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States complain that demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is outpacing supply

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there’s still a gap in the number of Covid-19 vaccines that have been distributed to states and the number of shots that have gone into arms, but as states’ vaccine campaigns have picked up the pace, states complain the federal government is not sending…

Guiding gender-atypical kids through puberty

My 11-year-old daughter and I cracked open a book I’d bought for her on puberty and changing female bodies. On the very first page it informed her that, once her body developed, men would start looking at her differently. We crinkled our noses in some combination of discomfort and skepticism. No matter how her body…

New Covid-19 cases declined 11% after hitting a peak last week

New Covid-19 cases in the United States have been trending down since hitting a peak last week, but experts say it’s too soon to be overly optimistic. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University — an 11% drop from…

California pauses Covid-19 shots from one lot of vaccine containing more than 330,000 doses

Health officials in California are telling medical providers across the state not to administer doses from one lot of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine while they investigate possible severe allergic reactions last week in a number of people who got shots at a community vaccination clinic. More than 330,000 doses from the lot were distributed to 287…

Even a small portion of fried foods can increase risk of heart disease, study says

Eating fried foods may increase your risk for major heart disease and stroke, according to a new analysis of existing research. Compared to those who ate the least, people who ate the most fried food per week had a 28% higher risk of major cardiovascular events, a 22% greater risk of coronary heart disease and…

Norway reviewing deaths of frail and elderly patients vaccinated against Covid-19

Doctors in Norway are investigating the deaths of 23 elderly patients who had received the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, looking into the possibility that adverse reactions to the shot “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.” The vaccine’s side-effects are rare and usually mild. But they could include fever and nausea, which…

Don’t delay key medical appointments in the pandemic — advice from Dr. Wen

As many people postpone necessary medical care due to the pandemic, medical professionals are worried that their patients will get sick or even die from other causes. Some 25% of Americans said that they or someone in their household had delayed medical care in the past month due to coronavirus, according to a December Kaiser…

US approaches 400,000 coronavirus deaths

As the US approaches 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, new cases have been trending down but multiple states are reporting cases of new variants of the virus. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University, an 11% drop from…

Incoming CDC director: Expect 500,000 Covid-19 deaths by mid-February

In less than a year, Covid-19 has killed almost 400,000 Americans. And in just the next month, another 100,000 lives could be lost to the disease, the incoming director of the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said. “By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country,” Dr. Rochelle…

How to modify popular yoga poses if you’re super inflexible

Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t just for the super flexible. However, trying to complete moves that are out of your comfort zone can be frustrating. There are plenty of people who suffer from this same feeling of discouragement, so you’re not alone. That’s why it’s important to explore the alternatives to difficult poses and…

LA County records more than 1 million coronavirus cases

Los Angeles has become the first US county to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases, according to state officials. Some 14,669 new cases were added Saturday taking the county’s total to 1,003,923 cases and 13,741 confirmed virus-related deaths — 253 reported on Saturday, Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health said in a news…

How people of color can cope with Capitol riot hypocrisy

Justice Horn was in broad daylight, but he could not see as he rose from the ground and blindly stumbled through darkness and pain. The pain was the fire the community activist felt in his face and eyes in June 2020, as he had just been pepper-sprayed by a Kansas City police officer while peacefully…

States look for more Covid-19 vaccine doses as the nation’s death toll nears 400,000

States are racing to get Covid-19 vaccine supplies and distribution in order as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Friday of more contagious variants of coronavirus potentially exacerbating the spread. CDC officials implored Americans to continue with preventative measures against the coronavirus, while highlighting the variant first identified in Britain known…

No plans to test most National Guard for Covid-19 before they deploy across DC

The overwhelming majority of the more than 20,000 National Guard members expected in Washington for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will not be tested for coronavirus before they are deployed from states around the country or upon their arrival in the nation’s capital, a National Guard spokesperson tells CNN. The Pentagon has authorized up to 25,000…

