Posts tagged with 'covid'
Your Mask Might Also Shield Your Seasonal AllergiesRead the rest of this entry »
More than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year. If you’re among the group that has a fully stocked medicine cabinet with eyedrops, nasal sprays, and antihistamines, a recent HealthDay article stated that wearing a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may have another helpful impact – guarding you against severe spring allergies.
According to Dr. Do-Yeon Cho, an associate professor of otolaryngology at …
Travel Nurse Demand Eases as COVID Cases DeclineRead the rest of this entry »
As the number of hospitalized COVID patients continues to decline, the demand for travel nurses is easing all across the country.
It was just a few months ago that hospitals were offering pay incentives as high as $8,000 a week for RNs. The demand for nurses willing to staff hospitals from South Dakota to the Bahamas was so high that at the peak of the COVID surge in January there …
Vaccinate NYRead the rest of this entry »
For the past 6 weeks, Green Key Resources has been busy staffing various COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state of New York as part of the Vaccinate NY Staffing Consortium.
Since January 2021, this cooperative of New York staffing firms has worked together to provide to date, over 2000 staff across New York State and New York City. With more locations opening regularly, Green Key and other staffing firms that …
Even Heroes Need HelpRead the rest of this entry »
The world may be lauding healthcare workers as heroes, but the professionals themselves are exhausted, worn down physically and emotionally by their efforts to treat the sick and stem the COVID pandemic.
“The pandemic has had a terrific strain on nurses,” Dr. Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, told ABC News.
As the COVID death toll reached a half million, the network broadcast a special report on …
It's Ethical to Pay COVID VolunteersRead the rest of this entry »
It is ethically appropriate to pay volunteers who are intentionally infected with the COVID virus as part of clinical research, says an international panel of experts.
In a report published in the American Journal of Bioethics, the group of ethicists, lawyers, academics, laymen and others from the UK, United States, and Canada found that paying participants in a COVID study should be decided the same way as other human …
COVID Has Forever Changed How Vaccines Are DevelopedRead the rest of this entry »
The vaccine rollout may be progressing too slowly, but that there’s a vaccine so soon at all is a tribute to the single-focus of scientists and the biotech industry.
The way the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were developed “are revolutionary,” says Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
In a wide-ranging interview with Steve Forbes and published on Forbes online, she said, “The platforms that have …
What’s the Difference Between the COVID Vaccines?Read the rest of this entry »
With the approval last month of the Moderna vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration, we now have two COVID-19 vaccines available. Two more – one from Johnson & Johnson the other from AstraZeneca – are on the way and could be approved as soon as February.
Healthcare workers, residents of nursing facilities and some first responders have already received the Pfizer vaccine, the first one approved by the FDA. …
COVID Is Prompting Youthful Vapers to QuitRead the rest of this entry »
COVID-19 has had at least one positive effect on health: Vaping, the use of e-cigarettes, among teens and young adults has decreased markedly since the beginning of the pandemic.
A survey reported Dec. 3 on the JAMA Network Open says almost a third -- 32.8% -- of young adult users 13-24 that changed their e-cigarette use since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic quit vaping. Another 35.3% reduced their use …
Better COVID Treatments Are Saving LivesRead the rest of this entry »
We interrupt all the bad news about COVID with this from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: surviving the virus has improved dramatically since the early days of the pandemic.
The likelihood of someone dying from COVID-19 has declined by a third.
In an interview with Reuters news agency, IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said 0.6% of those infected with the virus die, compared to 0.9% last spring. …
Neanderthal Genes Make COVID Worse for SomeRead the rest of this entry »
An impaired immune system, age, obesity and underlying medical issues are the well-known risk factors for becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.
Genetics, too, play a role, helping to explain why some young and otherwise healthy individuals will have a severe reaction and most others don’t. Variants on one region of the human chromosome are behind the increased risk.
But why do some people have the variant and others don’t? Blame …