FDA Expands Home Testing Guidelines for COVID Exposures

Editor’s note: This story will be updated. aug. 11, 2022 – It might be a good time to stock up on home COVID-19 tests. Today, the FDA issued new guidance on at-home COVID testing. It still recommends repeat testing after a negative result, but it is also recommending that people who have no symptoms but … Read more

CDC Ends Some COVID Safety Rules, Emphasizes Personal Risk

aug. 11, 2022 – The CDC today announced that because there’s now less risk of “medically significant” COVID-19, some public health measures the agency recommended may no longer be necessary. For example, CDC recommendations on social distancing, quarantining, and testing children for COVID-19 while allowing them to stay in school – known as the test-to-stay … Read more

Universities losing the fight against academic cheating

Casual staffing and an inadequate grading scheme have seen a rise in the use of academic cheating websites, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. THE NOTE on Radio National’s Background Briefing on the morning of 31 July was sombre. A student, who did not divulge his real name dele (he is professionally pseudonymised as Ramesh), talks about … Read more

Large Study Confirms COVID Vaccines Safe for Pregnant Women

aug. 11, 2022 – Pregnant women should feel confident that Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines against COVID-19 are safe, according to a large new study published today. In fact, pregnant vaccinated women had lower odds of a significant health event, compared with nonpregnant vaccinated women, after both doses of either mRNA vaccination, the researchers reported in … Read more

Long COVID’s Grip Will Likely Tighten as Infections Continue

aug. 10, 2022 – COVID-19 is far from done in the United States, with more than 111,000 new cases being recorded a day in the second week of August, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 625 deaths being reported every day. And as toll grows, experts are worried about a second wave of illnesses from … Read more

Regular Fasting Linked to Less Severe COVID: Study

aug. 10, 2022 – Intermittent fasting was not linked with a smaller chance of getting COVID-19, but it was linked with getting a less severe infection, according to the findings of a new study. The study was done on men and women in Utah who were, on average, in their 60s and got COVID before … Read more

How Well Do Vaccines Protect Against Long COVID?

aug. 8, 2022 – New York City veterinarian Erin Kulick used to be a weekend warrior. Only 2½ years ago, the 38-year-old new mother played ultimate Frisbee and flag football with friends. She went for regular 30-minute runs to burn off stress. Now, Kulick is usually just exhausted, she can’t walk nonstop for 15 minutes. … Read more

Alex Jones verdict is a small victory in the war against misinformation

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages from misinformation, but Dr Victoria Fielding argues that it may be too little, too late. INFOWARS HOST, Alex Jones, has been ordered to pay a whopping US$45.2 million (AU$65.4 million) in punitive damages, on top of US$4.1 million (AU$5.9 million) in … Read more

Queensland’s latest COVID wave has passed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

Queensland has passed the peak of the third COVID wave with it expected to end in the coming weeks, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. Ms Palaszczuk made the announcement at the Ekka today with hospitalization numbers falling steadily since last month. “We actually peaked around July 25 … that’s excellent news,” she said. Chief Health Officer … Read more

Going to the Ekka? Here are the best ways to avoid getting sick with COVID-19, monkeypox or the flu

As throngs of people flock to the Ekka showgrounds, authorities are concerned about a potential spike in COVID-19 and influenza cases in the Queensland community. A string of illnesses remain in the community with COVID cases still high, the flu season not yet over and cases of monkeypox being reported interstate. With some 1,300 head … Read more