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Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Equality Rules During Pandemic
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Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Equality Rules During Pandemic

A report from the Government Accountability Office paints a picture of an already strained behavioral health system struggling after the pandemic struck to meet the treatment needs of millions of Americans with conditions like alcohol use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. …

What’s Causing Michigan’s COVID Surge, and Who’s Getting Sick?
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What’s Causing Michigan’s COVID Surge, and Who’s Getting Sick?

An anesthesiologist at the University of Michigan describes the new influx of patients and what this may mean for the pandemic’s trajectory

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Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Raising Addiction Fears
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Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Raising Addiction Fears

A new study in Nature found alarmingly high rates of opioid use among covid survivors with lingering symptoms at Veterans Health Administration facilities. About 10% of covid survivors develop “long covid,” struggling with often disabling health problems even six months or longer after a diagnosis…COVID-19 NEWS – CHARLOTTE

Brazilian COVID-19 Variant Detected in Minnesota
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Brazilian COVID-19 Variant Detected in Minnesota

Brazilian COVID-19 Variant Detected in Minnesota | CIDRAP News | Late yesterday the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed the nation’s first case of COVID-19 caused by a variant strain, known as the Brazil P.1 variant, in a person who had recently travelled to Brazil | President Biden sets a new goal of 1.5 million vaccine doses administered each day.

US sees most single-day deaths in pandemic: 4,000+
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US sees most single-day deaths in pandemic: 4,000+

Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP News – Jan 08, 2021Also, the Biden team proposes a new COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy…

Travelers From United Kingdom to U.S. Must Test Negative for COVID-19
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Travelers From United Kingdom to U.S. Must Test Negative for COVID-19

Today, President Trump is taking another step to protect the health of the American people by requiring air passengers arriving from the United Kingdom (U.K.) to test negative, via PCR or…

COVID-19 with Frailty, Cardiac Arrest May Raise Risk of Death Sharply
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COVID-19 with Frailty, Cardiac Arrest May Raise Risk of Death Sharply

COVID-19 with Frailty, Cardiac Arrest May Raise Risk of Death Sharply | Two studies today suggest that COVID-19 patients who are very frail or have a cardiac arrest are two three times more likely to die than those not infected with the virus. | For men with COVID-19, the risk of dying from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest rose 4.5-fold…

Coronavirus News Roundup, February 6 – February 12
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Coronavirus News Roundup, February 6 – February 12

Pandemic highlights for the week from ScientificAmerican.com

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CIDRAP News Headlines for Dec 23, 2020

COVID-19 hospital outcomesLeafy greens E coli probe endsAvian flu in Europe, Japan Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy…

Massive Google-Funded COVID Database Will Track Variants and Immunity
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Massive Google-Funded COVID Database Will Track Variants and Immunity

Open repository will give free access to more than 160 million data points with details about individual infections

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California’s Top Hospital Lobbyist Cements Influence in Covid Crisis
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California’s Top Hospital Lobbyist Cements Influence in Covid Crisis

California’s Top Hospital Lobbyist Cements Influence in Covid Crisis | SACRAMENTO — As intensive care units filled and coronavirus cases surged over the holidays, Carmela Coyle invoked a World War II-era quote attributed to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to rally her own troops: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Heads to FDA for Emergency Use Decision
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Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Heads to FDA for Emergency Use Decision

Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Heads to FDA for Emergency Use Decision | Late yesterday Johnson & Johnson submitted a request for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 candidate. If the EUA is granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the vaccine will become the third COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the United States, and the first that requires only one dose…In light of the request, FDA advisors will meet on Feb 26 to weigh emergency use…

Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants
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Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants

Nearly 60 organ transplants have been performed after the coronavirus “basically destroyed” patients’ hearts and lungs. …

Time to Say Goodbye to Some Insurers’ Waivers for Covid Treatment Fees
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Time to Say Goodbye to Some Insurers’ Waivers for Covid Treatment Fees

Insurers voluntarily set the charges aside earlier in the pandemic — but that means those same health plans can decide to reinstate them. …CHARLOTTE COVID-19 NEWS

COVID-19 WEEKLY SCIENCE NEWS – Jan 07, 2021, CIDRP
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COVID-19 WEEKLY SCIENCE NEWS – Jan 07, 2021, CIDRP

COVID-19 WEEKLY SCIENCE NEWS – Jan 07, 2021, CIDRP – Antibiotic use in COVID patients; COVID vs flu excess deaths; COVID-19 in jails; Gun ownership in pandemic; Avian flu in Asia, Europe Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy…

COVID-19 News: Social Inequities in COVID deaths; COVID-related Delays in Medical Care
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COVID-19 News: Social Inequities in COVID deaths; COVID-related Delays in Medical Care

COVID-19 News: Social Inequities in COVID deaths; COVID-related Delays in Medical Care| Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

US child COVID hospital rates vary widely by state, time

Mary Van Beusekom | News Writer | CIDRAP News | Jan 12, 2021The cumulative pediatric hospitalization rate jumped from 2.0 per 100,000 children in May to 7.2 in November. Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy…

U.S. Sees Record COVID-19 Deaths in December

Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsDec 28, 2020 The next few months could be difficult, if Christmas and New Years gatherings and travel seed a new surge in infections. Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy…


Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Raising Addiction Fears

A new study in Nature found alarmingly high rates of opioid use among covid survivors with lingering symptoms at Veterans Health Administration facilities. About 10% of covid survivors develop “long covid,” struggling with often disabling health problems even six months or longer after a diagnosis…COVID-19 NEWS – CHARLOTTE

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‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

Local health officials have become the face of government authority as they work to stem the pandemic. That has made them targets for chilling threats from some of the same militia groups that stormed the U.S. Capitol. Santa Cruz leaders are among those whose daily routines now incorporate security patrols, surveillance…

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Censorship or Misinformation? DeSantis and YouTube Spar Over Covid Roundtable Takedown.

The Florida governor considers the pushback he received from the online video platform to be “Orwellian.” But the scientists featured at the event made specific statements YouTube deemed as “misinformation,” at odds with current public health recommendations for controlling the spread of the covid virus. …CHARLOTTE – COVID-19 NEWS

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Daily Confirmed COVID-19 Cases per million

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Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Below is a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what we currently know. CDC will continue to update this page as more data become available.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States

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CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Recommendations

Because the U.S. supply of COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be limited at first, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. CDC’s recommendations are based on those from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts.

The recommendations were made with these goals in mind:

  • Decrease death and serious disease as much as possible.
  • Preserve functioning of society.
  • Reduce the extra burden COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities.

While CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive vaccines. Please contact your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area.

Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines (1a)

CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. This is referred to as Phase 1a. Phases may overlap. CDC made this recommendation on December 3, 2020.

Healthcare Personnel

Learn more about why it’s important that healthcare personnel get vaccinated and who is included.Healthcare Personnel

Long-term Care Facility Residents

Learn more about why it’s important that residents of long-term care facilities get vaccinated and who is included.​Long-term Care Facility Residents

Groups who should be offered vaccination next (1b and 1c)

CDC recommends that in Phase 1b and Phase 1c, which may overlap, vaccination should be offered to people in the following groups. CDC made this recommendation on December 22, 2020.

Phase 1b

  • Frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.)
  • People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.

Phase 1c

  • People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.
  • People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
  • Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large enough quantities of vaccine are available. As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, ACIP will expand the groups recommended for vaccination.More Information

  • Vaccine Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  • How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
  • Role of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in CDC’s Vaccine Recommendations

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