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Have a Case of a Covid Variant? No One Is Going to Tell You

Have a Case of a Covid Variant? No One Is Going to Tell You

This story also ran on . It can beCovid-19 infections from variant strains are quickly spreading across the U.S., but there’s one big problem: Lab officials say they can’t tell patients or their doctors whether someone has been infected by a variant.Federal rules around who can be told about the variant cases are so confusing that public health officials may merely know the county where a case has emerged but can’t do the kind of investigation and deliver the notifications needed to slow the spread, according to Janet Hamilton, executive director of the Council of State and Territorial...

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Organ Transplant Patient Dies After Receiving Covid-Infected Lungs

Organ Transplant Patient Dies After Receiving Covid-Infected Lungs

This story also ran on . It can beDoctors say a woman in Michigan contracted covid-19 and died last fall two months after receiving a tainted double-lung transplant from a donor who turned out to harbor the virus that causes the disease — despite showing no signs of illness and initially testing negative.Officials at the University of Michigan Medical School suggested it may be the first proven case of covid in the U.S. in which the virus was transmitted via an organ transplant. A surgeon who handled the donor lungs was also infected with the virus and fell ill but later recovered.The...

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'A tragic case:' Organ transplant patient dies after receiving Covid-infected lungs

'A tragic case:' Organ transplant patient dies after receiving Covid-infected lungs

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Por qué Estados Unidos subestima las reinfecciones por covid

Por qué Estados Unidos subestima las reinfecciones por covid

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Kaitlyn Romoser contrajo covid-19 por primera vez en marzo, probablemente en un viaje a Dinamarca y Suecia, justo cuando se empezaba a comprender el alcance de la pandemia. Romoser, de 23 años e investigadora en un laboratorio en College Station, Texas, dio positivo y tuvo algunos días de síntomas leves, parecidos...

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Why the U.S. Is Underestimating Covid Reinfection

Why the U.S. Is Underestimating Covid Reinfection

This story also ran on . It can beKaitlyn Romoser first caught covid-19 in March, likely on a trip to Denmark and Sweden, just as the scope of the pandemic was becoming clear. Romoser, who is 23 and a laboratory researcher in College Station, Texas, tested positive and had a few days of mild, coldlike symptoms.In the weeks that followed, she bounced back to what felt like a full recovery. She even got another test, which was negative, in order to as one of the earliest donors of in a bid to help others.Six months later, in September, Romoser got sick again, after a trip to Florida with her...

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Patients Fend for Themselves to Access Highly Touted Covid Antibody Treatments

Patients Fend for Themselves to Access Highly Touted Covid Antibody Treatments

By the time he tested positive for covid-19 on Jan. 12, Gary Herritz was feeling pretty sick. He suspects he was infected a week earlier, during a medical appointment in which he saw health workers who were wearing masks beneath their noses or who had removed them entirely.His scratchy throat had turned to a dry cough, headache, joint pain and fever — all warning signs to Herritz, who underwent liver transplant surgery in 2012, followed by a rejection scare in 2018. He knew his compromised immune system left him especially vulnerable to a potentially deadly case of covid.“The thing with...

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Is Your Covid Vaccine Venue Prepared to Handle Rare, Life-Threatening Reactions?

Is Your Covid Vaccine Venue Prepared to Handle Rare, Life-Threatening Reactions?

As the rollout of covid-19 vaccines picks up across the U.S., moving from hospital distribution to pharmacies, pop-up sites and drive-thru clinics, health experts say it’s vital that these expanded venues be prepared to handle rare but potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.This story also ran on . It can be“You want to be able to treat anaphylaxis,” said Dr. Mitchell Grayson, an allergist-immunologist with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “I hope they’re in a place where an ambulance can arrive within five to 10 minutes.”Of the more than 6 million people in the...

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Black-footed ferrets are getting their own Covid-19 vaccine

Black-footed ferrets are getting their own Covid-19 vaccine

By Kaiser Health NewsDecember 23, 2020In late summer, as researchers accelerated the first clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccines for humans, a group of scientists in Colorado worked to inoculate a far more fragile species.About 120 black-footed ferrets, among the most endangered mammals in North America, were injected with an experimental Covid-19 vaccine aimed at protecting the small, weasel-like creatures rescued from the brink of extinction four decades ago.The effort came months before US Department of Agriculture officials began from veterinary drugmakers for a commercial vaccine for...

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At Risk of Extinction, Black-Footed Ferrets Get Experimental COVID Vaccine

At Risk of Extinction, Black-Footed Ferrets Get Experimental COVID Vaccine

This story also ran on .In late summer, as researchers accelerated the first clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for humans, a group of scientists in Colorado worked to inoculate a far more fragile species.About 120 black-footed ferrets, among the most endangered mammals in North America, were injected with an experimental COVID vaccine aimed at protecting the small, weasel-like creatures rescued from the brink of extinction four decades ago.The effort came months before U.S. Department of Agriculture officials began from veterinary drugmakers for a commercial vaccine for minks, a close...

