Health news 23 Feb, 2021
'This is really, truly remarkable': Primary Children's Hospital reports historically low RSV, flu cases - KSL.comKSL.com
Pediatric physicians are seeing record low cases of flu and RSV, but that good news may come with a caveat.
State Cuts Vaccine Allotment to Zero at Dallas, Tarrant County-Run Hubs - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
After winter weather forced the major COVID-19 vaccine hubs to shut down last week, Dallas and Tarrant counties faced another setback as the state announced it…
Michigan woman dies after receiving COVID-infected lungs in transplant - WJW FOX 8 News Clevelandfox8.com
A Michigan woman contracted COVID-19 and died two months after receiving a double lung transplant from a person who was later found to have had coronavirus, doctors say.
COVID-19 cases continue to drop in NH; no new deaths announced - WMUR ManchesterWMUR Manchester
The number of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire continues to drop, health officials said Monday.
This deer with hairy eyeballs is pure nightmare fuel - CNETCNET
"Sorry I'm late, had to comb my eyeballs."
Russia Just Alerted The WHO to The World's First Case of H5N8 Avian Flu in Humans - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
Russia said Saturday that its scientists had detected the world's first case of transmission of the H5N8 strain of avian flu from birds to humans and had alerted the World Health Organization.
COVID-19 Statistics | Feb. 22, 2021 - Lost Coast OutpostLost Coast Outpost
COVID-19 Daily Report for Humboldt County, Feb. 22, 2021
More than half of residents age 65-plus vaccinated in Santa Cruz County - KSBW MontereyKSBW The Central Coast
Santa Cruz County is ranked seventh for per capita vaccinations among California's 61 health jurisdictions and second among large counties.
COVID-19 vaccine could cause mammogram result confusion, doctors say - KTRK-TVKTRK-TV
Doctors are seeing several woman coming in for mammograms with the same issue and it's causing concern. The patients have swollen lymph nodes, which is a rare sign of breast cancer.
Moderna moves forward on plan to increase Covid vaccine supply in each vial after latest FDA feedback - CNBCCNBC
Moderna said it received "positive feedback" from the FDA on its proposal to increase the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses in each of its vials.
Vaccines Adapted for Variants Will Not Need Lengthy Testing, F.D.A. Says - The New York TimesNew York Times
The agency’s new guidance will speed the development of vaccines that protect against more contagious variants of the coronavirus.
Montgomery County receives delayed shipment of more than 10,000 vaccines - WTOPWTOP
After delays in the shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Montgomery County, Maryland, due to winter weather problems, vaccination appointments were on the verge of being postponed until a new supply came in Monday afternoon.
Covid: Loss of smell and taste may last FIVE MONTHS after infection - Daily MailDaily Mail
Researchers from the University of Quebec studied 813 healthcare workers who contracted Covid-19. 38% of those who lost their senses had not fully regained their taste after five months.
CDC: Teachers played an 'important role' in COVID-19 spread at Georgia elementary schools - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
The CDC investigated outbreaks at six Georgia elementary schools and found educators were involved in all but one case cluster.
338 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 4353 vaccinations reported Monday in Utah - KSL.comKSL.com
Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 338 on Monday, with one new death reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
Michigan reports 1,484 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths between Sunday-Monday, Feb. 21-22 - MLive.commlive.com
The state is averaging 845 new COVID-19 cases per day and 29 new deaths per day over the last week.
Instagram is adding easier access to support for eating disorders - The VergeThe Verge
Instagram is looking to make it easier for its users to get access to support and resources regarding eating disorders. The company plans on better surfacing specific help lines related to the issues.
NK Cells Could Be the Key to Reducing Your Risk of COVID, Study Says - Best LifeBest Life
Experts now say that if you don't have one particular factor in your blood, you could be at greater risk for severe COVID.
COVID vaccine appointments canceled by winter storm being rescheduled, N.J. officials say - NJ.comnj.com
Thirty-three percent of people age 80 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, officials said.
California coronavirus variant possibly more infectious, might cause more serious illness, S.F. studies show - San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle
The California-bred variant that has taken over much of the state since the start of the...
COVID-19 variant first discovered in UK now identified in Hamilton County - WLWT CincinnatiWLWT Cincinnati
Hamilton County Public Health officials announced Monday that the COVID-19 variant first discovered in the U.K. has now been identified in the county.
UPMC website allows registration for covid-19 vaccine appointments - TribLIVETribLIVE
UPMC will allow people to register online or via phone for notifications and appointment scheduling information for the covid-19 vaccine, though the limited supply means there are no appointments to be had right now. The website encourages those who are eligi…
Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Feb. 22 - Bring Me The NewsBring Me The News
The latest figures from MDH.
Maine CDC reports 97 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths - WMTW PortlandWMTW Portland
Monday was the second day in a row of no reported deaths.
US on the cusp of 500,000 coronavirus deaths; Britain rolls out plan to ease lockdown despite variant: Latest COVID-19 updates - USA TODAYUSA Today
President Joe Biden held a moment of silence and a candle-lighting service Monday at the White House to mark 500,000 deaths. Latest COVID-19 news.
