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03 Nov

Zinc Supplements May Help Prevent Colds and other Respiratory Tract Infections, Study Finds

Zinc supplements may help prevent respiratory tract infections, ease symptoms and shorten illness, researchers say.

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19 Jan
WHO Says Worst of Pandemic Could Ease This Year if Vaccine Inequities Erased

WHO Says Worst of Pandemic Could Ease This Year if Vaccine Inequities Erased

If COVID-19 vaccines and medicines are shared equally worldwide, the pandemic could ease this year, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

However, if wealthier countries don't share their resources with poorer countries, there will continue to be high ra...

19 Jan
No Evidence Breastfeeding Can Transmit Coronavirus

No Evidence Breastfeeding Can Transmit Coronavirus

Breastfeeding moms can rest easier: New research finds no evidence their milk transmits the virus that causes COVID-19 to their babies.

“Breast milk is an invaluable source of nutrition to infants," said lead author Dr. Paul Krogstad of the University of California, Lo...

19 Jan
No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

Even if you don't have side effects from your COVID-19 vaccine, it's likely still working to protect you, a reassuring new report shows.

Many people who receive the ...

18 Jan
Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

It's too soon to determine whether Omicron's rapid spread will turn a pandemic virus into an endemic disease, America's top infectious disease expert says.

That "would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response to the prior variant,"...

18 Jan
Vaping Might Worsen COVID-19 Symptoms

Vaping Might Worsen COVID-19 Symptoms

TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you vape and catch COVID-19, you may feel a whole lot worse than people who come down with the virus but don't use

18 Jan
Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As a record number of American kids are being hospitalized with COVID-19, a new study helps clarify which ones are at the highest risk for serious complications.

The study tracked over 3,200 children and teena...

18 Jan
At-Home COVID Tests Accurate for Ki​ds: Study

At-Home COVID Tests Accurate for Ki​ds: Study

Despite earlier concerns that at-home COVID-19 tests might be less accurate than PCR tests, new research in U.S. children and teens adds to evidence that the rapid tests are highly accurate.

The scientists said the accuracy of the tests — which can be used at home and ...

17 Jan
COVID Cases Surge Again in U.S. Nursing Homes

COVID Cases Surge Again in U.S. Nursing Homes

Residents of nursing homes have been a particularly at-risk group throughout the pandemic, and the advent of the fast-spreading Omicron variant has them facing another wave of infections and deaths, new data shows.

During

14 Jan
Worried About Omicron? Expert Offers Tips on Going Out Safely

Worried About Omicron? Expert Offers Tips on Going Out Safely

As the Omicron variant rages across the United States, an expert outlines how to reduce your risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

Be cautious when it comes to social activities and consider the amount of risk you're willing to accept in order to get together with othe...

14 Jan
1 in 10 People With COVID Still Infectious After 10 Days: Study

1 in 10 People With COVID Still Infectious After 10 Days: Study

One in 10 people with COVID-19 could still be infectious beyond 10 days, and some could remain so for as long as two months, a new study suggests.

U.K. researchers reported that a new test can detect whether the

14 Jan
Masks Cut Distance Coronavirus Travels in Half, Study Finds

Masks Cut Distance Coronavirus Travels in Half, Study Finds

Face masks are touted as a key tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and a new study offers more proof that they work.

Florida researchers found face masks cut the distance that airborne pathogens such as the coronavirus can travel by more than half.

The findi...

12 Jan
Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week

Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week

In a sign that the highly contagious Omicron variant is sparing no one, a new report shows that new COVID-19 cases among U.S. children spiked to a high of more than 580,000 for the week ending Jan. 6, a 78% increase from the week before.

"Since many children remain unva...

12 Jan
As Omicron Rages, How Important Are Case Counts Anymore?

As Omicron Rages, How Important Are Case Counts Anymore?

The record-breaking numbers surrounding the Omicron surge are dizzying, with so many Americans falling prey to the highly infectious COVID-19 variant.

