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Lawmakers are currently working on finalizing the new COVID-19 relief package that includes new stimulus checks of $1,400.
President Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes $1,400 stimulus payments aimed at assisting eligible Americans. On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed the package with a 219-212 vote. Now, the bill will be handed over to the Senate, where they will vote on its approval. If any changes are made to the bill, it will need to return to the House for a re-vote and then back to the Senate.
According to K5, Democrats and President Joe Biden are planning on having the relief plan approved by March 14, which is when the extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aids that were approved in the last relief package expire. In the event of the package being passed by the Senate by March 14, and if the Internal Revenue Service keeps to its previous timelines, Americans could begin receiving $1,400 stimulus checks late March (March 22) to early April.
New coronavirus cases are still continuing on a downwards trend, but there are still places out there that are dangerous to go to.
The chief medical advisor to the White House, and leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently laid out nine places that he still deems are dangerous locations when it comes to contracting COVID-19. Dr. Fauci has been announcing that Americans should be staying home as much as they can, and when they do leave the house to adhere to public health recommendations from their state's health department.
The US is currently rolling out vaccines and is expected to receive a new supply of vaccines that will hopefully get the country to herd immunity by the end of the year. Until herd immunity is reached, Dr. Fauci still recommends people avoid any kind of indoor gathering. The full list of the places Dr. Fauci says shouldn't go as they are the most likely places you can contract COVID-19 can be found below. For more information on this story, visit this link here.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new COVID-19 vaccine, and these are all of the possible side-effects you can get from it.
The new vaccine comes from vaccine manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and is the first vaccine out of the ones that are currently available to only require a single dose. Additionally, the vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator and not a freezer, making transportation and distribution much easier. Johnson & Johnson found its vaccine to be 66% effective at preventing a COVID-19 infection.
Faheem Younus, MD, VP/CQO/Chief of Infectious Diseases, stated in a Twitter post that the J&J vaccine is 100% effective at preventing death and is effective against other viral strains of COVID-19. As for side-effects, it's currently believed that there are eight basic side-effects that aren't unusual to COVID-19 vaccines. The full list of side-effects can be found in the entirety of this article. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Another COVID-19 vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
The approval has ushered in a new wave of hope as a third and more accessible COVID-19 vaccine hits the market. The new COVID-19 vaccine is from Johnson & Johnson, and on Sunday, advisers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend the vaccine. Johnson & Johnson's new vaccine is the first of three vaccines to only require one dose.
According to the director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, "The Janssen vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. This vaccine is also another important tool in our toolbox to equitably vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible."
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new public recall for a very common snack that may be in your pantry right now.
According to the new listing found on the FDA website, Giant Eagle is voluntarily recalling its Market District Gourmet Pretzel Platters and Gourmet Pretzel Bags. The reason for the recall is that the pretzels were may be contaminated with undeclared pecans, which the FDA describes, could cause "a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction" if someone who was allergic consumed them.
In the entirety of this article, you will find the recalled products "sell by" date, the location they were sold in, and the states the product was sold in. Giant Eagle has since found out that the recall was caused by an error in the product's packaging at the store. At the moment, there has been one illness linked to the recalled products. For more information visit this link here.
Many COVID-19 survivors experience symptoms long after the infection has passed, these people are called "long haulers", or the symptoms are commonly referred to as "long Covid".
According to the chief medical advisor to the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is also the nation's leading infectious disease expert, people who are experiencing "long COVID" symptoms may have to live with them for up to nine months.
Dr. Fauci said on Wednesday that researchers from the University of Washington found that 30% of COVID-19 patients reported symptoms for as long as nine months after contracting the virus. Additionally, Dr. Fauci explained that "The magnitude of the problem is not fully known", and that the severity of the symptoms can range drastically, with some patients barely experiencing anything and some others finding their symptoms "incapacitating".
Researchers are still finding out more information about COVID-19 infections and how they affect the human body.
A new study was published in the journal Radiology, and according to the researchers behind the study, there is a new COVID-19 symptom that has been identified. The researchers are from the French Society of Neuroradiology (SFNR), and used MRI scans to locate what the researchers describe as "significant abnormalities" in the eyes.
The researchers note that these eye abnormalities mostly showed up in people who had a severe COVID-19 infection and that this is "the first time these findings have been described using MRI." Researchers examined 129 patients, and of those patients, 7% were found to have eye symptoms. Besides one patient, all of the studied patients who were found to have eye abnormalities had a severe COVID-19 infection. For more information on this story, visit this link here.
A woman has sadly died after receiving a double-lung transplant as the lungs were infected with COVID-19.
According to a report from NBC News, a woman from Michigan died two months after receiving a double-lung transplant. The reason for the death is the lungs turned out to be infected with COVID-19, which has caused officials at the University of Michigan Medical School to suggest that this is the first case of COVID-19 being transmitted via an organ transplant.
Luckily, the incident appears to be isolated and is the only confirmed case of COVID-19 being transmitted to another individual via a transplant out of the 40,000 transplants that occurred in 2020. Dr. Daniel Kaul, director of Michigan Medicine's transplant infectious disease service, said, "we would absolutely not have used the lungs if we'd had a positive covid test." For more information on this story, visit this link here.
New strains of COVID-19 are popping up all around the country, and now one vaccine manufacturer has announced it will begin human trials on its updated vaccine aimed at combating a new strain.
According to vaccine manufacturer Moderna, clinical trials will soon begin human trials of a new vaccine designed to combat the variant that was first found in South Africa (B.1.351). The reason an updated vaccine needs to be clinically tested and then approved by the Food and Drug Administration is that current vaccines were found to be less effective against the new strain (B.1.351), hence the need for a new vaccine candidate.
Moderna said in a news release that "out of an abundance of caution" the company is pursuing two possible solutions to the new COVID-19 variant problem. The first is giving people a booster shot of the original COVID-19 vaccine, and the second is creating a strain-specific vaccine. Stephane Bancel, Moderna's CEO, said, "As we seek to defeat COVID-19, we must be vigilant and proactive as new variants of SARS-CoV-2 emerge. We are moving quickly to test updates to the vaccines that address emerging variants of the virus in the clinic."
There are many COVID-19 symptoms out there, and many of these symptoms mirror other illnesses, which has caused researchers to examine the order of symptom onset to hopefully shed some light on what kind of illness has been contracted.
According to researchers who have published a new study in Frontier of Public Health, many COVID-19 patients report experiencing a specific order of symptoms appearing. The researchers found that fever is usually the first and most common symptoms patients experience, following by coughing and then a sore throat.
Additionally, researchers found that a headache and muscle aches tie with a sore throat for third-most-common COVID-19 symptoms. Next on the list is vomiting and nausea, followed by diarrhea in the fifth position. It should be noted that all infections are different and that you may experience symptoms in a different order than what is stated. If you have any of these symptoms, it's recommended you go and get tested for COVID-19. For more information on this story, check out this link here.