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When should you get the vaccine if you have had Covid-19? Dr. Wen explains

Over 175.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the United States as of April 9, but many people still have questions about when to get the vaccine — particularly if they have had Covid-19 over the past year. Taking the vaccine also becomes more complicated if someone was recently diagnosed with Covid-19…

Losing a long-term spouse can be deadly, studies show

The world has joined Queen Elizabeth II in sorrow over the loss Friday of her husband of seven decades, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, just two months shy of his 100th birthday. The duo was a loving and close-knit couple. The Queen told guests at a luncheon on their 50th wedding anniversary that Phillip…

For many sufferers of long Covid, proving they are sick is a big part of the battle

Lyth Hishmeh kept feeling ill months after contracting coronavirus a year ago in March. He had chest pain and couldn’t concentrate. At 26 years old, the former regular runner was fatigued and breathless, struggling to function properly. Yet medical professionals kept telling him he simply could not still be ill. “They were telling me it’s…

As vaccinations keep rising, so do Covid-19 hospitalizations among those who aren’t vaccinated

First, the good news: The United States reported a record-high 4.6 million doses of vaccines administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Amazing Saturday! +4.63M doses administered over total yesterday, a new record,” tweeted Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, the White House Covid-19 data director. “More than…

How to speak to someone who’s hesitant to get vaccinated

As a pediatrician, Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez spends many of her days with nervous moms and dads listening to reasons why they’re worried about their kids receiving vaccinations. “It often manifests as just complete disagreements on how to raise kids,” said Bracho-Sanchez. To navigate the complexity, she tells her families that she would never judge parents…

Your guide to avoiding Covid-19 at church and other religious services

If you’re wondering how to get back to in-person religious services, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen recommends thinking about it like your finances. Just like a financial budget helps you figure out what your spending limits are, a “coronavirus budget” can help you figure out where your boundaries are in terms of potentially risky…

How to help siblings get along better

Sibling rivalry is often taken as an unexamined fact of family life — as much a part of parenting as potty training or bedtime stories. But experts say parents don’t have to put up with the bickering and the fights: There are strategies and techniques to help brothers and sisters get along better, strengthening a…

The Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective, and the chance of an adverse reaction is rare

Vaccinations are ramping up across the US. More than 175 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, according to CNN’s vaccine tracker, a rate of about 53 doses per 100 people. But some developments have dampened the excitement: This week, a few vaccination sites across the US paused operations after some patients reported…

How to quarantine your child exposed to Covid-19 at school

Ping! It’s the email you’ve been dreading — your child may have been exposed to Covid-19 at school. How are you to cope with the next two weeks of quarantine and the fear that your child — or another member of the family — may fall ill? By being prepared, experts say. Here’s what you…

FDA will evaluate Pfizer’s request to allow Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15 ‘as quickly as possible,’ acting commissioner says

The Food and Drug Administration will evaluate “as quickly as possible” Pfizer’s request to expand the emergency use authorization of the drug maker’s Covid-19 vaccine to include people ages 12-15 in the United States, FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock said. Pfizer on Friday asked the FDA for the amendment. “While the FDA cannot predict how…

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine: How common are blood clots and should I be worried?

Following weeks of speculation about whether Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine might be connected to dozens of cases of blood clots reported in the region, European drug regulators have now announced that they have indeed established a link. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) stopped short of changing its guidance on how the vaccine is used, maintaining that…

A conundrum for hospitals: How to vaccinate their sick patients against Covid-19

In my first year as a doctor, I’ve cared for many patients who eagerly wait their turn to get the Covid-19 vaccine. It should be coming soon. This week, President Joe Biden announced he’s moving up the deadline for states to make all American adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines, shifting the date from May 1…

How parents make the workplace better for everyone

The pandemic has pushed millions of parents, largely women, to cut back on work, or leave their jobs altogether. This has resulted in many losses for those employees: wages, career plans and often, a sense of purpose beyond family life. The setbacks aren’t limited to the employee, though. Employers also stand to lose a lot…

Fauci says new Covid-19 cases are at a disturbing level as the US is primed for a surge

