• Biden to require vaccination or regular testing for federal workers

    1 month ago - By Healio

    On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a plan to require federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face regular testing and other measures.
    Under the mandate, all federal workers on federal property who do not attest to being vaccinated or are not vaccinated will have to wear a mask, undergo testing several times a week, practice social distancing and be subject to travel restrictions. The requirement applies to federal contractors as well.
    “If you want to do business with the federal government, get your workers vaccinated,” Biden said.
    Additionally, the
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  • Leaked CDC document, new report warn of delta's contagiousness

    Leaked CDC document, new report warn of delta's contagiousness

    1 month ago - By Healio

    This week, as she announced stiffer mask guidance for vaccinated Americans, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, said she had seen data indicating that breakthrough infections caused by the delta variant can be transmitted.
    Those data were made public in a leaked internal CDC document and a new report published Friday in MMWR, which warned of the delta variant's contagiousness, including among people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    The leaked document, which was obtained by the Washington Post and New York Times, says the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is “as transmissible as
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  • Influenza vaccine may provide additional protection from COVID-19

    Influenza vaccine may provide additional protection from COVID-19

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Influenza vaccination may reduce the risk for stroke, sepsis and deep vein thrombosis in patients with COVID-19, data presented at the ECCMID virtual meeting suggest.
    Additionally, patients with COVID-19 who have received an influenza vaccine were less likely to go to the ED or be admitted to the ICU, Susan Taghioff, a research assistant at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues reported.
    Taghioff and colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis of data from the TriNetX research database of more than 70 million patients and identified two groups of 37,377...
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  • Q&A: PCPs should instill confidence in COVID-19 vaccines amid change in CDC guidance

    Q&A: PCPs should instill confidence in COVID-19 vaccines amid change in CDC guidance

    1 month ago - By Healio

    The CDC recently updated its guidance to say that even vaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors when in areas with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission.
    According to The Washington Post, the CDC updated its guidance after reviewing data from outbreak investigations and studies that showed vaccinated individuals who become infected with the delta variant may be able to transmit the virus as easily as unvaccinated individuals.
    In light of the change in guidance, Elisa Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in clinical practice in Massachusetts,
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