The Final Push to End the Coronavirus Pandemic in the U.S.

At last, shots are going into arms in significant numbers, but too many people could still fall through the cracks.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Companies Shouldn’t Require Employees to Get Vaccines

Let the government make the policy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

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5 Picture Books About the Wonders of Science

Fossils, flowers, galaxies and a rare “lefty” snail.

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Germans Clamor for Covid Vaccines, but Shun AstraZeneca’s Offering

Hundreds of thousands of AstraZeneca doses are sitting unopened as many Germans reject the vaccine over fears it is “second-class” compared to the one developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #germany, #koch-robert-institute, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #steinmeier-frank-walter, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories

Narrative medicine programs teach doctors and other caregivers “sensitive interviewing skills” and the art of “radical listening” to improve patient care.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #telemedicine

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Covid Vaccines Work. They Likely Also Reduce Transmission

How to understand the difference between vaccination to prevent Covid-19 and shots to halt infection.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Her White Blood Count Was Dangerously Low. Was Med School Still Safe?

She was days away from defending her dissertation when her doctor told her she needed to have a biopsy that could change her life.

#adderall-drug, #attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, #medicine-and-health

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Coronavirus Vaccine Nears Final Tests in Cuba. Tourists May Be Inoculated.

Amid bread shortages, Cuba gets one step closer to a scientific milestone: the mass production of a coronavirus vaccine invented on the island.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won’t Stop

Other news organizations have their own personnel dramas. But none attract the spotlight like The Times.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #mcneil-donald-g-jr, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #race-and-ethnicity

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As Millions Get Covid Vaccine Shots, F.D.A. Struggles With Safety Monitoring

For now, the government has been relying on a patchwork of programs that officials say are hampered by limited size and gaps in data collection.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Vaccine Had to Be Used. He Used It. He Was Fired.

Ten doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would expire within hours, so a Houston doctor gave it to people with medical conditions, including his wife. What followed was “the lowest moment in my life,” Dr. Hasan Gokal said.

#bynum-franklin, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harris-county-tex, #hasan-gokal, #houston-tex, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #ogg-kim, #pakistan, #sarcoidosis, #sugar-land-tex, #texas, #texas-medical-assn, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Covid-19 in Mexico: Oxygen Shortage Leaves Many to Die at Home

With hospitals overrun, Mexicans fighting the coronavirus at home face a deadly hurdle: a lack of oxygen tanks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #oxygen, #shortages

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Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, and Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Health agencies and hospitals are using different formulas to allocate the coronavirus shots, exacerbating disparities in vaccine access.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #providence-healthservices, #vaccination-and-immunization

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60 Black Health Experts Urge Black Americans to Get the Covid Vaccine

Disinformation has pervaded social media and is an assault on our people.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #national-academy-of-medicine, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Health Care Workers Hit Hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Suddenly the Man Couldn’t See. Was His Chest Pain Connected?

A gray cloud obscured the vision in the man’s eye. A medical student in the E.R. found the cause in an entirely different part of his body.

#eyes-and-eyesight, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #stroke, #tumors

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How New Vaccine News Gives Hope for Spring, if Enough People Get the Shots

New data from several vaccine trials offer positive signs, but many public health experts say emerging variants mean the next few months will be a race against the virus.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #johnsonjohnson, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #novavax-inc, #nursing-homes, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Virus Variant Spreading in Britain May Make Vaccines Less Effective, Study Shows

The highly infectious variant has developed a worrisome mutation, new research has found. 

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #medicine-and-health, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Even in Poorer Neighborhoods, the Wealthy Are Lining Up for Vaccines

Officials acknowledge that the coveted shots are disproportionately going to white people and that planners’ efforts to course-correct are having limited effect.

#black-people, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #hispanic-americans, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites, #your-feed-healthcare

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To Understand This Era, You Need to Think in Systems

How Zeynep Tufekci saw Covid-19 coming, and what she thinks we’re still getting wrong.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #republican-party, #social-media

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Top E.U. Official Comes Under Fire in Vaccine Wars

Ursula von der Leyen has largely stayed away from the limelight while driving the handling of a crisis and letting subordinates take the blame.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dombrovskis-valdis, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #european-commission, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #kyriakides-stella, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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Joseph Sonnabend, Early Force in Fight Against AIDS, Dies at 88

At the epicenter of the epidemic in New York City, he was a pioneer researcher who, as a clinician, also made house calls.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #amfar-the-foundation-for-aids-research, #deaths-obituaries, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #medicine-and-health, #research, #sonnabend-joseph-a

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Pregnant Women Get Conflicting Advice on Covid-19 Vaccines

The W.H.O. and the C.D.C. provide differing views, and experts partly blame a lack of data because expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials.

