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FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine booster shot for all Americans aged 65 or older, as well as for those deemed to be at high risk for severe illness.

According to The New York Times, that vote came after a near unanimous decision (16 to 2) by the same independent panel of experts that sa...

Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

In kids and teens, symptoms of long COVID rarely last more than 12 weeks, a new international study reports.

The researchers also found that exposure to the highly contagious Delta variant did not result in more serious disease in children compared to earlier variants, and that most cases of COVID-19 were asymptomatic or mild.

Despite those reassurances, the study did include a trou...

FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors will meet Friday to consider whether it is safe and effective for Americans to receive a third "booster" dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA posted the materials it intends to use in the review on Wednesday. The advisory panel will review a variety of evidence, including new data from Israel, the Associated Press<...

Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Health officials are bracing for a viral double whammy this fall and winter.

"This year, we expect influenza and COVID-19 to circulate at the same time," said Dr. Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

That's why Grein and his colleagues remind Americans that it's time to get your seasonal flu shot. This fall, it's not only a key to keepin...

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, which collaborated to track healt...

Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.

Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the disease has seen a resurgence in recent years — and 2020 was no exception, say researchers with the U.S. Centers for D...

Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against COVID-19 infection.

The Biden administration has also taken over distributing the therapeutics, to help avoid shor...

Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

"The message from this study is clear — it is worthwhile for patients with MS receiving [anti-CD20] treatment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which will prevent severe illness," said researcher E. John Whe...

Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be treated with any common antibiotics and is an increasing public health threat, according to researchers at the U.S. Center...

Jeff Bridges Says Cancer Is in Remission, But COVID Fight Was Tougher

Jeff Bridges has had a rough year.

Almost a year ago, the actor was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then in January, he was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while receiving chemotherapy.

"Covid kicked my (expletive) pretty good," Bridges wrote in a blog post on his website, USA Today reported.

Bridges, 71, said he spent five weeks in the hospital with COVID-19 because his imm...

Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables may have a somewhat lower risk of COVID-19 than those with unhealthy diets, a new study suggests.

Of more than 590,000 adults surveyed, researchers found that the quarter with the most plant-rich diets had a 9% lower risk of developing COVID-19 than the quarter with the least-healthy diets.

Their risk of severe COVID-19, meanwhile, was ...

Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

There's more sobering news for anyone still unvaccinated against the new coronavirus: Your odds of dying from COVID-19 are 11-fold higher than someone who's fully immunized, new research shows.

The data comes from one of three studies published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Looking at cases over the past two months when the Delta variant was the pre...

Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

The law on whether or not students in Florida schools will be required to wear masks has changed again.

On Friday the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee reinstated that state's ban on school mask mandates, CBS News reported.

The issue has been in flux since July, when Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order barring school districts from requiring...

L.A. Is First Major School District to Mandate Vaccines for Students 12 and Up

Los Angeles has become the first major school system in the United States to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students 12 and older.

L.A.'s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to require all students 12 and older to be vaccinated before they can attend in-person classes, The New York Times reported. The school district is the second largest in the nation, and the m...

Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

With tens of millions of Americans now vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of August, so-called "breakthrough" cases are bound to occur. But there's reassuring news from new data: Most such cases are mild and those leading to hospitalization are exceedingly rare.

Overall, the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as of Aug. 30, there have been...

Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID Plan

President Joe Biden is slated to announce an ambitious six-point plan to double down on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, including more pressure on government, business and schools to implement vaccine mandates, news sources report. A speech outlining the new plan is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, The New York Times said.

Speaking Wednesday at a med...

Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

School districts in Florida can require their students to wear masks, despite the governor's order blocking mask mandates -- for now at least.

A circuit court judge in Leon County ruled Wednesday that the state can't enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask mandates,CBS News reported.

"We're not in normal times. We are in a pandemic," said Leon County Circuit Judge...

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 recorded among Americans, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. That's nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.

With the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus cutting a swathe through the United States, and about 47% of the eligible population still not fully vaccinated, COVID-19 has ro...

No Lasting Damage to Lungs After COVID in Young Patients: Study

Young people appear to have normal lung function after recovering from COVID-19, new studies find.

In one, Swedish researchers found that even asthma patients had no significant impairment in lung function.

In the other, German researchers found unimpaired lung function after kids and teens had a COVID-19 infection -- unless their infection was severe.

"The COVID-19 pandemic h...

New COVID Cases Were 300% Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year

With the Delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels over the long Labor Day weekend that were 300% higher than those seen over the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.

That means packed hospitals and rising numbers of infected children as a new school year begins, according to

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  • Few U.S. Workers Know About COVID Sick Leave Protections

    While the United States is one of the only developed nations without universal sick leave, workers with COVID-19 can take paid emergency leave -- at least for now.

    Problem is: Fewer than half of U.S. workers know it's available, according to a new study. And, the researchers add, cases of sick employees who couldn't take time off have tripled during the pandemic.

    "When the governmen...

