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Legal Questions Surround 'Vaccine Passports'

Legal Questions Surround 'Vaccine Passports'

Legal Questions Surround 'Vaccine Passports' More businesses are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccines. NPR's Michel Martin discusses legal implications with Robert Field, professor of law and public health at Drexel University.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsMore businesses are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccines. NPR's Michel Martin discusses legal implications with Robert Field, professor of law and public health at Drexel University.MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:Have you gotten your jab? If so - maybe even if not - you're probably among the tens of millions who are ready to get out...

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The Effects Of The Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Interruption

The Effects Of The Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Interruption

The Effects Of The Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Interruption The pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could affect the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., especially since it's so practical for rural areas.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could affect the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., especially since it's so practical for rural areas.MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:After weeks of good news about vaccines in this country, today brings a more concerning development. It was a call by scientists at...

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Covid: People 45 or over in England invited to book vaccine

Covid: People 45 or over in England invited to book vaccine

People aged 45 or over in England will now be invited to get a Covid jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.The vaccination programme would then move on to everyone aged 40 or over "in line with supplies", he added.Appointments can be made on which temporarily crashed on Tuesday morning when it opened up to the new age group. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also confirmed Unlike in England, appointments there will be allocated and there are no plans to introduce an online booking service.In people aged 40-45 are eligible to get a Covid vaccine, while in some areas in Wales 40-49...

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Cleaning with regular soap and water is often good enough to fight covid-19

Cleaning with regular soap and water is often good enough to fight covid-19

“With increasing prevalence of variants, what is the latest advice on day-to-day practices like incoming mail and cleaning our homes? I feel we are back to revisiting former practices in the wake of potential variant-induced resurge. Argh!”— Julia in VirginiaWe’ve had an increase in cleaning questions, particularly after the rise of variants and the promise of more travel. What can we do to reduce the risk of variant spread? How do I disinfect a hotel room?It seemed like a good moment to share new (money-saving) guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning: You...

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Poor exercise habits may raise risk for severe COVID-19, study finds

Poor exercise habits may raise risk for severe COVID-19, study finds

Physical inactivity may increase the risk for severe COVID-19, as well as hospitalization with the coronavirus, a new study has found. Photo by Wokandapix/Lack of physical activity may increase a person's risk for more severe , as well as death from the disease, according to a study published Tuesday by the .People with the virus who exercised little during the two years before becoming infected were about twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital, the data showed.In addition, they had a 2 1/2 times higher risk for death compared with infected people who consistently met physical...

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Analysis: I Was a Teenage Rifle Owner, Then an ER Doctor. Assault Weapons Shouldn’t Count as ‘Guns.’

Analysis: I Was a Teenage Rifle Owner, Then an ER Doctor. Assault Weapons Shouldn’t Count as ‘Guns.’

Many who know me might be shocked by this: I shot my first pistol when I was 8 or 9, taught by my father, a physician, aiming at targets in our basement. At summer camp, I loved riflery the way some kids loved art. Staring through the sight, down the barrel, I proved an excellent shot, gathering ever more advanced medals from the National Rifle Association. As a reward, for my 13th birthday, my uncle gave me a .22 Remington rifle.This story also ran on . It can beI did not grow up on a farm or in a dangerous place where we needed protection. I grew up in the well-off, leafy suburb of...

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Sore head? 10 easy, comforting dishes to banish a hangover – chosen by chefs

Sore head? 10 easy, comforting dishes to banish a hangover – chosen by chefs

Pubs have reopened in England this week. If the excitement has got too much, here are cooks’ tips for the morning after, from mac and cheese to spicy chorizo eggsInterviews by Wed 14 Apr 2021 03.00 EDTLast modified on Wed 14 Apr 2021 05.19 EDTMonica Galetti, Masterchef judge and chef proprietor of , LondonI always go for something like mac and cheese if I’m hungover. Pasta is great for soaking everything up. I put together a cheesy bechamel sauce and add bacon lardons to the pasta too. I like to have lots of cheese – once it goes in the oven I sprinkle even more on top. It’s a nice, easy...

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Suicide rates declined in parts of U.S., world early in pandemic, study finds

Suicide rates declined in parts of U.S., world early in pandemic, study finds

While increased incidence of mental health conditions has been seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say that suicide rates have not increased -- and, in some cases, have seen dramatic drops. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Suicide rates in regions of the United States and the world remained flat or even declined during the early months of the pandemic, according to a study published Tuesday by .Through the end of July 2020, up to 20% fewer suicides were reported in parts of the southern and western United States compared with what would have been expected based on prior...

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Perspective | Some mothers-to-be and doctors worry about exercise during pregnancy. But it’s really okay.

Perspective | Some mothers-to-be and doctors worry about exercise during pregnancy. But it’s really okay.

