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Over 63% of Family Members of COVID-19 ICU Patients Experienced ‘Significant Symptoms of PTSD,’ Study Finds

Relatives of COVID-19 patients that are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) may be more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, according to a new study. Certain populations—including females, Hispanic people, and individuals who have taken medication for a psychiatric condition—had a higher chance of suffering from the symptoms, the researchers behind […]

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The WHO Just Endorsed the Antiviral Paxlovid for High-Risk People

On Thursday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) provided a “strong recommendation” for the use of Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pills, for high-risk patients. “WHO made a strong recommendation for nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, sold under the name Paxlovid, for mild and moderate COVID-19 patients at highest risk of hospital admission, calling it the best therapeutic choice for […]

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Could This Treatment Cure COVID-Related Loss of Smell?

While COVID-19 cases have decreased in recent months, there are still potentially millions of people suffering from long COVID—the prolonged symptoms which can persist for months or even years after a COVID-19 infection. These symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, sleep disorders, fever, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, depression, and “brain fog”, as per the National Institutes of Health. Another common […]

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FDA Approves Second Booster Shot for Certain Individuals

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the second booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 50 years and older and for people aged 12 years and older who have received organ transplants or who have compromised immune systems. The decision comes after ongoing research has confirmed the safety of the […]

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Omicron’s BA.2 Subvariant Is Now Dominant Worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that omicron subvariant BA.2 is now the dominant COVID-19 variant around the world. The organization’s March 22 epidemiological update stated “the relative proportion of BA.2 has increased steadily since the end of 2021, with BA.2 becoming the dominant lineage by week seven of 2022.” Over the last month, BA.2 has made up 85.96% of […]