U.S. health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19 – The Denver Post

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials Wednesday announced plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to all Americans to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The plan, as outlined by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top authorities, calls for an extra dose eight […]

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Study shows how U.S. immigration policy can have domestic health effects

After a controversial federal order suspending travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries was signed in 2017, the number of visits to emergency departments by Minneapolis-St. Paul area residents from those nations increased significantly. And that development followed an already marked increase in primary care visits by members of the same population, which began in November 2016 following an […]

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With virus surge, U.S. to keep travel restrictions for now

WASHINGTON — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges […]

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Fauci says U.S. headed in “wrong direction” on coronavirus – The Denver Post

WILMINGTON, Del. — The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. “We’re going in the wrong direction,’ said Dr. Anthony Fauci, describing himself as “very frustrated.” He said recommending that the vaccinated wear masks is “under active consideration’ by […]

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Surgeon general urges U.S. fight against COVID misinformation – The Denver Post

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday called for a national effort to fight misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines, urging tech companies, health care workers, journalists and everyday Americans to do more to address a “serious public threat.” In a 22-page advisory, his first as President Joe Biden’s surgeon general, Murthy wrote that bogus claims have led people to reject […]

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U.S. COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks – The Denver Post

The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, […]

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Pandemic cut U.S. life expectancy by largest amount since WWII, CU Boulder researchers find – The Denver Post

The life expectancy of Americans dropped during 2020 as the coronavirus took an unprecedented toll on human life, according to a new study co-authored by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The study, which was published Wednesday, found that life expectancy in the U.S. fell by almost two years between 2018 and 2020, making it the largest decrease since World War […]

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As U.S. COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist – The Denver Post

Jerry Ramos spent his final days in a California hospital, hooked to an oxygen machine with blood clots in his lungs from COVID-19, his 3-year-old daughter in his thoughts. “I have to be here to watch my princess grow up,” the Mexican American restaurant worker wrote on Facebook. “My heart feels broken into pieces.” Ramos didn’t live to see it. […]

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U.S. vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated. Mississippi, the least vaccinated state in the country, is transferring inventory to Maine, which has one of the highest rates of immunization. […]

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U.S. experts say Olympics unprepared for COVID-19, call for WHO help

Experts from the University of Minnesota, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of California, San Francisco say planners for the July Olympic Games in Tokyo and the subsequent Paralympic Games have not taken adequate steps to protect athletes, coaches, and support staff from COVID-19. They call for an urgent meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) […]

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