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Maine Says 8 Vaccinated Residents Died with COVID-19
The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that eight residents who were fully vaccinated against coronavirus have died with COVID-19, including some who were inoculated while receiving end-of-life care....Read More

Pfizer Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 12 to 15

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has voted to recommend Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to children ages 12 to 15....Read More

Why COVID-19 Vaccines Could Cause Blood Clots

The U.S. government has recommended a pause on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after a blood clot was cited in six women out of the 6.8 million people given the drug....Read More

Study: More Sunlight Linked with Lower COVID-19 Deaths

A recent study indicates that sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from COVID-19....Read More

Study confirms vaccine effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study provides strong evidence that mRNA Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections in real-world conditions among healthcare personnel, first responders, and other essential workers....Read More

Maximizing Doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine – Ohio Department of Health
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Selected Adverse Events Reported After COVID-19 Vaccination
Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines...Read More

Breakthrough Mask is Like a Smoke Detector for COVID-19

The greatest challenge of containing COVID-19 continues to be that a carrier can be contagious for two days before developing symptoms....Read More

Regulatory Updates Regarding COVID-19
The Department of Health and Human Services has amended the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to allow recently retired or inactive physicians and nurses to administer COVID-19 vaccines....Read More

A Better Way to Roll out Covid-19 Vaccines: Vaccinate Everyone in Several Hot Zones

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine developed an ethical framework for equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccine, as have others....Read More

FDA Approves First-At-Home Coronavirus Test

The FDA has authorized the first prescription at-home coronavirus test, in a long-awaited milestone....Read More

Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine Shines in Clinical Trial: Nearly 95% Effective

A second COVID-19 vaccine appears to be highly effective in preventing illness following exposure to the virus that causes the disease....Read More

Study: Mouthwash and Oral Rinses May Combat Coronavirus

An effective defense against the coronavirus may already be in your medicine cabinet....Read More

FDA Reauthorizes Emergency Use of Chinese non-NIOSH-Approved Filtering Face-Piece Respirators

The U.S. FDA reissued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for certain filtering face-piece respirators (FFRs) that are manufactured in China and are not approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)....Read More

COVID-19 Update - Virus Susceptibility Age Independent, Low Risk for Newborns with COVID-19 Positive Mom, Immune Cell Activation Resembles Lupus Flare
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CBD for Coronavirus? New Study Adds Evidence for Cannabis as COVID-19 Treatment

As we continue to see outbreaks of the novel coronavirus surging, many are waiting and hoping for treatments to be developed that might treat, cure or prevent the potentially deadly disease....Read More

Glycans May be Key to New COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Research into a potential COVID-19 vaccine has focused on the spike protein, which plays a key role in the virus’s ability to bind to and infect healthy cells....Read More

J&J Begins Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Johnson & Johnson has announced that it has started a 60,000-subject phase 3 assessment for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate....Read More

FDA Expected to Provide Strict Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine EUAs

When granting emergency use authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines, the FDA is expected to apply strict standards, which will most likely not see a vaccine available until next year....Read More

Fauci Urges Trust in COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Process

With hopes of a potential COVID-19 vaccine approval by the end of year, many in the media and public have accused President Trump of trying to politicize the approval process by strong-arming regulatory agencies to fast-track the approval prior to the 2020 Presidential election....Read More

CDC Flip-Flops, Leads to Distrust

The flip-flopping positions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on guidelines regarding COVID-19 testing have resulted in accusations of political interference as well as potential for the public to mistrust future approvals for COVID-19 vaccines....Read More

EU Continues to Add to its COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

The EU has already contracted with AstraZeneca, Sanofi/GlaxoSmithKline for supplies of flu vaccine, and now officials are negotiating with Novavax for its vaccine....Read More

T Cells – Next Horizon for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

While research on COVID-19 vaccine development focuses on the spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 and antibodies that can directly block the virus from infecting healthy cells, the antibody response to the virus is mediated by B cells of the immune system, and seems to be short-lived....Read More

Prioritizing Administration of a COVID-19 Vaccine

While a COVID-19 vaccine approval seems to be approaching soon, the next hurdle in defeating the pandemic will be to determine who receives the vaccine first....Read More

EU Offers Broad Liability Protection for COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers

In Europe, vaccine manufacturers will be indemnified in Europe if their COVID-19 vaccines cause unexpected side-effects....Read More

COVID-19 Vaccine Development for Children

While a COVID-19 vaccine for adults seems to be on the horizon, questions remain as to when a vaccine will be available for children....Read More

Johnson & Johnson launches Phase 3 trials for potential coronavirus vaccine

Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it has begun Phase 3 trials of its potential coronavirus vaccine, making it the fourth potential vaccine to begin the late-stage trials in the United States....Read More

