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Who Decides When the Pandemic Is 'Over'?

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Friday, September 23, 2022 9:00 AM Last week, President Biden told 60 Minutes that the COVID-19 pandemic is "over," a statement that has caused confusion and ignited debate among many. As WebMD reports, "the U.S. alone is averaging more than 71,000 new cases and more than 400 deaths a day, and there are 500,000 cases and nearly 2,000 deaths each day around the world," so can a pandemic really be declared "over" under these circumstances? Head over to WebMD for an in-depth look on the state of COVID-19 today, experts' opinions on if the pandemic is "over" or not and more. 

COVID Still Kills, but the Demographics of Its Victims Are Shifting

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 7:56 AM As California settles into a third year of pandemic, COVIS-19 continues to pose a serious threat of death. But the number of people dying—and the demographics of those falling victim—has shifted notably from the first two years.

Should I Time My COVID Booster?

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:06 AM Bivalent COVID booster appointments are now readily available, but some Americans are delaying their shots in a bid for maximum efficacy.

We're Increasingly Disconnected and That Has Consequences

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:56 AM You brought your computer home from work “for 2 weeks” in March 2020 and stayed home for 2 years. Schools went virtual. Club meetings got canceled. Gyms closed. Friends and family became off-limits. Remember avoiding other people on the street? It’s gotten better since the outbreak, but we’ve remained in relative isolation far longer than expected.

Biden Says 'Pandemic Is Over'

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Monday, September 19, 2022 7:56 AM President Joe Biden said the COVID-19 pandemic is "over" during impromptu remarks on CBS's 60 Minutes , which aired on Sunday night.

Are Doctors Getting Their COVID Boosters?

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Monday, September 19, 2022 6:06 AM Now that bivalent Omicron BA.4/5 COVID boosters are becoming more widely available, MedPage Today asked about a dozen physicians if and when they're planning to get the latest COVID shots.

Report Details 'Massive Global Failure' in Response to COVID-19

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Monday, September 19, 2022 6:06 AM The Lancet Commission called for a major overhaul to the World Health Organization (WHO) and global health policy following the estimated deaths of more than 17 million people worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC Says 44 Percent of People Hospitalized With COVID Had Third Dose or Booster

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Monday, September 12, 2022 7:56 AM Almost half the people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 last spring had been fully vaccinated and received a third dose or booster shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Unvaccinated adults were 3.4 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than those who were vaccinated, the CDC said.

Low Testosterone May Raise Risk of COVID Hospitalization

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Sunday, September 11, 2022 7:56 AM Among men who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, having low levels of testosterone may increase the risk of hospitalization from the disease―but hormone therapy appears to reduce the likelihood of severe COVID, researchers have found.

Long COVID Risk Factors May Include Loneliness, Depression and Stress

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Sunday, September 11, 2022 6:06 AM High levels of pre-existing psychological distress prior to a COVID-19 infection were associated with an increased risk for developing long COVID symptoms, according to a prospective cohort study.

China, India Approve Nasal COVID Vaccines

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Thursday, September 8, 2022 7:56 AM China and India have approved COVID-19 vaccines that can be given through the nose or mouth, which scientists hope will be a “game changer” for the pandemic.

Many Young Kids With COVID Show No Symptoms of the Disease

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022 7:56 AM Don’t count on a runny nose. Young kids with COVID-19 often have no symptoms at all, even when they have a high amount of the virus in them, according to a new study.

Pandemic Led to Surge in Remote Patient Monitoring

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022 7:56 AM Devices that remotely transmit people's weight, blood pressure, and glucose levels to physicians exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people were socially isolating, according to a study published September 6 in Health Affairs. This uptick was not evenly distributed, however, with a small number of primary care physicians generating the most billing claims.

Think You Have Long COVID? See Your Primary Care Doc First

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022 7:56 AM Many patients dealing with debilitating long COVID symptoms that interfere with their day-to-day lives might be tempted to go straight to a specialist, whether it’s a pulmonologist for breathing difficulties or a physiatrist for muscle fatigue, to see if they have long COVID. But medical experts, including many specialists who treat the most complex long COVID cases, recommend starting in a different place: primary care.

Use of Telehealth During the Pandemic Tied to Fewer Opioid Overdoses

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022 6:06 AM Medicare enrollees with opioid use disorder (OUD) who took advantage of the expanded telehealth access during the pandemic had lower odds of needing treatment for an overdose and were also more likely to stay on medication for OUD, a longitudinal cohort study found.