Study highlights need to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S.

Researchers in the United States have warned that as of July 15th this year (2021), the level of population immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – may still have been insufficient to contain infection outbreaks and safely return to pre-pandemic social behavior. Study: Population Immunity Against COVID-19 in […]

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Should pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19?

A recent review in the journal Vaccines examines whether coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) risks in pregnant women justify the rare but serious risks potentially linked to the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to pregnant individuals. Study: Is the Immunization of Pregnant Women against COVID-19 Justified?. Image Credit: Marina Demidiuk/ Shutterstock Background Pregnant women have been immunized for decades against certain infections […]

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Good, but Not Great: Taking Stock of a Big Ten University’s Covid Plan

This week is the start of a new academic year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a year and a half disrupted by a pandemic, most classes will be in classrooms again, with students and professors breathing the same air. And most people will be vaccinated. The campus last week “was just really just really thriving with excitement,” […]

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Why Not Just Tell Everyone to Wear Masks?

An internal presentation circulated within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month, and eventually obtained by news organizations, offered clear advice for countering the contagious Delta variant: “Given higher transmissibility and current vaccine coverage, universal masking is essential.” But the recommendation issued by the agency was considerably more nuanced, advising Americans, vaccinated or not, to wear masks in […]

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What Parents Need to Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid School Guidelines

The agency’s advice on distancing, masks and vaccination bring the coming school year a bit more into focus. By Emily Anthes and Sarah Mervosh With less than a month to go before many schools begin reopening for the fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released new guidelines for preventing Covid-19 transmission in schools. The guidelines outline […]

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The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here’s Our Chance to Stop It for Good.

Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life. Lincoln Park in Chicago. Scientists are hopeful, as vaccinations continue and despite the emergence of variants, that we’re past the worst of the pandemic.Credit…Lyndon French for […]

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The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here’s Our Chance to Stop It for Good.

Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life. Lincoln Park in Chicago. Scientists are hopeful, as vaccinations continue and despite the emergence of variants, that we’re past the worst of the pandemic.Credit…Lyndon French for […]

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Coronavirus: All of Manitoba moving into Level Red Thursday, tough new restrictions to be implemented

The entire province of Manitoba will move into Level Red or critical on Thursday. There will be no social gatherings allowed, said Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s Chief Public Health Officer. “These next few weeks will be difficult for many,” he said. More restrictions: Social contacts reduced to your household only. Social gatherings are not permitted. Travel to and from […]

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‘I ran out of space’: N.Y. funeral home under fire for storage of coronavirus victims

It started with reports of a strange stench in Brooklyn. Police who investigated found another example of how the coronavirus has overwhelmed the city: A funeral home had resorted to storing dozens of bodies on ice in rented trucks. Now state officials say the funeral home could face fines and license suspensions, and the owner says he simply ran out […]

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