Federal health officials are investigating emerging reports that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine may be associated with a higher risk of a heart condition called myocarditis in younger adults than previously believed, according to two people familiar with the review who emphasized the side effect still probably remains uncommon.
Since Americans first began rolling up their sleeves for coronavirus vaccines, health officials have said that those who are immunized are very unlikely to become infected, or to suffer serious illness or death. But preliminary data from seven states hint that the arrival of the Delta variant in July may have altered the calculus. Breakthrough infections are also likely to be most severe among older adults or those who have conditions like obesity or diabetes.
In a Times simulation, we modeled Delta-driven Covid outbreaks in two communities, one with a high vaccination rate and another with a low rate. Their levels of serious illness and death were starkly different.
Public health officials, not pharmaceutical executives, will be making the final call on when and whether booster shots will be needed. Pfizer and other manufacturers will surely try to push for approvals; Moderna is already testing a Delta-variant-specific booster.
For more than a year, we’ve worked with North Carolina school districts and charter schools, studying the rate of new Covid cases, the efficacy of mitigation measures such as masking and the increased risks of participating in school-sponsored sports. We have learned a few things for certain:
The agency is reviewing several dozen reports that teenagers and young adults may have developed myocarditis after vaccination, officials said. But the agency has not determined whether the vaccine caused the condition.
The share of covid cases in children and teens is increasing — nearly a quarter of the new weekly covid cases were found in this age group, as reported May 6 by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
Private colleges make up the bulk of the schools with vaccine mandates, but some public universities have also moved to require shots, according to a survey by The New York Times.
Based on a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Post estimates about 21,000 of 470,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus for the week ended Sunday already had their first dose.
The U.S. is pumping out coronavirus vaccines by the millions, but the coronavirus isn’t slowing down.The big picture: This spring has seen a surge in vaccinations but almost no change in the coronavirus’ spread, leaving the U.S. with an outbreak that’s still too big.
In its study, nine dogs were able to identify positive coronavirus samples with 96 percent accuracy on average after three weeks of training. Researchers say using dogs can help catch people who are infected and don’t know it — otherwise known as asymptomatic carriers — before they spread the virus to others.
The U.S. State Department said on Monday it will boost its "Do Not Travel" guidance to about 80% of countries worldwide, citing "unprecedented risk to travelers" from the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than two dozen virologists, epidemiologists, and others responded to STAT's question about what they still most wanted to know. The questions answer a range of concerns with immunity, viral load, reactivation, mutation, children and more.
Last week, the CDC acknowledged what many of us have been saying for almost nine months about cleaning surfaces to prevent transmission by touch of the coronavirus: It’s pure hygiene theater.
As COVID-19 vaccinations increase drastically in the United States, experts are keeping a wary eye on the rising number of coronavirus variants.A recent survey of epidemiologists, virologists, and infectious disease specialists found that many worry new mutations of the coronavirus could render current vaccines useless within a year.
The coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are proving highly effective at preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic infections under real-world conditions, federal health researchers reported on Monday.
Severe allergies should be added to the possible side effects of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after likely links were found to a number of cases in Britain, the EU's drug regulator said on Friday.
Five South Koreans have died in the last two days after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca, sparking a presidential response and contributed to rising global concerns about the dose. According to local media reports, the five who died – two on Wednesday and three on Thursday – all had significant pre-existing medical conditions.
Recently published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has caused worry. The data suggest that 13% of under 11s and about 15% of 12- to 16-year-olds reported at least one symptom five weeks after a confirmed Covid-19 infection.
The study, published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA, analyzed 1,116 cases of young people who were treated at 66 hospitals in 31 states. Slightly more than half the patients had acute Covid-19, the predominantly lung-related illness that afflicts most adults who get sick from the virus, while 539 patients had the inflammatory syndrome that has erupted in some children weeks after they have had a typically mild initial infection.
This sites offers the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per country. The data on COVID-19 vaccinations is updated each morning (London time), with the most recent official numbers up to the previous day.
Doctors across the country have been seeing a striking increase in the number of young people with the condition Braden had, which is called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C. Even more worrisome, they say, is that more patients are now very sick than during the first wave of cases, which alarmed doctors and parents around the world last spring.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official guidance is that vaccinated people need to keep masking, physical distancing and basically following all pre-vaccine precautions. Those eager to fly across the country to see loved ones might hesitate because they are warned against viewing vaccination as a “free pass to travel.”
I caught this virus before anyone had even died in Illinois. That was like a century ago, right? Now we’re talking about Year Two, vaccines, new variants, a new administration, but for me it’s still exactly the same. I’m always in this bed. I’m always in this room. I’ve been sick for the last 330 days.