How some states are administering Covid-19 vaccines at twice the speed of others

One month after the first dose was administered in the United States, Covid-19 vaccinations lag far behind early promises from the federal government. Yet, despite reports of technology hiccups, changes to allocated supply and other logistical hurdles, some states have risen as clear leaders in efficient Covid-19 vaccination efforts. More than 31 million Covid-19 vaccine…

It’s chaos as older people struggle to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Here is what you can do

Nancy Wilkinson knows her way around the internet. Retired from a career in IT support, the 66-year-old was unphased by the hurdles her Decatur, Georgia, neighbors and friends faced as they struggled to schedule appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine. Acting on a Sunday 4:30 a.m. email request to register, Wilkinson snagged an appointment last week…

What latest CDC Covid-19 death projections mean and what you can do to change it

Over 90,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 in the next three weeks, according to new predictions from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is occurring as the United States has surpassed 388,000 reported deaths, with the country shattering the record of over 4,000 deaths per day for two days last week. The…

How to keep your fitness resolutions past January

It’s estimated that 80% of people abandon their resolutions by the end of January. This number is likely even higher for fitness-related resolutions as too many people, driven by the “new year, new you” marketing mantra, attempt to reinvent themselves to match an unrealistic ideal. Overwhelmed by the burden of making sweeping lifestyle changes based…

Coronavirus will knock more than a year off average US life expectancy, study finds

The coronavirus pandemic is not only having an immediate impact in terms of the deaths of thousands of Americans, it’s also taking more than a year off the average US life expectancy. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences projects that Covid-19 will reduce US life expectancy in 2020…

Covid-19 infection grants immunity for five months, UK study suggests

People who have been infected with Covid-19 are likely to be protected against catching it again for at least five months, according to a new study led by Public Health England (PHE). The study — which has not yet been peer reviewed — found that past infection was linked to an 83% lower risk of…

3 ways to turn that failing New Year’s resolution into a habit

I have a bad relationship with New Year’s resolutions. I start strong and then peter out by mid-January as work deadlines, home chores and the latest Netflix binge takes precedence over my good intentions. I even thought this year would be different due to being homebound. (Laughable!) Long have I wanted to train myself to…

Here’s why we can have some hope about the Covid pandemic

The US keep breaking records in the coronavirus pandemic. The latest: 3 million new cases in the first two weeks of the year. But some experts say there’s hope. Vaccines, spring weather and, surprisingly, the high number of infections all offer cause for optimism, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the…

Here’s how some of the leading coronavirus vaccines work

Johnson & Johnson says it plans to have data from advanced, Phase 3 trials of its coronavirus vaccine by the end of the month. If they’re positive, the company plans to apply for emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration and make the vaccine available to the public. Early stage trial data…

Covid cases remain lowest among younger children, even after schools reopened, study says

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Covid-19 cases among younger children remained low even after schools restarted for in-person learning. To safely reopen schools, however, transmission in communities must be kept in check. The report, published Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, considered more…

The ongoing challenge of pandemic fatigue is hitting people hard

Nearly a year of ever-changing public safety guidelines with long days cooped up at home are wearing on many people. People have been social distancing, wearing masks and skipping gatherings with friends and family in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic, however, didn’t stop many from traveling for the holidays despite…

Local health officials doubt federal pivot on Covid-19 vaccines will help in time

The federal government’s about-face on vaccine policy may be too little, too late, local health officials told CNN Tuesday. City and county health departments are already running at a deficit, and will continue to struggle to get vaccines out to people, the National Association of County and City Health Officials said. The US Department of…

CDC to require all air travelers to US to show negative coronavirus test

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it will require a negative Covid-19 test from all air passengers entering the United States — a move it says may help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Air passengers will be required to get a viral test within three days before their flight to…

No limit to benefits of exercise when it comes to cardiovascular disease risk, study finds

It has long been understood that being physically active is good for you, particularly when it comes to preventing things like heart attacks and strokes. Physical exercise may be even more important for the prevention of cardiovascular disease than previously known — and the more activity the better, a new large study led by the…

Millions have a real fear of needles. Overcoming that is critical for the vaccine rollout

