Nearly Half of Americans Gained Weight in Pandemic’s First Year

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Did you watch your waistline expand during lockdown? You’re not alone. Nearly half of U.S. adults piled on excess pounds during the first year of the pandemic, making a national obesity crisis even worse, a new study shows. “Obesity was an epidemic before the pandemic, … Read more

WHO says vaccine inequity undermines economic recovery: It’s ‘a killer of people and jobs’

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Thursday warned the unequal distribution of vaccines around the globe has contributed to the emergence of new variants, such as … Read more

Fourth stimulus checks not expected as federal government grapples with omicron surge

New Yorkers queued for Covid-19 testing in Times Square on Dec. 26, 2021, as the omicron variant continued to spread. Andrew Kelly | Reuters  Omicron is wreaking more disruption on the American economy. That could prompt Washington lawmakers to revisit relief strategies from earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic. Conversations on Capitol Hill have turned to … Read more

CDC declines to add Covid testing recommendation to updated isolation guidance despite criticism

People wait in line for COVID-19 testing at Kedren Community Health Center on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Gary Coronado | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its controversial Covid-19 isolation guidance on Tuesday, declining to add a testing requirement as public health … Read more

Omicron hospitalization risk lower than delta, vaccines provide good protection, U.K. study says

A government advert on a bus stop in London encourages people to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as the Omicron variant of coronavirus spreads across the globe, Dec. 28, 2021. Vuk Valcic | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images People infected with omicron are less likely to require hospital treatment compared to patients … Read more

WHO says omicron has not spread widely among the vulnerable yet, still too early to determine severity

A Covid-19 rapid PCR test site sign at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Dwayne Senior | Bloomberg | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday cautioned that omicron has not spread widely among the populations most at risk, making it difficult to determine whether or … Read more

Nebraska omicron cluster suggests faster symptom onset compared to past Covid variants

Healthcare workers prepare Covid-19 tests at a Nomi Health testing site in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Dan Brouillette | Bloomberg | Getty Images An investigation into a cluster of omicron infections in Nebraska suggests the heavily mutated variant has a shorter incubation period and causes similar or milder symptoms compared to past … Read more

Rising flu cases threaten hospital capacity as Covid surges into the holidays

Emergency Room nurses and EMTs tend to patients in hallways at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell | Getty Images Flu cases are on the rise in the United States. That could put pressure on hospitals already battling a surge of Covid. The so-called “twindemic” — … Read more

Israel set to offer fourth dose of Covid vaccine to people over 60

A paramedic with Israel’s Magen David Adom medical service administers the third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on August 24, 2021 in Holon. Ahmad Gharabli | AFP | Getty Images Israel announced on Tuesday that it will offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people older than 60, amid concern about the … Read more

Federal appeals court reinstates Biden administration’s business vaccine and testing mandate

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images A federal appeals court has reinstated the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing requirement for private businesses that covers about 80 million American workers. The ruling by the 6th … Read more