Skin temperature isn't a reliable measure of whether someone has a fever, furthermore infected people don't always have a fever and forehead temperature is not the most reliable measure! Scans should instead focus on other parts of the body.
The coronavirus may remain in people’s brains after infection and trigger relapses in patients who thought they had recovered, according to a new study published in the journal Viruses.
There’s evidence from several small, and not-yet-peer-reviewed, studies that mutations in the South Africa variant — known as 501Y.V2 and already present in at least 23 countries — may have a higher risk of Covid-19 reinfection in people who’ve already been sick and still should have some immunity to the disease.
The research by Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also found that up to one in eight die of Covid-related complications. It found that out of 47,780 people discharged from hospital in the first wave, 29.4 per cent returned to hospital within 140 days and 12.3 per cent died.
As viruses replicate, they change, or mutate. Some mutations give these viral variants an edge, such as being better able to latch on to and infect human cells. That’s what scientists think happened with the coronavirus variant that swept through the U.K. recently and which is now showing up in states across the U.S.
Immunity to the novel coronavirus may last eight months or longer, according to a new study authored by respected scientists at leading labs, which found that individuals who recovered from the coronavirus developed “robust” levels of B cells and T cells (necessary for fighting off the virus) and “these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time.”
Monoclonal antibodies — described as “unbelievable” by President Trump, who received the treatment this fall — are designed for patients newly diagnosed with covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, who have a high risk of developing complications and becoming seriously ill.
Early in the pandemic, people were advised to disinfect everything they touched. But now that scientists understand more about how COVID-19 spreads, all that scrubbing down may have been overkill.
Although the coronavirus was initially thought primarily to cause respiratory distress, there is now ample evidence of many other symptoms, including neurological, cognitive and psychological effects, that could emerge even in patients who didn’t develop serious lung, heart or circulatory problems.
World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a virtual briefing Monday people who've been vaccinated for COVID-19 "need to take the same precautions" as those who haven't "till there's a certain level of herd immunity."
Although most pediatricians believe the eventual vaccination of children will be crucial to subduing the Covid virus, they’re split on how fast to move toward. Much of the debate centers on two issues: the degree of harm Covid-19 causes children, and the extent to which children are spreading the virus to their friends, teachers, parents, and grandparents.
British researchers said the new mutation can spread 70 percent faster than other variations of the coronavirus. Variations to the virus are nothing new, and experts say the novel coronavirus does not mutate as much as influenza, meaning it is less likely that a vaccine would need to be developed every year to keep up with the new strains.
Just as vaccines begin to offer hope for a path out of the pandemic, officials in Britain on Saturday sounded an urgent alarm about what they called a highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus circulating in England.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at least 60 different local authorities had recorded Covid infections caused by the new variant. He said the World Health Organization had been notified and UK scientists were doing detailed studies. He said there was "nothing to suggest" it caused worse disease or that vaccines would no longer work.
This post answers some questions about vaccine safety. There are groups of people like pregnant women, lactating people, people with allergies and children and teens under 16. Click to learn more.
Dramatic levels of “friendly fire” from the immune system may drive severe Covid-19 disease and leave patients with “long Covid” – when medical problems persist for a significant time after the virus has been beaten – scientists have said.
The new Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna seem to be remarkably good at preventing serious illness. But it’s unclear how well they will curb the spread of the coronavirus. That’s because the Pfizer and Moderna trials tracked only how many vaccinated people became sick with Covid-19.
A new study of airflow patterns inside a car's passenger cabin offers some suggestions for potentially reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while sharing rides with others.
It appears science may have found the Covid-19 pandemic’s off-ramp, but if we’re not careful, we could fail to take full advantage of it. This article discusses what could go wrong and how to prevent it.
The very first doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccine should go to both front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, a committee of expert advisers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in an emergency meeting Tuesday evening.
This chart tracks each states progress towards its reduction in symptoms and cases, health system readiness and increased testing. Learn about the precent of test target, ICU occupied, number of cases per million per day and the COVID+ rate in the state
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t affecting all communities the same way. The COVID Racial Data Dashboard helps us track this inequity by publishing topline racial data compared with state demographic data.
Using this interactive map you can see the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location. You can reduce the risk that one case becomes many by wearing a mask, distancing, and gathering outdoors in smaller groups.
Scientists have found that a specific mutation, known as 614G, which was first spotted in China in early January and then spread quickly throughout Europe and NY city, made the pandemic harder to stop.
A new study on Duke University’s coronavirus testing and surveillance strategy highlights the importance of widespread testing of asymptomatic individuals to prevent transmission and provides support for the feasibility of a pooled testing approach, in which multiple samples are combined in a single test.
