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Pandemic screen time tops 6 hours a day for some kindergartners

Kindergartners from low-income families spent more than six hours a day in front of screens during two early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a small Ohio study suggests. That is nearly double the screen time found before the pandemic in similar children, according to other research. Caregivers from low-income households may have faced more difficulties […]

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Epidemiologist warns pandemic is far from over

According to the latest projections out by the CDC, the United States may see a sharp decline by July in COVID-19 cases—that is, if vaccinations continue and people wear masks where appropriate and adhere to social distancing. Dr. Mary Jo Trepka is an infectious disease epidemiologist and chair of epidemiology at FIU’s Robert Stempel College […]

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As pandemic rages globally, US set to vaccinate low-risk teens

The imminent authorization of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents is expected to give the United States’ stalling immunization campaign a boost while helping more schools return to in-person learning. But it has also sparked a debate about the ethical considerations of vaccinating a low-risk population while the pandemic rages in other countries, such as […]

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After Surge, NY Eases Rules as New COVID-19 Cases Drop

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing more people inside museums, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas as the latest data suggests the state’s vaccination campaign is curbing COVID-19 infection levels. The state recorded just under 43,000 […]

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World Can Bring Pandemic Under Control Within Months: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The world can bring the global COVID-19 pandemic under control in the coming months provided it distributes the necessary resources fairly, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a news briefing on Monday. Global climate change activist Greta Thunberg, joining the briefing as a virtual guest from Sweden, took a […]

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Can fingerprick blood tests help evaluate antibody response and longevity against SARS-CoV-2 post-vaccination?

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), continues to spread globally. To date, over 142.1 million cases have been confirmed worldwide. Vaccination rollouts have commenced in most countries in an attempt to arrest the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Antibody testing can help determine the magnitude of the pandemic […]

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Airports Step Up Mental Health Support as Passenger Anxiety Soars

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Blair Walker, executive director of the interfaith chapel at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, introduced meditation sessions last fall for passengers and employees to help with pandemic-related anxiety. ATLANTA — Robin Hancock gently worked her steel tongue drum with a pair of […]