The United States reported more than 1.3 million COVID cases on Monday, the

12 Jan
U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say

The Omicron surge may have peaked in Britain and could be about to do the same in the United States, experts report.

That's because the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa in mid-November is so contagious that the variant may already be running out of people ...

12 Jan
BinaxNOW Test Catches COVID Infection in Many People, Study Shows

BinaxNOW Test Catches COVID Infection in Many People, Study Shows

Countering earlier concerns, a real-world study finds that a widely used at-home coronavirus test called BinaxNOW is as effective at detecting Omicron as other COVID-19 variants.

The ...

12 Jan
White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID Tests Every Month

White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID Tests Every Month

In an effort to keep kids in classrooms, the White House announced Wednesday that 10 million free coronavirus tests will be provided to schools around the country every month while the wildly contagious Omicron variant continues to surge.

President Joe Biden has been pus...

11 Jan
Pfizer Says Omicron-Specific Vaccine Ready by March

Pfizer Says Omicron-Specific Vaccine Ready by March

Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron variant will be ready by March.

The company has already started making the new version of the vaccine, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC's "Squawk Box," CBS News rep...

11 Jan
Americans Should Avoid Travel to Canada: CDC

Americans Should Avoid Travel to Canada: CDC

Americans should avoid travel to Canada due to "very high" levels of COVID-19 cases in that country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The agency placed Canada under a Level 4 travel health notice, which is the highest category and inc...

11 Jan
U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Pass Last Winter's Peak

U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Pass Last Winter's Peak

The United States has passed another grim milestone in the pandemic as the Omicron variant races across the country: COVID hospitalizations have now eclipsed a previous peak, which was seen last January.

There were 142,388 people hospitalized with

11 Jan
U.S. Insurers Must Cover 8 COVID At-Home Tests a Month: White House

U.S. Insurers Must Cover 8 COVID At-Home Tests a Month: White House

Private insurers will have to cover the cost of eight at-home COVID tests per person per month as of Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday.

“Today’s action further removes financial barriers and expands access to

10 Jan
Even Symptom-Free, People With Omicron Much More Likely to Spread COVID: Studies

Even Symptom-Free, People With Omicron Much More Likely to Spread COVID: Studies

Researchers say they've uncovered a clue to why the Omicron variant spreads COVID-19 so much more rapidly than its predecessors.

People who are infected but have no symptoms are still far more likely to infect others than they would have been with earlier variants, the d...

10 Jan
Do Not Use At-Home COVID Test Swabs in the Throat: FDA

Do Not Use At-Home COVID Test Swabs in the Throat: FDA

Swabs that come with at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests should be used in the nose and not the throat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

It issued the warning on Twitter...

10 Jan
Exposure to Common Cold Might Help Shield Against COVID

Exposure to Common Cold Might Help Shield Against COVID

Vaccination is still the best way to protect someone from COVID-19, but new research suggests that immune system activation of T-cells by common colds may offer some cross-protection.

The study might also provide a blueprint for a second-generation, universal vaccine th...

10 Jan
Need an At-Home COVID Test? Here's Help Finding and Using One

Need an At-Home COVID Test? Here's Help Finding and Using One

MONDAY, Jan. 10, 2022 (HealthDay Now) -- The surge of the Omicron variant across the United States has left people scrambling to find at-home COVID-19 test kits.

"Tests are in short supply, there's no doubt about it, because of the sheer volume of people wanting and need...

10 Jan
Amid COVID Test Shortages, Price Gouging Is on the Rise

Amid COVID Test Shortages, Price Gouging Is on the Rise

As the Omicron variant blankets America and demand for COVID-19 tests climbs, so, too, does price gouging.

High prices for over-the-counter antigen tests are being seen around the country, CBS News reported.

"The danger in health care is that for any lif...