As a fourth-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Amanda Walker knows that vaccinations are both safe and essential. Getting one, however, is still an ordeal for Walker, who has needle phobia. “I’ll start to get really clammy, and then get cold sweats,” she said, describing her reaction to routine injections. “Then I…

Help dogs and cats cope with separation anxiety when humans return to work

When one of my co-workers found out about a tiny, orphaned kitten that needed a home a few months ago, he didn’t hesitate to adopt it. He says his new companion helped make the months of Covid-19 isolation at home much less stressful. He is not alone. Animal shelters and breeders across the country have…

The power of a real apology

“Forgiveness” in the time of Covid usually refers to loans, as in TD Bank’s recent announcement that, pending new information, it was no longer “accepting new forgiveness applications.” That phrasing got me thinking about how we, as individuals, sometimes struggle to accept a “forgiveness application” — aka apology — from someone who has done us…

United States sets record for most Covid-19 deaths reported in one day

The US set a record Tuesday for the most Covid-19 deaths reported in one day since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As of Tuesday evening, 4,197 deaths were reported, according to JHU. This is not the complete total for Tuesday, though, because final numbers come in overnight. The…

Moderna thinks its vaccine will protect against the coronavirus for at least a year

Biotechnology company Moderna believes its vaccine should protect people against Covid-19 for at least a year, a top official told investors Monday. “Our expectation is that the vaccination should last you at least a year,” Moderna’s chief medical officer Tal Zaks told the JP Morgan 39th Annual Healthcare Conference. Both Moderna’s and Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccines…

Members of the public mistakenly allowed to sign up for Covid-19 vaccination appointments in Kentucky

Members of the general public in Kentucky were mistakenly allowed to sign up for Covid-19 vaccine appointments meant for health care workers, according to Louisville-based health system Baptist Health. Baptist Health provided the Kentucky Department of Health with an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool that could be linked to the state’s vaccine website for health…

Doctors test popular anti-depressant to see if it fights off Covid-19

Doctors are running a clinical trial to see if a popular anti-depressant might keep someone from becoming severely ill with Covid-19. The researchers at Washington University of St. Louis are recruiting 1,100 people in the beginning stages of Covid-19 to test out the drug fluvoxamine, also known as Luvox. While an anti-depressant may seem like…

Parasite found in undercooked meat linked with risk of rare brain cancer

A common parasite people get from contaminated water and undercooked meat may be associated with rare brain cancers, researchers reported Monday. They found evidence that people infected with Toxoplasma gondii, or T. gondii, have a higher risk of developing rare but highly fatal gliomas. The parasite can sometimes form cysts in the brain and the…

Toxins in marijuana smoke may be harmful to health, study finds

Smoking weed may expose you to the same type of toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke, a new study finds. People who only smoked marijuana had higher blood and urine levels of several smoke-related toxins such as naphthalene, acrylamide and acrylonitrile than nonsmokers, according to the study published Monday in the journal EClinicalMedicine. Naphthalene is…

Worried about your toddler right now? Take a deep breath

As Ashlyn Atigre prepared to take her healthy son to the pediatrician for his 3-year-old well visit recently, a nagging concern was on her mind. “I want to talk about the social impact of the pandemic with the doctor,” said the Tampa, Florida, mother. “I’m an introvert but clearly need people. And I’m seeing his…

The benefits of approaching this year like a total newbie

Midway through his mission to learn chess, Tom Vanderbilt found himself facing off against an 8-year-old child. Vanderbilt had a successful writing career, a college degree and decades of real-world experience. The kid, though, had superior skills. Vanderbilt lost in a few dozen moves. Defeat, however, couldn’t dampen Vanderbilt’s enthusiasm for chess, one of five…

US reports over 200K new Covid-19 cases every single day for a week straight

The US set a grim milestone Monday as the country recorded over 200,000 new Covid-19 cases for seven straight days, according to John Hopkins University. The nation has never hit this milestone before, JHU data shows. Over the last week, the US has tallied over 1.7 million total Covid-19 cases and over 20,000 deaths. On…

