Is the COVID-19 pandemic still a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”?
The COVID-19 pandemic remains “a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a press conference on July 19. According to him, the new waves of contamination shows that the COVID-19 pandemic “is nowhere near over”.
Does obesity put you at risk of serious illness from COVID-19?
Having obesity increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People who are overweight may also be at increased risk. Having obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection. Obesity is linked to impaired immune function.
When was the COVID-19 outbreak declared a pandemic?
In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Did the CDC approve the updated COVID-19 Omicron booster on September 1st?
Sept. 1, 2022 — The CDC today approved the use of vaccines designed to target both Omicron and the older variants of the coronavirus, a step that may aid a goal of a widespread immunization campaign before winter arrives in the U.S.
Why did the CDC among other reasons recommend the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
In December, the CDC recommended a preference for the two mRNA vaccines over J&J in response to concerns that had been building over a small, but growing number of cases of a rare, but serious clotting disorder in people who’d gotten the shot.
What is the CDCs strategy for global response to COVID-19?
- Reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for COVID-19) and impact of COVID-19 globally;
- Expand scientific knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and strengthen global public health leadership; and
- Improve long-term health security in low- and middle-income countries.
What is Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The FDA can issue EUA during a public health emergency—like a pandemic—to allow the use of unapproved medical products to diagnose, treat or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases. Prior to issuing EUA, safety and efficacy must be demonstrated and certain FDA criteria must be met; there also must be evidence that strongly suggests that patients have beneﬁted from a treatment or test, and there are no adequate, approved or available alternatives.
How long can you be contagious with COVID-19 after testing positive?
Research shows that people continue to shed virus that can be cultured in a laboratory — a good test of the potential to pass along the virus — for about eight days on average after testing positive.
Is it possible to develop natural COVID-19 immunity and avoid vaccination?
Many authorities recommend that all individuals should receive both primary series vaccination and booster vaccination irrespective of whether they have previously been infected.
How many COVID-19 hospitalizations were caused by obesity in the US?
More than 900,000 adult COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred in the United States between the beginning of the pandemic and November 18, 2020. Models estimate that 271,800 (30.2%) of these hospitalizations were attributed to obesity.
Does one’s weight affect the response to COVID-19 vaccine?
It is based on an individual’s immune system. “The response to (the) vaccine is not related to weight, not related to age. It’s depending on your immune system and ability to respond.
What is the most common variant of COVID-19 in the United States?
In late August 2022, a strain called BA.5—the most contagious one so far along with BA.4, another subvariant—is causing more than 88% of cases, making it the predominant strain in the United States. (BA.4 accounts for about 8% of all U.S. COVID cases.)
Has anyone gotten COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated?
People who are vaccinated may still get COVID-19. When people who have been vaccinated get COVID-19, they are much less likely to experience severe symptoms than people who are unvaccinated.