AstraZeneca Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

The hope for a COVID-19 vaccine available this year has been put on hold, with AstraZeneca announcing it has stopped the trial of its vaccine candidate due to one patient developing a complication....Read More

Report: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died from COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Serious Illnesses

So, let’s get this straight – based on the recommendation of doctors Fauci and Birx, the United States shut down the entire economy based on 9,000 American deaths due entirely to the China coronavirus?...Read More

US Buys 100 Million Doses of Moderna Vaccine

President Donald Trump announced the US government will purchase 100 million doses of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine, mRNA-1273, which is currently in late-stage human trials....Read More

NIH Begins Two COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Testing is rapidly under way in the US to try to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market as soon as possible....Read More

Spike Seen in Children Infected by COVID-19

While the debate over re-openings schools continues across the country, an alarming new statistic has been seen in the nation’s children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association....Read More

Why are Children Less Susceptible to COVID-19 Infection?

While it is known that COVID-19 affects adults disproportionately as compared to children, an apparent reason for this phenomenon has been explained via a study published in JAMA....Read More

Supporting Adolescents with ASD During the Pandemic

While COVID-19 has changed the lives of all children, certain groups are at even higher risk to suffer a detrimental impact....Read More

COVID-19 Impact on Children

COVID-19 has devastated all sectors of our society, from the collapse of the greatest and strongest economy in the history of our country (now rebounding), to the huge loss of life in nursing homes, especially in the New York – New Jersey area, to the severe illnesses, complications, and deaths seen in those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, cardiac disease, asthma, or compromised immunity....Read More

Guidelines for Safe Return to School

While the American Academy of Pediatrics is a strong proponent of re-opening schools and takes the position that children learn best when they are in school, based on current evidence that children and adolescents are less likely to have symptoms or severe disease from infection and are also less likely to become infected or spread the virus....Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Return to School

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Education Association (NEA) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have jointly put forth a statement supporting the safe return of students, teachers, and staff to schools:...Read More

Key Considerations for Parents When Deciding if Children Should Return to School

All parents across the country are suddenly facing an unprecedented question – should they send their children to school during the coronavirus pandemic?...Read More

Fauci Offers Advice on Schools Re-opening

As communities and school districts across the country debate whether or not schools should re-open in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci has offered some guidance and his opinion on re-openings, especially while coronavirus infection rates continue to rise and fall at different rates in different states....Read More

Hope, Hype and Pandemic Vaccines: We Are Not There Yet

The series of COVID-19 vaccine data sets coming this month are probably the most sought after, read, and interrogated trial results ever released....Read More

Drug that Calms ‘Cytokine Storm’ in COVID-19 Patients Linked to 45% Lower Risk of Dying
Critically ill COVID-19 patients who received a single IV dose of tocilizumab, a drug that calms an overreacting immune system, were 45% less likely to die and more likely to leave the hospital or be off ventilator within a month, finds this new study from the University of Michigan....Read More

Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Safely Triggers Immune Response
An investigational vaccine, mRNA-1273, designed to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults....Read More

CMS to Deliver ‘Point-of-Care’ COVID-19 Test Kits to All Nursing Homes
Officials announced this week that every single nursing home across the country will be given “point-of-care” COVID-19 tests by the administration....Read More

Merck CEO Says COVID-19 Vaccine Hype a ‘Grave Disservice’ to the Public
Politicians, government officials and pharma executives have been predicting a COVID-19 vaccine by the year end, but Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier doubts that is possible—and Merck has enough vaccine experience to know the obstacles ahead....Read More

FDA Authorizes Additional COVID-19 Combination Diagnostic Test Ahead of Flu Season

The U.S. FDA assisted health care providers around the country prepare for the upcoming flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third diagnostic test for detection and differentiation of the viruses that cause flu and COVID-19 in individuals suspected of COVID-19....Read More

New Swine Flu Poses Possible Pandemic Risk
According to a recent study, Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a future pandemic, though scientists have cautioned that the virus does not pose an immediate global health threat....Read More

Favipiravir (FabiFlu) Approved for Covid-19 Treatment in India

India’s drug regulator, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), had approved Glenmark’s production for the clinical trial. With the DGCI’s nod, Glenmark became the first Indian pharma company to have received the approval for conducting phase 3 clinical trials on COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms....Read More

Fox News: These 9 Hand Sanitizers May be Toxic, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration over the weekend announced that at least nine hand sanitizers made by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico may be toxic “due to the potential presence of methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.”...Read More

Some People May Have a Head Start Against Coronavirus - Surprising Evidence Shows

Before catching coronavirus, some people’s immune systems are already primed to fight it....Read More

