Biden Wants 70% of the US Vaccinated by July 4 Biden Wants 70% of the US Vaccinated by July 4
But demand for vaccinations is dropping fast. The CDC says that as of April 29, the 7-day average number of vaccinations was 2.6 million per day, down 10.7% over the previous week.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Montana Tribe Gifts Vaccines to Neighbors Across the Border Montana Tribe Gifts Vaccines to Neighbors Across the Border
The Blackfeet tribe in northern Montana provided about 1000 surplus vaccines last month to its First Nations relatives and others across the Canadian border.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Guidance on Talking to Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines Guidance on Talking to Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines
The CDC, the AMA, the AAP, and other major organizations provide evidence on the most effective ways for healthcare providers to discuss COVID-19 vaccination with patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Progress Stalling on Malaria Elimination Progress Stalling on Malaria Elimination
A report from the WHO reports incomplete success.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New Federal Program Reimburses Vaccine Administration Fees New Federal Program Reimburses Vaccine Administration Fees
Doctors who have vaccination administration claims denied by certain private insurers can apply to the government's Health Resources and Services Administration for reimbursement.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Text Reminders to Get Flu Shot Could Work for COVID-19 Too Text Reminders to Get Flu Shot Could Work for COVID-19 Too
Researchers add evidence to how effective texting reminders about flu vaccinations can be. Experts agree they could do the same for COVID-19.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

States Announce Reopenings, End of COVID Restrictions States Announce Reopenings, End of COVID Restrictions
As COVID-19 cases fall and vaccination numbers rise in the US, governors are making plans to reopen businesses, resume public transportation, and lift public health restrictions.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Virus Cases Plunge and LA, San Francisco Come Back to Life Virus Cases Plunge and LA, San Francisco Come Back to Life
The state's signature cities are likely Tuesday to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet virus case thresholds for the least-restrictive tier.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US Sets Pandemic-era High for Air Travel, Over 1.6 Million US Sets Pandemic-era High for Air Travel, Over 1.6 Million
However, it was still 35% below the number of airport travelers reported on the comparable Sunday in 2019, according to TSA figures.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA Set to OK Pfizer Vaccine in Younger Teens FDA Set to OK Pfizer Vaccine in Younger Teens
The move would make about 17 million more Americans eligible for vaccination and would be a major step toward getting both adolescents and teens back into classrooms full time by next fall.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Jack Remington, MD, Noted Toxoplasmosis Researcher, Dies at 90 Jack Remington, MD, Noted Toxoplasmosis Researcher, Dies at 90
Jack Remington, MD, developed a test that identified babies at risk for toxoplasmosis while treating patients and training doctors at Stanford Medicine.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Delaware Doctor Takes COVID-19 Vaccinations to Doorsteps Delaware Doctor Takes COVID-19 Vaccinations to Doorsteps
"We're here to take care of them," Gibney said, and that comes without judgment.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

National Poll Shows'Concerning' Impact of COVID on Mental Health National Poll Shows'Concerning' Impact of COVID on Mental Health
A new APA poll shows sustained anxiety among adults in the US, and more than half of parents are concerned about the mental well-being of their children, results of a new poll show.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

India: Vaccines for All Adults, Record-High Cases, New Lockdowns India: Vaccines for All Adults, Record-High Cases, New Lockdowns
India reported nearly 402,000 new daily cases on Saturday, becoming the first country to report more than 400,000 cases in a single day.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US Will Restrict Travel From India US Will Restrict Travel From India
About 1 in 5 tests are coming back positive in India, the newspaper reported, though public health officials have suggested that the case numbers are much higher since laboratories are overwhelmed.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pfizer Exporting US-Made COVID-19 Vaccines to Mexico, Canada Pfizer Exporting US-Made COVID-19 Vaccines to Mexico, Canada
Last week's shipment marks the first time that Pfizer has delivered doses abroad from U.S. facilities after a Trump administration restriction on dose exports expired at the end of March.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US Fully Vaccinates 100 Million Adults US Fully Vaccinates 100 Million Adults
"That's 100 million Americans with a sense of relief and peace of mind knowing that after a long and hard year, they're protected from the virus," said Jeff Zients, COVID-19 response director.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Ensuring Health and Safety as We Return to the Workplace Ensuring Health and Safety as We Return to the Workplace
WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Robert Quigley, MD, SVP& Global Medical Director, International SOS, about businesses reopening and how employers can help ensure health and safety in the workplace.WebMD (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Expert Interview Source Type: news

