Tag: Covid

COVID cases rise sharply among kids as school year starts

(HealthDay)—As the school year gets underway across the United States, new data shows that coronavirus cases among children are climbing. Since the pandemic began, children have represented 14.8% of total cases, but for the week ending Aug. 26, that percentage jumped to 22.4%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While child COVID-19 cases declined

Long COVID, big bills: grim legacy of even short hospital stays

When COVID-19 patients are discharged from the hospital, most are far from being well—even if their hospital stay was fairly short. That’s among the initial findings of a study that followed Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 during the pandemic’s “third wave”—the fall of 2020 through early 2021. Researchers found that of 253 patients discharged from the

UK warns COVID monitor devices work less well for darker skin

Britain’s state-run healthcare service warned Saturday that devices used by people with COVID to monitor blood-oxygen levels at home may give inaccurate readings for people with darker skin. The warning concerned pulse oximeters, currently being used by many of those at risk of severe COVID symptoms to check their blood-oxygen levels. Below a certain reading,

Biden says US to see new Covid restrictions in all probability

US President Joe Biden said on Friday “in all probability” new guidelines or restrictions would be imposed in the United States in response to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Asked if Americans should expect new recommendations from health authorities or new restrictive measures, the president responded, “in all probability,” before leaving the White House by

WHO’s COVID weapons fight still $16.8 bn short

The World Health Organization’s global appeal for funding for coronavirus vaccines, treatments, diagnostics and equipment is still $16.8-billion short—almost half its total needs, the WHO said Tuesday. The funding shortfall comes amid a widening gap between rich and poor nations in their ability to fight the pandemic, with access to vaccines woefully uneven. WHO chief

S.Africa daily Covid cases hit record as controls tightened

South Africa on Friday recorded a record tally of new COVID-19 infections, with more than 24,000 cases in the continent’s country hardest hit by the coronavirus, official figures showed. The latest infections identified in the past 24-hours surpass the peak of 21,980 in January and take the new cumulative total past two million. The National

Covid spreading in Africa at record pace, says WHO

The Delta variant of coronavirus is driving the pandemic forward in Africa at record speeds, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday. Infection numbers have increased in Africa for six weeks running, rising by a quarter week-on-week to almost 202,000 in the week that ended Sunday, it said. The continent’s weekly record currently stands

COVID trajectory in Africa very, very concerning: WHO

The World Health Organization voiced alarm Friday at surging COVID-19 cases across Africa, with the spread of new more contagious variants even as vaccination rates remain dangerously low. “It’s a trajectory that is very, very concerning,” WHO’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan told reporters from the organisation’s headquarters in Geneva. According to WHO data, the number

EU summit welcomes COVID certificate to unlock travel

EU leaders on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of a bloc-wide COVID-19 pass that they hope will unlock a tourist surge this summer. The 27 member states want the EU Digital COVID Certificate, to be launched July 1, to turn the page on coronavirus restrictions that have crimped Europeans’ cherished freedom of movement. Coupled with a

COVID vaccination in pregnancy may pass helpful antibodies to baby

Here’s reassuring news for moms-to-be: Pregnant women who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to transfer protective antibodies to their babies, a new study says. The researchers assessed 122 pregnant women who received the vaccines. They also analyzed the cord blood of the women’s babies at the time of birth. The helpful antibodies

EU drug agency starts COVID jab evaluation for 12 to 15-year olds

Europe’s medicines watchdog said Monday it had begun evaluating the use of Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, after a similar request in the United States. Its possible authorisation for children is seen as a crucial step towards achieving herd immunity. The European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee “will carry out an accelerated

Indian Covid variant found in at least 17 countries: WHO

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that a variant of COVID-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in over a dozen countries. The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19 first found in India had as of Tuesday been detected in over 1,200 sequences