Resources for blood donation – CBS News

January is National Blood Donor Month and the Red Cross has declared a blood emergency due to a historically low supply, partially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One donation can potentially save up to three lives.  To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in … Read more

Pfizer’s antiviral Covid pill shows effectiveness against the Omicron variant in lab tests

Pfizer‘s new oral Covid treatment showed effectiveness against the Omicron variant in lab tests in what could be a boon to America’s fight against Covid. The New York City based company revealed data Tuesday showing that it’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized pill to fight Covid, Paxlovid, showed promise in a laboratory environment in … Read more

Rapid COVID-19 tests are highly accurate for kids, study finds

While PCR tests for COVID-19 have become the “gold standard” in detecting the virus, a new study says rapid tests are highly accurate when it comes to children and teens. A study by researchers from several universities and published in MedRxiv shows that rapid tests given to adolescents at school or at home has a similar accuracy … Read more

More Than Two-Thirds of Adverse COVID-19 Vaccine Events Are Due to Placebo Effect

One-third of clinical trial participants who received no vaccine reported systemic adverse advents like headache and fatigue. The placebo effect is the well-known phenomenon of a person’s physical or mental health improving after taking a treatment with no pharmacological therapeutic benefit – a sugar pill, or a syringe full of saline, for example. While the … Read more

State Shows One Of Nation’s Biggest Drops in COVID Cases: Has Omicron Peaked?

Although it’s a mistake to underestimate the unpredictability or transmissibility of COVID-19, it might be time to acknowledge the latest wave called Omicron has peaked in Connecticut. With case numbers, ICU (intensive care unit) admissions and deaths in decline, has the state withstood the worst of the latest variant? “Looking at all those numbers,” says Dr. … Read more

4-year-old Quebec girl’s death relating to COVID-19 ‘incredibly sad,’ says health minister

Quebec’s health minister is offering his condolences to the family of a four-year-old girl after a hospital network in the province’s capital confirmed she died “due to circumstances related to COVID-19.” “This is incredibly sad news,” Christian Dubé wrote on social media. “I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and … Read more