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11:47 AM / Tuesday December 6, 2022

Health

In America, a few days in March 2020 echo two years later

March 18, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Friends and family of Larry Hammond who were among only 10 mourners allowed, sit in chairs spaced for social distancing, during his funeral at Boyd Funeral Home in New Orleans on April 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) By Ted Anthony ASSOCIATED PRESS  The conversations went like this: It will be just a…

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Death toll surpasses 6 million for pandemic now in 3rd year

March 11, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Cars wait in long lines at a drive-up coronavirus testing center at the Tropical Park, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Miami. The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now in its third year, is far from over. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell,…

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Seven steps to keep you on the path to healthy aging

March 4, 2022

BPT  As you age, your health needs change. Staying on top of senior wellness activities is important, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating a list of health and wellness to-do’s can help you stay organized, so you look and feel your best. “Aging well is living well and it all starts with a combination…

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People from racial, ethnic, and other groups report frequent COVID-19–related discrimination

March 4, 2022

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) People from all major racial and ethnic minority population groups in the United States report experiencing more COVID-19–related discrimination than white adults, a new study shows.  COVID-19-related discrimination includes experiences of being threatened or harassed based on someone’s perception of another having COVID-19. To date, this…

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Some Americans welcome new CDC mask guidance, others wary

March 4, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask while knitting in a park in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Americans who have been clamoring for an end to mask-wearing have welcomed new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It says healthy people in most areas of the country can safely stop wearing…

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Most vulnerable still in jeopardy as COVID precautions ease

February 25, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Bottles and syringes holding a two-shot dose of AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, the first set of antibodies grown in a lab to prevent COVID-19, rest on a table, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at a University of Washington Medicine clinic in Seattle. The drug is supposed to give immune-compromised patients who can’t make their own virus-fighters…

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Philadelphia establishes COVID Response Levels to guide mandate enforcement

February 18, 2022

  The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has announced new COVID Response Levels which tie the City’s public COVID mandates to specific pandemic metrics. As the metrics get better, the City will stop enforcing certain mandates. Should the metrics get worse, the City will start enforcing those mandates again. Given the improving situation following the…

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A different COVID-19 vaccine debate: Do we need new ones?

February 12, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: A technician inspects filled vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the company’s facility in Puurs, Belgium in March 2021. COVID-19 vaccines are saving an untold number of lives but they can’t stop the chaos when a hugely contagious new mutant bursts on the scene, leading people to wonder: Will we need boosters…

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EXPLAINER: COVID vaccines for kids under 5: What’s next?

February 4, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Syringes and colorful bandages are prepared as children from local schools prepare to get COVID-19 vaccines in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday Dec. 13, 2021. COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 may be available in the U.S. as early as March 2022, but there are several hurdles still to clear. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle…

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