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Europe weighs COVID-19 steps as global total tops 59 million

By |2020-12-01T16:45:47+00:00December 1st, 2020|

As some European countries see some promising signs that their latest lockdowns are slowing the pace of COVID-19, the progress raises new questions about how to unwind the measures in a way that prevents a third wave of infections at the start of the new year. Over the weekend and through today, the world added about [...]

GAO notes distance learning challenges for students in need

By |2020-12-01T16:45:47+00:00December 1st, 2020|

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report late last week—completed as part of the GAO’s COVID-19 monitoring and oversight responsibilities under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—detailed the challenges of distance learning for 5 million English language learners (ELL) and more than 7 million students who receive special education services. Both these groups face persistent [...]

Kids’ COVID cases on the rise, but most are mild, new data show

By |2020-12-01T16:45:46+00:00December 1st, 2020|

While the proportion of COVID-19 cases in children has tripled or quadrupled since the start of the pandemic, it remains below their proportion of the US population, and hospitalizations and deaths are uncommon—although racial minorities and those with public insurance and underlying conditions appear to be at higher risk for serious outcomes, according to two [...]

DHHS Identifies Fifth Jamestown Canyon Virus Case Of The 2020 Arboviral Season In New Hampshire

By |2020-12-01T16:45:45+00:00December 1st, 2020|

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is announcing that an adult from Newport, NH, tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV) The arboviral risk level for cities and towns indicates the risk of transmission mosquito-borne diseases to people. Risk levels will be adjusted [...]

Should I get a flu shot this year?

By |2020-12-01T16:45:42+00:00December 1st, 2020|

Q. I’m debating whether I need to get a flu shot this year. Do you think it’s worthwhile? A. The answer to this question is an emphatic yes. It’s more important than ever to get a flu shot this year for a number of reasons. First, it will reduce your likelihood of contracting, being hospitalized for, or dying [...]

COVID-19 most contagious in first 5 days of illness, study finds

By |2020-12-01T16:45:40+00:00December 1st, 2020|

A study published yesterday in The Lancet Microbe shows that COVID-19 is most contagious in the first 5 days after symptom onset, underscoring the importance of early case identification and quarantine. Led by researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, the systematic review and meta-analysis included 98 studies on 7,997 patients infected with coronaviruses that cause COVID-19 [...]

Early birds may be more active, but night owls can catch up

By |2020-12-01T16:45:39+00:00December 1st, 2020|

Being an early bird has long been associated with a go-getter attitude. Early birds, or those who tend to wake early and go to bed early, are people who naturally feel sleepy earlier in the evening and naturally wake early in the morning. For an early bird type, a 9 pm bedtime may be the [...]

Sorry, the COVID-19 vaccine won’t make life go back to normal right away

By |2020-12-01T16:45:37+00:00December 1st, 2020|

Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine might get FDA emergency use authorization in a few weeks, and a small group of Americans might begin getting shots in December. Moderna’s vaccine might quickly follow. But even for those who can get vaccinated soon—potentially 20 million people in the U.S., out of a population of more than 320 million—life won’t [...]

Global officials urge more steps to drive down COVID spread

By |2020-11-27T16:07:29+00:00November 27th, 2020|

Health officials in different parts of the world urged people to double down on their individual actions to curb the spread of COVID-19 to avoid protracted lockdowns and to maintain and improve upon hard-fought gains against the virus. Europe reports 1 death every 17 seconds In Europe, though weekly cases have declined slightly, signals of overwhelmed health [...]

Penicillin shortages tied to more congenital syphilis in Rio

By |2020-11-27T16:07:27+00:00November 27th, 2020|

Shortages of benzathine penicillin (BP) appeared to at least double the incidence of congenital syphilis (CS) in Rio de Janeiro from 2013 to 2017, according to a study this week in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Almost 20% average supply deficit By using data from the Brazil Information System of Notifiable Diseases, CS registry, the Pharmaceutical Assistance Center [...]