10 Jan
New Worry: 'Flurona,' When COVID Meets the Flu

New Worry: 'Flurona,' When COVID Meets the Flu

It's a COVID phenomenon that had, until now, gone relatively unnoticed: You can be infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.

Thanks to the internet, it even has a name -- "flurona." And it will likely happen much more often this particular winter, as the flu s...

07 Jan
Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

A review of cases from 465 U.S. hospitals underscores the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines.

The new review -- by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health -- found that ...

07 Jan
Hospitals Are Rationing COVID Pills, Infusions as Cases Rise

Hospitals Are Rationing COVID Pills, Infusions as Cases Rise

It is the ultimate irony: More COVID-19 treatments exist now than at any other time during the pandemic, but the skyrocketing number of cases from the surging Omicron variant might mean you can't get them when you need them most.

Doctors and health systems are again in t...

07 Jan
White House Finalizes Plan to Send Americans Free COVID Rapid Tests

White House Finalizes Plan to Send Americans Free COVID Rapid Tests

The final touches are being put on the White House's plan to deliver 500 million free coronavirus rapid at-home test kits to households across America.

The administration will launch a website where people can request the

06 Jan
Some At-Home Tests May Miss Omicron in Early Stages of Infection

Some At-Home Tests May Miss Omicron in Early Stages of Infection

The Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue -- two widely used rapid at-home COVID tests -- may sometimes fail to spot evidence of the Omicron variant in the first days after infection, even when people are carrying substantial levels of the virus, preliminary research suggests.

06 Jan
UK Eases COVID Testing Rules for International Visitors

UK Eases COVID Testing Rules for International Visitors

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced that pre-departure tests for people traveling to the United Kingdom will no longer be required because restrictions meant to contain the international spread of the highly contagious

05 Jan
CDC Panel Backs FDA Approval of Boosters for Those Aged 12-15

CDC Panel Backs FDA Approval of Boosters for Those Aged 12-15

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shots for those between the ages of 12 and 17.

The Food and Drug Administration had announced the move on Monday.

In arri...

05 Jan
Kroger, Walmart Hike Prices on COVID At-Home Tests

Kroger, Walmart Hike Prices on COVID At-Home Tests

Your at-home COVID-19 test could now come with a higher price tag, depending on where you buy it.

Kroger and Walmart stores were selling the test kits at cost or at a discount of up to 35% for 100 days after making a deal with the U.S. federal government, CBS News

05 Jan
Biden Urges Calm During Omicron Surge, Doubles Order for New COVID Pill

Biden Urges Calm During Omicron Surge, Doubles Order for New COVID Pill

Be concerned about the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, President Joe Biden urged Americans on Tuesday, but don’t be alarmed.

Biden delivered that message to reporters prior to a meeting with his COVID-19 response team, saying he was trying to convey both his admin...

05 Jan
Immune System T-Cells Can Fight Off Omicron

Immune System T-Cells Can Fight Off Omicron

While the Omicron variant appears wily enough to evade people's antibodies, researchers report that it should have a much harder time slipping past a person's T-cells.

"Despite being a preliminary study, we believe this is positive news. Even if Omicron, or some other va...

04 Jan
CDC Backs Boosters for High-Risk Kids Aged 5-11, Shorter Time Between Shots

CDC Backs Boosters for High-Risk Kids Aged 5-11, Shorter Time Between Shots

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday backed the emergency use approval of Pfizer's booster shot for high-risk kids between the ages of 5 and 11, along with shortening the time period between a second dose and a booster shot from six months to five mon...

04 Jan
U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

COVID-19 hospitalizations among children are surging across the United States just as students return to school and the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to dominate the country.

At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric ho...

03 Jan
FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Kids Aged 12-15

FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Kids Aged 12-15

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the emergency use of Pfizer's booster shot against COVID-19 for youths aged 12 to 15.

The move comes as the Omicron variant spreads across the country and students return to classrooms following the holiday break.<...

