Tag Archives: Covid-19

COVID-19 and mental health: Feeling anguish is normal and is not a disorder

How we name our experiences and how we make sense of our distress matters. (Shutterstock) Marnie Wedlake, Western University As the pandemic rages on, people continue to talk about their emotional distress and a growing sense of despair. Some mental health researchers suggest the increased reports of depression and anxiety indicate a rise in mental disorders stemming from the coronavirus …

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Pollen can raise your risk of COVID-19 – and the season is getting longer thanks to climate change

Pollen can suppress how the body’s immune system responds to viruses. Callista Images via Getty Images Lewis Ziska, Columbia University Exposure to pollen can make you more susceptible to COVID-19, and it isn’t just a problem for people with allergies, new research released March 9 shows. Plant physiologist Lewis Ziska, a co-author of the new peer-reviewed study and other recent …

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Data suggest no increased risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine. Australia shouldn’t pause its rollout

Nigel William Crawford, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Hazel Clothier, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Jim Buttery, The University of Melbourne Germany, France, Spain and all of Italy also paused their AstraZeneca rollouts, shortly after this article was published. Ireland and the Netherlands have temporarily paused their rollouts of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, due to concerns about blood clots. The move …

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Backlash against Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is real and risky – here’s how to make its rollout a success

The concern is about more than one shot vs. two. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Tinglong Dai, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Christopher S. Tang, University of California, Los Angeles, and Ho-Yin Mak, University of Oxford More than 50 million Americans have received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. So far, Americans have been largely …

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Coronavirus: will immunity rapidly fade or last a lifetime?

Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin The COVID vaccines are working. Data from Israel and Scotland shows that they are protecting people and may also be decreasing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If it all holds up, people will be protected from severe disease, the amount of virus will progressively decrease, and we can truly plan for a way out …

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COVID vaccine weekly: a new race is emerging between variants and boosters

Rob Reddick, The Conversation Updated versions of already authorised COVID-19 vaccines, tweaked to deal with new variants of the coronavirus, will not have to go through a lengthy testing and approval process, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has said. The announcement follows a week in which UK authorities have desperately tried to contain the spread of P1, …

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How well does the AstraZeneca vaccine work? An expert reviews the current evidence

Sarah Pitt, University of Brighton When the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was first authorised by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, it was hailed as a milestone in turning the tide on the coronavirus. But in the time since, this highly efficacious vaccine has suffered a lot of reputational damage. In January, the German press and French president Emmanuel Macron …

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How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. Phill Magoke/AFP via Getty Images Maureen Ferran, Rochester Institute of Technology The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in adults. Maureen Ferran, a virologist at the Rochester Institute of Technology, explains how this third authorized vaccine works and explores the differences …

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