New York officials downplay concern over new coronavirus variant

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies showing that a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November may be more resistant to vaccines now being administered.FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at […]

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UK and South African SARS-CoV-2 variants show higher binding affinity to host cell receptor

Public health officials are concerned over new severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants emerging in various parts of the world. The B.1.1.7 variant was first found in the United Kingdom and found to have the N501Y mutation that allows it to have a faster transmission rate than previous strains. The B.1.351 variant was detected in South Africa and […]

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U.S. Reaches Grim Milestone of 500,000 COVID Deaths Before the 1-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic

Nearly one year since COVID-19 was named a global pandemic, the U.S. has reached the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths from the virus. On Feb. 22, the nationwide death toll surpassed half a million, according to Johns Hopkins University, an unimaginable loss reaching nearly every town and city in the country. The first reported death from the virus came on […]

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Active lifestyle associated with lower risk of death from a heart attack

An active lifestyle is linked with a lower chance of dying immediately from a heart attack, according to a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally and prevention is a major public health priority. The beneficial impact of physical […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts April Will Be 'Open Season' for COVID Vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci is giving Americans some hope about when the general public might be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine. In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on Thursday's episode of the Today show, the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden said of the vaccine, "By the time we get to April, that will be what I would call […]

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The U.K. Says a Faster-Spreading Strain of COVID-19 Is Circulating: Here's What to Know

The United Kingdom tightened COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday due to a new, faster-spreading strain of the virus that experts say is moving through the commonwealth. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London and other parts of Southeast England would move to the highest level of restrictions after England’s public health officials confirmed that a variant of COVID-19 found in the […]

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28-Year-Old ER Doctor Hospitalized for COVID: ‘I Want People to Understand How Serious This Is’

For months, Dr. Dave Burkard has seen up close the effects of COVID-19 as an emergency medicine resident in Western Michigan. Burkard has helped patients who are struggling to breathe, and watched as some say a final goodbye to their loved ones. And then two weeks ago, he started to notice the now-familiar signs of COVID-19 infection in himself. The […]

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‘Super Healthy’ 19-Year-Old Dies from Coronavirus Complications After Returning to College

A “super healthy” 19-year-old who contracted COVID-19 died of serious neurological complications from the disease after returning to college. Chad Dorrill, a sophomore at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, was a long-distance runner and basketball player in “tremendous shape,” his uncle, David Dorrill, told The New York Times. “He was healthy … Skinny. Could run six miles without […]

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Trump Administration Shut Down U.S. Postal Service Plan to Mail Masks to Every American: Reports

The Trump administration shut down a plan from the U.S. Postal Service to mail five free face masks to every U.S. household in April, according to several reports. The USPS, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had drafted a press release announcing that it would distribute a stockpile of 650 million reusable masks to every […]

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