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Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

This story also ran on . It can beIf there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar.At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the first health care workers at the University of Virginia Health System to roll up his sleeve for a shot to ward off the coronavirus.“This is a long time coming,” said Bell, 37, who signed up via hospital email last week. “The story of this crisis is that each week feels like a year. This is really the first time that there’s genuine hope that we can turn the corner on this.”For now, that...

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Demand for COVID Vaccines Expected to Get Heated — And Fast

Demand for COVID Vaccines Expected to Get Heated — And Fast

This story also ran on .Americans have made no secret of their skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines this year, with fears of political interference and a “warp speed” timeline blunting confidence in the shots. As recently as September, of U.S. adults said they didn’t intend to be inoculated.But with two promising vaccines primed for release, likely within weeks, experts in ethics and immunization behavior say they expect attitudes to shift quickly from widespread hesitancy to urgent, even heated demand.“People talk about the anti-vaccine people being able to kind of squelch uptake. I don’t see...

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New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

November 24, 2020Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private dread.Just 48 and the mother of two teenagers, Baldeschwiler was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer after discovering a small lump on her chest, no bigger than a pea. Within weeks, it was the size of a golf ball, angry and red. Doctors gave her two years to live.“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “Frankly, I was terrified.”But instead of retreating into her illness, Baldeschwiler is pouring energy into a...

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Lions and Tigers and Anteaters? US Scientists Scan the Menagerie for COVID

Lions and Tigers and Anteaters? US Scientists Scan the Menagerie for COVID

This story also ran on .As COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., one Texas veterinarian has been quietly tracking the spread of the disease — not in people, but in their pets.Since June, Dr. Sarah Hamer and her team at Texas A&M University have tested hundreds of animals from area households where humans contracted COVID-19. They’ve swabbed dogs and cats, sure, but also pet hamsters and guinea pigs, looking for signs of infection. “We’re open to all of it,” said Hamer, a professor of epidemiology, who has found at least 19 cases of infection.One pet that tested positive was Phoenix, a...

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Scientists Warn Americans Are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine

Scientists Warn Americans Are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine

This story also ran on .The White House and many Americans have pinned their hopes for defeating the COVID-19 pandemic on a vaccine being developed at “warp speed.” But some scientific experts warn they’re all expecting too much, too soon.“Everyone thinks COVID-19 will go away with a vaccine,” said Dr. William Haseltine, chair and president of Access Health International, a foundation that advocates for affordable care.Ongoing clinical trials are to show whether COVID-19 vaccines — which could be as minor as a sore throat or cough. But the trials, which will study 30,000 to 60,000...

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¿Pueden los pacientes de COVID tener el tratamiento de Trump? Está bien preguntar

¿Pueden los pacientes de COVID tener el tratamiento de Trump? Está bien preguntar

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Cuando Terry Mutter se despertó con dolor de cabeza y músculos adoloridos, el levantador de pesas amateur lo atribuyó a un entrenamiento duro.Sin embargo, ese miércoles a la noche tuvo 101 grados de fiebre y estaba claramente enfermo. “Me sentía como si me hubiera atropellado un camión”, recuerda Mutter, que vive...

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Can Ordinary COVID Patients Get the Trump Treatment? It’s OK to Ask

Can Ordinary COVID Patients Get the Trump Treatment? It’s OK to Ask

This story also ran on .When Terry Mutter woke up with a headache and sore muscles on a recent Wednesday, the competitive weightlifter chalked it up to a hard workout.By that evening, though, he had a fever of 101 degrees and was clearly ill. “I felt like I had been hit by a truck,” recalled Mutter, who lives near Seattle.The next day he was diagnosed with COVID-19. By Saturday, the 58-year-old was enrolled in a clinical trial for the same antibody cocktail that President Donald Trump claimed was responsible for his“I had heard a little bit about it because of the news,” said Mutter, who...

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Distrusting Trump, States Plan to Vet COVID Vaccines Themselves. Bad Idea, Say Experts.

Distrusting Trump, States Plan to Vet COVID Vaccines Themselves. Bad Idea, Say Experts.

This story also ran on .As trust in the Food and Drug Administration wavers, several states have vowed to conduct independent reviews of any COVID-19 vaccine the federal agency authorizes.But top health experts say such vetting may be misguided, even if it reflects a well-founded lack of confidence in the Trump administration — especially now that the FDA has held firm with rules that make a risky preelection vaccine release highly unlikely.At least six states and the District of Columbia have indicated they intend to review the scientific data for any vaccine approved to fight COVID-19,...

