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Survey: Most US teens, young adults want COVID-19 vaccination

Editor's Note This survey of young people aged 14-24 years by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, finds that most are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. Of 1,074 respondents: 74.6% are interested in getting vaccinated to protect themselves and return to normal 41.8% are concerned about adverse…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2021
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CDC: COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness diminished with rise of Delta variant

Editor's Note In this study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researches find that COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness in frontline workers diminished with the rise of the Delta variant. Effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines declined to 66% after the Delta variant became dominant, compared with 91% before its spread. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2021
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Survey: Up to one quarter of US adults would avoid ED care because of COVID-19

Editor's Note Up to one quarter of US adults are willing to forgo potentially life-saving care in an emergency department (ED) to avoid exposure to COVID-19, a survey by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles,  finds. Of 933 adults surveyed nationwide: 158 (16.9%) said they would not seek ED care for…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2021
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ANA, AMA, AHA laud FDA's full approval of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note On August 23, the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Medical Association (AMA), and American Hospital Association (AHA) released a joint statement commending the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The approval marks an important moment for those concerned about getting vaccinated because…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2021
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New study highlights need for better face masks, good ventilation

Editor's Note A new experimental study by engineering researchers in the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, finds that most cloth and disposable masks (3-ply cotton and 3-ply blue pseudo-surgical masks) filter only 10% of exhaled aerosol droplets because of fit. The remaining aerosols are…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2021
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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on August 23 announced that it had approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, known as Pfizer-BioNTech. The vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 in those 16 years of age and older. The vaccine will continue to be available…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2021
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CDC: New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations among vaccinated, unvaccinated New York adults

Editor's Note This study by researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that from May 3 to July 25, 2021, there were 1,271 new COVID-19 hospitalizations among fully vaccinated adults in New York, compared with 7,308 among unvaccinated adults. Hospitalization rates declined through the week of…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2021
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ANA survey: Nurses support COVID-19 vaccinations, mandates, boosters

Editor's Note Data from a new survey of more than 4,500 nurses conducted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) in conjunction with the Johnson & Johnson-sponsored “COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses” campaign finds that about 90% are vaccinated against COVID-19 or plan to be vaccinated. Other findings from the survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2021
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Penicillin allergy associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, finds that patients who had a penicillin allergy carried a higher risk for negative outcomes with COVID-19 than those without the allergy. This analysis included 13,183 adults with COVID-19 and a penicillin allergy and 13,183…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2021
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Louisiana Department of Health asks military for 6,000 nurses

Editor's Note The Louisiana Department of Health has requested 6,000 military nurses to help handle increasing patient volumes in the state because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the August 17 k945.com reports. The report also notes that: 95% of all COVID-19 cases in Louisiana are due to the Delta…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2021
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