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    Los Angeles County is already in the grips of a coronavirus surge fueled by the Omicron subvariant BA.5, but yet another worrisome strain that’s causing concern in India has also been found locally. Designated BA.2.75, the subvariant is being monitored by the World Health Organization. As of Thursday, six cases had been identified in the U.S., including two in California, with one of those in L.A. County, according to county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “It does appear to have additional mutations that facilitate spread and evade immunity,” she said during a briefing. “And it’s been spreading fairly rapidly across India.” Scientists are exploring whether the emergence of BA.2.75 could eventually prolong or exacerbate the existing surge now being fueled by BA.5 — another highly infectious member of the Omicron family. “Whenever there’s an identified new variant of concern, or in this case, a lineage that’s under monitoring, we do need to proceed with caution, as it takes time to better understand the risks that may be posed by this newly mutated virus,” Ferrer said. California...
    COVID jabs are no more likely to cause blood clots than the flu vaccine – and much less likely to than catching coronavirus, scientists say. Under-40s were stopped from having the AstraZeneca jab in May because of the clotting scare – and the cases have stopped happening since.  1The risk of getting a blood clot is much higher if you get sick and don't have the vaccineCredit: PA A study led by Oxford University found vaccines do increase the risk, but it is a small rise and the danger is “substantially higher” for people who get sick with the virus instead. Professor Carol Coupland explained that if 10million people got the AstraZeneca jab, it could cause blood clots in the veins of 66 more people than average. By comparison, if the same number of people caught Covid it could cause more than 12,500 extra clots. The same pattern was also seen for a condition called thrombocytopenia, which leaves people with unusually low blood platelets. Prof Aziz Sheikh, from the University of Edinburgh, said: “These are similar orders of risk as...
    By Maggie Fox | CNN A large study involving close to 2 million people in Israel shows the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine slightly raises the risk of heart inflammation, swollen lymph nodes and shingles. But it also finds that Covid-19 infection raises the risk of heart inflammation even more — plus it raises the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and other deadly events. It’s the first large study to compare the risks of vaccination versus infection head to head in the same population during the same time, and it shows the risks of infection far outweigh any risks from the vaccine, the researchers said. “In this study in a nationwide mass vaccination setting, the BNT162b2 vaccine was not associated with an elevated risk of most of the adverse events examined,” Dr. Ran Balicer of the Clalit Research Institute in Tel Aviv and colleagues wrote in their report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. They did find extra cases of myocarditis — a type of heart inflammation that’s been linked with both of the mRNA vaccines, made by Moderna...
    (CNN)A large study involving close to 2 million people in Israel shows the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine slightly raises the risk of heart inflammation, swollen lymph nodes and shingles. But it also finds that Covid-19 infection raises the risk of heart inflammation even more -- plus it raises the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and other deadly events.It's the first large study to compare the risks of vaccination versus infection head to head in the same population during the same time, and it shows the risks of infection far outweigh any risks from the vaccine, the researchers said."In this study in a nationwide mass vaccination setting, the BNT162b2 vaccine was not associated with an elevated risk of most of the adverse events examined," Dr. Ran Balicer of the Clalit Research Institute in Tel Aviv and colleagues wrote in their report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. FDA warns of potential rare neurological complication with Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccineThey did find extra cases of myocarditis -- a type of heart inflammation that's been linked with both of the...
    This article was medically reviewed by Lauren Demosthenes, MD, OB-GYN, senior medical director at Babyscripts. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. One risk of getting a tattoo while pregnant is the skin stretching and distorting the ink. Jules Frazier Photography/Getty Images While you can get a tattoo while pregnant, there are some safety risks.  Safety risks of getting a tattoo while pregnant include infection, disease, and skin irritation.  To get a tattoo safely when pregnant, go to a licensed artist and ask about their cleaning policies. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Tattoos are becoming increasingly common. In fact, about 3 in 10 people report having at least some kind of ink. But tattoos aren't safe for everyone.  If you are thinking about getting a tattoo while pregnant,...
    People who have insomnia or are experiencing burnout are more likely to contract COVID-19, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for every extra hour of sleep, the odds of becoming infected with coronavirus decreased by 12 percent. What's more, for those who experience burnout daily, they were more than twice as likely to fall ill with the virus  The team, led by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, believes these conditions weaken the immune system, which raise the susceptibility to illnesses like COVID-19. A new study found that healthcare workers who had contacted coronavirus were almost twice haas likely to report three or more sleep problems or need to use sleeping pills Those who experienced burnout daily were more than twice as likely to fall ill with COVID-19 Previous research has linked that insufficient sleep and work burnout are linked to an increased risk of both viral and bacterial infections. However, the team says it was not clear whether these factors also were associated with a heightened risk of COVID-19. For the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The CDC says getting together with family and friends whom you don’t live with is risky for likely coronavirus infection, so the agency is urging Americans to stay home for the holiday. For that reason, Logan Airport is not nearly as busy as it usually is in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. But, some people are still taking to the airways to get home for the holidays despite warnings from the CDC. “We’ve been in our 800-square foot apartment for most of this, so it’s exciting to get out and come back and to be with family,” said Jessica Johanson, who just walked off a flight from Chicago with her dog Dexter in tow. Johanson and Dexter are now heading to Foxborough. “I’m here through the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, just quarantining with the family,” said Johanson. Quarantining is exactly what all visitors and returning residents must do, unless they get a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Visitors are also required to fill out a travel form before they arrive. People from low-risk...
