Health news 25 Feb, 2021
Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City - CNNCNN
Two separate teams of researchers have found a worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City that carries mutations that help it evade the body's natural immune response -- as well as the effects of monoclonal antibody treatments.
Lack of equity within priority groups leaves Covid-19's most vulnerable without vaccine, analysis suggests - CNNCNN
As demand for Covid-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, there's still not sufficient supply to cover everyone within even the top priority groups. But by targeting vaccine distribution to more specific vulnerable populations, states could have the opport…
Pregnant women have 70 percent higher chance of contracting COVID-19, study says - KOMO NewsKOMO News
We now know pregnant women in Washington appear to be at a much higher risk for COVID-19. The virus can present like a common cold for one person and be deadly for another. But on this day, for now, the Clark family is relieved COVID-19 is behind them. &ldquo…
SF Penalizes One Medical for Vaccinating Ineligible Patients - NBC Bay AreaNBC Bay Area
San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) confirmed to the Investigative Unit Wednesday it has stopped allocating COVID-19 vaccines to One Medical, one…
California doctors see uptick in rare, serious condition in children tied to COVID-19 - KCRA SacramentoKCRA Sacramento
“There have been reports of children dying from it. There have been reports of children having to have their arms or legs amputated and it can affect the heart very severely,” said Dr. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children…
Coronavirus in Oregon: 437 cases, 32 new deaths as 2 restaurants fined for COVID violations - OregonLiveOregonLive
The restaurants, both in Florence, face a combined total of nearly $36,000 in fines.
New Jersey woman beats COVID-19 at 105, attributes health to prayer and gin-soaked raisins - Fox NewsFox News
A 105-year-old New Jersey woman who beat COVID-19 shared her secrets for a long life, and at least one of them may be unexpected.
Oregon reports 32 more COVID-19 related deaths, 437 cases - but sharp weekly declines - KTVZKTVZ
There are 32 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,194, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday while also issuing a promising weekly report with sharp declines in deaths, cases and hospitalizations.
Pfizer's vaccine trial data holds up in the real world, according to large-scale study in Israel - Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times
A new study from Israel strongly suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine works as well in the real world as it does in clinical trials.
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine proves effective after 1st shot in ‘real world’ test - WJW FOX 8 News Clevelandfox8.com
A real-world test of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in more than half a million people confirms that it’s very effective at preventing serious illness or death, even after one dose.
New CDC Studies Say Group Fitness Classes, Heavy Breathing at Indoor Gyms Led to COVID Outbreaks - SFistSFist
Two new case studies by the CDC have found that indoor group fitness classes in Honolulu and Chicago led directly to COVID outbreaks that infected dozens of people.
Study found social distancing wasn’t enough to stop COVID’s spread in Hawaii gyms - Hawaii News NowHawaii News Now
Researchers believed that more than 30 participants tested positive for COVID-19 due to close contact, poor room ventilation and not wearing face masks.
Vaccine side effects could depend on whether you previously had COVID-19 - WTAE PittsburghWTAE Pittsburgh
Dr. Mannan said most symptoms end within 72 hours.
Mahoning County Public Health to offer COVID-19 vaccines to new group - WKBN.comWKBN.com
A slight increase in the number of COVID-19 vaccines that Mahoning County Public Health has received is allowing them to offer the vaccine to younger people.
Covid variants could 'undermine all of our efforts' if virus spreads globally, CDC director says - CNBCCNBC
The head of the CDC warned on Wednesday that Covid variants "stand to reverse the progress that has been made to control this pandemic."
Greater Cincinnati health providers work to ensure COVID-19 vaccine doses don't go to waste - WLWT CincinnatiWLWT Cincinnati
Organizations often rely on back-up lists, comprised of people who can quickly get to a vaccination site
Have a case of Covid variant? No one is going to tell you - NBC NewsNBC News
Covid variants in the U.S.: Have a case of Covid variant? No one is going to tell you.
Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 179 new cases and no new deaths reported Wednesday - Anchorage Daily NewsAnchorage Daily News
By Wednesday, 146,778 people — representing more than 20% of Alaska’s total population — had received at least their first vaccine shot.
A baby with COVID-19 had 51000 times more viral particles than other young patients, and experts aren't sure why - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
A newborn in Washington, DC with severe COVID-19 was found to have a new variant of the virus and massive viral load. Researchers are puzzled.
Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load, and Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality - nejm.orgnejm.org
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load, and Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big 'real world' test - Minneapolis Star TribuneMinneapolis Star Tribune
A real-world test of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in more than half a million people confirms that it's very effective at preventing serious illness or death, even after one dose.
BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting - nejm.orgnejm.org
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting
How to Overcome 'Zoom Fatigue' - LifehackerLifehacker.com
Throughout the pandemic, many former office workers have been necessarily glued to their computer monitors. As work migrated online, video tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts have become the rare outlet for regular face-time with colleagues. But short of an a…
Drop in hospitalizations allows for vaccination planning efforts as region eyes ‘herd immunity’ - WHIO RadioWHIO
Herd immunity is often a term used by experts to describe the threshold an area will need to meet to be able to end the pandemic.
Wake teachers move to front of class after officials cull vaccine waiting list - WRAL.comWRAL.com
About 400 teachers, school personnel and child care workers got their first coronavirus vaccination shots in Wake County on Wednesday, the first day that educators were eligible in the state.
FDA, DOH: Inoculated Tulfo covered by vaccine smuggling probe - INQUIRER.netInquirer.net
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California coronavirus variant is resistant to antibodies, but vaccines should still work - San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle
Early studies show the California variant is resistant to antibodies. But scientists say...
Measure would allow VA to give coronavirus vaccine to any veteran and most caregivers - Military TimesMilitary Times
Currently, only veterans enrolled in VA medical care can get the vaccine through the department.
77 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported in NETN on Wednesday - WJHL-TV News Channel 11WJHL-TV News Channel 11
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 77 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths, and 117 new inactive/recovered cases in Northeast Tennessee on Wednesday. New Cases New cases by county: Carter +4, Greene +7, Hawkins +17, Johnson +7…
COVID In Colorado: Vaccines Can Cause Worrisome Side Effect For Women - CBS DenverCbslocal.com
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a relief for most people, but some women are discovering a worrisome side effect from both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Colorado to expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations - The Denver ChannelThe Denver Channel
State officials in Colorado have said additional frontline workers and people with multiple chronic health conditions could become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting late next week.
Dr. Anthony Fauci aims to answer 'a lot of important questions' about 'COVID long-haulers' in new nationwide initiative - USA TODAYUSA Today
Fauci also revealed a scientific name for the syndrome – Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) – further legitimizing this suffering population.
Small pet turtles linked to Pennsylvania salmonella outbreak - TribLIVETribLIVE
Tiny turtles have sparked a salmonella outbreak that killed one person and sickened at least eight others, state health officials said Wednesday. The outbreak has been linked to small pet turtles purchased from street vendors, said Acting Secretary of Health …
Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Wednesday's cases, deaths above average - WBAYWBAY
The state passed 825,000 people vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus
Centre deputes teams to 10 states with rising Covid-19 cases - Times of IndiaThe Times of India
India News: In the wake of surge in daily new Covid-19 cases in some states, the Centre on Wednesday deputed high level multi-disciplinary teams to visit 10 stat
Latest South Carolina COVID-19 report from DHEC: February 24, 2021 - WYFF4 GreenvilleWYFF4 Greenville
On Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 896 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.
"DC Residents with Qualifying Medical Conditions Can Begin Making Vaccination Appointments Thursday" - PoPvillePoPville
From the Mayor's Office: "Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health, led by Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, announced that beginning on Thursday, February 25, DC residents with qualifying medical conditions will be eligible to book vaccination appointments through v…
Domestic violence increasing amid coronavirus pandemic, just as experts predicted: report - Fox NewsFox News
The report, released on Wednesday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (CCJ), analyzed the results of 18 studies that examined the frequency of domestic violence reports both before and during the pandemic, using data collected by law e…
Transplant Patient Dies After Receiving Lungs Infected With Coronavirus - The New York TimesNew York Times
In what appears to be the first case of its kind, a pair of donated lungs led to Covid-19 in an organ recipient, according to doctors at the University of Michigan.
COVID: Survey shows growing concern over school closures - The Mercury NewsThe Mercury News
Majorities last summer said risk to teachers and students of getting or spreading the virus are the top consideration in reopening schools, but now majorities say learning loss is the biggest conce…
Minot area man in his 20s dies of COVID-19 as active cases rise in North Dakota - Grand Forks HeraldGrand Forks Herald
The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday reported the death of a Ward County man in his 20s. The state has reported 1,440 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Coronavirus infection leads to immunity that’s comparable to COVID-19 vaccine, researchers find - KTLA Los AngelesKTLA Los Angeles
One of the enduring questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is how much immunity people are left with after recovering from a coronavirus infection. New research suggests the level of protection is comparable to getting a vaccine — at least for a few months. Among…
County establishes COVID-19 vaccine registry in largest forward step in accessibility yet - The Ithaca VoiceThe Ithaca Voice
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department today announced that they are asking eligible people to fill out a registry form that will allow the health department to directly contact them each time a new batch of COVID-19 vaccination doses bec…
Iowa's 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate falls to 4% - KCCI Des MoinesKCCI Des Moines
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 790 new positive COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths Wednesday.
City takes charge of vaccination sites, eyeing 40,000 in arms this week - Memphis Local, Sports, Business & Food News - The Daily MemphianThe Daily Memphian
Memphis intends to be administering 40,000 to 50,000 COVID vaccine doses a week. The city is investigating using a large call center at the University of Memphis for phone appointments.