Much of US data to catch newest coronavirus variants is several months old

As part of the hunt for new coronavirus variants, an international database shows the United States ranks 61st in how quickly virus samples are collected from patients, analyzed and then posted online. Countries with far fewer resources, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Suriname, process samples more quickly than the United States does. “It’s pathetic,” said…

How vaccinated grandparents should approach visiting loved ones now — advice from Dr. Wen

Many grandparents have one goal in mind this winter: Get vaccinated so they can see their children and grandchildren again. But is that safe if their younger family members have not yet been vaccinated? Older adults are one of the priority groups for vaccination. After health care workers and nursing home residents are vaccinated, the…

At this rate, January will be the deadliest month of Covid-19 in the US

It took about 90 days for the United States to reach its first 2 million cases of coronavirus last year. But it took just 10 days to hit 2.2 million cases in 2021, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And new infections, hospitalizations and deaths keep soaring. “We’re in a dire situation,” said Dr.…

Valuing male dominance may predict support for Trump, study says

Men and women who endorse “hegemonic masculinity” — an idealized form of manhood where White, heterosexual men have power, status and dominance over women, gay men, men with disabilities, racial or religious minorities and other groups — are more likely to be supporters for US President Donald Trump than those who don’t embrace dominant masculinity,…

Dentists, students called in to help deliver coronavirus vaccines

As the US looks for ways to speed the administration of Covid-19 vaccines, some states and providers are pulling in non-traditional vaccinators, including dentists, retirees and students, to aid in the process. With health care workers stretched thin responding to record numbers of coronavirus hospitalizations, jurisdictions are scrambling to find extra hands with the skills…

Identical twins aren’t always genetically identical, new study finds

Identical twins may not be quite as identical as we thought; researchers in Iceland have discovered genetic differences that begin at the early stages of embryonic development. Scientists have long used the study of identical twins to examine the effects of nature versus nurture, as the accepted view has been that, because they share the…

Yes, you can still get infected with Covid-19 after being vaccinated. Here’s why

On December 18, a San Diego emergency room nurse was given a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. A week later, he tested positive for the virus, CNN affiliate KGTV reported. Stories like this will become more common as millions of Americans are administered the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over the coming months. Over time, many…

10 tips for talking to your kids about the attack on the US Capitol

The attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday has left parents wondering how to talk to their kids about what happened. How much should they see of the heartbreaking videos of violence? How much can they know about injustice, racism, insurrection and the immense power and responsibility that accompanies free speech? As a child psychiatrist,…

The Covid-19 pandemic worsened an already dire childhood obesity epidemic

Pediatricians like us have seen it over and over again in the last few months — kids who have put on 5, sometimes 10, at times even 20 pounds — since the onset of the pandemic. In a year filled with so much tragedy and suffering, it would be easy to dismiss a few extra…

One-week US Covid-19 case and death totals are higher than ever

The US reported more Covid-19 cases and deaths in the last week than any previous seven days during the pandemic, data showed Friday morning. And more than 4,080 US coronavirus deaths were reported on Thursday alone — the most ever reported in a single day during the pandemic and the first time the daily tally…

Feds ‘overpromised and underdelivered’ on coronavirus vaccines, state health officials say

The federal government “overpromised and underdelivered”on coronavirus vaccine expectations, leaving states understaffed and without enough money to immunize their residents quickly, state health officials said Thursday. “We overpromised and underdelivered as a nation,” Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, told a briefing sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial…

In counties where university classes were in person, Covid-19 cases rose 56%

Counties where large colleges and universities opened for in-person classes in the fall suffered a significant rise in the incidence of Covid-19, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Within three weeks of colleges or universities opening to in-person instruction, counties that were home to these institutions “experienced…

Wearing clothes, talking to people and other very simple 2021 goals

The usual New Year’s resolutions — exercise more, spend less time doomscrolling on social media and more time reading, go to bed earlier to get my beauty rest — feel like a giant pile of irrelevance after this year of complete and utter feces show. It’s also helpful, though, to look ahead, to hope and…

Some parents expand pandemic bubble to include children’s girlfriends and boyfriends