    Hen Hazard: Salmonella a Threat From Backyard Chickens

    It's still not OK to kiss your chickens or your ducklings -- you could catch a salmonella infection from barnyard birds.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered that warning before, and now an agriculture expert reminds backyard farmers that it's better to have a less hands-on approach with their feathered friends.

    People should take simple sani...

    COVID Cases Rise Sharply Among Kids as School Year Starts

    As the school year gets underway across the United States, new data shows that coronavirus cases among children are climbing.

    Since the pandemic began, children have represented 14.8% of total cases, but for the week ending Aug. 26, that percentage jumped to 22.4%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    While child COVID-19 cases declined in early summer, they have "increa...

    Huge Study Shows Masks Do Indeed Limit Coronavirus Spread

    A new, huge study provides real-world proof that mask-wearing limits the spread of the coronavirus.

    "I think this should basically end any scientific debate about whether masks can be effective in combating COVID at the population level," Jason Abaluck, a Yale University economist who helped lead the study, told the Washington Post.

    He called the findings "a nail in the cof...

    Teachers Have No Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

    As the new school year begins, teachers can take comfort in a new report that finds they have no greater risk of catching or being hospitalized for severe COVID-19 than anyone else.

    Researchers in Scotland say that might be because many schools take precautions that other workplaces don't. It's also possible that the teachers in the study were younger and healthier than other workers, the...

    UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

    The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a resurgence in other infections that strike hospitalized patients, a U.S. government study finds.

    The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the broad toll the pandemic has taken. It found that rates of several types of hospital-acquired infections rose after the pandemic reached U.S. shores in 2020.

    More hospital...

    Risk of Long COVID Falls by Half in 'Breakthrough' Cases

    In a finding that should reassure Americans who have already lined up to get their coronavirus shots, a new study shows the risk of long COVID-19 is halved in fully vaccinated adults if they do get a breakthrough infection.

    Researchers analyzed data from people who provided information for a COVID symptom study in the U.K. between Dec. 8, 2020, and July 4, 2021, including 1.2 million who...

    COVID Vaccines’ Power Fades With Time, But Still Protective: Study

    A new study of more than 19,000 San Diego health care workers finds that COVID-19 vaccination may have lost some of its power to ward off "breakthrough" infections.

    But that's no reason to lose faith in the vaccines: In the study, the rate of COVID-19 infection in July among unvaccinated workers was nearly triple that of people who had gotten their shots.

    Still, the study found a "d...

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Help Save Hospitalized COVID Patients

    As doctors around the world come up against severe cases of COVID-19, some positive news has emerged: New research shows the rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib may help reduce hospitalized COVID patients' risk of death.

    Current standard-of-care medications aren't enough, said study co-author Dr. E. Wesley Ely, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville...

    COVID Vaccines Cut Odds of Hospitalization By Two-Thirds

    If you're vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still get infected -- but the odds you'll need hospitalization are reduced by about two-thirds compared to unvaccinated people, a new study reveals.

    Vaccination also greatly increases the chances that COVID-19 infection will be asymptomatic and halves the risk of long-haul symptoms -- those lasting 28 days or more, researchers report in T...

    Battle Over School Mask Mandates Heats Up

    The debate over masks in schools intensified on Monday, as the U.S. Education Department launched a civil rights investigation into mask mandate bans in five states while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made good on his promise to slash funds to school districts that have defied his ban.

    Why a federal investigation? Such bans may restrict access to classrooms for disabled students who are at hi...

    Vaccines' Power Against COVID Hospitalization Fades in Elderly: Study

    The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect adults older than 75 against hospitalization appears to wane over time, but still remained 80% effective as of the end of July, new federal data shows.

    The same data indicates that vaccines continued to offer the same or nearly the same level of protection against hospitalization for people up to the age of 75, and the shots remained 94% effecti...

    Prior COVID Infection Doesn't Guarantee Good Immunity: Study

    You caught a case of COVID-19 and then you got your first dose of a vaccine. Maybe you now think you are protected from coronavirus infections in the future.

    Think again: New research shows that prior COVID-19 infection alone doesn't guarantee a high level of antibodies against the coronavirus or a strong response after just one dose of two-dose vaccines.

    The new study included 27 ...

    High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

    A high amount of coronavirus in the lungs is a major contributor to death in COVID-19 patients, new research shows.

    The findings challenge previous theories that simultaneous infections such as pneumonia or an overreaction of the body's immune system are significant factors in COVID-19 deaths, the researchers noted.

    To come to that conclusion, the investigators analyzed bacterial an...

    High Demand for At-Home COVID Tests Could Hamper Supply, Abbott Says

    Demand for Abbott Laboratories' at-home COVID-19 tests has reached "unprecedented" levels and supply may be limited in the coming weeks, the company says.

    Sales have skyrocketed due to the surge in cases driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, CNN reported.

    "We're seeing unprecedented demand as case rates rise -- and we've been scaling up manufacturing since Delta...

    Daily Average of COVID Hospitalizations in US Hits 100,000

    In another grim reminder of the toll that the pandemic continues to take on Americans, the daily average for hospitalized COVID-19 patients is now higher than any previous case surge except last winter.