The number of new Covid-19 cases has plateaued at a “disturbingly high level,” and the US is at risk from a new surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday. Although off the highs of earlier this year, there were still more than 61,000 new cases reported on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.…

Can your unvaccinated children visit family indoors? What you should know

At this point of the pandemic, the idea of visiting extended family again may be a bright spot after a dark year. Some people have been vaccinated against coronavirus, but the risks associated with spending time around others outside of your household haven’t been fully eradicated. “The tough part is that right now, I think…

Five states account for 43% of the country’s new Covid-19 cases in the past week

Just five states have accounted for about 43% of new coronavirus cases over the last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey had for more than 196,400 of the country’s 453,360 cases reported in the last week, according to data available Wednesday morning. Those states are…

A third of Covid-19 survivors suffer ‘brain disease,’ study shows

As many as one in three people infected with Covid-19 have longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday. They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. The most…

Would a delayed second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine end the pandemic sooner?

The race to beat the coronavirus variants, and to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible has intensified a debate in the scientific community about what the best strategy is to end the pandemic. The question at the heart of the debate: would delaying a second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19…

Youth sports and other extracurriculars are spreading Covid-19, health officials say

Children may be spreading Covid-19 through extracurricular activities like sports, health officials say. After-school activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We know that these increases are due, in part, to more highly transmissible variants, which we are…

Why young people are not safe from Covid-19 — Dr. Wen explains

There has been a worrisome trend emerging in recent weeks: Cases among younger people are rising. In Michigan, hospitalizations among people in their 30s have climbed by over 600%, and those in their 40s by 800%. Average daily cases for children have also risen by over 200%. In Massachusetts, the largest increase in Covid-19 infections…

How to talk about alcohol and drugs with kids of all ages

As informal as today’s parents are compared with previous generations, there remains a handful of uncomfortable subjects. Alcohol and drug use is one of them. It’s certainly easier, and often more appealing, to turn a blind eye for some parents. Everyone is drinking beer and smoking pot. It’s all part of growing up, especially for…

California says it will fully reopen in June, citing falling Covid-19 case rates

California, the first state to implement a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic, plans to fully reopen activities and businesses beginning June 15, state officials said Tuesday. Falling infection rates, low hospitalizations and rising vaccinations are reasons this can be done, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said. California’s mask mandate, however, would remain…

The foods you should eat to jump-start your morning, and 2 recipes to try out

Successfully tackling your morning to-do list could start with the first thing you put in your mouth. If you’re feeling like a zombie in the morning, an unbalanced breakfast consisting primarily of simple sugars could be to blame, said Nancy Z. Farrell Allen, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and…

How long will coronavirus vaccines protect people?

Ian Haydon helped test Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine last year. Now, he’s helping test the tweaked version of that vaccine designed to fight a new, more contagious variant. “A year ago I tried the Moderna vaccine to see if it was safe. (Spoiler: It is!) Now, on my #COVIDvaccine anniversary, I’m happy to share that I…

These are the two key things that can help curb another Covid-19 surge, Fauci says

Health experts warn the US may be on the cusp of another Covid-19 surge if Americans aren’t careful — just as the country races to vaccinate more people. There are two key things the US can do to prevent more infections, more hospitalizations and more deaths, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN. “A, you keep pushing…

Traumatizing details of George Floyd’s death were shown in court. Experts weigh in on who should — and shouldn’t — see them

Months after the killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests, additional videos of the agonizing moments surrounding his death have been released. During this week’s trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25, 2020, death, jurors and the nation were shown…

US hits 4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in a day for a new record

More than 4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, setting a new record and bringing the seven-day average over 3 million a day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday. Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, Covid-19 Data Director at the White House, celebrated with a tweet early…

Here’s what to know about the risk of blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine

The UK’s medicines regulator has said that at least 30 people in the United Kingdom had experienced rare types of blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, but warned it was too early to know whether the shot itself triggered the clots. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in a statement it…

Fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, new CDC guidance says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a highly anticipated update to travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, eliminating some testing and quarantine recommendations. Fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday, but travel still isn’t recommended at…

Fully vaccinated people can gather unmasked and indoors for Easter, CDC says

People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely gather for Easter on Sunday — both indoors and without masks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Twitter. It’s still recommended, however, that individuals who are not fully vaccinated have their Easter dinner and egg hunts with only the people in…

