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COVID Vaccine Rollout Could Begin Mid-December, Fauci Says

Approved vaccines against the new coronavirus could begin to be distributed to the most at-risk Americans as early as mid-December, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday.

"And as we get into the first quarter of 2021 — January, February, March — more and more people will get vaccinated," he added in an

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • Another Study Casts Doubt on 'Convalescent Plasma' as COVID-19 Treatment

    Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who'd survived the disease might help boost outcomes.

    But study findings released Nov. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine, along with disappointing results from prior trials, suggest that those initial hopes may have been unfounded.

    The new stu...

    WHO Says No to Remdesivir as COVID-19 Treatment

    The antiviral drug remdesivir is not recommended for hospitalized COVID-19 patients because there's no evidence that it reduces their need for ventilation or improves their chances of survival, a World Health Organization panel said Thursday.

    Remdesivir is regarded as a potential treatment for severe COVID-19 and is used to treat hospitalized patients, but there is uncertainty about its e...

    Deadly New Ebola-Like Disease Emerges in Bolivia

    A deadly South American virus that causes Ebola-like bleeding can spread human-to-human, public health officials have learned from its second-ever outbreak.

    Public health investigators have reconstructed the path by which the Chapare virus spread from person to person during a 2019 outbreak in Bolivia, leaping from the initial patient to several health care workers.

    But while the ro...

    Ebola's Hidden Spread May Be More Greater Than Thought

    When Ebola virus outbreaks occur, people's exposure may be more widespread than realized, according to new research. It found antibodies for the virus in people up to a year before the 2018 outbreak in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

    That suggests either that early cases were missed or that exposure was more common than previously known, according to researchers at the Universit...

    COVID Antibodies May Last Up to 5 Months

    How long does a person who has had mild-to-moderate COVID-19 retain the antibodies that can help them fight future infections? A new study suggests that resistance lasts at least five months.

    In search of potential donors for convalescent plasma therapy, researchers from Mount Sinai Health System in New York City screened more than 72,000 recovered patients between March and October.

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    Asymptomatic Kids With COVID-19 May Also Carry Less Virus

    Most kids infected with COVID-19 who don't have symptoms have low levels of the virus, compared with symptomatic children, a new study finds.

    Researchers said it's not clear why.

    "While these findings provide some reassurance about the safety of asymptomatically infected children attending school, these unanswered questions suggest that risk mitigation measures in day cares, schools...

    Vampire Bats Have Social Distancing Nailed Down

    People have to be told to keep their distance when they're sick, but vampire bats do it naturally, a new study finds.

    As a disease spreads through a population, changes in social behavior can change how the germ spreads. In some social insects, sick ones might voluntarily isolate or be excluded by their colony.

    Also, some sick animals exhibit increased lethargy and sleep and reduce ...

    NYC Transit Workers Hit Hard by COVID-19: Survey

    The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a significant toll on New York City transit workers, who are grappling with illness, anxiety and the loss of colleagues.

    About 24% of transit workers who participated in a pilot study led by New York University researchers reported having had COVID-19. About 76% said they knew a colleague who had died of the disease and 90% feared they also would get sick.<...

    Will Expelled Droplets Spread COVID? Ventilation May Be Key

    The tiny droplets that linger in the air after people talk, cough or sneeze aren't very efficient at spreading the new coronavirus, new research suggests.

    Using laser technology, researchers measured the path of droplets released when people spoke or coughed.

    If someone enters a room a few minutes after a person with mild COVID-19 symptoms has coughed in that area, the odds...

    People With Down Syndrome Face Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19

    When adults with Down syndrome contract COVID-19, their risk of dying is much higher than the norm, a large, new study finds.

    The researchers found that of over 8 million British adults, those with Down syndrome were four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, and 10 times more likely to die due to the infection.

    Right now, people with Down syndrome are not incl...

    Patients With Worst COVID-19 May Be Best Plasma Donors: Study

    Factors such as sex, age and severity of the disease may help identify COVID-19 survivors who have high levels of antibodies that can protect against the disease, a new study suggests.

    "These were significant patient characteristics that not only predicted the amount of antibody but the quality of that antibody," said lead author Sabra Klein, a professor in the Department of Molecula...

    Trial of Antibody Drug for COVID-19 Stopped for Lack of Effectiveness

    Testing of Eli Lilly's antibody drug for hospitalized COVID-19 patients has been halted because the treatment doesn't help them recover from their infection.

