Amid the latest surge of COVID-19 cases, health care workers yet again are having to make difficult triage decisions in caring for patients.
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A physician-bioethicist reflects on how health professionals are yet again facing painful reminders of the early months of the pandemic.
A group of protesters stands inside the Utah State Capitol in 2016, criticizing a proposal to make polygamy a felony again.
Fear of prosecution and a history of distrust toward the government have contributed to some fundamentalist groups’ views of medicine.
Some vaccines use mRNA to make copies of the triangular red spike proteins to induce immunity.
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The new omicron variant of coronavirus has a number of mutations that may require manufacturers to update vaccines. The unique attributes of mRNA vaccines make updating them fast and easy.
Reflecting on the growing demand for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests.
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The Biden administration intends to distribute an additional 500 million at-home rapid COVID tests starting in January.
Health care providers are just one trusted source of information for parents on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for children.
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Pediatricians and other health care providers can take some concrete steps toward building trust and counteracting anti-vaccination misinformation.
The U.S. government funded a significant portion of the R&D behind the Moderna vaccine.
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Moderna claims its scientists alone invented the mRNA sequence used to produce its COVID-19 vaccine. The US government, which helped fund the drug, disagrees.
Many grocery store workers have experienced high rates of anxiety and depression during the pandemic.
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Supermarket employees, still laboring in crisis mode, continue to report significant rises in physical and mental health problems.
People wait at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Nov. 26, 2021, as many nations moved to stop air travel from the country.
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Should countries require COVID-19 vaccination for entry while vaccines remain globally scarce?
The huge number of active coronavirus infections offers plenty of opportunity for mutations to occur and new variants to arise.
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When the coronavirus copies itself, there is a chance its RNA will mutate. But new variants must jump from one host to another, and the more infections there are, the better chance this will happen.
Public health officials need to know where to focus their vaccination outreach efforts.
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Machine learning algorithms can help public health officials identify areas of high vaccine hesitancy by ZIP code to better target messaging and outreach and counter misinformation.
Little information is available to college students on stopping the spread of COVID-19 within an intimate relationship.
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Schools have not adequately educated students about the increased risks of virus transmission when it comes to being sexually intimate.
In reprioritizing public health, the U.S. limited its ability to respond quickly and effectively to the pandemic.
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While neoliberalism has allowed U.S. markets to grow, the resultant stunted public health system left Americans to figure out how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and its fallout on their own.
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In a sample of white-tailed deer, 80% were found to have an active COVID infection.
Research suggests that about 20% of all prescriptions are administered “off-label.”
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The CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine provider agreement prohibits health care professionals from administering the vaccines in people for whom they are not yet authorized or approved. But this departs from longstanding norms.
Strong narratives can help sway opinions.
Two film crews comprised of Latino and Black cinematic arts graduate students made short films to counter vaccine fears in both communities.
Emblems of America’s epidemics.
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The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.
If authorized, molnupiravir could be a key oral treatment to help keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital.
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Merck and Pfizer both have oral antiviral pills under review by the FDA. Such treatments could help turn the tide of the pandemic.
Washing your hands is an easy and effective way to reduce the spread of illness.
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The risk of getting the coronavirus from a surface is low. But the frequent hand-washing from early in the pandemic is a good thing since most people weren’t washing their hands enough to begin with.
Almost half of the countries in Africa have vaccination rates below 2%.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many nurses feeling burned out, and its long-term effects on the profession are unknown.
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Exhausted and demoralized nurses are leaving the profession at alarming rates as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.