Dr. Fauci Says Here's the First Sign You Have COVID | Eat This Not That - Eat This, Not ThatEatthis.com
"One thing that's rather unique about COVID-19 is the loss of smell and taste, which sometimes precedes the onset of respiratory symptoms."
Almost a third of people with 'mild' COVID-19 battle symptoms months later, study finds - WTAE PittsburghWTAE Pittsburgh
More than a year into the pandemic, what has become abundantly clear is that COVID-19 is a tricky virus: Some people aren't aware they're infected at all, while others are hospitalized and some die.
Those who wear glasses less likely to get COVID, study says - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoWKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Wearing glasses might give you an extra layer of protection against COVID.
Spring break travel could cause coronavirus surge in Florida, experts warn - WFLAWFLA
Health experts have issued a warning about the possibility of a spike in coronavirus cases ahead of the upcoming Spring Break period.
Publix reopens vaccine appointments for some Florida stores — most of SWFL not included - NBC2 NewsNBC2 News
After receiving more doses, Publix is reopening its online reservation system for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Wednesday. Most of Southwest Florida is not included.
What’s considered ‘high’ blood pressure may be different for women and men, new research reveals - WTOPWTOP
New findings suggest healthy blood pressure numbers may differ for women and men, and a Northern Virginia cardiologist wants women to learn more about their specific situations and consult with their doctors.
Orange County plans to open multiple vaccination sites for school employees - OCRegisterOCRegister
The Orange County Department of Education, in partnership with the county health care agency, aims to open several locations in the region to vaccinate school employees by mid-April.
528 new COVID cases, 8 more deaths reported in Oregon - KATUKATU
The state of Oregon reported Tuesday 528 newly confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths. A total of 2,162 people in the state of Oregon have died of COVID-19 and 153,645 have tested positive for it. RELATED:Most Oregon counties can re…
Nearly 40 inmates at Allegheny County Jail test positive for covid - TribLIVETribLIVE
Terrell Leonard is being held at Allegheny County Jail on a probation violation. In late January, he learned that one of the correctional officers who worked on his pod, 2D, tested positive for covid-19. A short time later, he said in a court declaration, pod…
Aurora Walmart to offer COVID-19 vaccine at clinic on Friday - 9News.com KUSA9News.com KUSA
The Walmart store on Tower Road will hold the COVID-19 vaccine clinic by appointment through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
WATCH: Utah sets exit plan for mask mandates, COVID-19 restrictions - fox13now.com - fox13now.comfox13now.com
Utah's Department of Health has set an exit date for when parts of the state can remove mandated face coverings.
Lung transplant recipient at University of Michigan gets COVID-19 from donor, dies two months later - MLive.commlive.com
This was the first documented case of COVID-19 transmission from donor to recipient.
State investigation uncovers 2,400 vaccine doses expired in Shelby County, other issues with vaccine managemen - WMCWMC
TDH personnel also found a lack of standard operating procedures for storage and handling of the vaccine, insufficient record keeping and no formal process for management of soon-to-expire vaccine doses.
What to Do If You're Feeling Out of Control Around Food - SELFSelf
If you are feeling out of control around food, these six, expert-backed tips can help you cope with the food-related anxiety.
COVID-19 variant discovered in South Africa now in King County, state health agency says - KOMO NewsKOMO News
State and local health officials announced Tuesday that a variant of COVID-19, similar to what was found in South Africa, has been detected in King County, adding to the urgency to increase vaccinations in the region to halt spread of the virus and its effect…
Another 32,000 coronavirus vaccine appointments open in Riverside County - Press-EnterprisePress-Enterprise
The slots are for public health clinics running from Wednesday, Feb. 24, to Tuesday, March 2
For the most vulnerable Americans, these clinics are trusted, accessible and vital to vaccine rollout - USA TODAYUSA Today
Federally Qualified Health Centers could be key to vaccinating hard-hit populations, experts say. They're now set to get extra doses.
Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds - CNNCNN
A study that found teachers -- not students -- were the probable source of several school-related Covid-19 outbreaks highlights the need to maintain mask and distancing guidelines and to prioritize teachers and school staff for vaccination, US Centers for Dis…
Vaccinations now available to Indiana residents 60 and up - WANEWANE
Individuals age 60 and older account for more than 22 percent of the state’s population but 64 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of the deaths.
Maine's vaccination plan lacks detail of other New England states' plans - Press HeraldPress Herald
State health officials report 142 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 more deaths, continuing what has been a downward trend as attention shifts to vaccinations.
Health expert gives 3 reasons why Arizona’s COVID numbers are falling - KTAR.comKTAR.com
Will Humble, executive director for the Arizona Public Health Association, points to three major reasons why COVID-19 cases and hospital metrics in Arizona are now at pre-Thanksgiving levels.