Recall: Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Methanol Recall: Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Methanol
Scentsational Soaps& Candles recalled the products after tests found methanol (wood alcohol), benzene, and acetaldehyde in some of its products, the company said in a statement on the FDA website.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Contact Tracing Breach Impacts Private Info of 72K People Contact Tracing Breach Impacts Private Info of 72K People
Workers at Atlanta-based Insight Global"disregarded security protocols established in the contract and created unauthorized documents" outside the state's secure data system, spokesman Barry Ciccocioppo said.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

As Virus Engulfs India, Diaspora Watches With Despair As Virus Engulfs India, Diaspora Watches With Despair
In the UK, the government has banned arrivals for anyone from India except for UK citizens and residents. That adds to a sense of isolation and helplessness for many who feel cut off from loved ones.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Swollen Lymph Nodes After 19 Vaccine Mean Previous Infection Swollen Lymph Nodes After 19 Vaccine Mean Previous Infection
An earlier COVID-19 infection, but not what's known as"long-haul COVID-19," was associated with increased risk of swollen lymph nodes after receiving the vaccination.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fact-Checking President Joe Biden's First Speech to Congress Fact-Checking President Joe Biden's First Speech to Congress
"My fellow Americans, trickle-down economics has never worked. It's time to grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out," Biden said.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fake COVID-19 Testing Sites Appear in Edmonds Fake COVID-19 Testing Sites Appear in Edmonds
The fake sites were set up with a folding table and medical-appearing paraphernalia and fraudulent health care workers instructed people to provide their names, birthdays, and other personal information.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Why Number Needed to Treat Can Be Misleading for Vaccines Why Number Needed to Treat Can Be Misleading for Vaccines
A statistician explains why the NNT concept is misleading when applied blindly to the vaccine trials.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

COVID Numbers Fall in the US, Rise in the World COVID Numbers Fall in the US, Rise in the World
In the United States, new case reports fell this week by 15.8% and deaths fell by 3.6%, compared to the previous week, The Washington Post reported.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Anxiety and Anticipation: Rejoining a Post-COVID World Anxiety and Anticipation: Rejoining a Post-COVID World
Now that COVID-19 vaccines and CDC guidelines are letting us return to a more normal lifestyle, the prospect has triggered many emotions in Americans, from yearning and exhilaration to dread and panic.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to COVID'Long Haulers,' Raising Addiction Fears Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to COVID'Long Haulers,' Raising Addiction Fears
MDs Prescribing Opioids to'Long Haulers'Raising Addiction FearsKaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Montana Bill Aims to Stop Work Bias Based on Vaccine Status Montana Bill Aims to Stop Work Bias Based on Vaccine Status
"There are employers ... that are requiring and coercing employees to get vaccinations under threat of termination and intimidation."Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pooled Testing Gets Smarter During the Pandemic Pooled Testing Gets Smarter During the Pandemic
Adding mathematics and AI to batch testing may lead to cheaper, faster tests, though not all experts are convinced.Undark (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Trend Reversed: New Cases of COVID-19 Decline in Children Trend Reversed: New Cases of COVID-19 Decline in Children
Children represented 20.8% of all cases reported for the week ending April 22, a high since the start of the pandemic. It was an increase of 0.2% from the previous week.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Safe, Effective During Pregnancy Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Safe, Effective During Pregnancy
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe in pregnant patients, according to newly published data. The CDC now recommends the shots for pregnant women.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Even COVID Can't Convince Clinicians to Maintain Hand Hygiene Even COVID Can't Convince Clinicians to Maintain Hand Hygiene
Although compliance with hand hygiene practices increased sharply and neared 100% early in the pandemic, it quickly reverted to baseline, near 50%, a hospital monitoring study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Family Reunions After Vaccination Are an Emotional Roller Coaster Family Reunions After Vaccination Are an Emotional Roller Coaster
Most reunions are filled with the joy, hugs, and laughter. But there's also concern and anxiety, especially leading up to the events -- and that's also normal, psychologists and doctors say.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Evaluating President Joe Biden's First 100 Days in Office Evaluating President Joe Biden's First 100 Days in Office
Presidential historians say that Joe Biden's first 100 days in office -- a somewhat arbitrary but frequently cited milestone -- have included an above-average number of major accomplishments.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Family Accused of Selling Bleach as COVID-19 Cure Family Accused of Selling Bleach as COVID-19 Cure
The family marketed the bottles as'Miracle Mineral Solution,'which contained a sodium chlorite solution that they recommended mixing with an acidic activator to become chlorine dioxide, or bleach.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Say Goodbye to Some Insurers' Waivers for COVID Treatment Fees Say Goodbye to Some Insurers' Waivers for COVID Treatment Fees
Insurers voluntarily set the charges aside earlier in the pandemic-- but that means those same health plans can decide to reinstate them.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