#american-college-of-obstetrics-and-gynecology, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Yes, Jumping the Covid Vaccine Line Matters

When hospital administrators and politicians’ spouses get immunized before people more at risk, it undermines confidence in the system.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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In U.K., Concern Grows Over Vaccine Hesitancy Among Minority Groups

There are increasing calls to prioritize people of color, who have been harder hit by the coronavirus. But for some of them, a mistrust of the authorities has fed into anxieties about the shots’ safety.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden, Try for 2 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations a Day

The administration’s vaccine plan isn’t ambitious enough.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #jha-ashish, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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To Promote Vaccines, New Orleans Dances With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

The new, upbeat ‘Sleeves Up, NOLA’ campaign deftly uses local personalities and the Carnival dance culture to encourage citizens to get a Covid shot.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mardi-gras, #medicine-and-health, #new-orleans-la, #slogans-and-mottoes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Ex-C.D.C. Chief on Challenge of Serving Trump During Pandemic

Dr. Robert Redfield predicted the “worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus and expressed frustration with the politicization of mask-wearing and mitigation efforts.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #redfield-robert-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What You Can Do to Avoid the New Coronavirus Variant Right Now

It’s more contagious than the original and spreading quickly. Upgrade your mask and double down on precautions to protect yourself.

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Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands.

#budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-rica, #istanbul-turkey, #medical-tourism, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #pandemic, #surgery-and-surgeons, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #united-states

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Covid Response Was a Global Series of Failures, W.H.O. Panel Says

An interim report from the World Health Organization is both a bleak recounting of deadly missteps and an early blueprint for repairs: “We have failed in our collective capacity.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #medicine-and-health, #world-health-organization

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In New Jersey, Smokers Can Get Covid Vaccine

New Jersey is one of only two states that has included smoking among the high-risk medical conditions that make people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #medicine-and-health, #new-jersey, #nursing-homes, #smoking-and-tobacco, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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An 11-Minute Body-Weight Workout With Proven Fitness Benefits

Five minutes of burpees, jump squats and other calisthenics, alternating with rest, improved aerobic endurance in out-of-shape men and women.

#exercise, #international-journal-of-exercise-science, #medicine-and-health, #research

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The New C.D.C. Chief Rochelle Walensky’s Pledge on Public Health

Even when the news is bleak.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People

Some states are already expanding eligibility to people 65 and over, even though millions of people the C.D.C. recommends go first — health care workers and nursing home residents — have yet to get shots.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #governors-us, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Biden Plans Coronavirus Vaccination Blitz After Inauguration

The incoming Biden administration plans to set up federally run mass vaccination sites and to release all government-held vials, rather than hold some back for second doses.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Picks Dr. Nunez-Smith to Lead Health Equity Task Force

Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #krumholz-harlan-m, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #native-americans, #nunez-smith-marcella, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #st-thomas-virgin-islands, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yale-university, #your-feed-science

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Why 300 Doses of Vaccine Sat Unused in Freezers for 2 Weeks

Small numbers of doses have even been thrown out as New York City’s mass vaccination campaign gets off to a dispiriting start.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How to Fix the Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

The situation is already devolving into chaos. We need new ideas.

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Don’t Worry Too Much About Covid Vaccine Allergic Reactions

We should expect some people to experience side effects. The shot is still safer than the disease.

#anaphylactic-shock, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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For Covid-19 Vaccines, Some Are Too Rich — and Too Poor

Global inequality is shaping which countries get vaccines first. In South Africa, people’s best chance for vaccines anytime soon is to join an experimental trial.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization

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H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

He used medicine to take on poverty, racism and the threat of nuclear destruction. Two groups he helped start won Nobel Peace Prizes.

#black-people, #boston-mass, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #geiger-h-jack, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #nobel-prizes, #poverty

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Her Stomach Hurt Unbearably. Her Doctors Were Baffled.

Then she remembered a story from her mother.

#crohns-disease, #digestive-tract, #genetics-and-heredity, #medicine-and-health

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Mexico Begins Covid Vaccine Rollout

Mexico is the first country in Latin America, a region hard hit by the coronavirus, to begin delivering vaccines. A head nurse at a Mexico City hospital was the first to get a shot.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Could Get Chaotic

There are already signs that the rollout will be messy, confusing and chaotic.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #privatization

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The Pandemic’s Inhuman Demands

Emotional respite has become a scarce public resource.

#birx-deborah-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #medicine-and-health, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media

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Covid Is an Afterthought in War-Torn Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, life goes on as though the coronavirus never existed. “Fake news,” some say, even as a second wave has brought on a surge of new cases and hospitalizations.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #medicine-and-health

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‘The Pandemic Is a Prisoner’s Dilemma Game’

Using game theory, researchers modeled two ways of prioritizing vaccinations, to see which saved more lives.

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Covid Guide: How to Get Through the Pandemic

Times are tough now, but the end is in sight. If we hunker down, keep our families safe during the holidays and monitor our health at home, life will get better in the spring. Here’s how to get through it.

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