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Here’s a look at how the different coronavirus vaccines work

Here’s a look at how the different coronavirus vaccines work

There’s good news about coronavirus vaccines. At least three of the experimental vaccines show remarkable efficacy, at least according to information released by the makers in news releases. Global vaccine giant AstraZeneca reports its vaccine prevented coronavirus infection 62% of the time when people got two doses a month apart. But in a subgroup of…

61% of Americans changed their Thanksgiving plans due to Covid-19 spikes, new poll finds

61% of Americans changed their Thanksgiving plans due to Covid-19 spikes, new poll finds

Sixty one percent of Americans have changed their Thanksgiving plans due to recent spikes in Covid-19 cases, according to new poll results released Tuesday by Axios-Ipsos. The most common changes reported were seeing only immediate household members and having a smaller dinner than originally planned, according to the poll, which was based on a nationally…

As Covid-19 cases surge, health care workers say PPE is still a struggle

As Covid-19 cases surge, health care workers say PPE is still a struggle

As the country grapples with surging coronavirus cases, some hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities are still struggling to maintain adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. After international supply chains were severely disrupted in early in the pandemic, states were left battling each other for limited shares of PPE. Hospitals and other facilities, especially in the…

Covid-19 is taking a devastating toll on Filipino American nurses

Covid-19 is taking a devastating toll on Filipino American nurses

Nearly a third of the nurses who’ve died of coronavirus in the US are Filipino, even though Filipino nurses make up just 4% of the nursing population nationwide. A recent report from the largest nurses’ union in the country revealed the disproportionate number of deaths. It’s a jarring statistic researchers are working to understand and…

US sets record for Covid-19 hospitalizations amid fall surge

US sets record for Covid-19 hospitalizations amid fall surge

There are 88,080 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, setting a record for hospitalizations amid a continuing fall surge, according to the Covid Tracking Project. This is the highest number of Covid-19 hospitalizations the nation has ever experienced since the pandemic hit the US. Hospital systems around the country have been warning their staffing and ICU…

Navajo Nation faces devastating loss from Covid-19 pandemic

A thick cloud of dust kicks up behind cars as they meander down a rugged dirt road into town. The bone-shaking journey to Pinon, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation is a long one filled with sharp bumps and deep potholes. Much like the drive into Pinon, the Navajo Nation’s struggles with the coronavirus have been…

Experts have questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine data

Experts have questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine data

Vaccine experts — including those who serve on advisory committees for the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have questions about data released Monday by AstraZeneca about its Covid-19 vaccine. In a press release Monday, the pharmaceutical giant announced that its vaccine is on average 70%…

Covid-19 vaccine no ‘walk in the park,’ CDC committee told

Covid-19 vaccine no ‘walk in the park,’ CDC committee told

Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that they may feel a little unwell after they get a coronavirus vaccine, if one is authorized, members of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee said Monday. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to discuss whether to recommend use of any…

People over 45 are at greater risk of STIs, new study finds

People over 45 are at greater risk of STIs, new study finds

Middle-aged adults face a greater risk of catching sexually transmitted infections than ever before — because society is unwilling to talk about older people having sex, a new study has found. Negative attitudes toward sexual health and limited knowledge of the needs of over-45s mean some older people are unaware of the dangers of unprotected…

You have permission to not be thankful this Thanksgiving

You have permission to not be thankful this Thanksgiving

The gratitude is being dished out in platitudes this Thanksgiving. “This Thanksgiving’s a bust, but try to focus on gratitude,” advised one health site, a precursor to a warning to avoid gathering outside our immediate households for the holidays. “Share gratitude, not COVID this Thanksgiving,” another warned. You can serve up a portion of gratitude…

1 in 3 parents say family holiday gatherings worth the risk of Covid-19

1 in 3 parents say family holiday gatherings worth the risk of Covid-19

One-third of parents believe the benefits of gathering the family together for Thanksgiving is worth the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19, according to a new poll published Monday. That’s despite the fact that nine out of 10 parents said grandparents — one of the highest-risk groups for severe infections — were typically at their…

Vegans may be at higher risk for bone fractures, study finds

On the ever-growing list of pros and cons of plant-based diets, the higher risk of bone fractures has been reinforced on the list of possible drawbacks. Vegans and vegetarians may be at greater risk for bone fractures than meat eaters, according to a large, longitudinal study published Sunday in the journal BMC Medicine. Fractures in…

Bill Gates confident almost all Covid-19 vaccines will work well

Bill Gates confident almost all Covid-19 vaccines will work well

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes “almost all” the Covid-19 vaccines will work and work well, he said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Already, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have shown to be effective in early company data, and Gates said he expects vaccines from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax to have…

The USDA issues health alerts for some beef stock, samosas and tamales

The USDA issues health alerts for some beef stock, samosas and tamales

Health experts warn foods at home could bring more risk to a Thanksgiving season already disrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The holiday will already look different for many as the US reaches a staggering coronavirus death toll of more than 255,000 and experts warn that traveling for gatherings will likely increase spread. And with…

Coronavirus across the US is getting worse. Here’s a refresher on how to stay safe

Coronavirus across the US is getting worse. Here’s a refresher on how to stay safe

It’s a recurring headline these days: New cases of coronavirus are surging around the country, along with hospitalization rates and Covid-19 deaths. And with winter coming, health experts say it’s only going to get worse, as more people gather indoors to avoid cold weather. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended…

FDA authorizes emergency use of the antibody cocktail given to Trump to treat Covid-19

The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Regeneron’s antibody cocktail to treat Covid-19 in high-risk patients with mild to moderate disease. President Donald Trump received the therapy, called REGEN-COV2, when he was hospitalized for coronavirus. The treatment has to be infused into the bloodstream and is meant to…

These girls see themselves in Kamala Harris

These girls see themselves in Kamala Harris

When US Sen. Kamala Harris of California was elected as the next vice president of the United States, girls all over the country saw someone like themselves elected to the second-highest office in the country for the first time. CNN asked photographer Kate T. Parker, who has been photographing the lives of girls since 2006,…

Most coronavirus cases are spread by people without symptoms, CDC now says

Most coronavirus cases are spread by people without symptoms, CDC now says

Most coronavirus infections are spread by people who have no symptoms, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in newly updated guidance. It’s one of the main reasons mask use is so important, the CDC said. “Most SARS-CoV-2 infections are spread by people without symptoms,” the agency said in a section of its…

Masks mandates worked to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Kansas, CDC research shows

Masks mandates worked to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Kansas, CDC research shows

While they may be unpopular in some places, mask mandates work to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to new research published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since Covid-19 spreads predominantly through respiratory droplets, wearing a mask can protect others from the person wearing the mask who may have Covid-19.…