Alabama's Republican Governor Extends Face Mask Mandate Alabama's Republican Governor Extends Face Mask Mandate
Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state's mask order for another month Thursday but said the requirement will end for good in April.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

NIH Launches New Research on COVID-19 in Children NIH Launches New Research on COVID-19 in Children
The National Institutes of Health has launched a new research initiative to better understand how COVID-19 affects children, particularly those with long-term effects of coronavirus infection.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

As Vaccines Roll Out, Will Risky Behavior Increase? As Vaccines Roll Out, Will Risky Behavior Increase?
But Arthur Caplan, PhD, a bioethicist at NYU Langone Medical Center, sees the beginning of a new potential hazard: the Peltzman effect.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Public Health Experts Slam States' Moves to Ditch Masks Public Health Experts Slam States' Moves to Ditch Masks
The Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi announced Tuesday they would lift statewide mask mandates and fully reopen businesses.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

CDC Finalizing Guidance for Activities for Fully Vaccinated People CDC Finalizing Guidance for Activities for Fully Vaccinated People
The CDC is expected to soon release guidelines on safe activities for fully vaccinated people, Politico and other news organizations reported.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Call to Action on Obesity Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic Call to Action on Obesity Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide from COVID-19 could have been avoided if obesity rates were lower; call for people with obesity to be included in priority lists for COVID-19 vaccination.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Insurance Regulator to Issue Warning on Virus-Test Billing Insurance Regulator to Issue Warning on Virus-Test Billing
"The new guidance from the federal government makes it really clear that those federal tests are to be covered without a charge to the patient."Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Accidentally Trashed, Thawed, or Expired: Reports of Covid Vaccine Spoilage Accidentally Trashed, Thawed, or Expired: Reports of Covid Vaccine Spoilage
As the speed of COVID vaccinations picks up, so do the reports of doses going to waste. Health officials are trying to rein in waste without slowing down vaccinations.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

States Rapidly Expanding Vaccine Access as Supplies Surge States Rapidly Expanding Vaccine Access as Supplies Surge
Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, Americans 50 and over and others.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A Man With Fever, Fatigue, and a Trip to Nigeria A Man With Fever, Fatigue, and a Trip to Nigeria
A 36-year-old man returns from a trip to Nigeria with fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. Blood cultures drawn at urgent care and a rapid diagnostic test for malaria are negative. What's your diagnosis?CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Case Challenge Source Type: news

Canada Searches for'Homegrown' COVID Vaccine Solutions Canada Searches for'Homegrown' COVID Vaccine Solutions
The Canadian federal government is exploring a number of options to address the country's COVID-19 vaccine shortage, including looking for homegrown alternatives to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Likely Future of COVID-19? More Than Polio, Less Than Flu The Likely Future of COVID-19? More Than Polio, Less Than Flu
Is the end goal in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 eradication of the virus or to have numbers similar to that of flu? Neither, says F. Perry Wilson.Medscape (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

California Clinics: More Vaccines Going to Rich Than At-risk California Clinics: More Vaccines Going to Rich Than At-risk
Officials at community health centers, the backbone of the safety net for the poor in the US and focused on health equity, say they are not receiving enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for their patients.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Children's Hospitals Grapple With Young COVID'Long Haulers'Children's Hospitals Grapple With Young COVID'Long Haulers '
"There's just no research there," she said."Kids are not supposed to have this kind of condition."Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Decline in Children's COVID-19 Cases Slows Decline in Children's COVID-19 Cases Slows
The number of new COVID-19 cases in children declined for the sixth consecutive week, but the drop was the smallest yet.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Houston Has a Problem: All the COVID Variants of Concern Houston Has a Problem: All the COVID Variants of Concern
Houston is the first city in the United States to report all the major variants, a finding that comes the same day governor lifts state's mask mandate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Texas Becomes Biggest US State to Lift COVID-19 Mask Mandate Texas Becomes Biggest US State to Lift COVID-19 Mask Mandate
Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

UTI Vaccine in Development Shows Promise UTI Vaccine in Development Shows Promise
Although the experiments so far are only in mice, they hold promise for people who have these bothersome and sometimes painful infections over and over.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Twitter to Put Warning Labels on Misleading Vaccine Information Twitter to Put Warning Labels on Misleading Vaccine Information
Twitter says it will start attaching warning labels to tweets that contain misleading information about the coronavirus vaccine and institute a"strike" system to penalize users who post such misinformation.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Merck Will Help Johnson & Johnson Manufacture Vaccine Merck Will Help Johnson & Johnson Manufacture Vaccine
One Merck facility will make the actual vaccine and the other Merck facility will provide"fill-finish" services, in which the vaccine is placed in vials and packaged for distribution.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fauci: Children Likely to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines in Early 2022 Fauci: Children Likely to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines in Early 2022
Children under age 12 years will"very likely" be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022, Anthony Fauci, MD, said.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Canada Authorizes AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine Canada Authorizes AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine
Two versions were authorized — one manufactured by AstraZeneca and developed by the University of Oxford, and the Serum Institute of India's version of the vaccine.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

House OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package House OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package
' We have no time to waste,'Biden said in a brief statement.'If we act now, decisively, quickly, and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus and we can finally get our economy moving again. 'WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

How Inequity Gets Built Into America's Vaccination System How Inequity Gets Built Into America's Vaccination System
People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine say they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Plunging Demand for COVID-19 Tests May Leave US Exposed Plunging Demand for COVID-19 Tests May Leave US Exposed
Los Angeles County officials say COVID-19 testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Wins Backing of FDA Panel J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Wins Backing of FDA Panel
An FDA panel voted 22 to 0 in favor of an emergency clearance for Janssen/J&J's COVID-19 vaccine, bringing it a step closer to distribution.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

