COVID-19 Vaccines Not Linked to Trouble Conceiving

Couples who were vaccinated against COVID-19 did not have a lower likelihood of getting pregnant, but previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 could affect male fertility, according to a prospective study. Both female and male partners who had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose did not face lower chances of getting pregnant than unvaccinated patients (female fecundability…

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Pfizer Vaccine Kept Teens Out of the Hospital for COVID

Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) protected adolescents from severe COVID-19 outcomes, with high effectiveness against hospitalization, ICU admission, and need for life support, a case-control study found. Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization among adolescents ages 12-18 was 94% (95% CI 90-96), and 98% against both ICU admission and the need for life support, reported Manisha Patel, MD,…

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COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Not Tied to Adverse Outcomes

Pregnant women who received a COVID-19 vaccine faced no additional risks of adverse birth outcomes compared to those who were not vaccinated, according to a retrospective cohort study. COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of preterm birth (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR] 0.91, 95% CI 0.82-1.01) or of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) at…

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Omicron isn’t overtaking Delta as quickly as the CDC thought—and that’s bad news

COVID-19 case rates in the US are swelling, and the highly infectious Omicron variant is raising alarms around the world. But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says that the number of infections caused by Omicron in the US were highly overestimated.  The CDC previously reported that the Omicron variant was…

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New study finds booster protection against Omicron drops at 10 weeks

Booster shot effectiveness against the Omicron coronavirus variant wanes faster than it does against Delta, according to new data collected in the United Kingdom. The data shows the booster vaccines’ protection against Omicron drops significantly after about 10 weeks.  In a report published Thursday, the UK Health Security Agency released data on 147,597 Delta and…

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Remdesivir Cuts COVID Hospitalization Risk for Unvaccinated, But …

Remdesivir (Veklury) reduced serious outcomes among unvaccinated high-risk COVID-19 patients when given during the early symptomatic period outside the hospital, as published results from the PINETREE trial detailed. A 3-day course of the IV antiviral cut hospitalization for COVID-19 or death from any cause by a relative 87%, albeit based on just two cases versus…

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Why the CDC now recommends mRNA COVID vaccines over J&J’s

The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines are preferred over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in people 18 years of age and over, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says. The agency’s expert vaccine panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, voted unanimously on Thursday to change its official recommendations.…

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Controversial Doc No Longer With One of Idaho’s Largest Health Networks

A controversial pathologist from Idaho who has been criticized for spreading false information about COVID-19 is leaving a health network that provides care to more than 160,000 people in the state, according to a report by the Idaho Capital Sun. Ryan Cole, MD, who has previously come under fire for prescribing ivermectin to COVID patients…

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Twitter’s fledgling misinformation tool is adding aliases

Twitter announced on Monday that its crowdsourced misinformation-fighting tool, Birdwatch, is introducing aliases for its contributors. Contributors will have one chance to pick from five randomized alias options (as opposed to using their actual usernames), which will be available through the Birdwatch link.  “We want everyone to feel comfortable contributing to Birdwatch,” the Birdwatch account…

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