COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are continuing to rise in the U.S., especially in areas where vaccination rates remain low. A new federal report shows life expectancy in the U.S. fell by an average of one and a half years in 2020, the steepest decline since World War II. NBC’s Morgan Chesky reports for TODAY from Dallas.
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Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meeting today to discuss whether COVID-19 vaccine booster shots may be necessary in the future as the Delta variant spreads. CBS News national correspondent David Begnaud reports on toll of the virus in hard-hit Louisiana, and then Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with more guidance on the vaccines.
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Several hospitals announced Thursday that a COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for all employees.
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'I'm sorry, but it's too late' - unvaccinated patients beg for shot; new infections nearly triple in two weeks: COVID news
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may not be as effective as those with mRNA technology, according to a new study. More COVID-19 updates.
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What happened Call it a "Reefer Madness" moment. In a flashback to the classic 1936 anti-drug film, marijuana investors got spooked today by news reports of health concerns among cannabis consumers -- and it's playing havoc with marijuana stocks.
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A man hospitalized with COVID-19 told CBS he'd still rather be sick than get a shot - and it shows how hard it'll be to convince everyone to get vaccinated
"Am I going to get a vaccine? No," Scott Roe told a CBS News reporter from his hospital bed in Baton Rouge.
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Ten counties are in the red, the highest classification signaling a severe level of community spread. There were none on July 1.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore's COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed, as a rapid ramp-up in inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated. While the data shows that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, it also underscores the risk that even those inoculated could be contagious, so that inoculation alone may not suffice to halt transmission. Of Singapore's 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484, or about 44%, were in fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday's data showed.
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A Houston hospital has its first case of the lambda variant, but public health experts say it remains too soon to tell how the variant will spread.
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You will know, or possibly be, someone who gets COVID-19 after a vaccine. Here's what to expect, according to 2 people with breakthrough cases.
Two young people who were vaccinated and got mild COVID-19 breakthrough cases described to Insider how their symptoms progressed.
A variety of factors have contributed to the recent surge in the region, including people growing weary of the pandemic and letting precautions slip, low vaccination rates and the emergence of the delta variant of the virus, says one expert.
Masking is already being recommended again in parts of California. An infectious disease specialist weighs in.
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“Everyone needs to realize that this is not just another wave like we saw before,” the lead infectious disease physician at Mercy Hospital Springfield said.
CDC officials are concerned about a strain of the Candida auris fungus that's resistant to all drugs and appears to have spread in small clusters in health care settings, rather than in individuals who had taken antifungals.Why it matters: "The concern is that it could spread to any of the patients who are at high risk, not just the ones who've been treated before — and that the population who could acquire these potentially untreatable infections could be much larger," Meghan Lyman, medical off
Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Note: Rhode Island and Iowa data is from CDC and from July 12-July 19; Map: Axios VisualsCoronavirus infections are rising dramatically all over the U.S. as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads.The big picture: Some “breakthrough” infections are happening to vaccinated people, but this rising tide of cases and hospitalizations is mainly a threat to those who aren’t vaccinated. And in some parts of the country, most people aren’t vaccinated — so the vir
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People who wait longer to get the second dose of their Pfizer vaccine mount a more robust immune response for long-term protection from Covid than those who bring their second jab forward, a major study has found. The second dose of a Covid jab can be administered at any point three weeks after the first, and the Government now aims to get all second jabs within eight weeks of the first. A study funded by the Department of Health and led by the University of Oxford has found a longer interval le
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U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home. The “superbug” outbreaks were reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. A handful of the patients had invasive fungal infections that were impervious to all three major classes of medications.
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“If we don’t take it seriously, we could easily end up back where we were in November,” one Kansas City doctor said.