World Autism Awareness Day 2021: What you need to know

In many ways, Kevin “Knox” Johnson III is just like most 8-year-olds. The kid enjoys building marble runs. He’s obsessed with knock-knock jokes. In school, he excels at math and learning languages. He also loves to sing along to musicals, and he dreams about sharing with the world the beats he makes in GarageBand. But…

Salmonella infections in 8 states could be tied to wild songbirds, CDC says

Investigators are looking into an outbreak of salmonella infections in 19 people that could be associated with sick or dead birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections have occurred in eight states, including California, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, with eight people requiring hospitalization. No deaths are currently reported. The agency cites…

J&J says Covid-19 vaccine still on track despite manufacturing snafu

Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it still expects to meet its commitments for the promised delivery of an additional 24 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in April, even after a quality problem at one of the company’s contract manufacturers. The plant that had the problem, run by Baltimore-based Emergent BioSolutions, has not yet been…

Extreme policies, average statistics raise questions around Florida’s Covid-19 data

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, policy decisions in Florida have been among the most extreme — often among the first, the only or the few. Florida was one of the first states to roll back capacity restrictions on restaurants and bars and require schools to offer in-person learning. It is one of a few states that…

Post-Covid PTSD: the storm after the storm

At first, the thermometer read 101. But when Ricardo Ramirez arrived in the emergency department it just kept rising. He began pleading for his life, begging the fully gowned, gloved, and masked strangers to give him something to stop it. And then, on March 23, 2020, a few hours after he arrived, it hit Ramirez…

How the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine works

At the headquarters of biotechnology company Novavax, scientists are developing what they hope could soon be another Covid-19 vaccine for the United States and the world. Data from the company’s large-scale Phase 3 clinical trial of the vaccine in the US and Mexico are expected this month, but the timeline depends on how quickly it…

Don’t freak out if you get these side effects from a Covid-19 vaccine. They can actually be a good sign

With millions more Americans getting vaccinated every day, some have complained about fever, fatigue and other ailments they weren’t expecting. Don’t panic, doctors say. Side effects from Covid-19 vaccines won’t last long. And they’re actually proof that your immune system is working the way it’s supposed to. (Though vaccines are still very effective even without…

How Major League Baseball is tracking Covid-19 variants

To play during the pandemic, Major League Baseball has stepped up to the plate. The league is using coronavirus tests in a new way that allows them to determine not only if a player has Covid-19 but also if a variant of the virus caused the player’s infection. The MLB is one of few professional…

Ongoing trial shows Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine remains highly effective after six months

The ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine confirms its protection lasts at least six months after the second dose, the companies said Thursday. The question of how long vaccine protection lasts can only be answered once enough time has passed, and while six months of protection is a modest target, it’s longer…

Win at virtual dating with body language tips from a former FBI agent

Virtual dating is hard. It can seem nearly impossible to make a genuine connection while constrained to the flat rectangle of a video screen, but one retired FBI agent knows there is still a lot that people can glean from a person’s body language. When on a video call, a person’s body language changes tremendously…

Stress can be good for you, and here’s why

How’s it going in that boiling lobster pot of stress? The last year of living in a pandemic has stretched human coping skills so thin that experts fear many of us may soon snap, leaving people around the world coping with a mental health crisis of catastrophic proportions. In the United States alone, a recent…

Manufacturing moonshot: How Pfizer makes its millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses

When the coronavirus pandemic began, the challenge for Pfizer and BioNTech wasn’t just developing a Covid-19 vaccine — they also had to make it, and by the hundreds of millions. This was no small feat. Until the very end of last year, no mRNA vaccine had ever been authorized and no such vaccine had ever…

Quality issue at Baltimore vaccine plant delays some of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it had found a quality problem at a Baltimore plant helping manufacture its single-dose coronavirus vaccine under contract. The New York Times reported Wednesday. that workers at Emergent BioSolutions, the Baltimore plant that has been making Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, accidentally mixed up some of the ingredients, ruining…

Experts predicted the UK variant would become dominant in the US by March. So, is it?

