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STUDY: Post-COVID “Brain Fog” Can Linger For Months

USA Today reports: Long-term COVID-19 side effects could include memory loss and other cognitive dysfunctions commonly labeled as “brain fog,” according to a study released that examined 740 patients in the Mount Sinai Health System. The study, which was published Friday in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Network Open, analyzed patients who contracted COVID-19, not people who only received the …

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Russia Again Breaks Record For COVID Deaths, Cases

The Associated Press reports: Russia is reporting a record high number of coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths as the country approaches a week of nonworking days aimed at stemming the sharp surge in cases. The national coronavirus task force said Saturday that 1,075 people had died from the virus in the past day and that 37,678 new infections were tallied …

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Britain Sees Surge Of Cases After Lifting Restrictions

The New York Times reports: For the last four months, Britain has run a grand epidemiological experiment, lifting virtually all coronavirus restrictions, even in the face of a high daily rate of infections. Its leaders justified the approach on the grounds that the country’s rapid rollout of vaccines had weakened the link between infection and serious illness. New cases surpassed …

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STUDY: Unvaccinated Will Get COVID Every 16 Months

Changing America reports: A new study by the Yale School of Public Health has analyzed data on natural immunity to estimate how often unvaccinated individuals can expect to become reinfected with COVID-19. The study determined that natural immunity is somewhat short, and in a model where everyone has either been infected with COVID-19 or vaccinated against it, those who are …

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Putin Keeps Workers Home For A Week As Deaths Soar

The Associated Press reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday backed the Cabinet’s proposal to declare a non-working week and keep Russian workers away from their offices as coronavirus deaths surged to another daily record. The government task force on Wednesday reported 1,028 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. That …

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Russia Reports Record COVID Infections And Deaths

NBC News reports: Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70 percent up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. The death …

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WHO Forms Panel To Investigate Origins Of COVID

The Washington Post reports: The World Health Organization named 26 scientists Wednesday to a new advisory body devoted to understanding the origins of the coronavirus and other future outbreaks, marking a change in approach for the world’s top global health body to one of the most politically sensitive issues of a pandemic that has killed more than 4.8 million people. …

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Study: Tens Of Thousands US Kids Orphaned By COVID

Changing America reports: Tens of thousands of children in the U.S. have lost parents or caregivers as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, with children of racial and ethnic minorities bearing the brunt of the tragedy. A new study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics estimates 142,637 children under age 18 have lost a parent or caregiver from April 2020 …

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Biden Marks “Painful Milestone” Of US COVID Deaths

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden mourned “the painful milestone” of 700,000 American deaths from COVID-19, a day after the U.S. surpassed that mark on Friday. The president says in a statement “the astonishing death toll is yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated.” He says the nation has “made extraordinary progress” in the …

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Reuters: Worldwide COVID Death Toll Passes 5 Million

Reuters reports: Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy in some western nations. More than half of all global deaths reported …

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United States COVID Death Toll Surpasses 700,000

Reuters reports: The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials roll out booster doses of vaccines to protect the elderly and people working in high-risk professions. The country has reported an average of more than 2,000 deaths per day over the past week, which represents about 60% of the peak in fatalities …

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Australia To Open Border For First Time Since COVID

The BBC reports: Australia will reopen its international border from November, giving long-awaited freedoms to vaccinated citizens and their relatives. Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the world’s strictest border rules – even banning its own people from leaving the country. The policy has been praised for helping to suppress Covid, but it has also controversially separated families. …

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COVID Death Rate Now Over 2X Higher In Rural Areas

The Hill reports: A study released this month found that the rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in rural areas have far surpassed those being observed in metropolitan communities, with rural mortality rates more than double that of urban ones. The study from the Rural Policy Research Institute’s (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy found that as the summer ended, …

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Pfizer Begins Study Of Oral COVID-19 Preventive

Reuters reports: Pfizer Inc said on Monday it has started a mid-to-late-stage study testing its investigational oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus.  The company and its rivals, including Merck & Co Inc and Roche Holding AG, have been racing to develop the first antiviral pill for COVID-19. Pfizer …

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Milestone: 1 In 500 Americans Have Died Of COVID

CNN reports: The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have died of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to the US Census Bureau, the US population …

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Pfizer To Seek Vax Approval For Children Over Five

The Guardian reports: The German company BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer vaccine, expects to seek approval from regulators for Covid jabs suited for younger children as early as mid-October, its founders have said. “Already over the next few weeks we will file the results of our trial in five- to 11-year-olds with regulators across the world and will request approval …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Latest Vaccine Mandates

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery. The expansive rules mandate that all employers with more than 100 …

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Weekly Pediatric COVID Cases Top 250K For First Time

The Washington Post reports: It’s back-to-school week for many families in the United States — just as coronavirus cases surge among children and teens. Weekly pediatric coronavirus cases surpassed 250,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent data published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its data shows that more than a …

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Idaho Hospitals Begin Rationing Healthcare [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Idaho public health leaders announced Tuesday that they activated “crisis standards of care” allowing health care rationing for the state’s northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in a statement Tuesday morning — warning …

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US Passes 40M COVID Cases, 4M In Last Four Weeks

CNN reports: The US has now tallied more than 40 million Covid-19 cases across the pandemic, with more than 4 million of them reported in the last four weeks alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The count comes with a caveat: 40 million represents just officially reported positive test results, and many experts believe the actual number of …

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