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Long-Term COVID-19 Could Be Worse Than We Knew

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Almost daily microbiologist Peter Jackson receives emails from people who recovered from COVID-19 only to discover that their health troubles have just begun. Recently, a mother of two in her 30s wrote to the Stanford University professor.  She said that she now takes a slew of diabetes medications every day—even though she hadn’t been at risk for the disease before her coronavirus infection. Experts have known since the beginning of the pandemic that having...

As Mandates Take Hold, Vaccinations Rise, Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Fall

BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW – New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths fell this week, while vaccination rates rose, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker. Key numbers to know: Reported cases The nation's current seven-day case average is 95,448, an 11.6 percent decrease from the previous week's average. This marks the third consecutive week the national case average has declined. Hospitalizations The current seven-day hospitalization average is 7,440, a 13.2 percent drop from the previous week. Vaccinations The...

Golden Corral Gives Meals To People Getting Vaccinated

Golden Corral in Bolingbrook, Illinois is hosting a pop-up vaccination clinic Oct. 16. People who get the vaccine there will get a coupon for a free meal that day.

Natural Immunity Vs. Vaccines: Which Is Better?

KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a University of California-Irvine psychiatry professor, felt he didn’t need to be vaccinated against covid because he’d fallen ill with the disease in July 2020. So, in August, he sued to stop the university system’s vaccination mandate, saying “natural” immunity had given him and millions of others better protection than any vaccine could. A judge on Sept. 28 dismissed Kheriaty’s request for an injunction against the university over its...

Another Nation Suspends Moderna Vaccine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland has joined other Nordic countries in suspending or discouraging the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in certain age groups because of an increased risk of heart inflammation, a rare side effect associated with the shot. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare said Thursday that authorities won't give the shot to males under age 30. They will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine instead. The government agency said it found that...

How Religious Exemptions Work

In the face of a religious exemption application, employers or schools have the right to probe the exemption and question the applicant. In other words, it is on them to assess the sincerity of the belief, not the accuracy or validity.

Seattle Woman, 37, Dead Of Vaccine-Induced Clots

(CNN)A King County, Washington, woman has died from a rare blood clotting syndrome after receiving the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, according to a statement posted online by Public Health -- Seattle & King County. The woman, who was in her late 30s, was vaccinated on August 26 and died on September 7 from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, known as TTS. It's a rare and potentially deadly clotting event that has been linked with the...

Studies Confirm Waning Immunity From Pfizer Vaccine

Two real-world studies published Wednesday confirm that the immune protection offered by two doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine drops off after two months or so, although protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death remains strong.

“Medical Freedom” Rallies Clap Back Against Mandates

HUTCHINSON (MINN.) LEADER – Library Square in downtown Hutchinson was filled Monday with people protesting vaccine mandates during a rally featuring Dr. Scott Jensen, who is running for governor, as the keynote speaker. People carried signs with slogans opposing vaccination mandates, while speakers addressed the crowd from the band shelter in the park. The rally was organized by a group called Triple M Medical. According to a person who claimed to be one of the organizers,...

Vaccines Cut Delta Transmission, At Least Temporarily

NATURE – The first study to look directly at how well vaccines prevent the spread of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 brings good news and bad. The study shows that people who become infected with the Delta variant are less likely to pass the virus to their close contacts if they have already had a COVID-19 vaccine than if they haven’t. But that protective effect is relatively small, and dwindles alarmingly at three months after...

Religious Exemptions: Easy To Claim, Hard To Prove

As more employers require COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment, some employees have tried to claim a religious objection to the vaccine. Attorney Jon Delano explains that’s not as easy as it might seem.

Florida Man Dies Of Covid Minutes Before His First Grandchild Is Born

USA TODAY – A Florida man died from COVID-19 just 20 minutes before his first grandchild was born. Shane O’Neal, 40, died from COVID-19 at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 3. His daughter, Kylie Dean, gave birth to her son, Preston, at 3:49 a.m. the same morning. Dean, an ICU nurse, told USA TODAY that her father was “super excited” about the birth of his first grandchild. But her father tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was...

Pfizer Vaccine Stops Working After 6 Months

Oct 4 (Reuters) - The effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose. The finding published on Monday is based on the data that U.S. health agencies considered when deciding on the need for booster shots. The data, which was published in the Lancet medical journal, had been previously released in August ahead of peer review. The analysis showed that...

Covid Surges In Nation’s Most Vaccinated States

AP – Despite having the highest vaccination rates in the country, there are constant reminders for most New England states of just how vicious the delta variant of COVID-19 is. Hospitals across the region are seeing full intensive care units and staff shortages are starting to affect care. Public officials are pleading with the unvaccinated to get the shots. Health care workers are coping with pent-up demand for other kinds of care that had been...

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