Mounting evidence suggests the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the UK, which experts believe is partly driving an uptick of cases in places like Michigan, may already be dominant across the US. “I think we are there,” said William Lee, vice president of science at Helix, a company whose tests have identified a…

Lab leak Covid-19 theory is like something out of a comic book, virologist says

Theories about a laboratory leak being the source of the coronavirus pandemic sound like something out of a comic book, one virologist says. Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University and other virologists have been publishing studies for a year that demonstrate SARS-CoV-2 originated naturally in animals and is unlikely to have been engineered in a…

She’s 14 months old and needs a drug that costs $2.1 million to save her life

For the first few months of her life, Ayah Lundt was the picture of health. Born in January last year at a whopping 8.3 pounds, the bubbly baby girl with dark curls and bright brown eyes hit all her developmental milestones. By six months, she was crawling and trying new foods. Bananas and mushy broccoli…

Covid-19 was third leading cause of death last year, CDC confirms in early data

Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States last year, after heart disease and cancer, according to provisional data released on Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate from 2019 to 2020 increased by 15.9%, going up from 715.2 to 828.7 deaths per 100,000 people,…

Two US counties to become testing grounds for regular at-home Covid-19 tests

Two US counties will receive a surge of free, rapid, at-home Covid-19 tests in an effort to study how people use them and how that impacts Covid-19 trends in the community, according to an announcement Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health. The project — called “Say Yes! COVID Test” — will roll out 2…

Dr. Leana Wen: Why I’m glad I took part in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial

There are three Covid-19 vaccines authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration, and they all required that each vaccine manufacturer conduct clinical trials with tens of thousands of volunteers to ensure that the vaccines are safe and effective. CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen participated in a clinical trial for the Johnson & Johnson…

Biden in no rush to pick new FDA chief

More than two months into his presidency, President Joe Biden has yet to name someone to lead an agency at the forefront of the coronavirus fight: the US Food and Drug Administration. Although two candidates have been in the running for the top job for months, Biden has ultimately settled on neither, leaving the agency…

Germany will limit AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 60

Germany will only administer AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to people aged 60 and above, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, following the advice of the country’s vaccine committee. The move follows reports of rare blood clots in the brains of 31 people following the first dose since the shots started being administered in the country. The decision…

5 exercises to combat chronic aches from too much computer time

With virtual classes and at-home work, it’s no wonder why many people are experiencing more pain in the neck and back than usual. Sitting in a chair all day, your back slouched and neck bent, is just not good for you. Period. It’s important to remain in motion throughout the day. I recommend scheduling a…

As Covid-19 numbers rise, the CDC chief says she’s scared about where US is headed. But it’s not too late to change country’s course

New Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are beginning to rise in the US again, one of the country’s top health leaders said Monday. The latest findings, shared by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, may just be the start of what experts have for weeks warned about: another surge. A surge…

Toxic chemical ‘Hall of Shame’ calls out major retailers for failing to act

A dozen major companies earned an F for failing to publicly address the growing problem of toxic chemicals that may be in the products they sell to consumers, according to the 2021 Who’s Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals. The report is a collaboration of nonprofit partner organizations,…

Physical inactivity could increase your risk of diseases such as dementia

Not exercising enough could increase your risk of developing certain diseases by up to 8%, according to a new study. Little to no exercise increases your risk of getting noncommunicable diseases such as depression and dementia, according to the study’s analysis of data from 168 countries. The study published Monday in the British Journal of…

Former US Surgeon General defends Birx in tweets following CNN special report

Dr. Jerome Adams, former US surgeon general and White House coronavirus task force member under President Trump, took to Twitter on Monday to defend Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator under Trump. Birx, who featured prominently in CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s special report “COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak…

Coronavirus likely came from animal, not a lab, WHO draft report finds

Covid-19 probably came to people through an animal, and likely started spreading no more than a month or two before it was noticed in December of 2019, a World Health Organization draft report finds. The least likely source: a laboratory leak, the WHO’s joint international team concluded. WHO is scheduled to release the final report…

Whatever happened to the coronavirus vaccine tiers?

