Desperate Long COVID Patients Turn to Unproven Alternative Therapies

Editor’s note: Find more information about long COVID in Medscape’s Long COVID Resource Center. Sept. 22, 2022 – Entrepreneur Maya McNulty, 49, was one of the first victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Schenectady, NY, businesswoman spent 2 months in the hospital after catching the disease in March 2020. That September, she was diagnosed with […]

Have Long COVID? Here’s Where to Go for Care

Sept. 20, 2022 – Patients who navigate what can feel like an endless series of checkups and lab tests to confirm a long COVID diagnosis face an even harder path ahead: Figuring out where to go for care. Treatment options are as complex and varied as the symptoms that come with this condition, experts say. […]

Your boss is ordering you back to the office even though they have no idea if COVID is really over

Labor Day marked the end of the total work-from-home era for many U.S. workers, with companies including Apple, Comcast, and Peloton demanding a return to the office after the long holiday weekend. The unspoken premise behind the edict was that the COVID pandemic as we know it is over—or at least a shadow of what […]

Long COVID Was a Preventable Tragedy. Some of Us Saw It Coming

Sept. 15, 2022 – It should have been the start of new insight into a debilitating illness. In May 2017, I was patient No. 4 in a group of 20 taking part in a deep and intense study at the National Institutes of Health aimed at getting to the root causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue […]

Fitness Consumers Want Choices, Just Not Pelotons

Sept. 12, 2022 — Fitness consumers are flipping demands they made 2 years ago in the darkest days of the COVID pandemic. Then, conventional wisdom told us that gyms were dying because people would rather stay home and work out than risk exposure in a fitness facility. Now, the reverse seems true, with membership sales […]

People of Color Bearing Brunt of Long COVID, Doctors Say

Sept. 12, 2022 – From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color have been hardest hit by the virus. Now, many doctors and researchers are seeing big disparities come about in who gets care for long COVID. Long COVID can affect patients from all walks of life. But many of the same […]

Why So Few Young Kids Are Vaccinated against COVID–And How to Change That

As summer vacations wind down, the days get shorter and children prepare to go to school, preschool and day care, they could encounter an unwelcome classmate: COVID. Yet despite the prospect of another fall surge in cases, a remarkably low percentage of young children have been vaccinated against the disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease […]

Many Young Kids With COVID Show No Symptoms of the Disease

Sept. 6, 2022 – Don’t count on a runny nose. Young kids with COVID-19 often have no symptoms at all, even when they have a high amount of the virus in them, according to a new study. Just 14% of adults who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, had no symptoms of […]

The hunt for a universal covid vaccine

The key to the universal vaccine is the mosaic nanoparticle with so many different viral fragments clustered in close proximity on its surface. The immune system’s B cells, which generate specific antibodies, are likely to find and bind to at least some of these conserved pieces of the virus, which remain unchanged on new variants. […]

Omicron-Specific Booster Shots: 5 Questions Answered

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. On Aug. 31, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of updated COVID-19 booster shots that are specifically tailored to combat the two most recent and contagious omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. Following the FDA’s emergency use authorization, the […]

FDA Authorizes Updated COVID Boosters to Target Newest Variants

Aug. 31, 2022 – The FDA on Wednesday granted emergency use authorization to Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. The agency cited data to support the safety and efficacy of this next generation of mRNA vaccines targeted toward variants of concern. If you’ve been waiting to get a variant-specific booster shot, you may […]

Long COVID Mimics Other Post-Viral Conditions

JACC Heart Failure: “Use of Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing for Patients With Unexplained Dyspnea Post-Coronavirus Disease.” Brain, Behavior, and Immunity: “Fatigue and cognitive impairment in Post-COVID-19 Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Heart Rhythm: “Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome as a sequela of COVID-19.” Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology: “Prevalence and patterns of symptoms of dysautonomia […]

Other Viruses Offer Hints Toward the Mystery of Long COVID

Aug. 18, 2022 – Researchers are chasing a range of potential culprits in the race to find the causes of long COVID. Some things they agree on: There will be a number of different causes, and the symptoms will vary wildly from case to case. The two leading theories: The persistence of the coronavirus that […]

Is It COVID or Long COVID? Your Organs May Know

American College of Cardiology: “ACC Issues Clinical Guidance on Cardiovascular Consequences of COVID-19.” British Medical Journal: “Risks of Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism, and Bleeding After Covid-19: Nationwide Self-Controlled Cases Series and Matched Cohort Study,” “Study Finds Risk of Serious Blood Clots up to Six Months After COVID-19.” British Society for Immunology: “Long-Term Immunological Health […]

COVID is at or near record levels around the country. Stanford and Google scientists say one (pretty gross) indicator doesn’t lie

Wastewater has always been a secret tell of real COVID levels in the U.S., even as testing has failed to capture the true scope of infection. Thanks to it, we know this: COVID in many locations throughout the U.S. is at or around levels seen during the initial Omicron surge in January—the peak of the […]

What Keeps a Crowd from Becoming a Mob?

What Keeps a Crowd from Becoming a Mob?

The long days of summer have returned to the Northern Hemisphere. They promise music festivals, sporting events, camps and travel. But for many people, the scars of a global pandemic have made these activities feel fraught with worry. Though the success of COVID vaccinations has enabled many countries to think about going “back to normal,” […]

People in Republican Counties Have Higher Death Rates Than Those in Democratic Counties

People in Republican Counties Have Higher Death Rates Than Those in Democratic Counties

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the link between politics and health became glaringly obvious. Democrat-leaning “blue” states were more likely to enact mask requirements and vaccine and social distancing mandates. Republican-leaning “red” states were much more resistant to health measures. The consequences of those differences emerged by the end of 2020, when rates of hospitalization and […]

Omicron's Nasty New Variants and Better Boosters to Battle Them: COVID, Quickly, Episode 34

Omicron’s Nasty New Variants and Better Boosters to Battle Them: COVID, Quickly, Episode 34

Tanya Lewis: Hi, and welcome to Covid Quickly, a Scientific American podcast series! Josh Fischman: This is your fast-track update on the COVID pandemic. We bring you up to speed on the science behind the most urgent questions about the virus and the disease. We demystify the research, and help you understand what it really […]

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