#Public Health

Experts Warn Don't Go These Places Right Now In The United State.

The United States is never returning to lockdowns, and more and more people are getting vaccinated. People are going out again in crowds, longing for things to get back to "normal." The problem is, no one told the coronavirus; it's still causing a pandemic. Just this week, average daily deaths topped 2,000, a grim reminder that this virus is hurting people in the background or foreground of our lives. One way to protect yourself, besides vaccination, is to avoid certain places that increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. We asked virus experts, and here are they said to avoid right now.
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Biden says unvaccinated Americans are 'costing all of us' as he presses Covid vaccine mandates

President Joe Biden on Friday blamed unvaccinated Americans for slowing down the U.S. economic recovery, accusing some elected officials of actively trying to undermine the administration's efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden's comments came hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved distributing Pfizer and BioNTech's booster...
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Pfizer's booster is for people who got Pfizer: All about mixing COVID-19 vaccines

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for all people age 65 and older, individuals living in long-term care facilities and adults age 50 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions. Younger adults age 18-49 who have underlying medical conditions and adults whose jobs put them at risk of COVID-19 may also choose to get a booster. Of this large group, you're only eligible for a booster if you received Pfizer for your first two shots.

Further evidence of safety and efficacy of mRNA-1273 vaccine in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 infection

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine supports the efficacy of the mRNA-1273 vaccine in preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness and disease severity. At interim analysis in phase 3, randomized, observer-blind, and placebo-controlled clinical trial of the Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine, the observations show that the vaccine remained safe and efficacious for more than five months of follow-up after trial participants received the second dose of the vaccine.

Norway to Lift Most Coronavirus Restrictions

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg says most of the national coronavirus restrictions in the Scandinavian country will be eased. The restrictions lifted include the requirement for serving patrons in restaurants and the 1-meter (3.3-feet) social distance rule. Eateries, bars and nightclubs will be allowed to remain open after midnight, schools and kindergartens can return to normal and “handshakes will again be allowed,” a smiling Health Minister Bent Hoeie said.

New York hospitals, officials prepare for potential staff shortages ahead of vaccine mandate deadline

Ahead of the effective date for New York state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, state officials and hospitals are bracing for possible shortages of healthcare workers because of the requirement, The Washington Post reported Sept. 24. The mandate requires healthcare workers at hospitals and nursing homes to receive their first vaccine dose...
Washington Post

Flying the vaccinated skies: Where major airlines stand with employee mandates

There is no requirement for air travelers within the United States to be vaccinated against covid-19. But depending on which airline you fly, there might be a mandate for employees. While all major U.S. carriers are trying to get their workforces vaccinated, some are going further than others, with United...

Delirium may be common side effect among severe COVID-19 patients: 7 study findings

A majority of severe COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Michigan Medicine early in the pandemic experienced delirium, according to a recent study published in BMJ Open. Researchers analyzed data from 148 COVID-19 patients hospitalized at an Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine intensive care unit between March 1 and May 31, 2020. Seven...
The Christian Science Monitor

How creative solutions have kept high school sports going in the pandemic

The nation remains divided over how to respond to COVID-19. But in the high school sports arena, athletic directors have been finding some common ground with health authorities about how to move forward. In the summer of 2020, for example, the St. Louis County Health Department moved to shut down...

UK Scientists Think COVID Will Likely Resemble “Common Cold” By Next Spring

At this point in the pandemic, most readers have probably heard that COVID will likely remain endemic in the human population, like the cold or the flu. And as we prepare for the second flu season (in the northern hemisphere, at least), more scientists (and, increasingly, politicians) are realizing that they’re going to need to embrace a change in messaging – messaging that, at one time, might have left them vulnerable to accusations of being an “anti-vaxxer”.

COVID-19 Update: Hospital Situation, Vaccine Incentives, School Bus Drivers

COLUMBUS—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided an update on the increased impact that COVID-19 hospitalizations are having on our hospitals and a new vaccine incentive effort to help keep our children in school, in-person, five days a week. LETTER FROM OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION. “I received a letter from the Ohio Hospital...

The State Fair of Texas Opens Today. Here’s Everything—OK, a Few Things—You Need To Know

The State Fair of Texas is back, opening today and running through Oct. 17. Maybe you have questions. I definitely have answers. Q: Do I have to wear a mask? Yes, if you’re indoors. Outdoors, it’s recommended if you’re in a crowded area. If you don’t have a mask, the fair will give you one. You’ll see hand sanitizer stationed throughout Fair Park. Try not to spit and scream too much. Good rule of thumb in this and in all things: Don’t be a jerk.