While socializing and dating in person may have mostly fizzled this past year, as could be expected in a pandemic, in some cases it’s accelerating relationships faster than parents might otherwise have allowed. Parents are letting their children’s boyfriends and girlfriends join family quarantine bubbles. Even former President Barack Obama is not immune to these…

The US reported more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths in one day for the first time ever

The US reported more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths Thursday — the most virus-related deaths the country has reported in one day since the pandemic’s start. It’s the third day in a row of record daily deaths from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, while the number of people who have been infected…

CDC has found more than 50 US cases of coronavirus variant first identified in UK

At least 52 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the UK have been found in the United States, according to data posted Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes at least 26 cases in California, 22 cases in Florida, two cases in Colorado, and one case each in…

Changes to coronavirus vaccine schedule wouldn’t start with FDA, agency says

The US Food and Drug Administration has made clear that it does not plan to make any changes to Covid-19 vaccine dosing schedules in the United States — but if any changes were made, the vaccine manufacturer would have to specifically ask the agency to adjust authorization. CNN confirmed with the FDA on Wednesday that…

Miami medical examiners investigate death of doctor who got coronavirus vaccine

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner is investigating the death of a doctor weeks after he received a Covid-19 vaccine, according to Darren Caprara, director of operations at the medical examiner’s office. Caprara said his office is working with the Florida Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the…

CDC says severe allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccine are rare

Only 29 people have experienced severe allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine, making it a rare outcome, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. In the first week and a half of the US Covid-19 vaccine effort, the CDC said there have been 21 additional confirmed cases of severe allergic reactions known…

Loss of smell in mild Covid-19 cases occurs 86% of the time, study says

Some 86% of people with mild cases of Covid-19 lose their sense of smell and taste but recover it within six months, according to a new study of over 2,500 patients from 18 European hospitals. A case of Covid-19 was considered mild if there was no evidence of viral pneumonia or loss of oxygen and…

Here’s how mutations could help the coronavirus evade vaccines

Two new variants of the coronavirus have emerged that seem to make the virus more easily transmitted. But will they stymie vaccination efforts? One, first identified in Britain, has popped up around the world. While researchers worried at first that it might have changed enough to evade the protection offered by coronavirus vaccines, the evidence…

Can you move 11 minutes a day? You’ll live longer if you do

There is no denying that 2020 has hampered activity levels. Between the Zoom meetings, Netflix binges and virtual cocktail hours, increased sitting is a pandemic-driven reality for many. And studies abound citing the myriad health risks of prolonged sitting. But there is good news! Despite all that sedentary time, with as little as 11 minutes…

How to eat well in 2021

This year will be marked as a year of continued uncertainty, anxiety and — if you’re like many people — a lot of stress-related eating. There is no need to stress about stress eating, though. As most of us await the arrival of new vaccines and the hope for a more healthful way of living,…

Dr. Fauci says US should have had better coronavirus vaccine rollout

The United States could and should have done a better job of rolling out coronavirus vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday. Federal officials have been struggling to explain why, when they promised 20 million vaccines would have been given to people by the end of the year, only 5.3…

Houston hospital system is offering its employees a $500 bonus if they get Covid-19 vaccine

Houston Methodist, a Texas hospital system with more than 26,000 employees, is offering a $500 bonus to workers if they get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Houston Methodist employees are eligible for a “Hope Bonus” in March to thank them for their work last year, Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist, wrote in…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Memory fades as we age. But it doesn’t have to

Ten months into the pandemic, I turned 51 and did the math: I’m entering the final third of my life. I know that sounds grim, and I am hoping to get more time than that, but I often do these mental calculations because the clock of life inspires me to make the most of the…

Mediterranean diet named best diet for 2021

The gold medal for best 2021 diet went to the Mediterranean diet for the fourth year in a row, according to rankings announced Monday by U.S. News & World Report. Tied for silver was the DASH diet, which stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension, and the Flexitarian diet, which encourages being a vegetarian most…