    The flu shot usually prevents 40-60% of infections. FatCamera/Getty Images The pros of the flu shot include a reduced risk of getting the flu, which sets you up for saving money on medical bills, a decreased chance of hospitalization, and the knowledge that you are helping protect your community. The cons of the flu shot are mild side effects and the possibility that you may still get the flu even if you get vaccinated. The upside though is that if you get the flu after being vaccinated, your symptoms will probably be less severe than if hadn't gotten a flu shot. This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. One of the best ways to stay healthy through the winter is to get a flu vaccine, which protects you against the influenza virus and flu symptoms like fever, coughing, and congestion.  Yet, a majority of US adults skip getting the flu shot each year –...
    PARIS (Reuters) - The risks of air travellers catching COVID-19 on a passenger aircraft are "very marginal" provided health measures are applied, Europe's top aviation safety regulator said on Friday. Only seven out of three million passengers on flights in recent weeks showed symptoms of the virus while on board, according to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said. The risks are "highly controlled" by airline and airports, Executive Director Patrick Ky told French aerospace journalists in an online briefing. (Reporting by Tim Hepher, Laurence Frost; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Most people agree that in-person education is best for kids, but we lack information on risks, especially in the US. Economist Emily Oster has launched a platform looking at enrollment, reopening information, and virus mitigation in 550 schools (and counting) across the US. Among in-person students, the confirmed COVID-19 infection rate is 0.078%, or a bit less than 1 in 1000 students.  For staff, it's 0.15%.  Sign up for our new parenting newsletter Insider Parenting here. Should schools open? Which schools? Where? With masks? What about ventilation? Outdoor classes?  Does it matter what the infection rate is in the area? Are kids superspreaders?  It is difficult to overstate the level of interest in schools during the pandemic, most notably among parents and policymakers, but even going beyond that. We worry about public health...
    He spoke truth to power: Trailblazing journalist killed 50 yrs. ago tackled racism, identity This Beloved Restaurant Chain Is Quietly Closing Some Locations Yuzuru Hanyu to skip Grand Prix Series due to coronavirus risks Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will not compete in this autumn’s Grand Prix Series, citing asthma, plus travel concerns for himself and his Canadian-based coaches. © Getty Images “There is no conclusive evidence about the relationship between bronchial asthma and COVID-19 so it’s difficult to make a judgment,” Hanyu said in comments posted on Japan’s figure skating federation’s website, according to an Olympic Channel translation. “But there is information that those with asthma contracting COVID-19 will make the condition worse so I need to be as cautious as possible. “I believe we should not create opportunities to spread the infection. If my withdrawal can help protect against the spread of infection, it may become one action which will contribute to stopping the spread of infection.” The International Skating Union said earlier this month that this season’s six Grand Prix stops are restricted to skaters from the host...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday New York remains on the right track with coronavirus infections continuing to drop to the lowest levels since-mid March. However, he warned rising cases in other states and ignoring social distancing rules pose unnecessary risks. “Our quarantine enforcement is serious,” said Cuomo. “I want people coming into this state to know that.” Four new states were added to the Tri-State Area’s quarantine list last week. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home How To Safely Remove Disposable Gloves How Make Your Own Face Covering Complete Coronavirus Coverage Cuomo said New York is monitoring rising COVID-19 rates among younger people, specifically 21 to 30-year-olds — the only age group that saw a significant spike over the last two weeks. Videos from earlier this month...
    (CNN)A group of senators accused the White House of downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic by ignoring the serious and long-term effects the virus can have on some patients.They wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, asking him to outline how the White House Coronavirus Task Force plans to address the issue of lasting health effects from infection.JUST WATCHEDCovid-19 survivors grapple with lingering effects ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHCovid-19 survivors grapple with lingering effects 03:14"As the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States reaches new highs on a daily basis, the failure to fully understand, communicate, and address the chronic long-term morbidity risks from the disease would represent a new and dramatic public health failure on top of the Trump Administration's initial and ongoing failure to contain the disease," wrote the four senators -- Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Tina Smith of Minnesota, and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.Earlier Wednesday, the World Health Organization's Dr. Mike Ryan said many patients suffer long-term fatigue and poor lung function."Even if you're not...
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