The Benefit of Boosters

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A booster shot is an additional dose, or doses, of a vaccine given after the protection provided by the original shots, has begun to decrease over time. This includes the COVID vaccine. This extra dose is typically given a month or so after the second dose. People with weaker immune systems are more likely to […]

FDA Proposes a Flu-Like Schedule for COVID Vaccines

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a meeting with the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on Thursday to discuss simplifying the COVID vaccine schedule. They are wanting to allow individuals to get the current booster available, regardless of how many they have received previously. In a briefing document released on […]

Infants Receive COVID Antibodies Through Breast Milk

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Researchers from the University of Florida conducted a study providing more evidence that babies receive COVID antibodies through the breast milk of those vaccinated. This means there is a way to help protect infants too young to receive the vaccine. The recent finding confirms findings that were in 2021 which showed that the breast milk […]

CPS Asks Students to Take COVID Test Before Returning

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Officials at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have asked students and parents to take an at-home COVID test prior to returning from winter break. Chicago Public Libraries have a limited supply of rapid COVID-19 tests for those who may need them, according to CPS officials. District officials have asked students to wear masks to prevent upper […]

Study Shows COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented Over 3 Million Deaths

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Pretty much everyone around the world has been affected by COVID-19 in one aspect or another. Almost two years ago, the first person outside of clinical testing received the COVID vaccine in the United States. A recent study released by the Commonwealth Fund, shows COVID-19 vaccines have been able to prevent over three million deaths. […]

FDA Approves New COVID Vaccine

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new two-dose COVID vaccine called Novavax. This injection is based more on conventional protein technology used for decades in HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. The FDA authorized the new shots on July 13, 2022. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, Novavx was one of the […]

Experts Say More People Test Negative for COVID Before Popping Positive

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People are testing negative for COVID-19 multiple times before popping positive, according to Chicago’s Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. This is most likely due to the newer subvariants and the rise in vaccination numbers. Dr. Arwady acknowledged that experts believe happens “especially if people are fully vaccinated and or if they’ve had […]

COVID Cases Alarmingly Back on the Rise

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Top officials in the Biden administration are sounding the alarm on the noticeable trend of rising coronavirus cases. New daily infection rates are rising to nearly 100,000 every single day. With memorial day weekend looming ahead and as the nation gathers together the inevitability of rising cases is a certain possibility. As of May 2022, […]

The Impact of COVID

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COVID was first discovered on Dec. 12, 2019, in Wuhan, Hubei Providence, China. It is a virus that can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. The most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all coronaviruses is estimated to have originated in about 8,000 BCE. Some models place the common ancestor as […]

COVID Virus Fueling Fifth Wave in the United States

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COVID cases in the United States are rising, and experts say the country could be entering a fifth wave of the virus. Last week, COVID cases in Illinois went up by 40%, and hospitalizations have slowly increased. In recent weeks, the new Omicron subvariant fueled COVID cases on the East Coast. Many counties are now […]