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Expert Answers to Key Questions About COVID Vaccines for Kids

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:58 AM Some important questions remain after the recent authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and young children through 5 years of age. If you're a parent or health care provider perplexed by all the nuances, you're not alone.

COVID Subvariants Could Cause ‘Substantial’ Summer Cases

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:53 AM As the coronavirus continues to evolve, Omicron subvariants such as BA.4 and BA.5 are expected to lead to many COVID-19 cases this summer. Researchers reported last week that the subvariants have mutated for better “immune escape,” or the ability to avoid antibodies from vaccination or previous infection.

FDA Panel to Weigh Improved Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:58 AM A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel was scheduled to vote on Tuesday whether to recommend that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants.

After COVID-19, Kids Have More Symptoms but Less Anxiety

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:53 AM Persistent health problems were only slightly more common in children after COVID-19 than in similarly-aged kids who avoided the virus, researchers from Denmark reported in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. Anxiety levels, however, were higher in children who never had COVID-19, the researchers also found.

Pandemic Increased Burnout Among Academic Medical Faculty

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:53 AM Already high levels of physician burnout climbed even higher during the COVID-19 pandemic as academic medical faculty faced increased demands on their time, both at work and at home, according to a new report.

Publix Not Offering COVID Vaccine to Children Under 5

By Staff
Monday, June 27, 2022 7:58 AM Though the federal government recently authorized the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, Publix supermarkets will not offer the vaccine to children in that age group.

COVID Tests for Blind and Low Vision Americans

By Staff
Friday, June 24, 2022 11:20 AM Last week, the Biden administration announced a series of new at-home COVID tests with more accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. These tests will be available through, and require access to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and an iOS or Android app. Head over to CNN to learn more. 

Vaccines Prevented Nearly 20 Million COVID Deaths in First Year

By Staff
Friday, June 24, 2022 7:58 AM Vaccinations prevented nearly 20 million deaths from COVID-19 in 185 countries and territories in the first 12 months the shots were available, a mathematical modeling study calculates.

The Retail Industry Is Facing a Potential Wave of Bankruptcies—Here’s Why

By Staff
Thursday, June 23, 2022 7:00 AM Consumers aren’t just buying less stuff, they are shopping less, which means a loss of the impulse-shopping moments that are critical to retail growth.

Parents Get in Line to Vaccinate Their Babies

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:46 AM Following approval from the FDA and other regulators last week, the U.S. has begun offering COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as six months. Head over to Reuters to learn more about some of the first children and babies to get vaccinated against COVID-19, what their parents have to say and what we can expect to change as more and more vaccines roll out.

Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Variant-Specific COVID Vaccine

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:58 AM Moderna released study results today showing its new Omicron-specific booster increased antibodies against the coronavirus by a factor of 5, even against some of the newer and more worrisome variants.

Despite Another COVID Surge, Deaths Remain Low

By Staff
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:58 AM Although new Omicron subvariants have led to another rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S. in recent weeks, deaths have remained at the some of the lowest levels of the pandemic.

New Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test Provides Rapid Results

By Staff
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:53 AM A rapid, saliva-based test for COVID-19 could enable testing, diagnosis, and prescribing to take place in a single office visit by immediately confirming whether a patient has the infection and needs to be treated, researchers said. The test has sparked commercial interest and earned additional funding from the Canadian government.

Retail Sales Slow as Inflations Fears Rise

By Staff
Monday, June 20, 2022 2:09 PM The National Retail Federation (NRF) is reporting a significant slowdown in retail sales this past May due to growing inflation fears. According to the US Census Bureau, sales in May were down by 0.3 percent from April, but remained up 8.1 percent year over year. A recent review of figures by the NRF, however, found that May sales were unchanged seasonally, but rose slightly by 6.7 percent year over year, while April sales were up 5.5 percent year over year. 

The NRF found May sales to be higher in eight out of nine categories, with building materials, stores, online sales and groceries seeing the most sales.  

“There’s been little relief from inflation, and we expected some cooling off in sales in reaction to prices, NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “There have been swings across sectors that reflect the impact of both higher prices and supply chain disturbances, and higher interest rates are expected to curb spending going forward. As inflation continues, consumers are looking for ways to stretch their dollars by saving less, tapping into savings accumulated during the pandemic and increasing their use of credit.”

CDC Gives Final OK for COVID Vaccinations for Youngest Kids

By Staff
Monday, June 20, 2022 7:58 AM COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months to 5 years of age are now ready to go. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle, Walensky, MD, has endorsed a unanimous recommendation by the agency's vaccine panel today, allowing vaccinations to begin early this week.