The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States is the highest its ever been, and many patients are young children. "I don't think anyone has seen a disease like COVID-19 impact kids the way it has," said Dr. Beatrice Tettah, who has treated children for the last 10 years in Sacramento. At Tettah's private practice, phone calls about the omicron variant and possible exposure are now constant. Most of her patients testing positive are under the age of 5, a group medical experts say is highly vulnerable. "It has been heartbreaking at times," Tettah said. "They didn’t ask to get exposed to it or catch it." COVID-19 infections among U.S. children are "increasing exponentially," with more than 580,000 cases reported just for the week of Jan. 6, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The majority of children ending up in the hospital are unvaccinated.
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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/HandoutA Minnesota woman whose husband neared death from COVID appealed to the courts to force his hospital to halt their plans to pull the plug on the man’s ventilator.Scott Quiner, 55, a reportedly unvaccinated man who had been battling COVID in Mercy Hospital’s ICU in Coon Rapids since November, was set to have his ventilator shut off on Jan. 13, according to a petition filed in court one day before the deadline by his wife, Anne Quiner.Quiner said the de
- The Guardian
Experts on whether getting Covid is inevitable and why, despite claims of ‘mildness’, the variant is highly dangerous ‘Omicron’s breaking the backs of the healthcare system,’ says Eric Topol. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/EPA Leaders in the US have struck a pessimistic tone about the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, recently testified before Congress that “most people are going to
- USA TODAY Opinion
For nearly two years, I have followed all the guidelines. I still caught COVID-19. Unfortunately, we still lack the resources for proper recovery.
Pakistani health authorities on Monday announced the completion of a successful clinical trial of Chinese traditional herbal medicine for treating COVID-19, as the South Asian nation enters a fifth wave of the pandemic driven by the Omicron variant. The Chinese medicine, Jinhua Qinggan Granules (JHQG) manufactured by Juxiechang (Beijing) pharmaceutical Co Ltd, is already being used in treatment of COVID-19 patients in China. "Since it was tried on patients with different variants of COVID-19, we expect it to be effective on Omicron as on other variants," Professor Iqbal Chaudhry, director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Science (ICCBS) where trials were conducted, told reporters.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
His wife also asked Minnesota doctors to try alternative treatments, which they refused, outlets report.
- Men's Health
Viona Pharmaceuticals is recalling 23 lots of metformin, a popular type 2 diabetes medication. Here’s everything you need to know about the metformin recall.
Besides taxing areca nut farmers less and curbing imports, the government also does little to raise awareness and fight addiction.
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Scientists are piecing together why some people lose their sense of smell after contracting Covid-19.
Is doubling up your face covering in the age of COVID-19 the ultimate protection?
- Men's Health
He gained muscle and shredded body fat with two simple lifestyle tweaks
- Yahoo Life
The congresswoman is urging her followers to "be careful" after testing positive last week.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -A fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine boosts antibodies to even higher levels than the third jab but it is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, according to a preliminary study in Israel. Israel's Sheba Medical Center has given second booster shots in a trial among its staff and is studying the effect of the Pfizer booster in 154 people after two weeks and the Moderna booster in 120 people after one week, said Gili Regev-Yochay, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Here’s why medicine shelves are empty at your grocery store. And what health experts recommend you try instead.
Thailand is considering bringing back a quarantine waiver for vaccinated visitors, its health minister said on Monday, as part of a proposed easing of some COVID-19 measures later this week. Thailand reopened to vaccinated foreign visitors in November to help a vital tourism industry that collapsed during nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. The 'Test and Go' policy, which allows visitors to skip the mandatory quarantine if they test negative on arrival, was suspended late in December over concerns about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
- San Luis Obispo Tribune
After all this time, contracting the virus would somehow feel like a failure, Tribune columnist writes.
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Fibrolamellar carcinoma is a liver cancer that is extremely rare, believed to occur in one in 5 million people. Gianna was diagnosed during college.
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Some with recent Covid diagnoses are finding that contracting the illness they worked so hard to dodge for so long has brought them a reprieve from anxiety.
- Business Insider
Fauci says pushback against 'easy-to-understand' COVID-19 protection measures like mask-wearing and vaccination is 'very disturbing'
At a World Economic Forum event Monday, Dr. Fauci said of COVID-19: "If we all pulled together as a society, we would be much, much better off."
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I went to get a coronavirus test after Thanksgiving, and the nurse took my temperature - 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not unusual for me, even though it was lower than what we think of as normal. Normal body temperature is one health-related number that most everybody knows - 98.6 degrees. It's even easier in Celsius - a flat 37 degrees.Subscribe to The Post Most newsletter for the most important and interesting stories from The Washington Post. Despite the exactitude of the widely accepted
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NEW YORK — A young man poked his head out of an isolation room and demanded, not for the first time, to know the COVID-19 test result he was waiting for. He kept asking until Natasha Williams looked up. At that moment, Williams was one of only two nurses working on the COVID ward, with its 36 patients. The young man was the healthiest in sight. One of the patients might die before the day was done, she worried. A few were on ventilators. One was curled in a fetal position and moaning for water;