Saturday, January 23, 2021

New Drug Shows Promise in Preventing COVID Symptoms in Mice

Rush University Medical Center researchers have developed a new drug that has shown promising results in preventing coronavirus symptoms in mice. They administered a small peptide in the mice and found that it helped in reducing fever, protecting the lungs, and reversing the inflammatory condition.

COVID Symptoms May Persist Up To 6 Months After Infection

A new study has found that coronavirus symptoms may persist for up to 6 months after the infection. The study found that nearly 75% of patients hospitalized with severe COVID illness reported at least one symptom that persisted for up to 6 months after getting discharged from the hospital.

Washington State Teams Up With Starbucks to Dole Out 45,000 COVID Doses a Day

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said on Monday that the state has teamed up with Starbucks to roll out COVID vaccines, setting a goal of distributing 45,000 doses a day. Starbucks assigned 11 employees so they can start working on distributing the vaccine.

Single Dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trials

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson has shown a strong, promising result in an early stage of trials. The experimental vaccine helped in developing an immune response in all 805 participants of the trials with just a single shot of the vaccine. However, experts said they have to confirm it after late-stage trials.

Biden Reveals His Economic Rescue Plan That May Cost $1.9 Trillion

President-elect Joe Biden revealed his plans for economic rescue from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The plan, called American Rescue Plan, may cost around $1.9 trillion. Biden also said he plans to boost the vaccination plan by launching community and mobile vaccination centers in remote areas.

Will The World Have To Live With COVID Forever? Yes, Says Moderna CEO

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the world will have to live with COVID forever. During a panel discussion at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, he said COVID is likely to become endemic and the virus is not going away. He said we probably have to live with the virus forever.

Federal Officials Urge States to Vaccinate People Over 65 and Those with Underlying Medical Conditions

Federal health officials have been urging all states to vaccinate people who are 65 or above and those who have comorbidities or underlying medical conditions that put them at risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. HHS and CDC officials have asked the states to do so when there is enough vaccine supply.