CDC Says Blocking Middle Airline Seats Could Reduce COVID Spread

As Americans travel again and airlines begin filling their planes to capacity, the CDC says blocking the middle seats on commercial airliners could reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by 23% to 57%. Researchers studied laboratory models of single-aisle and double-aisle aircraft using aerosol dispersion as a surrogate for the coronavirus, according to findings reported Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and […]

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FAQ: What to Know About the J&J Vaccine Pause

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After receiving reports of a rare blood clot in people receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA and the CDC have recommended a pause in the use of the vaccine, pending further investigation. Here is what you need to know: Why was the pause […]

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Can you have the coronavirus vaccine if you’re on statins?

Coronavirus vaccine: Dr Sarah offers advice on ‘reactions’ When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. Covid-19 vaccinations will first go […]

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German Experts Say Under 60s Should Not Get 2nd AstraZeneca Vaccine

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccine commission, known as STIKO, recommended on Thursday that people under 60-years old who have had a first shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should receive a different product for their second dose. Earlier in the week, Germany said only people aged 60 and over should be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the rare but severe […]

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COVID-19 Vaccination in RMD Patients: Safety Data ‘Reassuring’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Two reports support the safety and immunogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and represent the first available data on such patients. In an observational cohort study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Caoilfhionn M. Connolly, MD, of Johns Hopkins […]

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Through War and Pandemics, Hungary’s Oldest GP Still Finds Joy in Healing at 97

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s oldest general practitioner at the age of 97 receives patients every day and administers COVID-19 vaccines with an unwavering devotion to his profession. Istvan Kormendi says he was inspired from his early childhood by the example of his father, who was also a GP. He still lives in the high-ceilinged old apartment on the Buda side […]

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Italy’s COVID-Hit Lombardy to Use Algorithm to Decide Who Gets Vaccine First

MILAN (Reuters) – Lombardy, the Italian region worst-hit by COVID-19, is going to adopt an algorithm devised by scientists to help get its faltering vaccination drive back on track by deciding who should get the jab first. A team at Milan’s Bicocca University developed the algorithm to put an end to regional disparities in vaccination policy, cutting through disputes among […]

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Italy’s COVID-Hit Lombardy to Use Algorithm to Decide Who Gets Vaccine First

MILAN (Reuters) – Lombardy, the Italian region worst-hit by COVID-19, is going to adopt an algorithm devised by scientists to help get its faltering vaccination drive back on track by deciding who should get the jab first. A team at Milan’s Bicocca University developed the algorithm to put an end to regional disparities in vaccination policy, cutting through disputes among […]

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Child Vaccinations Likely Needed to Reach Herd Immunity

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States probably won’t reach herd immunity until children are vaccinated, Anthony Fauci, MD, said. “We don’t really know what that magical point of herd immunity is, but we do know that if we get the overwhelming population vaccinated, we’re going to be in good […]

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Year of COVID: Everything We Thought We Knew Was Wrong

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Today marks one year since the day the World Health Organization declared that a new, fast-spreading coronavirus had caused a pandemic. “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock, and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” […]

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