Open a window to reduce virus spread, CDC tells schools in new ventilation recommendations

February 27, 2021

It’s the first time the agency has separately emphasized the role ventilation plays in helping or preventing the spread of the virus, which is transmitted in tiny particles called aerosols, as well as via larger particles. The CDC had previously mentioned ventilation in its guidance to schools, but now dedicates a full page to the issue. “If safe to do so, open windows and doors,” the CDC advises. “Even just…

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US coronavirus: ‘We’ve done worse than most any other country,’ Fauci says as US marks grim Covid-19 death toll

February 23, 2021

“I believe that if you look back historically, we’ve done worse than most any other country and we’re a highly developed, rich country,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday. “It’s so tough to just go back and try and do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went. It was just bad,” Fauci added. The US Covid-19 death toll is by far the highest…

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How to celebrate Black History Month

February 22, 2021

Right now, all over the United States, Black families are teaching the next generation of Black youth with intention and care. Black History Month is a time to consciously center and celebrate Black empowerment and achievements, as well as the legacies of strength and struggle against racism. It’s a time to honor the whole of Black history, rooted in rites, rituals and intellectual traditions from across the African diaspora. Black…

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Pulse oximeters are essential in the fight against Covid. They may not work on dark skin

February 20, 2021

Pulse oximeters, which have increased in use during the pandemic, may yield inaccurate results, the US Food and Drug Administration warned Friday. Earlier in week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also updated its coronavirus clinical guidance to warn doctors and nurses that data from several studies suggest skin pigmentation can affect the accuracy of the devices. “While pulse oximeters may be useful for estimating blood oxygen levels,…

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US coronavirus: Covid-19 vaccines may prevent infection and not just symptoms, study suggests

February 20, 2021

A team at the Mayo Clinic health system looked at more than 31,000 people across four states who had received at least one dose of either vaccine — and found their vaccines were upwards of 80% effective in preventing infection 36 days after the first dose. Vaccine efficacy was 75% 15 days after the first dose, and appeared 89% effective from 36 days after the second dose, according to the…

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A vaccine scandal for influential figures costs Argentina’s Minister of Health his job

February 20, 2021

“Yesterday I got vaccinated.” With these words, the biggest scandal to date has started over the vaccination plan against covid-19 in Argentina: at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health of Argentina a VIP vaccination where privileged people with good contacts were inoculated. It has been revealed by one of them, the veteran journalist Horacio Verbitsky. In an interview, Verbitsky has related that he called his “old friend” and until…

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Health uses the Army to take the vaccine to the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla

December 26, 2020

The Ministry of Health has resorted to logistical support to Armed forces to ensure that the first covid-19 vaccines are distributed this Sunday in all autonomous communities and the immunization campaign can begin simultaneously throughout Spain. A convoy of the Army Transport Group, with an escort from the Civil Guard, traveled early this Saturday morning to the warehouse that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer has in Cabanillas del Campo (Guadalajara) to…

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The coronavirus puts the chaotic health system of the United States to the limit

December 9, 2020

To get an idea of ​​the impact of the coronavirus on the United States healthcare system Just take a look at the bill for Michael Flor, a 70-year-old man from Seattle. His case became famous last May because, being one of the first infected with covid-19 in the United States, he spent 62 days on the verge of death in the hospital, 29 of them on a respirator, and survived….

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Biden selects Hispanic Xavier Becerra as his Secretary of Health

December 8, 2020

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.Rich Pedroncelli / AP President-elect Joe Biden has elected Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, for Secretary of Health. His appointment, which requires the approval of the Senate, is a gesture towards Latino congressmen, who had complained in recent days about the underrepresentation of Hispanics among the Cabinet that the next Democratic president is finishing up these days. The son of Mexican immigrants, Becerra (Sacramento, 1958) was…

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