How to remotivate kids for more distance learning

Motivating kids to do schoolwork was hard enough in pre-pandemic times. No matter how skilled the teacher, and how clever the lesson plans, most kids would find at least some academic work utter drudgery. Many families are experiencing this drudgery compounded by distance learning compounded by two-plus weeks of sweet, winter break freedom during which…

10 things we learned in 2020 about living a good life

What do you need for a meaningful life? Even as 2020 strained communities around the world, it offered some object lessons in living well. In the widespread nostalgia for pre-pandemic gatherings and rituals, we saw just how much we depend on other people. When medical and other frontline workers risked their own health to support…

US passes 21 million coronavirus cases and more than 130,000 people are in hospitals

The United States passed 21 million cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University. The milestone comes as the number of hospitalizations keeps rising sharply. The US, with 21,007,694 cases as of Tuesday evening, has almost as many as the next three nations — India, Brazil and Russia — have combined. The US has added…

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we’ll face in 2021

With progress in efforts for Covid-19 vaccines and predictions for when the population will receive them, there seems to be a light at the end of the long, harrowing pandemic tunnel. As the physical risks are better managed with vaccines, however, what will likely still remain is the indelible impact of the pandemic weighing on…

One American dies from Covid-19 every 33 seconds as the vaccine rollout hits snags

While hopes of vaccinating 20 million people by New Year’s Day sputtered out, the US now faces staggering new challenges in the fight against Covid-19. Over the past week, the US has averaged 2,637 coronavirus deaths every day, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s an average of one Covid-19 death every 33 seconds. December was…

Europe has kept its schools open for much of the pandemic. Now closures loom

The coronavirus pandemic transformed the working and social lives of millions of European adults in 2020. Children too have suffered immensely, with months of confinement only giving way to some sense of normality when schools in most countries reopened in the summer and autumn. Now even that is under threat. Students in the UK were…

CDC hopes to double the number of coronavirus samples checked for new mutations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to more than double the number of coronavirus genomes sequenced to watch for new mutations in the US over the next two weeks, a top official said Sunday. The United States is now sequencing about 3,000 samples a week and the CDC hopes to more than…

California reports more than 45,000 new coronavirus cases as surge continues into new year

California reported Sunday that 45,352 people newly tested positive for Covid-19, continuing a surge that has pushed hospitals and their exhausted staff to the brink. Around the United States, hospitals are racing to keep up with surges of Covid-19 patients at numbers they have not seen at any other time in the pandemic. Overall, at…

Coronavirus vaccine appointment turns into surprise marriage proposal

A Covid-19 vaccine appointment at a Canton, South Dakota hospital turned into a marriage proposal for one healthcare couple. Robbie Vargas-Cortes, 31, a paramedic and EMS supervisor, was scheduled to get his vaccination on December 23rd, and knew his boyfriend of five years was one of the vaccine administrators at Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center. “I…

UK chief medical officers defend delay of second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses

The UK’s chief medical officers have defended a decision to delay second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in order to prioritize first doses, saying it will protect as many vulnerable people as possible while the coronavirus is running rampant. The new strategy, announced Wednesday by the head of the UK’s medicines regulator MHRA, means that…

California hospitals stressed to the ‘brink of catastrophe’ by the coronavirus surge

Overflowing hospital morgues, increased 911 wait times, beds only opening when patients die. Hospitals in California, where almost all of the state’s 40 million residents are living under stay-at-home orders, are seeing historic stress points. The surge of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations is pushing hospitals in Los Angeles County to the “brink of catastrophe,”…

How the effort to vaccinate the elderly is going in some states

As Covid-19 vaccines roll out across the US, some states are already offering shots to people other than health care workers and nursing home residents. West Virginia recently announced it would start vaccinating some of its elderly population, joining states such as Tennessee, Nevada and Florida in expanding vaccine distribution. Federal recommendations advise that the…

Make a lazy New Year’s Day feast with these snacks and drinks

Maybe you got caught up in New Year’s Eve preparations, making sure you had enough bubbly to kick 2020 to the curb in spectacular fashion. Or maybe you just got caught up in the whirlwind of the holiday to-do list and put New Year’s on the back burner until you had a spare moment ……

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