COVID-19 in South Dakota: 30 total new cases; Death toll remains at 1,863; Active cases at 1,933 - KELOLAND.comKELOLAND.com
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota Department of Health announced 30 new total cases of coronavirus on Monday.
Taking MDMA could help to treat alcoholism | News - The TimesThe Times
The world’s first study into whether the rave drug MDMA can be used to treat alcohol addiction has produced “incredibly exciting” results, British researchers said today.During a trial held in Bristol
Western Pa. hospitals penalized for high rates of avoidable patient infections, injuries - TribLIVETribLIVE
Several hospitals with ties to Western Pennsylvania are being slapped with fines for ranking among the 25% worst-performing nationwide when it comes to rates of potentially avoidable patient conditions such as infections and injuries. The 2021 fines for hospi…
Eating more than seven portions of refined grains a day can increase risk of early DEATH by 27% - Daily MailDaily Mail
A new study has warned that consuming too many refined grains can come with serious consequences, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and even early death.
UW Health encourages patients to sign up for vaccine appointments wherever possible - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Due to limited supply from the federal government, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is only able to allocate relatively small amounts of vaccine compared to community need.
Covid-19 devastated this small city. Volunteers are going door-to-door to ensure people get vaccinated - CNNCNN
The last 12 months have been tolling for Linda Harris, who lives in a small Southwest Georgia city hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 145,000 second vaccine doses administered in Iowa - KCCI Des MoinesKCCI Des Moines
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 585,961 vaccine doses have been administered in Iowa.
COVID infection less likely among glass-wearers: new study - New York Daily NewsNew York Daily News
People who wear glasses could be up to three times less likely to get coronavirus, according to a new study conducted in India. The preliminary study suggests that glass-wearers may have the extra protection because they tend to touch their eyes less frequent…
Registration opens for M&T Bank Stadium mass COVID-19 vaccination site - WBAL TV BaltimoreWBAL TV Baltimore
Maryland's COVID-19 vaccination network is set to expand this week with the Thursday opening of the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site.
5 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome identified in Richmond-area children - WWBT NBC12 NewsWWBT NBC12 News
The five cases were identified in the Chickahominy, Chesterfield and Richmond/Henrico health districts between October 2020 and Feb. 18, 2021.
The number of new COVID-19 cases fell and daily vaccination increased in early 2021, but no indication that it was due to US president Biden taking office - Health FeedbackHealth Feedback
The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. fell sharply in January 2021. The COVID-19 vaccination campaign has been steadily ramping up since mid-December 2020. These data alone don’t provide evidence that Joe Biden taking office is having an impact, …
False claims tying coronavirus vaccines to infertility drive doubts among women of childbearing age - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
Health officials worry their hesitation may affect efforts to reach immunization targets.
Lessons From Los Angeles’s Deadly Winter - The New York TimesNew York Times
Monday: A Times reporter who spent days inside Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital at the height of the surge discusses what we should learn.
N.J. is tracking more dangerous COVID variants, but it doesn’t know how widespread they are - NJ.comnj.com
State officials have moved beyond only sending virus samples to the CDC. But health experts fear the variants are spreading.
Stages of a heart attack explained: Signs, what to do, and more - Medical News TodayMedical News Today
Heart attacks can cause a variety of symptoms. This article gives a breakdown of the stages of a heart attack, including the symptoms and treatment.
Sanofi to produce 12M vaccines a month for rival Johnson & Johnson - NJ.comnj.com
Sanofi said its vaccine manufacturing plant in Marcy l’Etoile, France, will formulate and fill vials of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate, developed by its Janssen companies.
Vitamin D Doesn't Protect You From Severe COVID, Study Finds - Best LifeBest Life
Many experts have theorized that supplements could help against the virus. But a new study says vitamin D doesn't have any effect on those with COVID.
COVID-19 vaccine live updates: Here’s what to know in North Carolina on Feb. 22 - Raleigh News & ObserverGoogle News
Russia Reports First Human Cases Of H5N8 Bird Flu To World Health Organization - IFLScienceIFLScience
Health authorities in Russia have reported what is believed to be the first-ever human cases of H5N8 Influenza (bird flu) infection to the World Health Org
COVID-19 Long-Haulers Struggle To Get Condition Recognized As A Disability : Shots - Health News - NPRNPR
Many patients suffering from long-term effects can no longer work and want the Social Security Administration to provide guidance on who qualifies for disability benefits.
The Pandemic Will End—but Covid-19 May Be Here to Stay - WIREDWired
Some viruses became endemic over time, circulating constantly, perhaps in a less lethal form. We’ll need a new game plan if this one sticks around.
Downward trend in COVID infections "likely to continue" says former FDA head Gottlieb - CBS NewsCBS News
"This has taken a tragic toll on the United States, but we should be optimistic, in my view," Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.