03 Jan
Negative COVID Test May Be Required After 5 Day's Isolation Among Asymptomatic

Negative COVID Test May Be Required After 5 Day's Isolation Among Asymptomatic

Right now, Americans who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms are advised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to isolate for five days and then wear a mask for another five days when around others.

But they could soon be asked to also...

03 Jan
Scientists Spot Clues to Why Omicron Infections Are Milder

Scientists Spot Clues to Why Omicron Infections Are Milder

New animal research offers a compelling explanation as to how the Omicron variant causes less severe disease than some of its predecessors: It seems to settle in the nose, throat and windpipe, rather than traveling down to the lungs.

“It’s fair to say that the idea o...

31 Dec
Big Weight Loss May Help Prevent Severe COVID-19

Big Weight Loss May Help Prevent Severe COVID-19

By now, most folks know obesity is a leading risk factor for severe COVID-19, but a new study suggests that losing a significant amount of weight can reduce that risk.

"The research

29 Dec
The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

New antiviral pills for COVID-19 recently authorized for emergency use in high-risk people by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should give doctors an easier means of keeping people out of the hospital.

But the initial hype is giving way to reality, as doctors and pu...

29 Dec
CDC Lowers Estimate of Omicron’s Prevalence in U.S.

CDC Lowers Estimate of Omicron’s Prevalence in U.S.

In an update that illustrates just how challenging it is to track the spread of a fast-moving virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday lowered its estimate of how prevalent the Omicron variant is in the United States.

The latest agency

29 Dec
FDA Says Rapid At-Home COVID Tests Not as Sensitive to Omicron

FDA Says Rapid At-Home COVID Tests Not as Sensitive to Omicron

Early research suggests that some rapid COVID-19 tests may be less able to detect the Omicron variant, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

To come to that conclusion, the agency used samples from patients confirmed to be infected with the Omicron variant ...

28 Dec
CDC Shrinks COVID Isolation Period to 5 Days for Asymptomatic Infections

CDC Shrinks COVID Isolation Period to 5 Days for Asymptomatic Infections

People who test positive for COVID-19 or who are exposed to the virus but have no symptoms will no longer have to isolate or quarantine for as long a time period, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Instead of 10 days, the isolation and quara...

28 Dec
How the COVID Virus Sneaks Past Immune Defenses

How the COVID Virus Sneaks Past Immune Defenses

Just how SARS-CoV-2 eludes the human immune system has mystified scientists for close to two years, but now they've uncovered an important clue.

Turns out the virus that causes COVID-19 has some stealth moves that allow it to spread from cell to cell, hiding from the imm...

27 Dec
More Flights Canceled as Omicron Continues to Hit Flight Crews

More Flights Canceled as Omicron Continues to Hit Flight Crews

The Omicron variant continued to keep flights grounded on Monday as airlines canceled at least 2,400 more flights around the world, including 900 in the United States.

Several airlines acknowledged that COVID-19 was contributing significantly to the cancellations, not ju...

27 Dec
Omicron Cases Pass U.S. Peak Seen With Delta, But With Fewer Hospitalizations

Omicron Cases Pass U.S. Peak Seen With Delta, But With Fewer Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is again surging throughout the United States, with the Omicron variant already outpacing this summer’s Delta variant in the rate of daily cases.

However, numbers of hospitalizations have not yet reached those surging numbers this holiday season, according to...

27 Dec
Early Strain of COVID-19 Spread Fast Because First Symptom Was Cough: Study

Early Strain of COVID-19 Spread Fast Because First Symptom Was Cough: Study

The COVID virus strain circulating in the United States during the pandemic's first wave spread so fast because it most often started with a cough, according to a new study.

It's likely that people with that strain -- D614G -- coughed and spread the virus before they wer...

27 Dec
U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Southern African Countries

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Southern African Countries

Starting Dec. 31, the United States will lift travel restrictions from eight countries in southern Africa.

The restrictions were first announced in late November in response to concerns about

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