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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Emerging from the pandemic of loneliness
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Emerging from the pandemic of loneliness

It’s an understatement to say that living through a global pandemic for the last 18 months or so has been hard on everyone. But few groups in the United States have had it as bad as older folks. Very early on, it became apparent that the older you were, the worse you would likely fare…

CDC recommends encouraging everyone to wear a mask in school, regardless of vaccination status
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CDC recommends encouraging everyone to wear a mask in school, regardless of vaccination status

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Tuesday that localities encourage all teachers, staff, students, and visitors in schools to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. “In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the…

CDC updates guidance, recommends vaccinated people wear masks indoors in certain areas
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CDC updates guidance, recommends vaccinated people wear masks indoors in certain areas

To prevent further spread of the Delta variant, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance on Tuesday to recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors when in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of Covid-19, which includes nearly two-thirds of all US counties. “In recent days I have seen…

5 ways to get your kids to wear masks
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5 ways to get your kids to wear masks

Add it to your fall 2021 back to school shopping list: Buy more masks. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend that everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status, as it updates its masking guidelines in response to the more transmissible Delta variant, according to…

US surgeon general says putting a mask back on will help, but vaccinations will stonewall the pandemic
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US surgeon general says putting a mask back on will help, but vaccinations will stonewall the pandemic

While people putting their masks back on indoors will help reduce the spread of Covid-19 across the country, getting more Americans vaccinated is still central to ending the pandemic, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Tuesday. “The bottom line is the masks will help us reduce spread further, but the vaccinations remain the bedrock…

Some people are seeking out a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine after getting J&J shot
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Some people are seeking out a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine after getting J&J shot

Jason Gallagher, an infectious disease pharmacist in Philadelphia had gotten the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine through a clinical trial in November, but this summer he didn’t like the direction Covid-19 cases were taking due to variants. “Come June, I started to get nervous about this Delta variant spreading and had some travel plans,” said…

Drinking a little each week protects your heart if you have a cardiovascular condition, study finds
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Drinking a little each week protects your heart if you have a cardiovascular condition, study finds

If you are living with heart disease, having a small amount of alcohol each day is linked to a lower risk of having another heart attack, stroke, angina (heart pain because of constricted arteries) or an early death, according to a new large study. “This is not the general population — the study applies to…

Moderna to expand size of Covid-19 vaccine trial for younger children, expects to seek EUA in late 2021 or early 2022
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Moderna to expand size of Covid-19 vaccine trial for younger children, expects to seek EUA in late 2021 or early 2022

Moderna will expand the size of its Covid-19 vaccine trial in younger children, the company said Monday, and will not seek emergency use authorization for the vaccine in that age group until later this year or early next year. “We are actively discussing a proposal with the FDA. The objective is to enroll a larger…

She can’t hug her nephews because millions of Americans refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine
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She can’t hug her nephews because millions of Americans refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine

All Kimberly Cooley wants to do is hug her 6-year-old nephews — and she can’t because tens of millions of Americans are choosing not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Cooley received two doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in February, but blood tests show the shots didn’t give her antibodies against the virus. That’s because, like…

Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers
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Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers

As the number of Covid-19 cases surges in the United States, more than 50 health care groups — including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association — issued a joint statement calling for all health care and long-term care employers to mandate…

Debate emerges around Covid-19 testing strategies in schools as districts plan to reopen
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Debate emerges around Covid-19 testing strategies in schools as districts plan to reopen

As communities across the country prepare for a return to school, many are still deciding how much time and how many resources to devote to routine Covid-19 testing of students and staff — and what that might look like. “Lots of places have operationalized screening testing differently,” Dr. Westyn Branch-Elliman, an infectious diseases specialist and…

If you are not vaccinated against Covid-19, you shouldn’t go into a bar or restaurant, expert says
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If you are not vaccinated against Covid-19, you shouldn’t go into a bar or restaurant, expert says

Less than half of the US population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 — and with cases on the rise, experts are urging a return to precautions reminiscent of the earlier days of the pandemic. “What I would say bluntly is: If you are not vaccinated right now in the United States, you should not go…

New $40 million NIH study hopes to solve mysteries behind children’s long Covid-19

New $40 million NIH study hopes to solve mysteries behind children’s long Covid-19

Ava is what Heather Brugger calls her “miracle child.” Of her four children, the 20-year-old is the one who is “firing on all cylinders all the time,” the kind of kid who knows all the passwords to make everyone’s electronics in the house work. Covid-19, though, is testing Ava’s mettle and it’s been almost a…

The pandemic is ‘spiraling out of control’ due to unvaccinated people, Trump’s surgeon general says
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The pandemic is ‘spiraling out of control’ due to unvaccinated people, Trump’s surgeon general says

For anyone who loves freedom and hates mask mandates or remote learning, Dr. Jerome Adams has a blunt message: Get vaccinated. “More mitigation is coming. Whether it’s masking, or whether it’s closures or whether it’s your kids having to return to virtual learning, that is coming,” the Trump administration official and WISH/TV Indianapolis Medical Expert…

How to stop talking in your sleep
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How to stop talking in your sleep

If your partner told you that you talk in your sleep, they might be onto something. Over two thirds of people will sleep talk during their lifetime, according to a study published in Sleep Medicine. Talking in your sleep is a parasomnia disorder called somniloquy, and experts aren’t exactly sure why it happens, said Dr.…

A second crisis is killing survivors of India’s worst Covid wave

A second crisis is killing survivors of India’s worst Covid wave

Srinivas S. lies on a gurney in an operating theater in St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru as surgeons carefully remove bits of blackened tissue and rotten bone from his face. The 41-year-old driver is one of more than 45,000 Indians infected with black fungus — or mucormycosis — since the start of the country’s second…

Covid-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County more than doubled in 2 weeks
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Covid-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County more than doubled in 2 weeks

In Los Angeles County, which was crushed during the winter surge of the coronavirus, Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are now again exploding. On Saturday, the county reported 2,600 new cases. A day earlier, county health officials recorded more than 3,000 new Covid-19 infections, for the first time since February. Friday’s figure was nearly triple what…

Hula-Hoops are trending, but it’s not your childhood version

Hula-Hoops are trending, but it’s not your childhood version

Instead of spinning hoops around the waist as kids have done for decades, Hula-Hoop dancers have some new moves as the trend returns. They are now throwing them into the air and twirling them around the body. Some use bright, flashing hoops. Others use multiple hoops at the same time. One influencer can hoop while…

Tennessee resumes vaccination outreach but with marketing emphasis on parents, not children
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Tennessee resumes vaccination outreach but with marketing emphasis on parents, not children

Tennessee’s top health official said Friday that vaccination efforts for teens will continue but that marketing efforts would be clearly directed at parents rather than their children. The Tennessee Department of Health announced mid-July that it had stopped outreach on all adolescent vaccines, including the Covid-19 shot. That pause followed the firing of a top…

Delta is dangerous and spreading — but vaccination can stop it
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Delta is dangerous and spreading — but vaccination can stop it

I’m hearing from vaccinated people who are frightened about breakthrough cases, the Delta variant and new waves of Covid. But people who are fully vaccinated are not the ones who should be most concerned. As new cases continue to climb almost everywhere, here’s what I expect to happen over the coming weeks. Globally, we’re far…

Why contact tracing was a missed opportunity to save lives in the US
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Why contact tracing was a missed opportunity to save lives in the US

It was supposed to have both prevented the worst ravages of the pandemic and given people in lockdown something to do. An army of contact tracers working the phones would find people exposed to the virus, warning them of the risks, giving them solid advice on how to quarantine and watch for symptoms, and prevent…