Wayne County targeting COVID-19 vaccines for seniors in 8 communities - WXYZWXYZ
This week, Moderna and Pfizer will be playing catch-up, distributing a backlog of around 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses delayed by last week's snowstorms.
Cancer cell vulnerability points to potential treatment path for aggressive disease - Medical XpressMedical Xpress
Unravelling the unique characteristics of cancer cells and finding less-harmful ways to stop their growth have long been a focus for cancer researchers worldwide. New findings, reported in Nature Communications, describe the discovery of a unique dependence o…
NC teachers eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations :: WRAL.com - WRAL.comWRAL.com
On Monday, teachers and school employees in Group 3A of North Carolina's vaccine rollout can register to get a vaccine in Wake County.
FYI: US testing requirement is 3 days (not 72 hours) before travel - - The Tico TimesThe Tico Times
Their explanation makes the requirement more straightforward for travelers.
Officials are hopeful the US is getting closer to the end of the pandemic. But there are road bumps ahead - CNNCNN
As the US prepares to hit a devastating new milestone -- half a million Covid-19 deaths -- officials say the country is also edging closer to the end of its brutal battle against the virus.
COVID-19 vaccine side effect can mimic breast cancer symptoms: What you need to know - News3LVNews3LV
The COVID-19 vaccine is causing fear for some women in the Las Vegas valley. Their post-shot symptoms are mimicking those of breast cancer. “All the side effects that I was hearing about was flu-like symptoms, things like that. Those were the kind of si…
Kids represent a small fraction of overall COVID-19 deaths in the US but 75% of them are children of color - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
Kids of color died at a higher rater than adults of color, who are more than twice as likely to die from the coronavirus compared to white adults.
Orange County will save vaccine for education, food workers - Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times
The county will dedicate 30% of its allocation to workers in those sectors, as well as emergency services.
L.A. County Coronavirus Report: 93 New Deaths, 1,465 New Cases; U.S. Nears 500,000 Deaths – Update - DeadlineDeadline
UPDATE: After the Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed 14 cases of the UK variant of Covid-19, Public Health has reported 93 new deaths and 1,465 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county. The lower number of deaths and cases may reflect rep…
TDH: 65 new COVID-19 cases reported in Northeast Tennessee - WJHL-TV News Channel 11WJHL-TV News Channel 11
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 65 new COVID-19 cases, one new death, and 84 new inactive/recovered cases in Northeast Tennessee on Sunday. While Hawkins County reported an additional death due to the virus, Sullivan Coun…
Idaho's COVID-19 cases are dropping. Why? Everyone has a theory. Is yours right? - East Idaho NewsEast Idaho News
BOISE (Idaho Statesman) — Rarely has the term “cautiously optimistic” been more fitting than when Idaho leaders talk about the state’s coronavirus cases in 2021. From local public health experts to the governor, the people responsible for Idaho’s COVID-19 pan…
COVID-19 case decline leading to fewer Utah hospitalizations, deaths - Deseret NewsDeseret News
There have been more than 366,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah since March of last year. Nearly 2.2 million people have been tested a total of 3.7 million times.
Delaware COVID-19 vaccine event at Dover International Speedway could be model for future clinics - The News JournalGoogle News
COVID-19: This Is The Deadliest County In The Deadliest State - msnNOW24/7 Wall St.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s growth has slowed in the U.S. New confirmed cases rose at over 200,000 a month ago. Yesterday, they were up 64,375 to 28,325,091, which is 25% of the world’s total. Death in the U.S. rose by 4,000 many days a month ago. Yesterday, ther…
COVID pandemic's mental health burden heaviest among young adults - KABC-TVKABC-TV
In a recent survey conducted by the CDC, 63% of 18- to-24-year-olds reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, with 25% reporting increased substance use to deal with that stress and 25% saying they'd seriously considered suicide.
Dr Fauci says severe winter storms delayed distribution of 6 MILLION COVID-19 vaccine doses - Daily MailDaily Mail
The White House chief medical adviser said Sunday: 'The number was 6 million doses got delayed.' Bad weather in the south and north east earlier this week snarled vaccine deliveries.
People Who Have Had COVID Should Get Single Vaccine Dose, Studies Suggest - Yahoo NewsNew York Times
Nearly 30 million people in the United States — and probably many others whose illnesses were never diagnosed — have been infected with the coronavirus so...
Why COVID-19 vaccines could make us mask-free and huggable - The Mercury NewsThe Mercury News
There’s growing evidence that vaccines not only save lives, but can stop or greatly slow spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Mont. boy, 13, suffers COVID-19 symptoms, including heart problems, for months - WIS10WIS10
The 13-year-old contracted COVID-19 in November. He hasn’t been to school since and continues to experience symptoms, many severe, from the illness.
4,000 Philadelphians vaccinated at Black Doctors COVID Consortium's 24-hour clinic at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia - WPVI-TVWPVI-TV
The Black Doctor's COVID-19 Consortium vaccinated more than 4,000 Philadelphians with a marathon 24-hour clinic this weekend.