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US to Let Pharmacists Vaccinate Kids as Lockdowns Slash Immunization Levels
The U.S. government said on Wednesday pharmacists would be allowed to administer routine vaccines to children, calling a drop in immunization from lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus a “public health threat.”
What Do We Know About Children and COVID-19?
As COVID-19 burns through Texas, districts and health departments across the state are wrestling with how to provide childcare and schooling to the state’s 7 million-plus children. Jerri Barker, who runs a daycare in Waco, has watched warily as other facilities in the area began to report cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. First, a church daycare, then a community center, two cases here, a few more there.
CDC Anticipates 2020 Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipate another peak year for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) and encourage clinicians to be prepared to recognize AFM and immediately hospitalize patients.
Called dawa and sold by street vendors, the concoctions have become so popular that they’ve driven up the price of lemons and limes.
There’s something utilitarian about a cup of coffee. You wake up, you make it, pour it down your throat, and feel a little closer to taking on the day.
Virginia (not her real name) is a 60-year-old woman with a 10-year history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She began treating herself with over-the-counter antacids but found that they were not effective. Her previous primary care physician placed her on a daily dose of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Her symptoms improved and so, when she remembered, she continued on a daily dose for years. Last year, she noticed more burning in her chest and throat at night, and her PPI frequency was increased to twice daily, which relieved her discomfort.
The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, with more information developing each day. This collection of infographics explores various aspects related to the ongoing crisis, from clinical issues to cultural concerns.
“My first thought was, ‘You’re kidding, right?’ ” she said. That was the start of a series of reactions that included denial and bargaining and, finally, some semblance of acceptance.
In a session at HM20 Virtual, hosted by the Society of Hospital Medicine, she and David J. Alfandre, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at New York University Langone, described the complicated logistics and emotional and psychological strain that has come from working during a time of such great health care need while balancing home responsibilities and parenting.
As the global count of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 20 million and the US count recently passed 5 million, according to a data dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, we wondered about the extent to which our readers have been affected. Please tell us how you have been personally affected by the pandemic.
Whenever I discuss hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), people come out of the woodwork to tell me what a bad doctor I am. Even when I made a video simply demonstrating how searching pubmed.gov works, I got some pretty rough replies.
But I guess I’m a glutton for punishment, so I’ve set out today to collect — in one place — the randomized trials that have been conducted that form the centerpiece for why doctors like me and Anthony Fauci don’t think HCQ works for COVID-19.
“A lot of the evidence has been pointing to aerosol transmission of respiratory viruses,” she says. Influenza can be passed through the air, as can the virus that causes SARS. “This particular virus, a lot of evidence is mounting.”
Prather says she’s been alarmed not to see the CDC or WHO come out with a strong statement that people could catch COVID-19 by breathing it in.
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