UK may be nearing end of pandemic with vaccination goal in sight, epidemiologist says
England could be coming up on the end of its coronavirus pandemic after vaccinations resulted in a dramatic decline of risk for virus-blamed hospitalization and death, an epidemiologist said, according to a report.
K-12 schools should implement universal masking to protect younger kids, expert says
Amid rising COVID-19 cases largely due to the delta variant, K-12 schools should instate universal masking measures to safeguard younger kids who are not yet eligible for vaccination, an Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) expert said Tuesday.
Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Tuesday
News/World: Tokyo reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. The Japanese capital reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding the earlier record of 2,520 cases on Jan. 7.
Health Canada dragging feet on approving magic mushrooms for therapeutic use, patients and advocates say
News/Canada/British Columbia: A group of patients question why their applications for an exemption to use psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in what are commonly called magic mushrooms, for therapeutic purposes have gone unanswered by Health Canada.
Quebec offers 3rd dose of mRNA COVID vaccine to AstraZeneca recipients who want to travel
News/Health: The Quebec government says fully vaccinated residents who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine before travelling — but health officials are warning that it's up to the recipient to seek their own advice.
Wildfire smoke exposure linked to COVID-19 case increase: study
Wildfire smoke exposure likely contributed to an increase in Reno, Nevada’s COVID-19 cases last year, researchers suggested, noting that the findings could inform policies to tamp down harmful effects from air pollution amid the pandemic.
New York City will require its workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19
News/World: New York City will require all of its municipal workers — including teachers and police officers — to get coronavirus vaccines by mid-September or face weekly COVID-19 testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
Teen loneliness increased alongside emergence of smartphones, study suggests
Teen loneliness, particularly among adolescent girls, has been increasing worldwide since 2012, which researchers said also coincides with the rise in smartphone access and increased internet use, although more data is needed to determine a definitive link.
Major health groups call for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care workers
Health care professionals from over 50 organizations representing millions of workers called for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations among all health care and long-term care employees Monday as infections climb nationwide due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.
World Bank, COVAX unveil plan to speed vaccine supplies to developing countries
News/World: The World Bank and the COVAX global vaccine distribution program unveiled on Monday a financing mechanism to speed the supply of doses to developing countries, where COVID-19 inoculation rates lag far behind those of richer nations.