In pandemic milestone, US lifts indoor mask guidance for vaccinated people

The top US health agency on Thursday said it was lifting mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a watershed moment that President Joe Biden called “a great day” in the long pandemic fight. The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked an abrupt turnaround after more than a year of urging people […]

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Colorado to follow CDC guidance that vaccinated people can stop wearing masks indoors in most settings

Colorado’s mask mandate is going to change in the near future to align with new federal guidance that says vaccinated people can safely go without masks in most indoor settings, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that vaccinated people wear masks on public transportation, in hospitals and in […]

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Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds

Latino adults in the United States have the lowest rates of Covid-19 vaccination, but among the unvaccinated they are the demographic group most willing to receive the Covid shots as soon as possible, a new survey shows. The findings suggest that their depressed vaccination rate reflects in large measure misinformation about cost and access, as well as concerns about employment […]

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Coronavirus Vaccines Protect Pregnant Women, Another Study Suggests

The shots may also have benefits for infants and do not seem to damage the placenta, according to the latest research. By Emily Anthes When the coronavirus vaccines were first authorized in December, scientists knew little about how well they might work in pregnant women, who had been excluded from the clinical trials. Since then, scientists have accumulated a small […]

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COVID-19 outbreaks keep rising in Colorado nursing homes; hospitalizations trending down

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado rose over the last week by the smallest amount since they started trending up again in March, but clusters in nursing homes continued to increase. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 870 active outbreaks as of Wednesday afternoon, which was 11 more than at the same time last week. The […]

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No placental damage observed in case study of pregnant women with mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccinations have been rolling out in many parts of the world since December 2020 in an attempt to turn the tide of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. But are COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women? New research by a team at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA, suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine does not damage the placenta and may […]

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You’ve Added Your Kids to Your Health Plan. What About Mom?

SACRAMENTO — When Laura Chavez’s 74-year-old mom needed eye surgery last month, Chavez paid cash for the procedure. The cost? $15,000 — and that was for just one eye. She couldn’t afford both. Her mom, Esperanza Chavez, doesn’t qualify for Medicare because of her immigration status. And she can’t find a private health insurance plan under $1,000 a month. “We’re […]

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How the body builds a healthy relationship with ‘good’ gut bacteria

Our body’s relationship with bacteria is complex. While infectious bacteria can cause illness, our gut is also teaming with “good” bacteria that aids nutrition and helps keep us healthy. But even the “good” can have bad effects if these bacteria end up in tissues and organs where they’re not supposed to be. Now, research published in Nature reveals insights into […]

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