To break the monotony of my routine, I recently clicked on an exercise app on my phone and found a strength class run by an ultramarathoner. The class started like any other — the instructor, one of the app’s most popular, encouraging hard work, heavy weights and no excuses with a smile. The only difference from previous classes was her belly bump.Right up until she gave birth in March, she continued to lead her regular spinning and strength classes and also started a prenatal series.Having gone through two pregnancies of my own, I was delighted. It was the first time I had seen a pregnant...

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Perspective | I’m vaccinated, but I’m really not ready to leave my pandemic cocoon

Perspective | I’m vaccinated, but I’m really not ready to leave my pandemic cocoon

As we lurch into pandemic year two, I find myself strangely reluctant to leave my pandemic cocoon. Not a week goes by without someone asking if I’ve gotten my “Get Out of Jail Free” card — the vaccine — but until recently, I’ve told almost no one that I got the shots last month. How could it be that now, with my escape route in sight, I shrink from the exit?I’ve long had what’s called , which is a chronic and overwhelming fear of being with people (whether strangers or friends), according to Mayo Clinic. For the past year, with few social interactions I’ve suffered very little of that...

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From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Volcano Continues To Erupt

From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Volcano Continues To Erupt

From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Volcano Continues To Erupt Experts predict the volcano eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent will last for days, even weeks. Officials urge people to seek safety as rescuers search for those who haven't evacuated.Conditions on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent have worsened as volcano continues to push ash and debris into the atmosphere. Dozens of individuals have been rescued from the northern part of the island after refusing to evacuate last week. Officials are warning anyone still in the red and orange zones to flee as the mountain presents a...

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Colorado Assault-Style Weapons Ban Doesn't Look Likely

Colorado Assault-Style Weapons Ban Doesn't Look Likely

Push For Ban On Assault-Style Weapons Stalls In Colorado Weeks after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., the push for a statewide ban on assault-style weapons is losing steam, even among prominent Democrats who say it is the wrong strategy.Toggle more optionsBente BirkelandFromToggle more optionsAny major push to pass an assault-style weapons ban in Colorado is looking increasingly less likely, with the legislature's highest-profile advocate for stricter gun laws saying now — weeks after the mass shooting that killed 10 people at a grocery store in the city of Boulder — isn't the time. "It...

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FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots

FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots

Please NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. Federal health officials on Tuesday called for a pause in the use of the , saying they are reviewing reports of six U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot among more than 7 million people who received the shot.The drugmaker said the blood clot cases are also being investigated by European health authorities, and the company is delaying the rollout of the vaccine there.“I’d like to stress these events appear to be extremely rare. However, covid-19 vaccine safety is a top...

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AstraZeneca: Irish health body recommends vaccine restriction

AstraZeneca: Irish health body recommends vaccine restriction

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should be limited to over-60s, the Republic of Ireland's National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has said.The body oversees the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme in the Republic.It said that the vaccine's benefits may vary by age and that, as other vaccines are available, it has revised its vaccine recommendations, .All AstraZeneca vaccination clinics planned for Tuesday should now be cancelled, it has also been advised.The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) said it would "advise further in terms of wider implications for the administration of the...

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CDC Studies 'Breakthrough' COVID Cases Among People Already Vaccinated

CDC Studies 'Breakthrough' COVID Cases Among People Already Vaccinated

CDC Studies 'Breakthrough' COVID Cases Among People Already Vaccinated : Shots - Health News COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective but don't always provide perfect protection. Some vaccinated people later exposed to the virus still get sick. Why and how often that happens is under study.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsGinger Eatman thought she was safe after getting her second COVID-19 vaccination in February. But she kept wearing her mask, using hand sanitizer and wiping down the carts at the grocery store anyway. A few weeks later, she noticed a scratchy throat. "By...

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Is The Pause In The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Warranted?

Is The Pause In The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Warranted?

Is The Pause In The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Warranted? NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA and member of Pfizer's board, about the pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine over blood clot worries.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsNPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA and member of Pfizer's board, about the pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine over blood clot worries.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Coronavirus: UK reports largest number of second jabs in one day

Coronavirus: UK reports largest number of second jabs in one day

The UK has reported the largest number of second coronavirus vaccine doses given in a single day, according to the .A total of 450,136 second doses were received on Friday - with 106,878 first doses also administered.The previous record was set on Thursday when .There were 2,589 new infections in the past 24 hours, and another 40 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.The latest figures show that of the 39,001,554 vaccinations administered in the UK so far, 32,010,244 were first doses - a rise of 106,878 on Friday.Meanwhile, 6,991,310 were second doses, a rise of 450,136.After the latest...