    Two weeks ago, enrollment in the study was paused because of a possible safety issue, the Associated Press reported. But the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which sponsored the Lilly study, pull...

    Psoriasis Meds Don't Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

    Researchers in the United Kingdom have reassuring news for people with psoriasis based on the first analysis of a global registry of COVID-19 patients who also have the skin disease.

    Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. This analysis of the international PsoProtect registry found that more than 90% of psoriasis patients surv...

    Loss of Smell More Common in COVID-19 Than Thought

    Loss of smell is common in COVID-19, but fewer people say they have this symptom than objective tests reveal, a new study finds.

    In fact, about 77% of COVID-19 patients who were directly measured had smell loss, but only 44% said they did, researchers found.

    Direct measures of smell involve having patients smell and report on actual odors, while self-reporting incl...

    Hospitals Straining Under Weight of Surging COVID Case Counts

    As the United States witnessed record-breaking daily coronavirus case counts over the weekend, public health experts warned that hospitals may soon reach a breaking point.

    More than 41,000 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the country, a 40 percent rise in the past month, The New York Times reported.

    But in sharp contrast to the early days of the pandemic, mor...

    Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome First Seen in Kids Also Strikes Adults

    When the new coronavirus pandemic first began, respiratory distress immediately became the hallmark of severe COVID-19 illness. News reports focused on the inability to breathe, low oxygen saturation levels and the alarming need for ventilators.

    But six months later, experts are becoming increasingly concerned about a very different COVID-19 phenomenon, one that spares the lungs only ...

    More Evidence Masks Slow COVID's Spread

    Here's more proof that masking up reduces transmission of COVID-19: A new Massachusetts study found that wearing face coverings resulted in a decrease in coronavirus cases among health care workers as infections were increasing in the surrounding community.

    "We found clear benefits to universal masking for preventing infectious spread within the work environment," researcher Dr. Ste...

    Kidney Trouble Greatly Raises Odds for Fatal COVID-19

    COVID-19 patients who have kidney disease or whose kidneys are damaged by the virus have a much higher risk of dying from the illness, a new study suggests.

    Researchers who studied 372 patients admitted to four intensive care units (ICUs) in the United Kingdom found that even those who had less severe kidney disease to start, as well as patients whose kidney disease was caused by the...

    U.S. Daily COVID-19 Case Count Sets New Record for the Pandemic

    The United States broke a bleak record on Friday, logging the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

    The tally of over 80,000 new infections eclipses the previous record of 76,533 new cases set on July 17, during a surge in cases across the Sun Belt, the Washington Post reported.

    The country could soon be facing its worst stretch of th...

    Nearly 130,000 U.S. Lives Saved by March if Everyone Wore Masks: Study

    A resurgence of the new coronavirus is bearing down upon the United States, with hundreds of thousands more deaths likely to occur over the next few months, according to one of the nation's top epidemic modeling teams.

    But there's one thing everyone can do to forestall the surge and save lives -- wear a face mask whenever you're out in public.

    The model suggests that total C...

    U.S. Daily COVID Case Count Nears Record for Pandemic

    The United States on Thursday recorded its second highest daily total of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 75,000 new infections, while eight states broke single-day records of new cases.

    Also on Thursday, the antiviral medicine remdesivir became the first drug to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to fight COVID-19.

    Such drugs are urgently n...

    Coronavirus in a Cough: Tests Show Masks Stopping the Spread

    A cough could spread a cloud of COVID-19 throughout a room, but a face mask can greatly shrink the size and spread of that cloud, a new study finds.

    In fact, the volume of the cloud without a mask is about seven times larger than with a surgical mask and 23 times larger than with an N95 mask, the researchers found.

    "We found that anything that reduces the distance traveled...

    Mask Use by Americans Now Tops 90%, Poll Finds

    Here's good news for public health officials who've been hammering home the need to wear face masks: Your messages have been getting through.

    A new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows that more Americans than ever are donning face masks to protect against COVID-19 infection.

    More than nine in 10 U.S. adults (93%) said they sometimes, often or always wear a mask or face c...

    CDC Broadens Definition of 'Close Contact' in Tracing COVID Infections

    In a move that widens the pool of people considered at risk for coronavirus infection, U.S. health officials released new guidance on Wednesday that redefines who's considered a "close contact" of an infected individual.