FDA Approves First at Home COVID-19 Saliva Test

On May 8, 2020, the FDA gave emergency authorization to the first at home saliva test for COVID-19....Read More

Steroid Dexamethasone Reduces Deaths Among Patients with Severe COVID-19

An inexpensive and widely used steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save lives among COVID-19 patients....Read More

Preliminary Report of Remdesivir Trial Shows Improved Recovery Time in Severe COVID-19

Preliminary data from the Adaptive Covid-19 Treatment Trial showed promising results for a 10-day course of remdesivir in shortening recovery time in adults hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and demonstrating evidence of lower respiratory tract infection....Read More

How Long Does Coronavirus Stay in the Air?
While many people know that COVID-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets that land on surfaces following a cough or sneeze, new research suggests that an activity most of us participate in on a daily basis could be contributing to new infections. According to a recent study, talking spreads coronavirus....Read More

Sweden has Highest Per Capita Death Rate from COVID-19
As of May 20, 2020, Sweden has the highest number of per capita COVID-19 deaths compared to any country in the world....Read More

Newsom Claims California Outbreak Began in Nail Salon
According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, community spread of the coronavirus in the state began in a nail salon....Read More

CA Pharmacists Granted Authority to Order and Administer Covid-19 Tests!
The California Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce that Governor Gavin Newsom has removed another barrier to pharmacists’ ability to help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system....Read More

History of CHLOROQUINE, what did NIH KNOW?
Del Bigtree follows the coronavirus timeline all the way back to 2005 and makes a shocking discovery....Read More

Video Shows Coronavirus Spread in Supermarket
Scientists at Finland’s Aalto University have created a 3D model showing the spread of own person’s cough in a supermarket under standard indoor ventilation airflow conditions, showing the aerosol cloud travel in the air....Read More

FDA Gives Emergency Approval to Remdesivir

On May 1, 2020, the FDA gave emergency use authorization to Gilead Science’s remdesivir to treat COVID-19. This is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19....Read More

Beaumont Health Develops Technology to Disinfect N95 Masks

Michigan-based Beaumont Health bioengineers have adapted technology to disinfect N95 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Using an ultraviolet light generator, the masks are cleaned while hanging from cables. The walls are covered in reflective foil for “safe and effective” sterilization. The process takes less than two hours to clean PPE....Read More

Novartis Wins FDA Approval to Start Hydroxychloroquine Clinical Trial

Novartis has reached a deal with the FDA to proceed with a Phase III clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 disease....Read More

FDA Approves COVID-19 Saliva Test

On April 11, 2020, the FDA has gave emergency approval to a saliva test for COVID-19 developed at Rutgers University’s RUCDR Infinite Biologics in partnership with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs....Read More

FDA Approves Blood Filtering Device to Treat Coronavirus Patients

On April 10, 2020, the FDA gave emergency approval to a device from Terumo BCT that filters coronavirus patients’ blood in order to stop the effects of severe lung inflammation....Read More

Trump Administration Allows Pharmacists to Administer COVID-19 Tests

On April 8, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) that authorizes licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests. The tests used must be authorized by the FDA....Read More

New CDC Guidelines – Everyone Should Wear Mask in Public

The CDC has reversed its course on mask recommendation and now advises all Americans to wear cloth masks in public in hopes of minimizing the spread of COVID-19....Read More

CDC Revises Guidelines for Essential Workers Exposed to COVID-19

On April 7, 2020 the CDC issued new guidelines for essential workers for the purpose of allowing those that have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to work faster....Read More

U.S. to Seize Exports of PPE

The United States government will seize exports of PPE while it determines if the supplies should be kept in the Unites States to be used in the fight against COVID-19....Read More

Some Physicians Question Ventilator Use

While hospitals around the country are urgently trying to source additional ventilators, some physicians are starting to avoid ventilator use in coronavirus patients, based on high death rates for patients on ventilators....Read More

Do I Have Allergies or the Coronavirus?

Feeling sick in any sort of way right now can be scary. And as allergy season settles upon us, blooming trees and pollen filling the air, many of us are waking up with sore throats, stuffy noses. Is these just allergies or is this coronavirus?...Read More

How to Strengthen Your Immunity During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus situation intensifies, maintaining a healthy diet to help boost the immune system may be beneficial. It is important to note that no research has been done on foods that help fight against COVID-19 specifically. However, previous studies have found that eating certain foods can improve your health and strengthen your body’s ability to fight other invasive viruses....Read More

Families Staying Active During Time of Social Distancing

Coronavirus concerns, social distancing, gym closures and home confinement may tempt you just to curl up on the couch and binge-watch Netflix, or lose yourself all day in a great novel. In the spirit of social distancing, nearly everything has temporarily closed up shop in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 — including your favorite gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios. Also, in the wake of communities practicing social distancing due to concerns of spreading the Coronavirus, many families have taken this opportunity to not only spend time together but stay active as well....Read More

