EU agency says two jabs vital to battle Delta variant

The EU’s medicines watchdog said on Wednesday two jabs by approved vaccine makers were “vital” to provide maximum protection against the highly infectious coronavirus Delta variant, urging countries to speed up their inoculation drives. “Preliminary evidence suggests that both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine… are needed to provide adequate protection against the Delta variant,” the European Medicines Agency said. […]

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Denver’s Ball Arena, two other Colorado sites to start offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations – The Denver Post

Colorado will begin accepting walk-in patients at three of the state’s largest mass-vaccination sites Wednesday as officials tout the overwhelming effectiveness of COVID-19 inoculations and urge younger people to get their shots as soon as possible amid rising hospitalizations. The drive-up vaccination clinics at Ball Arena in Denver, the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland and the Colorado State Fairgrounds in […]

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After two heart valve surgeries, a mental toll

After Ivan Hernandez was born with a defective mitral valve, doctors warned his parents he could face heart failure at any age. Yet Hernandez grew up without incident. He played all sorts of sports, cultivating a love for fitness. As an adult, he sometimes exercised twice a day. He regularly participated in high-intensity interval training and other extreme workouts. He […]

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Two distinct types of COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome identified

Approximately one in four patients hospitalized for the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) associated with severe COVID-19 infections may have a distinct phenotype (disease presentation) or biochemical profile associated with organ dysfunction, blood-clotting abnormalities and greater risk of death than patients with other, seemingly similar forms of the disease, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. Among 263 patients […]

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Two groups pitch plans to make health insurance affordable in one of Colorado’s priciest markets

Two groups with very different ideas about what drives the cost of health insurance both have their eyes on Garfield County, where residents pay significantly more than similar people living on Colorado’s Front Range. At a community meeting this week, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said residents have told him for years that they can’t afford the cost of health […]

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SARS-CoV-2 hijacks two key metabolic pathways to rapidly replicate in host cells

When SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, infects a human cell, it quickly begins to replicate by seizing the cell’s existing metabolic machinery. The infected cells churn out thousands of viral genomes and proteins while halting the production of their own resources. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Broad Institute, studying cultured cells shortly […]

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Fauci says U.S. will stay with two doses of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

The United States will stick with its plan to give millions of Americans two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. The nation’s top infectious diseases expert told the Washington Post that shifting to a single-dose strategy for those two vaccines could leave people less protected, allow more contagious variants to spread and make […]

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How to properly wear two masks—and other mask-fitting tips following recent CDC advice

New mask advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—connected with a new study—focuses on making sure masks fit correctly to better prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC studied whether wearing two masks provided more protection than one and found that it did. The researchers found that wearing one mask—surgical or cloth—blocked about 40% of the particles coming […]

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New Zealand detects first community virus case in two months

New Zealand health officials on Sunday confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the community for more than two months, sparking urgent contract-tracing efforts north of Auckland. A 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe tested positive 10 days after completing a compulsory two weeks in managed isolation, although she had noticed symptoms several days before getting tested. Contact tracing […]

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