    The change, issued by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, will likely have the biggest impact in group settings where people are in repeated contact w...

    More Than Half of Americans Know Someone Infected or Ill With COVID: Poll

    More than half of all Americans have been personally affected by COVID-19 at this point in the pandemic, according to a new HealthDay-Harris Poll survey.

    The national survey was conducted by The Harris Poll between Oct. 8 and 12. It found that 55% of U.S. adults now say they know someone in their immediate or extended network of family and acquaintances who's been infected,...

    New Wave of COVID Infections Taking Hold in America

    A third surge of coronavirus cases now has a firm grip on the United States, with an average of 59,000 new infections being reported across the country every day.

    That tally is the highest since the beginning of August, and the likelihood is high that the country will soon see the most new COVID-19 infections a day since the pandemic began, The New York Times reported.

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    Pandemic Putting Americans Under Great Mental Strain: Poll

    COVID-19, health care, the economy, systemic racism and the presidential election are a threat to the nation's mental health, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) poll.

    Seventy-eight percent of adults polled said the pandemic is causing major stress and 60% called the array of issues facing the country overwhelming.

    And younger adults are really str...

    CDC Recommends Face Masks in All Public Transportation Settings

    TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to slow the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Monday that face masks be worn by everyone in all public transportation settings.

    That includes both passengers and people working in stations, terminals and airports across the country, CBS News reported.

    So far, th...

    Curbing COVID Brought Unexpected Benefit for Asthma Patients

    Measures enacted to slow the spread of the new coronavirus also appeared to reduce hospitalizations for asthma, a new study finds.

    Researchers compared weekly data on hospitalizations at 272 hospitals in Japan in the first five months of 2020 to the same period in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    Asthma hospitalizations in 2017-19 and 2020 showed similar trends until week eight, but in ...

    Swine Coronavirus Could Jump to People, Researchers Warn

    A coronavirus strain that has plagued the swine industry in recent years may have the ability to spread to people, researchers say.

    Swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) has infected swine herds throughout China since its discovery in 2016, according to a new report.

    In lab tests, scientists at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill showed that ...

    Reopened Schools in New York City Not Seeing COVID Case Spikes

    Three weeks after becoming the first big urban area to reopen public schools since the pandemic began, New York City is not seeing a feared surge in cases among students and staff.

    Instead, health officials are seeing a surprisingly small number of COVID-19 cases, The New York Times reported.

    Of 15,111 staff members and students tested randomly in the first wee...

    America Sees Daily COVID Cases Pass 60,000 Once Again

    The number of new U.S. coronavirus cases topped 60,000 on Thursday, a tally not reported since early August, as health experts worried the coming winter might push the toll even higher.

    The latest numbers have also sent the country's total COVID-19 case count past 8 million, the The New York Times reported.

    The surge is nationwide, with cases multiplying across the co...

    Chinese COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

    An experimental COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be safe and triggered an immune response in healthy people, according to preliminary results of a small, early-stage clinical trial.

    The study of the vaccine based on inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus (BBIBP-CorV) included more than 600 volunteers in China, ages 18 to 80. By the 42nd day after vaccination, all had antibody responses to the...

    Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19

    In what will come as reassuring news to those who were born with a heart defect, new research finds these people aren't at increased risk for moderate or severe COVID-19.

    The study included more than 7,000 adults and children who were born with a heart defect (congenital heart disease) and followed by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Ne...

    COVID Scored Big at 'Superspreader' Hockey Game

    A single pick-up hockey game in Tampa Bay in June wound up becoming a COVID-19 superspreader event, with one player infecting as many as 15 other people on the ice, Florida public health officials report.

    The June 16 hockey game involved 22 men between the ages of 19 and 53, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Players did n...

    Americans Might Need to Pass on Thanksgiving Gatherings: Fauci

    The nation's top infectious diseases expert warned Wednesday that Americans need to consider canceling family gatherings for Thanksgiving because coronavirus cases are now surging in 37 states.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News that those surges might worsen if families across the country travel and gather for the beloved holiday.

    "That is unfortunately a risk, when you...

    Pandemic Precautions: The TV News You Watch Might Matter

    Masks or no masks? Social distancing or not?

