Tag: Public Health

Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?

Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. Public health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are happy to have the additional money. Yet they worry

New restrictions irk many in Canada's most populous province

TORONTO — New pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada’s most populous province immediately ran into opposition on Saturday as police departments insisted they wouldn’t use new powers to randomly stop motorists and health experts complained the rules focus on outdoor activities rather than more dangerous indoor settings. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government announced Friday it was

Iran sets coronavirus infection record for 3rd straight day

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran hit a new coronavirus infection record on Thursday for the third straight day, reporting 22,586 new cases as the country grapples with a severe spike following the Persian New Year holiday. The new case count pushes Iran’s total during the pandemic over 2 million, including 63,884 deaths after health authorities reported

Foreigners flock to Serbia to get coronavirus vaccine shots

BELGRADE, Serbia — Thousands of vaccine-seekers from countries neighboring Serbia flocked to Belgrade on Saturday after Serbian authorities offered foreigners free coronavirus jabs if they showed up over the weekend. Long lines of Bosnians, Montenegrins and Macedonians — often entire families — formed in front of the main vaccination center in the Serbian capital as

CDC Director Says She Has a Sense of ‘Impending Doom’ About Fourth COVID Wave: ‘I’m Scared’

https://www.youtube.com/embed/QP-Ni4CPVKI Although vaccinations are on the rise, health officials are concerned about a possible fourth COVID-19 wave in the United States as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase. During a White House briefing on Monday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky delivered an "off-script" message, noting that while there's "so much reason

Hungary emerges as an EU vaccination star amid surging cases

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary has emerged as a European Union leader in COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to a strategy that sought shots from Russia and China as well as from inside the bloc, spurring increasing trust in jabs from eastern nations. But that strategy is up against a skyrocketing rise in new COVID-19 cases and deaths

Australia asks EU to stop blocking vaccine exports

BRUSSELS — Australia is seeking assurances from the European Union’s executive arm that future shipments of vaccines will not be blocked, after Italy banned a large export of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots. The shipment to Australia of more than a quarter-million doses was blocked from leaving the 27-nation bloc — the first use of an

Ethnic minorities have less access to COVID-19 vaccines, finds study

With several vaccines already having received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), vaccination campaigns have already begun in several countries the world over. However, as with the disease itself, the remedy continues to be plagued by issues of inequity and disparity. A new preprint examines the racial and ethnic differences between COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 evolves antibody resistance in immunocompromised patient

Researchers in the United States who tracked the evolution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in an immunocompromised patient found that convalescent plasma therapy was associated with the emergence of viral variants that were less susceptible to neutralizing antibodies. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is the agent responsible for the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that

Telemedicine-based program for COVID-19 patients helps maximize health care delivery

The rapid upscaling of a telemonitoring program in which health care providers performed daily telemedicine check-ins on COVID-19 patients faced a unique set of challenges. How these were resolved, and early outcomes are reported in the peer-reviewed journal Telemedicine and e-Health. "Kaiser Permanente's Virtual Home Care Program (VHCP) was able to rapidly establish a telemedicine-based

Do Stress and Anxiety Affect Sperm Quality?

Skip to How does stress affect sperm quality? Evidence linking stress and sperm quality How to improve sperm quality Several studies over the years have found a close link between psychological stress and infertility. Infertility is becoming more common these days, affecting 12  of 100 couples in the US. In about one-third of these cases,