Why are COVID Vaccination Rates Still Low in Some Countries?

Why are COVID Vaccination Rates Still Low in Some Countries?

HEALTH | By Victoria Milko | Mar 3, 2022

Limited supplies remain a problem, but experts say other challenges now include unpredictable deliveries, weak health care systems and vaccine hesitancy.

U.S. Vaccination Drive is Bottoming Out as Omicron Subsides

U.S. Vaccination Drive is Bottoming Out as Omicron Subsides

HEALTH | By Jay Reeves and Mike Stobbe | Feb 24, 2022

The vaccination drive in the U.S. is grinding to a halt, and demand has all but collapsed in places where many weren't interested in the shots to begin with.

Is Omicron Leading Us Closer to Herd Immunity Against COVID?

Is Omicron Leading Us Closer to Herd Immunity Against COVID?

HEALTH | Feb 23, 2022

Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19? Experts weigh in on the question.

Estimated 73% of US Now Immune to Omicron: Is That Enough?

Estimated 73% of US Now Immune to Omicron: Is That Enough?

HEALTH | By Carla K. Johnson | Feb 17, 2022

Millions of individual Americans' immune systems now recognize the virus and are primed to fight it off if they encounter omicron, or even another variant.

Study: COVID Booster Effectiveness Wanes But Remains Strong

Study: COVID Booster Effectiveness Wanes But Remains Strong

HEALTH | By Mike Stobbe | Feb 14, 2022

An early look at the performance of COVID-19 booster shots during the recent omicron wave in the U.S. hinted at a decline in effectiveness, though the shots still offered strong protection against severe illness.

Rehab for Long COVID Gives Hope, While Condition Continues to Puzzle

Rehab for Long COVID Gives Hope, While Condition Continues to Puzzle

HEALTH | By Laura Williamson, American Heart Association News | Feb 10, 2022

Researchers estimate as many as 1 in 3 people infected with COVID-19 experience long COVID.

Can You Get Long COVID After an Omicron Infection?

Can You Get Long COVID After an Omicron Infection?

HEALTH | By Laura Ungar | Feb 9, 2022

It's too early to know for sure, but many doctors believe it's possible to have long-term effects from the omicron variant of the virus.

CDC Backs Moderna COVID-19 Shots after Full U.S. Approval

CDC Backs Moderna COVID-19 Shots after Full U.S. Approval

HEALTH | By Mike Stobbe | Feb 5, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday continued its endorsement of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for adults, now that U.S. regulators have given the shots their full approval.

New Study Reveals LGBTQ+ People Leading the Way in COVID-19 Vaccinations

New Study Reveals LGBTQ+ People Leading the Way in COVID-19 Vaccinations

HEALTH | By Kilian Melloy | Feb 4, 2022

A new study suggests that LGTBQ+ people are leading the way when it comes to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as being more concerned about the pandemic and more confident in the vaccines.

Day 6 of Covid, and a Rapid Antigen Test Comes Back Positive. Stay Home, Say Virologists.

Day 6 of Covid, and a Rapid Antigen Test Comes Back Positive. Stay Home, Say Virologists.

HEALTH | By Rae Ellen Bichell | Feb 4, 2022

What does it mean if a person's rapid antigen test result comes back positive after five days of isolation due to COVID-19?

Omicron Amps Up Concerns About Long COVID And Its Causes

Omicron Amps Up Concerns About Long COVID And Its Causes

HEALTH | By Laura Ungar, Lindsey Tanner | Jan 31, 2022

with omicron sweeping across the globe, scientists are racing to pinpoint the cause of the bedeviling condition and find treatments before a potential explosion in long COVID cases.

How Many Times Can I Reuse My N95 Mask?

How Many Times Can I Reuse My N95 Mask?

HEALTH | By Emma H. Tobin | Jan 28, 2022

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says health care workers can wear an N95 mask up to five times. But experts say how often the average person can safely wear one will vary depending on how it's used.

Moderna Begins Testing Omicron-Matched COVID Shots in Adults

Moderna Begins Testing Omicron-Matched COVID Shots in Adults

HEALTH | Jan 27, 2022

Moderna has begun testing an omicron-specific COVID-19 booster in healthy adults.

CDC Study Shows Booster Shots Needed Against Omicron

CDC Study Shows Booster Shots Needed Against Omicron

HEALTH | By Mike Stobbe | Jan 21, 2022

Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.

Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

HEALTH | By JoNel Aleccia | Jan 21, 2022

Health officials warn that certain treatments no longer work against the highly contagious version of the virus that causes COVID-19.

What Does it Mean for COVID-19 to be Endemic?

What Does it Mean for COVID-19 to be Endemic?

HEALTH | By Maria Cheng | Jan 20, 2022

Here's a look at what endemic means and the implications for the future.

Biden to Give Away 400 Million N95 Masks Starting Next Week

Biden to Give Away 400 Million N95 Masks Starting Next Week

HEALTH | By Zeke Miller | Jan 19, 2022

The White House announced Wednesday that the masks will come from the government's Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand.

Israel Study: 4th Vaccine Shows Limited Results with Omicron

Israel Study: 4th Vaccine Shows Limited Results with Omicron

HEALTH | By Josef Federman | Jan 18, 2022

Preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant.

What Patients Can Learn From One Negative Rapid Test (Hint: Very Little)

What Patients Can Learn From One Negative Rapid Test (Hint: Very Little)

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby, Phil Galewitz | Jan 15, 2022

While home antigen testing remains a useful — and underutilized — tool to curb the pandemic, experts say, it is often misused and may provide false confidence.

How Will Forthcoming Website for Free Virus Tests Work?

How Will Forthcoming Website for Free Virus Tests Work?

HEALTH | By Zeke Miller, Darlene Superville | Jan 15, 2022

A new federal website to request free test kits launches Wednesday, with the first shipments going out to Americans by the end of the month.

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