The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

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The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

Vaccinations have dropped sharply among people visiting our Covid vaccine van in Queens — and we find ourselves both surprised and not surprised in light of the new BA.2 variant of the Covid virus. We have been tracking the surge in the new Covid variant in Queens Village in New York City by various measures […]

Long Covid, the invisible public health crisis fueling labor shortages: The Financial Times

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Long Covid, the invisible public health crisis fueling labor shortages: The Financial Times

“When Katie Lazell-Fairman returned to work after recovering from a Covid-19 infection, she quickly discovered that the virus had taken a much heavier toll on her body than she initially realised,” Delphine Strauss and Jamie Smyth write over at The Financial Times. “’I woke up suddenly feeling incredibly exhausted, dizzy. My heart rate was 135 […]

Covid resistance: So you never got it, but others did. Why?

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Covid resistance: So you never got it, but others did. Why?

Many people who live in New York, a Covid hotspot from the beginning of the pandemic, seem never to have been infected. That’s true for a number of people in other places too. As Lauren Mechling, a Brooklyn writer,  tweeted recently, “To my fellow nyc humans who have never knowingly gotten Covid, what is the […]

What happens when Covid-19 emergency declarations end? Kaiser Family Foundation

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What happens when Covid-19 emergency declarations end? Kaiser Family Foundation

“With more than two years having passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, questions are being raised about when to end the public health emergency declarations made by the federal government early on, with some advocating for their extension and others calling for their expiration,” Juliette Cubanski, Jennifer Kates, Madeline Guth, Karen Pollitz, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

Hervé, a father of two in Paris, was shocked when he found out that his daughter, Cèlia, had been infected with Covid-19. He, Cèlia, Cèlia’s mother and brother had multiple negative PCR tests since the pandemic began and had never felt sick. But in January 2022, when Hervé took Cèlia, 10, to a pediatric vaccination […]

FDA delays process for Pfizer vaccine for children under 5: WebMD

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FDA delays process for Pfizer vaccine for children under 5: WebMD

“In a striking reversal, federal regulators said on Friday that they would wait for data on whether three doses of the [Pfizer-BioNTech] coronavirus vaccine are effective in children younger than 5 before deciding whether to authorize a vaccine for the age group,” WebMD reported Friday. “The Food and Drug Administration will postpone a meeting of […]

F.D.A. to meet Feb. 15 to consider approving Pfizer vaccine for children 0-5 years old

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F.D.A. to meet Feb. 15 to consider approving Pfizer vaccine for children 0-5 years old

Authorization of a Covid vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech for children younger than age 5 will be considered by he Food and Drug Administration at a meeting on Feb. 15, the F.D.A. reported. Children 6 months to 4 years old would be affected by an F.D.A. decision. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized for children 5 through […]

What we know — and what we still need to learn — about long Covid: CBC News

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What we know — and what we still need to learn — about long Covid: CBC News

“Jonah McGarva has been struggling with long Covid since he was first infected in March 2020,” CBC News reports. ” ‘It’s almost like I can kind of predict how the day is going to go when I wake up in the morning,’ says the Burnaby resident.  ‘I typically know I have a window of about two […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

Looking back over the last year, our Covid work has taught us some really important and interesting things, culminating in our five months helping distribute vaccines an undervaccinated neighborhood in New York City. We started the year in a flurry of reporting on why people were having a hard time getting access to the new […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

You need to prove you got vaccinated — maybe at the border, maybe at the door of the bar, or at the airline gate or the sports arena. What to use? There’s always your paper vaccine record. And yet a number of electronic vaccine passes have sprung up, some more useful and reliable than others. […]