Severe COVID-19 outcomes not up during Delta predominance

(HealthDay)—During a period of delta variant predominance, there was no increase in the proportion of patients who were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), received invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV), or died while hospitalized, according to research published in the Oct. 22 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Christopher A. […]

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Virus outlier Sweden passes grim COVID-19 milestone

Sweden which has stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic, has passed the threshold of 15,000 deaths with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official figures released Tuesday. Thomas Linden of the National Board of Health and Welfare, told Swedish public radio that it was difficult to say whether Sweden has […]

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Study finds SARS-CoV-2 infection is proportional to cell surface ACE2 levels

Even as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was unfolding, there was already evidence suggesting that the disease was zoonotic in origin. One theory that gained particular media attention was the likelihood of transmission from wild bats, potentially sold in the wet market in Wuhan, China. Study: Variations in cell-surface ACE2 levels alter direct binding of SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein and […]

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‘Rogue’ antibodies found in brains of teens with delusions and paranoia after COVID-19

Two teens developed severe psychiatric symptoms such as paranoia, delusions and suicidal thoughts during mild COVID-19 infections. Now, scientists think they’ve identified a potential trigger: Rogue antibodies may have mistakenly attacked the teens’ brains, rather than the coronavirus.   The researchers spotted these rogue antibodies in two teens who were examined at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff […]

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Watermelon: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a deliciously healthy fruit, soaked with nutrients, low in calories and is free of fat. When eaten in reasonable amounts watermelon is good for you and provides many health benefits. You can eat all parts of the watermelon including the rind and seeds, according to health website Healthline.  A watermelon is approximately 92% water according to […]

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Colorado veterans homes followed COVID rules, audit finds

An audit of Colorado’s five veterans community living centers found they complied with the state’s rules on COVID-19 testing and training, which may have contributed to their lower rate of cases. The audit doesn’t directly state whether all measures were effective, but it did note that the virus didn’t spread as widely in veterans facilities as it did in other […]

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US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

Two weeks before a new vaccination requirement kicks in for most foreign travelers to the U.S., the Biden administration detailed the new international COVID-19 air travel polices, including exemptions for kids, and new federal contact tracing requirements. Beginning on Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, […]

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