COVID-19

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This COVID Transmission Is First of Its Kind

Woman received a double-lung transplant, but they were unknowingly infected with coronavirus

(Newser) - A woman received two new lungs in a double transplant last year, but it turns out the lungs were unknowingly infected with COVID-19, reports Kaiser Health News . The unidentified woman died last fall, two months after the operation in Michigan. It's the first confirmed case of the virus being...

COVID Testing Slows From '100mph to About 25'

Significant drop in demand due to various factors may leave a glut of testing supplies

(Newser) - Just five weeks ago, LA County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests. Now, county officials say testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity, per the AP . "It's shocking how quickly we've gone from...

'American Rescue Plan' One Step Closer to Arrival

House votes 219-212 to approve $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, sends it to Senate

(Newser) - A long-awaited COVID relief bill is now making its way to the US Senate after the House of Representatives approved the $1.9 trillion package early Saturday. CNN reports that the vote was 219-212, with no Republicans casting a "yea," and two Democrats joining their GOP colleagues in...

Sharp Decline in COVID Cases Seems to Have Stopped

There's fear of a '4th wave,' but also 'cautious optimism' across the US

(Newser) - In assessing the state of the pandemic in the US, the Christian Science Monitor finds that something new is emerging around the country: "a sense of cautious optimism." That's mostly because of a sharp decline in cases in recent weeks, though there's plenty of potential trouble...

Low-Income Families May Get $50 a Month for Internet

FCC approves subsidy to help close the digital divide

(Newser) - With so many people working and attending school from home during the pandemic, it's become crucial that as many Americans as possible have access to high-speed internet. That's why the FCC on Thursday gave the green light to a $3.2 billion initiative that will offer eligible families...

Pfizer Is Testing 2 Ways to Fight COVID Variants

'Every year, you need to go to get your flu vaccine. It's going to be the same with COVID'

(Newser) - Unless COVID-19 is eradicated, the fight to develop vaccines might go on indefinitely. Pfizer says it is looking into two separate ways to provide protection against new and more infectious COVID variants, especially the one first detected in South Africa, CNBC reports. Board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the company...

China: We Didn't Ask US Diplomats to Take Anal COVID Tests

Whether it happened or not, it's not going to be happening from this point forward

(Newser) - No worries, American diplomats in China: You can keep your pants on. Per a report Wednesday in Vice , the Chinese government vowed this week to stop performing anal swab COVID tests on diplomats from the States, after news on that supposed occurrence prompted a complaint from the US State Department...

Gwyneth Paltrow's COVID Comments Get Her in Hot Water

'Really not the solutions we’d recommend in the NHS'

(Newser) - Perhaps not surprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow has some, shall we say, unconventional ideas about how to treat aftereffects of the coronavirus—and the UK's National Health Service (NHS) is now asking her to please tone it down. Paltrow wrote in her latest blog for her lifestyle site Goop that she...

California Reports 'Heartbreaking' COVID Death Toll

Backlogged cases bring total above 50K

(Newser) - Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported an additional 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000, or about one-tenth of the US total from the pandemic. The county, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents, said the deaths mainly...

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Has COVID

As does a member of the state House

(Newser) - Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes says a member of the Alaska House has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. She asked members and staff not to enter the Capitol on Thursday unless necessary to allow for contact tracing and cleaning to occur. Further details weren’t immediately available,...

White House Plans to Distribute 25M Masks

They will be handed out at health centers, food banks

(Newser) - President Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus. It’s part of his effort to ensure equity in the government’s response to the pandemic, the AP reports. Biden is aiming to reach underserved communities and those bearing the brunt of...

World's Largest Vaccine Operation in History Begins

Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVID vaccines through the COVAX initiative

(Newser) - Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. The vaccines, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s international airport early Wednesday...

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Gets an Initial Thumbs Up

FDA will make final decision within days

(Newser) - We are days away from learning if America will soon have a third vaccine in the mix. US regulators on Wednesday announced that Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine is safe to receive and does indeed protect against COVID-19. The efficacy figure in this case is 66% when it comes...

Researchers Are Very Worried About the California COVID Strain

'The devil is already here'

(Newser) - A coronavirus variant detected in California appears dangerous enough to be considered a "variant of concern" along with the variants that have emerged from Brazil, Britain, and South Africa, researchers say. Researchers at UC San Francisco warn that like the other variants, the California one is more infectious than...

Biden Leads Mourning of the Half-Million Lost

President says Americans killed by COVID-19 were 'extraordinary'

(Newser) - With the nation's death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak reaching a half-million, President Biden on Monday mourned the people who make up that statistic. "We often hear people described as ordinary Americans," he said in a televised address. "There's nothing ordinary about them. The people...

US COVID Death Toll Tops 500K

Staggering toll is higher than population of Miami

(Newser) - The COVID-19 death toll in the US topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam combined. The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University , are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that...

Effort to Recall Gov. Gavin Newsom Is Going Strong

Backers are on track to get the issue on the ballot

(Newser) - Those in California who want to recall the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, have broken the 1 million mark for signatures of their petition. That puts them on track to get the 1,495,709 valid signatures (12% of the voters in the last gubernatorial election) they need to collect...

Fans Booing Vaccine at Australian Open Are 'Un-Australian': Official

Government officials, other public figures decry the incident

(Newser) - Fans at the Australian Open tennis final Sunday decided to criticize the coronavirus vaccine, and the government wasn't having it. A tennis official spoke about the COVID-19 vaccine efforts as a sign of hope, and some in the crowd responded by booing, the BBC reports. "I don't...

Biden to Hold Moment of Silence

500K deaths expected to be reached Monday

(Newser) - The US is within hours of hitting the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, and President Biden plans to honor the half-million US victims of the coronavirus with a moment of silence Monday night. He'll first offer remarks at the White House, and after the moment of...

How Opera Singers Are Helping COVID-19 Survivors

Program focusing on breath exercises to benefit up to 1K patients in England

(Newser) - Wayne Cameron was skeptical when his doctor suggested the 56-year-old warehouse logistics manager take vocal lessons from opera singers as a way to cope with the respiratory issues that plagued him after he contracted COVID-19 in March. "I thought, 'Am I going to be the next Pavarotti?'"...

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