Coronavirus

Moderna vaccine booster planned after mutant COVID-19 tests get ominous results

Moderna vaccine booster planned after mutant COVID-19 tests get ominous results

Moderna is preparing a booster jab for its COVID-19 vaccine, after more virulent strains of the coronavirus were identified in the UK and South Africa. The pharmaceutical company confirmed today that its research suggests the existing vaccine already being deployed around the world may not be as effective at handling all of the newly-emerged mutations of COVID-19.

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Merck just pulled the plug on its COVID-19 vaccines – Here’s why

Merck just pulled the plug on its COVID-19 vaccines – Here’s why

Merck is abandoning its COVID-19 vaccine development, dropping two work-in-progress drugs after they failed to live up to expectations in early testing. The pharmaceutical company says it will now focus its attentions on COVID-19 therapeutic candidates, which could help reduce the death rate of those infected with serious cases of coronavirus.

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Houseplants may offer major mental health benefits during pandemic

Houseplants may offer major mental health benefits during pandemic

Having plants in the home helped improved mental wellbeing for many people, according to a new study from the University of Seville. This isn't the first study to link exposure to plants with psychological wellbeing, but it is unique in one big way: it focused specifically on the COVID-19 lockdowns and how houseplants may have been a benefit for those stuck at home.

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These are Biden’s first big COVID-19 executive orders

These are Biden’s first big COVID-19 executive orders

On January 21, 2021, newly inaugurated President Biden signed 10 executive order and "other directives" relating to COVID-19. A White House "Fact Sheet" was sent to the press outlining these 10 executive orders and other directives - and today we're taking a brief look at what it all means.

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President Biden gets offer from Amazon to help with COVID-19 vaccine

President Biden gets offer from Amazon to help with COVID-19 vaccine

President Biden was on the receiving end of a letter from Amazon today, one offering the company's help with distributing the vaccine to the American public. The letter has been published in full, revealing that Amazon has teamed with a third-party occupational healthcare provider to vaccinate its workers on-site.

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Apple temporarily closes more US stores over COVID-19 situation

Apple temporarily closes more US stores over COVID-19 situation

After their regular shopping hours ended on Friday, Apple temporarily closed more than 20 of its retail stores in multiple US states over spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases. The details recently appeared on Apple's website, where the company also provides a tool to let customers see the current status of their local retail store.

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CDC warns new COVID-19 variant is in US and spreading fast

CDC warns new COVID-19 variant is in US and spreading fast

A new and more contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain is spreading quickly in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is urging the public to follow prevention guidelines. The agency warns that this variant may 'increase the US pandemic trajectory in the coming months.'

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Instacart shoppers will get a small stipend for COVID-19 vaccine

Instacart shoppers will get a small stipend for COVID-19 vaccine

Instacart has announced that it will provide a small stipend to encourage its shoppers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The stipend will be made available to the company's in-store shoppers, shift leads, and full-service shoppers, according to Instacart, which says the financial incentive will be available starting on February 1.

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Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

A Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) was created for the near future in which COVID-19 vaccination checks are imperative. The VCI is a coalition of public and private partners that include Evernorth, Mitre, SAFE, SalesForce, Change Healthcare, CARIN, The Commons Project, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Oracle, and Microsoft. Cards will allow individuals to access and display their vaccination records "based on open, inoperable standards."

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CDC mandating negative COVID-19 test for air passengers entering the US

CDC mandating negative COVID-19 test for air passengers entering the US

It was really wishful thinking that 2021 would magically be better when it came to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the availability of vaccines definitely gives some hope, new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus threaten to throw us into a loop again. Never having really gotten a hold of the situation, the US is now facing the threat of these new variants coming from countries. In an effort to at least stem the tide, the CDC is now requiring that everyone entering the US via air transportation prove to be negative from COVID-19 or else be denied even getting on a plane.

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Yelp adds COVID-19 checklist to each business for review

Yelp adds COVID-19 checklist to each business for review

Yelp released an update this week that made safety protocols for COVID-19 clear on businesses worldwide. Starting today, Yelp includes a section where users can note if they observed, or did not observe, "the enforcement of social distancing and staff wearing masks" at businesses.

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COVID-19 study finds most hospitalized patients suffer long-term issues

COVID-19 study finds most hospitalized patients suffer long-term issues

A newly published cohort study reports that the majority of COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized due to the disease suffer at least one long-term consequence months after 'recovery.' The findings were recently published in The Lancet, where researchers report that muscle weakness and fatigue are the most common long-term issue.

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