CDC recommends double masks to help protect against COVID-19 (cbsnews.com)

cbsnews.com

After months of demands for federal health officials to update mask recommendations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines Wednesday that include wearing well-fitting face masks or two masks at a time to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submitted by Admin on Thu, 02/11/2021 - 19:37

Common asthma drug cuts COVID-19 hospitalization risk, recovery time - Oxford study (reuters.com)

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(Reuters) - A commonly used asthma treatment appears to reduce the need for hospitalizations as well as recovery time for COVID-19 patients if given within seven days of symptoms appearing, researchers at the University of Oxford said on Tuesday.

The findings were made following a mid-stage study of the steroid budesonide, sold as Pulmicort by AstraZeneca Plc and also used for treating smoker’s lung.

Read the complete article on reuters.com

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 02/09/2021 - 19:44

Age groups that sustain resurging COVID-19 epidemics in the United States (sciencemag.org)

Following initial declines, in mid 2020 a resurgence in transmission of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) occurred in the US and Europe. As COVID19 disease control efforts are re-intensified, understanding the age demographics driving transmission and how these affect the loosening of interventions is crucial. We analyze aggregated, age-specific mobility trends from more than 10 million individuals in the US and link these mechanistically to age-specific COVID-19 mortality data.

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 19:32

COVID-19 will likely be with us forever. Here's how we'll live with it. (nationalgeographic.com)

nationalgeographic.com

As COVID-19 continues to run its course, the likeliest long-term outcome is that the virus SARS-CoV-2 becomes endemic in large swaths of the world, constantly circulating among the human population but causing fewer cases of severe disease. Eventually—years or even decades in the future—COVID-19 could transition into a mild childhood illness, like the four endemic human coronaviruses that contribute to the common cold.

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 01/22/2021 - 20:00

Cancer patients and the COVID-19 vaccines (redhutch.org)

redhutch.org

The initial batch of COVID-19 vaccines are now available in the U.S. following incredibly fast — “warp speed” — development and testing.

Not so incredibly, there’s a lot of confusion among cancer patients — as well as their oncologists and caregivers — as to whether the vaccine is a good idea or a bad idea for somebody dealing with cancer.

Submitted by Admin on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 19:58
npr.org

The grim milestones are piling up as the United States experiences another surge in coronavirus cases. Nearly 300,000 new cases were reported on Saturday. The cumulative death toll crossed more than 350,000 the same day, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard.

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 01/03/2021 - 18:52