    New research suggests that the media Americans consume matters when these decisions are made. The study found that folks drawn to conservative-leaning TV news were much less likely to follow COVID prevention guidelines.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,800 U.S. adults who took part in a nationwide online survey between ...

    Your Blood Type May Predict Your Risk For Severe COVID-19

    There's more evidence that blood type may affect a person's risk for COVID-19 and severe illness from the disease.

    The findings are reported in a pair of studies published Oct. 14 in the journal Blood Advances.

    In one, researchers compared more than 473,000 people in Denmark with COVID-19 to more than 2.2 million people in the general population.

    Among the C...

    COVID Cases Climbing in 36 States

    Coronavirus outbreaks in the Midwest and Western United States have driven the national case count to its highest level since August, fueling fears of what the coming winter will mean for the country.

    COVID-19 cases are starting to climb in 36 states, including parts of the Northeast, which is starting to backslide after months of progress, The New York Times reported. More tha...

    Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study

    In some reassuring news on the coronavirus front, a new study finds that pregnant women with COVID-19 rarely infect their newborn.

    That finding suggests that it may not be necessary to separate infected mothers from their infants and that moms can continue to breastfeed, the researchers added.

    "Our findings should reassure expectant mothers with COVID-19 that basic infectio...

    NIH Launches Trial of Antibody Drugs Against COVID-19

    A study to assess whether certain approved or experimental drugs are effective against COVID-19 and warrant testing in large clinical trials has been launched by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    The research will largely focus on monoclonal antibody medications. These types of drugs garnered headlines last week as President Donald Trump credited one such drug cocktail, ma...

    Bedside COVID-19 Test Faster Than Standard PCR Test

    Bedside tests for COVID-19 may speed results and improve infection control, making them better than standard laboratory tests, a new study suggests.

    Results of the bedside test take about 2 hours, compared with 21 hours for PCR lab tests, the researchers said. These findings are from more than 1,000 British hospital patients tested with the QIAstat-Dx POCT test.

    Reducing t...

    COVID-19 Taking Huge Toll in Excess U.S. Deaths

    A pair of new studies assert that the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster, causing more deaths than thought and prolonging Americans' suffering more than any other country.

    The United States experienced a 20% increase over expected deaths between March and August 2020, with more than 225,500 people needlessly dying, said the lead researcher on the first stud...

    Long-Lasting Immunity Seems to Follow Serious COVID Cases

    After a serious case of COVID-19 you may have long-lasting immunity, a new study finds.

    The finding is reassuring to patients because the immune system makes antibodies in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the researchers said.

    "But there is a big knowledge gap in terms of how long these antibody responses last," said researcher Dr. Richelle Charles o...

    Health Coverage Takes Big Hit With Pandemic-Related Job Cuts

    Up to 7.7 million U.S. workers lost jobs with employer-sponsored health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, and 6.9 million of their dependents also lost coverage, a new study finds.

    Workers in manufacturing, retail, accommodation and food services were especially hard-hit by job losses, but unequally impacted by losses in insurance coverage.

    Manufacturing accounted ...

    Blacks, Asians More Likely Than Whites to Have Severe COVID

    Black and Asian COVID-19 patients are more likely than white patients to have severe illness, a new British study finds.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,800 adult COVID-19 patients admitted to King's College Hospital in London between March 1 and June 2.

    Patients who were Black or of mixed ethnicity were three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital than ...

    Second COVID Vaccine Trial Paused for Unexplained Illness

    A second coronavirus vaccine trial was paused on Monday after an unexplained illness surfaced in one of the trial's volunteers.

    Johnson & Johnson, which only began a phase 3 trial of its vaccine last month, did not offer any more details on the illness and did not say whether the sick participant had received the vaccine or a placebo. The trial pause was first reported by the heal...

    Doctor Says Trump Is No Longer Infectious After COVID-19 Diagnosis

    Hours after President Donald Trump held a rally on the White House lawn for hundreds of supporters, his doctor said he is "no longer considered a transmission risk to others."

    In a memo released Saturday night, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said he was sharing information about the status of Trump's coronavirus infection with permission from Trump, The New York Times re...

    For Many Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Has Prolonged Effect

    COVID-19 symptoms can last a long time in pregnant women, researchers say.

    The new study included 594 pregnant women (average age 31) across the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus but were not hospitalized. Nearly one-third were health care workers.

    On average, the women were about 24 weeks' pregnant when they joined the study.

    The most comm...

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