How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

By William Petri, University of Virginia The Conversation Sep. 22, 2020 7:59 pm BST Updated Sep. 25, 2020 6.50pm BST With COVID-19 vaccines currently in the final phase of study, you’ve probably been wondering how the FDA will decide if a vaccine is safe and effective. Based on the status of the Phase 3 trials … Continue reading How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

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These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners

By Rachana Pradhan Kaiser Health News Sep. 24, 2020 Most Americans have never heard of Dr. Richard Whitley, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Yet as the coronavirus pandemic drags on and the public eagerly awaits a vaccine, he may well be among the most powerful people in the country. … Continue reading These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners

When I ran for school board, I never expected to make life-or-death decisions. Then came COVID-19.

By Erika Cohen, Chalkbeat Sep 23, 6:20pm EDT "When I ran for school board, I never expected to make life-or-death decisions. Then came COVID-19 was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters” Should we reopen our school buildings — or keep learning fully remote? … Continue reading When I ran for school board, I never expected to make life-or-death decisions. Then came COVID-19.

Early immune responses may be why younger people get less sick from COVID-19

The immune response of people over age 24 revs up more later in a coronavirus infection By Erin Garcia de Jesus Science News Sep. 23, 2020 At 6:00 AM One of the lingering questions of the pandemic is why COVID-19 symptoms tend to be milder in children and young adults than in older people. A new … Continue reading Early immune responses may be why younger people get less sick from COVID-19

Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

By J. David McSwane ProPublica Sept. 21, 2020 At 6 a.m. EDT This story was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Heather Steadman, a nurse at a CSL Plasma donation center near Pittsburgh, was … Continue reading Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

Sorting Through the Science on Breast Milk and Covid-19

By Elizabeth Preston Undark Sep. 21, 2020 Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, headlines have been full of fluids. There are droplets sprayed when we talk or cough, nasal secretions swabbed for testing, and blood checked for antibodies. But some scientists have focused on a different bodily product: breast milk. Unlike the others, milk is a … Continue reading Sorting Through the Science on Breast Milk and Covid-19

How years of underfunding public health left Texas ill prepared for the pandemic

By Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune Sept. 17, 2020 Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels "How years of underfunding public health left Texas ill prepared for the pandemic" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. In the … Continue reading How years of underfunding public health left Texas ill prepared for the pandemic

26 years in, the Violence Against Women Act hangs in limbo – while COVID fuels a domestic violence surge

The landmark legislation expired last year, and hasn't yet been renewed. That could lead to severe health impacts. By Shefali Luthra The 19th Sep. 16, 2020 Originally Published By The 19th As COVID-19 appears to be fueling spikes in domestic violence, the Violence Against Women Act — the landmark legislation that enshrined federal protections and support … Continue reading 26 years in, the Violence Against Women Act hangs in limbo – while COVID fuels a domestic violence surge

Lack of Antigen Test Reporting Leaves Country ‘Blind to the Pandemic’

By Rachana Pradhan and Lauren Weber and Hannah Recht Kaiser Health News Sept. 16, 2020 https://pixnio.com/media/antibiotic-antigen-face-mask-injection-plasma More than 20 states either don’t release or have incomplete data on the rapid antigen tests now considered key to containing the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 6 million Americans. The lapses leave officials and the public in the dark about the true scope … Continue reading Lack of Antigen Test Reporting Leaves Country ‘Blind to the Pandemic’