New Study: Coronavirus Airborne Potential

According to the initial phases of a new joint study, people infected with the novel coronavirus can produce widespread contamination of their environment. The report noted that COVID-19 found in air samples provided limited evidence that there is the potential for airborne transmission....Read More

Self-Care Tips to Get You Through the New Coronavirus Normal

In the midst of COVID-19, the world is in crisis, and for many, day-to-day life has come to a screeching halt. As these realities take hold and social distancing becomes paramount, it is only natural to feel anxious and at a loss for how to adjust to the new normal. But in these times, it’s important, if not essential, to prioritize self-care, especially with an inundation of excess stress....Read More

Coronavirus Survivors Donate Blood Plasma to Others

Could plasma from recovered coronavirus patients help cure those who are sick, or even lead to a vaccine? It’s a discussion becoming more and more popular as the world looks for a hopeful end to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus....Read More

Doctor at Queens Hospital in the UK advises on potential lifesaving corona virus breathing technique
A UK hospital doctor; Dr Sarfaraz Munshi describes a vital breathing technique for corona virus...Read More

New Data Shows Coronavirus Worse for Diabetics, Heart, Lung and Other Chronic Conditions
People who have chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease, face an increased chance of being hospitalized for the covid-19 and put into intensive care....Read More

Coronavirus: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Coronavirus is a virus that is found in animals and, rarely, can be transmitted from animals to humans and then spread person to person. In addition to COVID-19, other human coronaviruses have included:...Read More

Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin as a Treatment of COVID-19: Results of a Clinical Trial

There has been a recent new development in the war against coronavirus that is providing much needed hope that an effective treatment is on the horizon....Read More

A Crash Course on Coronavirus and Potential Treatments
SARS-Cov-2 is the virus responsible for causing the COVID-19 disease. It is one of several types of virus that are part of the Coronavirus family, so named because of their crown-like appearance when viewed in an electron micrograph (coronam being Latin for crown). This appearance is due to their characteristic spike glycoproteins on the viral envelope which are vital for coronavirus particles to bind to receptors on host cells. It is possible that a mutation in these spike glycoproteins are responsible for the virulence of this strain of coronavirus that is responsible for COVID-19. 1...Read More

What Are the Levels of Severity of Coronavirus and How Does Pneumonia Impact the Body?

The severity of the novel coronavirus can differ from person to person. The disease is also known to cause mild, cold-like symptoms for 80% of those infected, with most people who test positive recovering over time, according to the World Health Organization....Read More

Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The true impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. community cannot be predicted. However, all healthcare facilities can take steps now to prepare for such an outbreak and protect both their patients and staff....Read More

Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This checklist should be used as one tool to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, including plans for:...Read More

Five Steps to Kicking Out Coronavirus

The “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus” campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell....Read More

Are you at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19....Read More

Cases in U.S.

According to the CDC’s website, their page of cases in the U.S, will be updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close at 4pm the day before reporting....Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic

A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide....Read More

COVID-19: States Must Act Now for Medication Access

The nations governors received from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) a recommendation of how to help maintain patients medication access during COVID-19 pandemic....Read More

A Timeline of the Coronavirus
The outbreak of the virus, which began in Wuhan, China, has left tens of thousands sickened and more than 7,800 people dead. Officials have declared it a pandemic....Read More

FDA Approves Coronavirus Survivors Blood Treatment in Critical Patients

The FDA approved new emergency protocols for the treatment of the coronavirus that will allow hospitals to use plasma donated by coronavirus survivors to treat critically ill patients with the disease. It is a century-old treatment that has been used to fight off flu and measles outbreaks in the days before vaccines and tried more recently against SARS and Ebola, just might work for COVID-19, too: using blood donated from patients who’ve recovered....Read More

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus in the U.S.

An epidemiological threat such as the new coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, can have disruptive effects on the economy. It can disrupt the global supply of goods, making it harder for U.S. firms to fill orders. It can also waylay workers in affected areas, reducing labor supply on one end and on the other slow the demand for U.S. products and services....Read More

The Impact on Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) to Reduce COVID-19 Mortality and Health Care Demand
Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) are apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like pandemic influenza (flu) or COVID-19. NPIs are also known as community mitigation strategies. When a new flu virus spreads among people, causing illness worldwide, it is called pandemic flu. Because a pandemic flu virus is new, the human population has little or no immunity against it. This allows the virus to spread quickly from person to person worldwide. NPIs are among the best ways of controlling pandemic flu when vaccines are not yet available....Read More