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

New Study Shows Third Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID Vaccine May Protect Against Omicron

By American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) January 18, 2022 A new study that evaluated the effectiveness of the BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine against the Omicron variant indicates that three doses could offer a sufficient level of protection from disease caused by the Omicron variant. The globally circulating SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern (VOC) Omicron … 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

Possible Achilles’ Heel Discovered for Respiratory Viruses – Like COVID-19 – That Hijack Immune Mechanisms

One viral protein could provide information to deter pneumonia causing the body’s exaggerated inflammatory response to respiratory viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19. That viral protein is NS2 of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and a study has found that if the virus lacks this protein, the human body’s immune response can destroy the virus … Read more