    As that daily average topped 100,000, coronavirus deaths have also risen to an average of more than 1,000 a day for the first time since March, The New York Times reported.

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    Unvaccinated Teacher Infected Half of Students in Classroom: CDC Study

    MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (Healthday News) -- A case study from California may fuel further debate about vaccine mandates in schools as students return to classrooms.

    It occurred in Marin County, Calif., in May and involved an unvaccinated elementary school teacher infected with the highly contagious Delta variant who then infected half of the students in a classroom, triggering an outbreak t...

    Your Young Child Is Sick: Is it COVID or RSV?

    A common bug called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) circulating among American kids during what's normally its off-season may cause concern if parents don't know how to tell it apart from COVID-19, experts say.

    Getting RSV during the summer is unusual, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued an alert about a rise in RSV cases in Southern states.

    "We...

    Delta Variant Infection Doubles Odds of COVID Hospitalization: Study

    The Delta variant is not only much more infectious than earlier versions of the new coronavirus, but it's also twice as likely to land you in the hospital with life-threatening complications, new British research shows.

    "Our analysis highlights that in the absence of vaccination, any Delta outbreaks will impose a greater burden on health care than an Alpha epidemic," co-lead study author ...

    COVID Symptoms Haunt Nearly Half of Patients a Year Later

    Nearly half of coronavirus patients in a large, new study were still suffering at least one lingering symptom of their illness a full year after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

    The latest findings add to a growing pile of evidence that suggests recovery is no easy task with this virus.

    Published Thursday in

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  • When Is a Person With COVID-19 Most Infectious?

    New research delivers an answer to a burning question: When are COVID-19 patients most infectious?

    The answer? Two days before and three days after they develop symptoms.

    The findings highlight the importance of rapid testing and quarantine if someone is feeling sick, the study authors said.

    The researchers also found that infected people are more likely to be asymptomatic if ...

    You're Vaccinated But Get a Breakthrough Infection: What Next?

    More than 171 million people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, but the highly infectious Delta variant has left some with "breakthrough" cases nonetheless.

    These cases were anticipated, because the COVID vaccines weren't designed to eliminate all virus infections, but rather to lower a person's risk of severe illness and hospitalization.

    Even now, "being va...

    Record High COVID Cases and Deaths Reported in Florida

    Coronavirus cases and deaths in Florida are at record highs as the Delta variant ravages the state and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis holds firm on forbidding vaccine and mask mandates.

    As of Tuesday, Florida had reported a record average of 227 COVID-19 deaths a day this week, and the average number of new known cases reached 23,314 a day on the weekend, 30% higher than the state's previou...

    Search for Coronavirus Origins at Standstill: WHO Team

    The search for the source of the new coronavirus is at an impasse and the window of opportunity to identify the virus' origins is "closing fast," a World Health Organization-appointed team of experts said Wednesday.

    The investigation is at a "critical juncture" that requires urgent collaboration, but Chinese officials remain reluctant to share some raw data due to what they say are concer...

    Could Mink Ranches Launch the Next COVID-19?

    Mink farms could be breeding grounds for future pandemics in humans, new research suggests.

    That's because in mink and other carnivorous (meat-eating) animals, three key genes required to detect and respond to infection by pathogens have lost their function. If these genes were working, they would activate inflammatory responses to fight off these disease-causing organisms.

    But this...

    Long COVID, Big Bills: Grim Legacy of Even Short Hospital Stays

    When COVID-19 patients are discharged from the hospital, most are far from being well -- even if their hospital stay was fairly short.

    That's among the initial findings of a study that followed Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 during the pandemic's "third wave" -- the fall of 2020 through early 2021.

    Researchers found that of 253 patients discharged from the hospital, almost 85% ...

    A Third of Americans Were Infected With COVID-19 in 2020: Study

    One-third of the U.S. population -- about 103 million people -- had been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus by the end of 2020, but more than three-quarters of the cases weren't officially confirmed, according to a Columbia University study.

    "It is these undocumented cases, which are often mild or asymptomatic infectious, that allow the virus to spread quickly through the broader population...

    New Research Shows COVID Vaccines Still Protect Against Severe Disease

    Two new government reports confirm that while the power of coronavirus vaccines wanes over time, they still protect strongly against severe disease, even as the highly contagious Delta variant overtakes America.

    One study that looked at Los Angeles County reaffirmed...

    J&J Says Booster Shot Ups Immune Response to COVID

    Johnson & Johnson reported Wednesday that a booster shot of its vaccine dramatically raised the levels of antibodies against the coronavirus.

    Johnson & Johnson said it will submit its data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is evaluating similar studies from Pfizer and Moderna.

    "We have established that a single shot of our COVID-19 vaccine generates strong and robust ...

    Large-Scale Pandemics Aren't as Rare as You Think: Study

    Major pandemics aren't all that rare and they're likely to occur more often in the future, a new study claims.

    "The most important takeaway is that large pandemics like COVID-19 and the Spanish flu are relatively likely," study co-author William Pan said in a news release from Duke University, where he is an associate professor of global environmental health.

    That points to the nee...