Fewer Americans plan to get a flu shot this season 2022

Only 49% of US adults plan to get their flu shot this flu season, according to a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Even 1 in 5 of those who are at higher risk for influenza-related complications say they won’t get vaccinated. People who are more likely to have severe outcomes … Read more

Saline Nasal Irrigation After Covid-19 Diagnosis Reduces Hospitalization

A neti pot can be used to irrigate sinuses Getty Images/iStockphoto A new study from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University has found that irrigating your nose twice a day with a saline solution after testing positive for Covid-19 can decrease your chances of hospitalization and death in higher-risk patients. Participants in the … Read more

The Pandemic May Have Changed Gun Ownership In America For The Long Haul

In March 2020, with the first pandemic-related lockdowns sweeping the country, Americans were directed to hunker down in their homes. That month, they went on the biggest gun-buying spree in the country’s history. The number of estimated gun sales skyrocketed by 80%, topping 2.3 million in a single month for the first time, according to … Read more

A new drug seeks ‘true revenge’ on COVID by turning the virus against itself

A neurologist at a prestigious US research institute has developed an experimental COVID treatment he calls “true revenge” that weaponizes the virus against itself. The treatment, dubbed NMT5, was created by Scripps Research Institute’s Neurodegeneration New Medicines Center founding director Dr. Stuart Lipton and a team of scientists. It’s a derivative of memantine, an Alzheimer’s … Read more

NH health workers worry about impending COVID-19 surge

The New Hampshire Medical Society said Monday there are initial signs of a COVID-19 surge as colder weather arrives.The group’s latest COVID-19 update points to a rise in cases in the United States and the United Kingdom. Front-line health care workers said they’re concerned that this could be a rough season for COVID-19 and the … Read more

How to perfectly time your new omicron-specific Covid booster

If you’re not one of the 7.6 million Americans who have already gotten the updated omicron-specific Covid booster, you might still be debating one key question: When should I get it? Experts say most people should get the new booster as soon as possible — particularly ahead of the late fall and winter months, when … Read more

Carnival Cruise Line Has a Problem That’s Great for Passengers

After the pandemic devastated the cruise industry, a lot of questions remained as to how long it would take for the major cruise lines to get back to normal. The answer is kind of split as Royal Caribbean International (RCL) and Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) got their fleets up and running very quickly from ports … Read more

Terrifying Khosta-2 Russian Bat Virus Could Spark the Next Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over. In fact, it shows signs of lingering for, well, a long time. But even as politicians and health authorities struggle with how, if at all, to keep addressing the current pandemic, scientists are already anticipating the next one. They’re scouring the planet for animal viruses that, like SARS-CoV-2, could leap … Read more

Supreme Court Drops 1 COVID Safety Measure, Keeps Another

The Supreme Court said it will allow members of the public to return to the court to watch oral arguments in person in its fall 2022 session starting next week, and will also continue sharing an audio livestream of the proceedings. “Seating for the oral argument sessions will be provided to the public, members of … Read more

Some pre-existing conditions matter a lot more when assessing COVID-19 outcomes

A new paper in Biology Methods & Protocols, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that some pre-existing conditions-;including degenerative neurological diseases, dementia, and severe disabilities-;matter a lot more than once thought when assessing who is at risk for death due to COVID-19. COVID-19 has changed lives dramatically. In the United States, the disease may result … Read more