COVID Superspreader events still exist. Here’s what they look like now.

COVID Superspreader events still exist.  Here’s what they look like now.

We haven’t heard much about Superspreader events over the past year, mostly because we weren’t really looking for them. The United States has canceled and reduced its testing and contact tracing programs in early 2022, and in doing so, we lost track of the extent of COVID. But if you’ve dated or heard stories of … Read more

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

CNN — Seventeen states, Washington, DC and New York, are reporting high or very high respiratory disease activity amid a flu season that is hitting harder and earlier than usual, according to data released Friday by the Centers for United States Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States – … Read more

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

Influenza and other respiratory virus activity continues to escalate in the United States

CNN — Seventeen states, Washington, DC and New York, are reporting high or very high respiratory disease activity amid a flu season that is hitting harder and earlier than usual, according to data released Friday by the Centers for United States Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States – … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more

Monkeypox can spread before symptoms start, study finds

Monkeypox can spread before symptoms start, study finds

CNN — According to a new modeling study from the UK, more than half of monkeypox cases in the current outbreak may have been passed on to others before symptoms appeared. The study, which was led by disease modellers from the UK Health Security Agency, is contrary to current public health guidance on the spread … Read more

CDC wants to change ‘outdated’ rules that hamper agency’s ability to fight Covid, polio and other diseases

CDC wants to change ‘outdated’ rules that hamper agency’s ability to fight Covid, polio and other diseases

CNN — This summer, when the shocking news emerged that there was a case of polio in New York, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately turned to Shoshana Bernstein. The agency urgently needed to increase polio vaccination rates in Rockland County, New York. And though Bernstein is neither a doctor nor a … Read more

High blood pressure rose even earlier in pandemic, study finds

High blood pressure rose even earlier in pandemic, study finds

CNN — In the United States, people with high blood pressure saw their levels increase during the first eight months of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new study. When a person has high blood pressure, the force of their blood pushes against the walls of their blood vessels, making their heart less efficient. The … Read more

RSV vaccine trial shows promising results, says Pfizer; the company will seek FDA approval this year

RSV vaccine trial shows promising results, says Pfizer;  the company will seek FDA approval this year

CNN — Pfizer says it has enough promising data on its respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, vaccine designed to protect newborns that it will end study enrollment and submit for approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration by the end of the year. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild … Read more

US flu season hasn’t been this bad in over a decade

US flu season hasn’t been this bad in over a decade

CNN — The flu season accelerated early in the United States and flu hospitalizations are worse than usual for this time of year, according to data released Friday by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . It has been more than a decade – since the H1N1 swine flu pandemic – since … Read more