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Age may rival politics in COVID-19 vaccine debate

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Older people are likely to be vaccinated regardless of party affiliation. New research from the University of Georgia suggests age and risk perception may have as much of an effect on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance as party affiliation.…

FILE PHOTO: People, some wearing protective face masks, walk over Westminster Bridge, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

UK: 7 in 10 report taking extra measures to protect against COVID-19

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The FINANCIAL — Of people in England who had previously been required to isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19), 70% reported taking extra measures to keep themselves safe when asked between 25 April and 10 May 2022. The most common measure adopted was wearing a face covering, which 47% of respondents reported doing. It is important…

Higher rate of COVID-19 death before vaccination linked to certain common inflammatory immune conditions

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The FINANCIAL — People with certain inflammatory immune conditions affecting the joints, bowel and skin, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may have been more at risk of dying or needing hospital care if they got COVID-19 before vaccination compared with the general population, according to a new study published in The Lancet Rheumatology with the involvement of…

Don’t let latest COVID surge overshadow progress, says Hanage

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Epidemiologist explains how to stay on guard against subvariants, noting role of protective measures in transition to new pandemic phase…

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The price of a pre-pandemic lifestyle

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When all restrictions are lifted, simulation study predicts COVID-19 deaths will eventually rebound. As COVID numbers fall and mandates lift, the question remains: Is it possible to avoid trade-offs between returning to pre-pandemic lifestyles and an uptick in COVID-19-related deaths?To find an answer, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Georgia Tech conducted a…

People in Deprivation with poorer lifestyle factors at most risk for COVID-19

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Unhealthy lifestyles are associated with a higher risk of severe COVID-19, but risks are highest in the most economically disadvantaged, according to a new study.…

New COVID-19 roadmap: Four takeaways

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Each new phase of this pandemic has presented something distinct to cope with and understand. In the United States, the omicron surge of December and January has mostly receded, and despite the greater frequency of the BA.2 version here and elsewhere, experts agree it’s time to rethink the notion of living with COVID-19. Or, as…

The Pandemic’s Psychological Scars

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It’s been a long and uncertain road, with some groups shouldering a disproportionately greater burden of mental anguish from COVID-19. Yet now there’s a glimmer of hope. Has the page finally turned? The past two years have been a roller coaster, or, as University of Pennsylvania philosopher and psychology researcher James Pawelski describes it, an undulating…

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Mandatory masking in schools reduced COVID-19 cases during Delta surge

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THE FINANCIAL — Schools with mandatory masking during the Delta surge had approximately 72% fewer cases of in-school transmission of SARS-CoV-2 when compared to schools with optional or partial masking policies, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study included more than 1.1 million students and over 157,000 staff attending…

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How to safeguard your sleep from insomnia over COVID-19 worry

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At this point in the pandemic, it may not come as a surprise that the impacts of COVID-19 have included increases in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance use. Along with those issues, recent reports show that sleep has been impaired as well. The pandemic has fueled a significant increase in insomnia—with…

Baricitinib reduces deaths in patients hospitalised with COVID-19

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The FINANCIAL — The RECOVERY trial has demonstrated that baricitinib reduces the risk of death when given to hospitalised patients with severe COVID-19.…

Genomic study shows that England’s travel quarantine measures were effective – up to a limit

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The FINANCIAL — Fourteen-day quarantine measures imposed on incoming travellers returning to England in summer 2020 helped prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, particularly among 16-20 year olds, say a team led by Cambridge scientists.…

The primeval Bialowieza Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage site. (file photo)

SARS-CoV-2 is moving between humans and wildlife

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In humans the pandemic is showing signs of ebbing. In white-tailed deer and other wildlife, however, infections appear widespread.…

New page in pandemic playbook

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As more governors end mask mandates, and as Omicron fades and a range of new anti-COVID tools emerge, risk-reduction experts say that now is the time to redefine pandemic living.…

Hints of a long COVID wave as Omicron fades

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As weary Americans hold out hope that the decline of Omicron signals an end to the pandemic’s emergency phase, physicians who treat long COVID are worried about the potential for a new wave of cases.…

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