New York imposes Covid pass as virus returns to China’s Wuhan

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New York on Tuesday announced the introduction of a de facto vaccine pass for some public spaces, as China’s Wuhan said it would test all 11 million residents after the coronavirus returned to the place where it first emerged. Meanwhile, half of the European Union’s population has now been fully vaccinated…

English Study Finds 50-60% Reduced Risk of COVID for Double-Vaccinated

LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Fully-vaccinated people have an around 50 to 60% reduced risk of infection from the Delta coronavirus variant, including those who are asymptomatic, a large English coronavirus prevalence study found on Wednesday. Imperial College London researchers said people who reported receiving two vaccine doses were half as likely to test positive…

COVID-19 not a food safety hazard – FAO

The virus that causes COVID-19 is not a direct food safety concern, according to updated guidance from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The guidance document replaces interim guidance from the FAO and World Health Organization (WHO) on coronavirus and food safety for food businesses, originally published in April 2020. Earlier…

Sleep Apnea Doubles Odds for Sudden Death

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Aug. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — With apologies to William Shakespeare, this is the stuff bad dreams are made of: Sleep apnea may double your risk for sudden death.The condition — in which a person’s airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep, causing pauses in breathing — may also increase the…

Millions under virus lockdown as China battles Delta outbreak

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Millions of people were confined to their homes in China Monday as the country tried to contain its largest coronavirus outbreak in months including seven positive tests found in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019. China reported 55 new locally transmitted cases on Monday as an outbreak of…

Naloxone Rebound Akathisia: It Could Turn on You

Overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (like fentanyl), have increased over six times since 1999 and have soared nearly 30% in 2020. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the nation was struggling with escalating drug overdose deaths. Now, there are some who are convinced that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to further…

Delta not specifically targeting children: WHO

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The Delta variant of the coronavirus is not specifically targeting children, the World Health Organization said Friday. The WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said the evidence showed that the variant first detected in India was rather being transmitted among people who were socially mixing. “Let me be very clear:…

UK warns COVID monitor devices work less well for darker skin

SARS-CoV-2 (shown here in an electron microscopy image). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH Britain’s state-run healthcare service warned Saturday that devices used by people with COVID to monitor blood-oxygen levels at home may give inaccurate readings for people with darker skin. The warning concerned pulse oximeters, currently being used by many…