COVID-19 lockdown. In findings likely to surprise no one, new research shows Americans’ pornography usage spiked dramatically in the early months of the pandemic, as stay-at-home orders limited other types of … outlets. But the study, which was… Read More »

States Follow CDC Guidance, Drop Mask Mandates

By | May 18, 2021

White House COVID-19 Response Team media briefings, May 13, 2021, May 18, 2021. Chicago Tribune: “Following CDC guidelines, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says those who are fully vaccinated can drop masks in most situations, but Chicago maintaining status quo for now.” COVID19.CA.gov: “California will align its mask guidance with CDC’s on June 15, 2021.” Colorado Department of Public… Read More »

Questions Still Swirl Around New CDC Mask Guidance

By | May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021 — To some a walk-back, to others a clarification, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said people need to be “honest with themselves” when it comes to wearing a mask after the agency’s new guidance announced last week. Walensky made a number of appearances on Sunday morning talk shows to defend the agency’s new policy.… Read More »

Despite CDC COVID Guidance, Some Still Require Masks

By | May 14, 2021

New CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks indoors, but many businesses like Starbucks and some state and local governments have not relaxed their own mask rules yet. “The whole country is not a homogeneous space,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said Thursday in explaining that the CDC doesn’t trump state and local… Read More »

FDA Authorizes Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 12-15

By | May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021 — The FDA on Monday granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to be given to children 12-to-15 years old.   The much-expected decision increases the likelihood that schools in the United States will fully reopen in the fall — a goal of both the Biden and Trump administrations. Acting FDA Commissioner… Read More »

WebMD Poll: Make COVID Vaccine Mandatory for Doctors?

By | May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021 — Should COVID-19 vaccinations be required for health care professionals? WebMD polled its readers to ask that question collected 3,035 responses. Nearly two-thirds, or 66%, said yes and 34% said no. Among the yes votes, 55% believed these vaccinations should be required immediately and 11% said they should be mandatory eventually. WebMD’s sister… Read More »

Are You Ready for a Post-COVID Dating Tsunami?

By | April 30, 2021

To many people, it may seem like common sense to cut back on dating partners during a pandemic. But to evolutionary psychologists, this is the “behavioral immune system” at work — an unconscious set of behaviors that protect us in the face of an infectious disease threat. A pre-COVID study from Montreal’s McGill University found that people… Read More »