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A cocoon of vaccination provides ‘substantial’ protection for unvaccinated kids, studies find

“Get everyone around them vaccinated, and that will protect your kid pretty well,” said Edwards, who is the associate medical director, pediatric infection control at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. “It’s not complete protection, but it is better protection.” New Covid-19 cases among children in the US topped 1 million last week …

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A universal vaccine could be the future of the coronavirus fight

The hope is that such a vaccine could pave the way for the development of a universal coronavirus vaccine, which could head off any coronavirus — not only emerging variants that cause Covid-19, but also some common colds and even the menacing threat of novel coronaviruses we haven’t identified yet. “However, since September of 2020, …

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How to think about boosters in light of this week’s Pfizer and Moderna news

About 50% of eligible Americans have received a booster shot, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the Pfizer and Moderna news might raise questions regardless. For those who have yet to get inoculated, should they wait until there is an Omicron-specific vaccine? What if someone has already had Covid-19 during …

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Moderna vaccinates first participant in phase 2 trial of Omicron-specific booster as study finds that antibodies fall 6-fold over 6 months

“We are reassured by the antibody persistence against Omicron at six months after the currently authorized 50 μg booster of mRNA-1273. Nonetheless, given the long-term threat demonstrated by Omicron’s immune escape, we are advancing our Omicron-specific variant vaccine booster candidate and we are pleased to begin this part of our Phase 2 study,” CEO Stéphane …

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Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients

Although fourth doses are not currently recommended for the vast majority of Americans, the CDC has urged millions of people with compromised immune systems to get them. But many immune-compromised people tell CNN that pharmacies and hospitals have refused to give them fourth doses, leaving those most vulnerable to the virus without the protection the …

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‘Shelfies,’ not selfies, provide personal insight and encourage bookshelf therapy

Whenever I enter someone’s home, I’m drawn to their bookshelves. It’s not a conscious effort; it’s just the part of a house I find most interesting. Seeing someone’s books offers a glimpse of who they are and what they value. It also makes for good ice-breaker conversation. Some people like to snoop through medicine cabinets, …

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During Omicron, disease severity appears to be lower than during other periods of high transmission, according to CDC study

Also, although the daily average of new cases and hospital admissions reached record highs during the Omicron period, there were fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths for every 1,000 cases than during the Delta period or the first winter surge. These ratios compared the peaks of each metric within each period analyzed. Severity of disease appears …

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