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Thousands of Minks Dead as COVID Outbreak Escalates on Utah Farms

Thousands of Minks Dead as COVID Outbreak Escalates on Utah Farms

This story also ran on .Thousands of minks at Utah fur farms have died because of the coronavirus in the past 10 days, forcing nine sites in three counties to quarantine, but the state veterinarian said people don’t appear to be at risk from the outbreak.The COVID-19 infections likely were spread from workers at the mink ranches to the animals, with no sign so far that the animals are spreading it to humans, said Dr. Dean Taylor, the state veterinarian, who is investigating the outbreak.“We genuinely don’t feel like there is much of a risk going from the mink to the people,” he said...

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Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists

Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists

This story also ran on .[UPDATED at 3 p.m. ET]President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could over the objections of , and even , who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it’s proved safe and effective.In , , and , a growing number of prominent health leaders say they fear that Trump — who has repeatedly signaled his desire for the swift approval of a vaccine and his displeasure with perceived delays at the FDA — will take matters into his own hands, running roughshod over the usual regulatory process.It would reflect another...

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Señales de una “vacuna sorpresa en octubre” alarma a científicos de carrera

Señales de una “vacuna sorpresa en octubre” alarma a científicos de carrera

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().El presidente Donald Trump, que parece decidido a anunciar una vacuna para COVID-19 antes del día de las elecciones, a pesar de las objeciones de , funcionarios de la (FDA) e incluso los , que se han comprometido a no lanzar nada a menos que haya demostrado ser seguro y eficaz.Forma parte del grupo de Facebook de...

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With COVID Vaccine Trial, Rural Oregon Clinic Steps Onto World Stage

With COVID Vaccine Trial, Rural Oregon Clinic Steps Onto World Stage

This story also ran on .MEDFORD, Ore. — From the outside, it appears to be just another suburban allergy clinic, a tidy, tan brick-and-cinder-block building set back from a busy highway and across the road from an auto parts store.But inside the offices of the Clinical Research Institute of Southern Oregon, Dr. Edward Kerwin and his staff are part of the race to save the world.Kerwin, 63, was tapped this spring to lead one of the nearly 90 U.S. clinical trial sites taking part in the large-scale, phase 3 test of produced by biotech startup Moderna to fight the virus that causes...

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The Color of COVID: Will Vaccine Trials Reflect America’s Diversity?

The Color of COVID: Will Vaccine Trials Reflect America’s Diversity?

July 27, 2020When U.S. scientists launch the first large-scale clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines this summer, Antonio Cisneros wants to make sure people like him are included.Cisneros, who is 34 and Hispanic, is part of the first wave of an expected 1.5 million volunteers willing to get the shots to help determine whether leading vaccine candidates can thwart the virus that sparked a deadly pandemic.“If I am asked to participate, I will,” said Cisneros, a Los Angeles cinematographer who has signed up for two large vaccine trial registries. “It seems part of our duty.”It will take more...

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Bingeing on Doom: Expert on the ‘Black Death’ Attracts Cult Following

Bingeing on Doom: Expert on the ‘Black Death’ Attracts Cult Following

July 22, 2020Before COVID-19, Purdue University English professor Dorsey Armstrong was well known in a way that only other enthusiasts of medieval literature and culture might appreciate.That is to say, she once got a discount on a replica of an Anglo-Saxon drinking horn — made from an actual cattle horn — because a guy at a conference recognized her.“That’s the only time I felt famous,” said Armstrong, an expert in medieval studies who heads the English department at Purdue in Indiana. “I got a really cool drinking horn. And whenever I teach ‘Beowulf,’ I bring it out and I pass it...

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‘I Couldn’t Let Her Be Alone’: A Peaceful Death Amid the COVID Scourge

‘I Couldn’t Let Her Be Alone’: A Peaceful Death Amid the COVID Scourge

July 6, 2020As her mother lay dying in a Southern California hospital in early May, Elishia Breed was home in Oregon, 800 miles away, separated not only by the distance, but also by the cruelty of the coronavirus.Because of the pandemic, it wasn’t safe to visit her mom, Patti Breed-Rabitoy, who had entered a hospital alone, days earlier, with a high fever and other symptoms that were confirmed to be caused by COVID-19.Breed-Rabitoy, 69, had suffered from lung and kidney disease for years but remained a vital, bubbly presence in the lives of her husband, Dan Rabitoy, and three grown...

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Hype Collides With Science As FDA Tries To Rein In ‘Wild West’ of COVID Blood Tests

Hype Collides With Science As FDA Tries To Rein In ‘Wild West’ of COVID Blood Tests

June 3, 2020“Save your business while saving lives,” reads the website of , a Seattle tech startup selling two types of tests to employers willing to pay $350 a pop to learn whether their workers have been infected with COVID-19.The “Workplace Health” plan includes not only nasal swab tests to detect infection, but also blood tests aimed at indicating whether workers have developed antibodies to the virus — and, possibly, future protection.“There’s a tremendous consumer demand,” said Dr. Lars Boman, the Boston-based medical director for the firm. “Can they return to work? Can they return to...

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