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Orange County Hospital Seeks Divorce From Large Catholic Health System

Orange County Hospital Seeks Divorce From Large Catholic Health System

In early 2013, in Orange County, California, joined with St. Joseph Health, a local Catholic hospital chain, amid enthusiastic promises that their affiliation would broaden access to care and improve the health of residents across the community.This story also ran on . It can beEight years later, Hoag says this vision of achieving “population health” is dead, and it wants out. It is embroiled in a legal battle for independence from , a Catholic health system with 51 hospitals across seven states, which absorbed St. Joseph in 2016, bringing Hoag along with it.In a filed in Orange County...

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Younger U.S. adults three times likelier to die early than peers in Europe

Younger U.S. adults three times likelier to die early than peers in Europe

Even before COVID-19, researchers say the rate of excess deaths in the United States outpaced parts of Europe with similar populations, with the increased risk for death hitting people age 25 to 54 the hardest. File Photo by Robert Hoetink/ShutterstockAdults in the United States are up to three times more likely to die at a younger age than their peers in Europe, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, an analysis published Monday by the found.In 2017, more than 400,000 "excess" deaths -- or those above what would be expected in a normal year -- occurred in the United States, a 78% increase...

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‘Good shock value’: CSIRO holds a mirror to Australia’s junk food habits

‘Good shock value’: CSIRO holds a mirror to Australia’s junk food habits

Taking the science agency’s Junk Food Analyser quiz can be confronting but could help avoid illness and improve wellbeingTue 13 Apr 2021 13.30 EDTLast modified on Tue 13 Apr 2021 20.16 EDTWhat happens when you take every culinary indulgence – every afternoon biscuit, ham sarnie, scoop of ice-cream and post-work glass of wine – and add them together over the course of a month?The , a quiz slash come-to-Jesus moment from the CSIRO, does just that. And the results can be confronting.“Our intention wasn’t to scare people,” Dr Gilly Hendrie, the Australian science agency’s lead researcher on the...

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The Gender Vaccine Gap: More Women Than Men Are Getting Covid Shots

The Gender Vaccine Gap: More Women Than Men Are Getting Covid Shots

This story also ran on . It can beMary Ann Steiner drove 2½ hours from her home in the St. Louis suburb of University City to the tiny Ozark town of Centerville, Missouri, to get vaccinated against covid-19. After pulling into the drive-thru line in a church parking lot, she noticed that the others waiting for shots had something in common with her.“Everyone in the very short line was a woman,” said Steiner, 70.Her observation reflects a national reality: More women than men are getting covid vaccines, even as of the disease. KHN examined vaccination dashboards for all 50 states and the...

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Many Trump Voters Oppose Vaccine Passports, New Poll Shows

Many Trump Voters Oppose Vaccine Passports, New Poll Shows

Many Trump Voters Oppose Vaccine Passports, New Poll Shows NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to epidemiologist Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation about why many conservatives are reluctant to get a coronavirus vaccine, and are against vaccine passports.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsNPR's Steve Inskeep talks to epidemiologist Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation about why many conservatives are reluctant to get a coronavirus vaccine, and are against vaccine passports.STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:How can health experts take politics out of coronavirus vaccines? That...

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Covid lockdown eases: Celebrations as pub gardens and shops reopen

Covid lockdown eases: Celebrations as pub gardens and shops reopen

For the first time in months, pub gardens, shops and hairdressers have reopened in England, as rules were also eased in the rest of the UK.Shoppers flocked to the High Street, with long queues seen outside some retailers. Other people took advantage of England's gyms and zoos reopening.Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged everyone to "behave responsibly". and some rules are being eased and The PM had planned to have a celebratory pint to mark the measures easing, but that has been postponed following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday.Snow showers and chilly temperatures in parts of...

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Writer Discusses 'The Futility Of Vaccine Passports'

Writer Discusses 'The Futility Of Vaccine Passports'

Writer Discusses 'The Futility Of Vaccine Passports' NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Atlantic staff writer Yasmeen Serhan about her recent piece.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsNPR's Michel Martin speaks with Atlantic staff writer Yasmeen Serhan about her recent piece.MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:We've talked about whether so-called vaccine passports are legal and whether they might be necessary for travel. Now we want to ask whether bringing them into widespread use is the right thing to do. Yasmeen Serhan is worried about this. She wrote a piece for The Atlantic titled "The Futility...

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Mary Agyapong: Pregnant nurse’s family yet to get GoFundMe money

Mary Agyapong: Pregnant nurse’s family yet to get GoFundMe money

The family of a pregnant nurse who died with Covid-19 have yet to receive any money from a fundraising campaign that names them as beneficiaries. Mary Agyapong, 28, died after giving birth in April 2020 at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where she worked.A GoFundMe page set up by family friend Rhoda Asiedu has raised more than £186,000 and her lawyers said the money had been placed into a trust.Ms Agyapong's widower said he found it "surprising" he had not been involved.At an inquest last month coroner Emma Whitting found it was "unclear" how mother-of-two Ms Agyapong contracted Covid-19...

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