White House: COVID-19 Numbers Take a'Concerning Shift'White House: COVID-19 Numbers Take a'Concerning Shift '
After weeks of declining, COVID-19 numbers are back on the rise and new variants continue to emerge, according to White House officials -- just as states begin to lift restrictions and open doors to restaurants and businesses.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US Nursing Home Deaths Decline Sharply US Nursing Home Deaths Decline Sharply
Deaths and confirmed coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in US nursing homes ― a category of all long-term care facilities ― since the vaccination program began.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Gym Sessions Without Masks Can Spread COVID-19, CDC Studies Say Gym Sessions Without Masks Can Spread COVID-19, CDC Studies Say
Gyms can be hot spots for COVID-19 outbreaks if people don't wear face masks, even if they follow social distancing guidelines, according to new research from the CDC.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Flu Has Disappeared in the US Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Flu Has Disappeared in the US
Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus -- mask wearing, social distancing, and virtual schooling -- were a big factor in preventing a"twindemic" of flu and COVID-19.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

$52 Million Campaign to Push COVID Vaccinations $52 Million Campaign to Push COVID Vaccinations
The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative launched a campaign to encourage Americans to get a COVID vaccine when one is available for them, marking one of the largest public education efforts in the US.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nurses Travel Hours to Vaccinate SD Native Communities Nurses Travel Hours to Vaccinate SD Native Communities
Nurse Molly Longbrake and her team of healthcare providers in South Dakota have administered 4000 doses and plan to vaccinate about 12,000 people, often where only a hospital or small clinic is available.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Wide Glucose Swings Equal Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Diabetes Wide Glucose Swings Equal Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Diabetes
Glucose levels outside of 70-160 mg/dL and glycemic variability measured with intermittently scanned continuous glucose monitoring were identified as risk factors for worse COVID-19 outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

States Rush to Catch Up on Delayed Vaccines, Expand Access States Rush to Catch Up on Delayed Vaccines, Expand Access
States can expect about 14.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week, an almost 70% increase in distribution over the past month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

White House Working on Possible Mass Mailing of Masks White House Working on Possible Mass Mailing of Masks
President Joe Biden says the federal government will'probably'start mailing face masks directly to Americans as a way to hold down coronavirus infections and deaths.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vax: Don't Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good COVID-19 Vax: Don't Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good
Bioethicist Art Caplan discusses vaccinations for COVID-19 and the need for increased dissemination, consistent policies, and plans for emergencies.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Tree Resin Compound Defeats Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Lab Tests Tree Resin Compound Defeats Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Lab Tests
A tree resin extract may prove effective in treating drug-resistant bacterial infections, according to early lab studies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Will You Get Your Kids Vaccinated Against COVID-19? Will You Get Your Kids Vaccinated Against COVID-19?
Presuming clinical trials are successful, children as young as first graders may be able to get a coronavirus vaccine later this year.Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Why Are Vaccines Still in Short Supply? Why Are Vaccines Still in Short Supply?
The U.S. government has invested billions of dollars in manufacturing and used a wartime act dozens of times to boost supplies, and yet there's still not enough COVID vaccine on the way to meet demand.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Variants Spur New FDA Guidance on COVID Vaccines, Tests, Drugs Variants Spur New FDA Guidance on COVID Vaccines, Tests, Drugs
Immunogenicity trials will test vaccines'effectiveness so they can be tweaked or boosters given, should the virus variants show resistance.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop to November Levels US COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop to November Levels
Hospitalizations peaked on January 6 with more than 132,000 patients and have fallen for 40 days in a row since mid-January.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 22, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Feds OK'd Export of N95 Masks as US Workers Cried for More Feds OK'd Export of N95 Masks as US Workers Cried for More
FEMA issued the waiver in the final moments of Donald Trump's presidency last month, allowing a Texas company to export its products after it failed to secure U.S. customers.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 22, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Massive Drop in Routine Vaccinations Among Older Adults Massive Drop in Routine Vaccinations Among Older Adults
Measures are needed to restore immunization levels to prepandemic levels in vulnerable adults older than 65 years, experts say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Winter Storms Delay 6 Million COVID Vaccine Doses Winter Storms Delay 6 Million COVID Vaccine Doses
Delivery hubs at UPS, FedEx, and McKesson have reported staffing shortages, and road closures have added to the problem.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Want a Vaccine With That? Drive-Thru COVID Shots Recommended Want a Vaccine With That? Drive-Thru COVID Shots Recommended
Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites, if set up nationwide on a massive scale, could significantly speed up the number of Americans vaccinated.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Zika Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise in Phase 1 Trial Zika Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise in Phase 1 Trial
A Zika virus vaccine candidate prompted antibody responses in 80% of individuals who received two doses in a phase 1 study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Growing Immunity Driving Drop in COVID Cases? Not So Fast, Experts Say Growing Immunity Driving Drop in COVID Cases? Not So Fast, Experts Say
Although targeted vaccinations, as well as prior infections, might be curbing spread in some communities, experts agree it is not enough to explain the national decline in cases.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccinating Teachers to Reopen Schools'Not Doable'Vaccinating Teachers to Reopen Schools'Not Doable '
Vaccinating all teachers against COVID-19 before schools reopen isn't doable, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Experts Warn Against COVID-19 Variants as States Reopen Experts Warn Against COVID-19 Variants as States Reopen
Scientists widely agree that the US simply doesn't have enough of a handle on the variants to roll back public health measures and is at risk of fumbling yet another phase of the pandemic.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA: COVID-19 Not Transmitted by Food or Packaging FDA: COVID-19 Not Transmitted by Food or Packaging
There is no evidence you can catch coronavirus through food or food packaging, the FDA and other government agencies said Thursday.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news