Dr. Jose Romero didn’t foresee this. After months of careful planning, meetings and consultation that took over most weekends of the late fall and winter, the chair of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices thought his group had a good framework in place. It was clear from the…

CDC director warns of ‘impending doom’ as Covid-19 cases spike in most states

Much of America’s recent progress against Covid-19 has been erased as new infections jump nationwide. Now the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she’s afraid of what will happen next. “What we’ve seen over the last week or so is a steady rise of cases,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky…

What the Covid-19 war was really like in Trump’s White House

No longer working under the Trump administration, six leading US health officials now reveal to CNN the real challenges they faced during the nation’s fight against Covid-19 over the past year: death threats, mixed messages and in some cases, being kept from sharing information with national audiences. The nation’s doctors — Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr.…

Conceivable that unvaccinated children could go to camp or playgrounds this summer, Fauci says

Children may not need to be vaccinated for Covid-19 for parents to send them to camps or playgrounds this summer, the nation’s top infectious disease expert told CBS News on Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has previously said that elementary school-aged kids won’t likely be vaccinated…

What kids are telling us about their pandemic lives

As more children get to head back to in-person school after a year of virtual learning, they bring with them the lessons learned from a year of living under the threat of a once-in-a-century virus. Our kids have learned a lot during the pandemic. Many have gotten closer to their siblings and others fought more…

Lessons from Bubbe for this pandemic Passover

Oy vey! It’s a pandemic Passover. The good news is you don’t have to sit next to Uncle Morty again this year and hear the same story about the time he found that heirloom stamp that was worth 300 times what he paid for it in 1987. You can just mute him on Zoom. The…

Strengthen your heart like a pro athlete

When you think of professional athletes training, you might have an image of impossibly grueling workouts that the average person could never get through. That isn’t exactly accurate. The biggest difference between the way the general public works out and how the pros approach training is style. Understanding how pro athletes take care of themselves…

Autopsy of a pandemic: 6 doctors at the center of the US Covid-19 response

This past January, just a few days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, six of the doctors responsible for the previous administration’s Covid-19 response agreed to sit down — in strict confidence — and talk with me about the events of the past year. Over the period of a few weeks, in Houston, Washington,…

Virtual school can be damaging to children’s mental health, CDC study says

Virtual instruction may pose more risks to the mental health and wellness of children and parents than in-person learning, according to a study published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More support may be needed to deal with the effects of the pandemic. Parents whose children received virtual instruction or a…

How to safely celebrate Passover and Easter this year: Dr Wen’s advice

Passover begins this Saturday, and Easter will soon be upon us. As more people are getting vaccinated, people are wondering what activities are safe. Is it OK for fully vaccinated people to get together for a Seder or Easter brunch? What about families gathering when some are vaccinated but others aren’t yet? Before we start…

US sets new daily record for number of vaccines administered, White House says

A new daily record for administering Covid-19 vaccines was set Friday, but many experts reiterate that the pandemic is far from over. The total number of doses administered jumped by about 3.38 million, according to a tweet from White House Covid-19 Data Director Dr. Cyrus Shahpar. This is the fourth time the number of doses…

New legislation would reduce toxic heavy metals in baby food

US lawmakers announced they will propose a new bill to limit the amount of heavy metals contained in baby food after a congressional investigation found that food manufacturers had knowingly sold baby food to parents that contained dangerous levels of lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. All of these heavy metals have been linked to cancer,…

Study says Covid-19 vaccines provide protection for pregnant and lactating women — and their newborns

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are effective in pregnant and lactating women, who can pass protective antibodies to newborns, according to research published Thursday in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard looked at 131 women…

Using the sounds we miss to find comfort and community during a pandemic

When the pandemic hit, the partners behind Maverick, a local bar in Monterrey, Mexico, found their business empty. In response, Oscar Romo and René Cárdenas adapted to a new model many bars have turned to — delivery cocktails — to support their struggling staff. “But that’s not really what the bar is about. There’s a…

What to do if you’re vaccinated but your kids aren’t — Dr. Wen’s advice

Between 2 million and 3 million Covid-19 vaccines are administered in the United States every day. That means many parents are being vaccinated but not their kids — since the vaccine is not yet authorized for children under 16. While many parents can breathe a sigh of relief with their own vaccinations, it may be…

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