Medical Health Cluster


Vaccines Remain Effective against BA.2, but Protection from Infection Wanes over Time

The Omicron subvariant BA.2 is replacing its sister version, BA.1, as the dominant form of SARS-CoV-2 in many countries, which has led scientists to wonder whether the COVID-19 pandemic is about to throw these regions into disarray yet again. But a study published on 13 March shows that mRNA vaccines offer a similar degree […]

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CDC Updates Mask Guidelines ― Cloth Masks Least Effective

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on face masks, saying loosely woven cloth masks offer the least protection against COVID-19 and N95 and KN95 masks offer the most. The CDC update doesn’t come out and say Americans should avoid cloth masks but clarifies that some kinds […]

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Pfizer Says COVID-19 Pill Near 90% Effective in Final Analysis

Pfizer Inc on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral COVID-19 pill still showed near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients, and recent lab data suggests the drug retains its effectiveness against the fast spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The U.S. drugmaker last month said […]

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Could This Be Our First Effective, Inexpensive, Widely Available Outpatient Treatment for COVID-19?

It’s fluvoxamine. This rarely used antidepressant, long off-patent, has quietly been going through high-quality clinical studies for treatment of COVID-19. It certainly won’t be endorsed or promoted by any deep-pocketed pharmaceutical company, but deserves some attention nonetheless. Here’s why I think we might finally be onto something with this “repurposed” drug, even […]

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Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine Highly Effective Against Delta Variant

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant of COVID-19, a Pfizer official in Israel said on Thursday. First identified in India, Delta is becoming the globally dominant version of the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization. “The data we have today, accumulating from […]

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