‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars hand out free fentanyl tests

‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars hand out free fentanyl tests

OAKLAND, Calif., April 20 (Reuters) – Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She … Read more

Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated; COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated;  COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Test tube labeled “COVID-19 Omicron variant test positive” is seen in this illustration picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 18 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be studied CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports of two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provide intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help those … Read more

Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes; COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood cells

Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes;  COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood cells

A health worker prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues amid talks of a fourth dose for high-risk groups including those over the age of 60, in Malcha shopping mall, Jerusalem, December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 14 … Read more

Germany’s Scholz says he will not make second push for vaccine mandate

Germany’s Scholz says he will not make second push for vaccine mandate

Bill for mandatory shots fails to get majority Fighting pandemic in autumn more difficult, says minister Failure evokes challenging differences within ruling coalition BERLIN, April 7 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was disappointed the lower house of parliament on Thursday voted against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for people over 60, but would … Read more

China sends military, doctors to Shanghai to test 26 million residents for COVID

China sends military, doctors to Shanghai to test 26 million residents for COVID

Shanghai reports 9,006 symptomatic and asymptomatic cases for April 3 City launches largest public health response since virus emerged Citizens complain of unsanitary conditions in quarantine centers SHANGHAI, April 4 (Reuters) – China has sent the military and thousands of healthcare workers into Shanghai to help carry out COVID-19 tests for all of its 26 … Read more

Shanghai separates COVID-positive children from parents in virus fight

Shanghai separates COVID-positive children from parents in virus fight

SHANGHAI, April 2 (Reuters) – Esther Zhao thought she was doing the right thing when she brought her 2-1/2-year-old daughter to a Shanghai hospital with a fever on March 26. Three days later, Zhao was begging health authorities not to separate them after she and the little girl both tested positive for COVID-19, saying her … Read more

US authorizes second COVID booster for Americans 50 and older

US authorizes second COVID booster for Americans 50 and older

March 29 (Reuters) – US health officials on Tuesday authorized a second COVID-19 booster dose of the two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines for people age 50 and older, citing data showing waning immunity and the risks posed by Omicron variants of the virus. The US Food and Drug Administration agency said the new boosters … Read more

A third of US COVID now caused by Omicron BA.2 as overall cases fall

A third of US COVID now caused by Omicron BA.2 as overall cases fall

People still wear their masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Los Angeles, California, US, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 22 (Reuters) – About one-in-three COVID-19 cases in the United States are now caused by the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant of the coronavirus, according to … Read more

‘Refuse quarantine!’: frustrations mount as China replays COVID controls

‘Refuse quarantine!’: frustrations mount as China replays COVID controls

SHANGHAI, March 22 (Reuters) – In footage shared on social media last week, a crowd of people in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang bang against the windows of a clothing market as they shout in frustration at the announcement of yet another round of COVID -19 tests. Though the local government quickly urged people … Read more