European Union to Allow Vaccinated US Tourists This Summer European Union to Allow Vaccinated US Tourists This Summer
The European Commission, which is the executive branch of the bloc, will recommend a switch in policy after more than a year of restricting nonessential travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccine OK'd for Older Teens Is Hardest to Manage in Rural US Vaccine OK'd for Older Teens Is Hardest to Manage in Rural US
Of the three COVID vaccines the US government has authorized, only one is available to 16- and 17-year-olds: the Pfizer shot. It's also the most complicated to manage in rural settings.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccines Protect Against New York Variant, Studies Say COVID-19 Vaccines Protect Against New York Variant, Studies Say
Two recent independent studies have found that the vaccines effectively prevent serious ill-ness and death from the variant.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Face Increased Serious Risks Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Face Increased Serious Risks
They found that women who contracted COVID-19 had higher risks for death, preterm birth, preeclampsia, intubation, and admission to an intensive care unit.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Michigan Became Hotspot as Variants Rose and Vigilance Fell Michigan Became Hotspot as Variants Rose and Vigilance Fell
"What are we doing? What's happening in Michigan? I wish I had the answers for that."Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Turnout Low as Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Returns in Florida Turnout Low as Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Returns in Florida
Turnout was so low for the Johnson& Johnson single-shot vaccine at a central Florida FEMA-run site that about 90% of the daily supply went unused.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

One Billionth Global COVID Vaccine Delivered One Billionth Global COVID Vaccine Delivered
Remarkable, but not sufficient.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Post-COVID Cardiac Involvement Rare in College Athletes Post-COVID Cardiac Involvement Rare in College Athletes
Unlike early studies that suggested high possible rates of cardiac involvement, new research suggests it's much more rare.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Do You Still Need to Wear a Mask Outdoors? Do You Still Need to Wear a Mask Outdoors?
' We'll be looking at the outdoor masking question, but also in the context of the fact that we still have people who are dying of COVID-19,'CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said on NBC's Today show.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

California Goes From Worst to First in Virus Infections California Goes From Worst to First in Virus Infections
Now as cases spike in other parts of the country, California has gone from worst to first with the lowest infection rate in the United States.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Will Michigan's Conservative Outposts Keep Pandemic Rolling? Will Michigan's Conservative Outposts Keep Pandemic Rolling?
The COVID outbreak in Michigan stands out on the US contagion map, but odds are it will be repeated elsewhere.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Study: COVID-19 Can Kill Months After Infection Study: COVID-19 Can Kill Months After Infection
"As far as total pandemic death toll, these numbers suggest that the deaths we're counting due to the immediate viral infection are only the tip of the iceberg," Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, the senior author of the study said.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccinating Homebound Patients Is an Uphill Battle Vaccinating Homebound Patients Is an Uphill Battle
In the US, about 2 to 4 million patients are homebound, according to a webinar from the Trust for America's Health, held in March. Many have not been vaccinated because of logistical challenges.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news