The drug maker Pfizer said on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine had no serious side effects, the first step of complete results from a late stage vaccine trial. The data showed that the vaccine prevented mild and servere forms of COVID-19
It is important that you wash your hands after you handle food packaging. The Chinese city of Jinan said over the weekend it had found coronavirus on beef and tripe and their packaging from Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand, while two other provincial capitals detected it on packaging on pork from Argentina.
Dr. Christiane Northrup went viral with some interesting claims about the mRNA COVID vaccines. This video debunks her claims and explains that the COVID19 vaccine is not a conspiracy to control you.
Even Though there is promising news about vaccines, and Pfizer has announced a vaccine that is 90% effective, scientist say what the vaccine is effective against is going to matter a lot for the timeline of the pandemic.
Most tests to determine if somebody has already been infected with COVID-19 check for antibodies, but a new study in Italy found that those tests are much less accurate than a new type that looks for a type of immune cell called a T cell.
The study by Arizona University has shown that high-quality antibodies are still being produced five to seven months after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Learn about how the immune response works.
A new simulation from the Fugaku supercomputer in Japan demonstrates how the seating arrangement can make a difference to how easily the coronavirus is transmitted to dining companions at the same table. Humidity seems to make a difference in transmission.
More people have died from the pandemic than initially reported. Looking at the excess deaths in the US during the first five months of the Pandemic we find excess deaths as a result of heart disease, alzheimer's and dementia not directly related to coronavirus.
WHO says the lockdowns are a good tactic in situations where the transmission is spiralling out of control and a threat that the health system will be overwhelmed. But they should not be used as the main strategy and the decision should be considered carefully.
Scientist have pinned down common gene variants that are linked to the most severe cases of COVID19 and the reason why some people get very sick and others show only mild symptoms. This discovery leads to discovery of existing drugs that could be repurposed to help sick patients.
A 25-year-old was infected twice with the coronavirus earlier this year, scientists in Nevada have confirmed. It is the first confirmed case of so-called reinfection with the virus in the U.S. and the fifth confirmed reinfection case worldwide.
Epidemiologists reviewed 25 studies of cloth face masks. Here’s what they found out about how well they work, why they work, who they protect and why the mosquito and chain-link fence analogy is wrong.
The virus responsible for Covid-19 can survive for up to 28 days on surfaces such as glass, steel, vinyl, paper and polymer banknotes, Australian researchers said on Monday, reinforcing the importance of effective cleaning and handwashing to curb the spread of the disease.
This post answers some important question about long haulers. In essence some people experience symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, chest pain, cough. These symptoms are not related to the severity of the infection.
South Korea's response to Covid-19 has been widely praised. The reason for their success is contact tracing. They have been able to quickly identify people exposed to the virus and the citizens comply with a 2 week quarantine to stop the spread.
It’s still a way off, but a feasible, fast, at-home SARS-CoV-2 test is on the horizon. This new device being developed by Caltech will be able to detect coronavirus in ten minutes by analyzing a drop of your blood.
They made an experiment by releasing droplets in a room to see how it spreads. They found that people in front of the room are more susceptible and at higher risk in a properly ventilated room. In a poorly ventilated room the entire room is at risk.
Passengers sat in window seats in the middle of an economy class cabin on a Qantas Airways flight in March were most at risk from contracting coronavirus, according to research by Australian scientists into that particular trip.
To date, the range and scope of verifiable research data linking cannabinoids with COVID-19 prevention is highly limited; however, novel approaches to the prevention of COVID-19 include a single study examining the possibility of incorporating CBD into oral solutions, such as mouthwashes and throat gargling liquids, with a view to ‘lowering or modulating ACE2 levels in high-risk tissues’.
A flurry of recent studies has shown that people with extra weight are more susceptible than others to severe bouts of disease. And experiments in animals and human cells have demonstrated how excess fat can disrupt the immune system.
Looking at the records of over 73 million patients in the US, of whom 12,033 had Covid-19, the study found those who had recently been diagnosed with a substance use disorder were significantly more at risk of Covid-19 than the average population.
Months after recovering from COVID-19, some college athletes are showing signs of heart inflammation brought on by a rare condition called myocarditis that may be linked to SARS-CoV-2 exposure, doctors reported September 11 in JAMA Cardiology.
The fastest vaccine ever developed was four years. With billions of dollars invested so far fast tracking the development of the vaccine, it has allowed the vaccine makers produce doses, before knowing of the vaccine works. The idea is that if a vaccine is shown to be protective, use of it can start immediately.
Seventy-six wealthy nations are now committed to joining a global COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) that aims to help buy and fairly distribute the shots, the project’s co-lead said on Wednesday.
Losing the ability to smell or taste are two of the symptoms associated with Covid-19. But while many have regained their senses, for others it has turned into a phenomenon called parosmia, leaving them trapped in a world of distorted scents.