FDA says new COVID-19 vaccines will protect against current strains
EG.5, nicknamed Eris after the Greek goddess of chaos who indirectly started the Trojan War, makes up approximately 20.6% of current infections, while FL 1.5.1 comprises 13.3%. Both are Omicron variants. “The two strains, EG.5 and XBB.1.5, are not identical, but they're pretty close,” said Scott Roberts, an infectious disease specialist for Yale Medicine. “My strong suspicion is that, given the genetic similarities, there will still be a good degree of protection from the booster."Source: Washington Examiner
Researchers Are Testing Paxlovid as a Treatment for Long COVID
Long COVID currently affects millions of people in the U.S. Symptoms can include brain fog, tremors, sleep disorders, and shortness of breath. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other academic medical centers recently launched clinical trials aimed at finding treatments for long COVID. Researchers think that there may be different causes of long COVID symptoms in different people, which is why they are conducting different clinical trials in many centers around the country.Source: Verywell Health
Yale Physicians Reflect on Covid, Three Years Later
It’s been more than three years since the COVID pandemic began, causing over six million deaths worldwide (as of April 2023). While things have largely returned to normal thanks to vaccines, lockdowns, and public health measures and with the Public Health Emergency recently ending, life is a “new normal.” No one who has come out on the other side of the height of the pandemic has remained unaffected, whether physically, emotionally, or both. This is particularly true for the frontline healthcare workers who cared for very sick patients despite the fear of becoming ill themselves.
Study Uncovers Reduced Exercise Tolerance and Other Changes in Long COVID
A recent study published in Pulmonary Circulation assesses changes in oxygen extraction following post-acute sequelae of SARS-Cov-2 infection (PASC) syndrome, or “long COVID.” PASC may affect half of patients who recover from COVID-19. One debilitating hallmark is a persistent decrease in exercise tolerance.
For Hurricane Katrina Survivors, COVID-19 Brings a New Mental Health Toll
A new study shows that for some low-income mothers in New Orleans, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with the same, or worse, mental health impacts as Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history.
Participant-centric Trial Will Test if Antiviral Paxlovid Can Help With Long COVID
Researchers are still in the dark on the mechanisms underlying and how to treat long COVID. A new clinical trial using the oral antiviral Paxlovid will provide urgently needed insights for COVID long-haulers and their providers.
Health Headlines: Omicron subvariant, link between asthma and obesity
In today’s health headlines, what to know about a new Omicron subvariant, and how Americans are snacking more than ever. What this means for our health, and the link between asthma and obesity. Dr. Nate Wood, Yale Medicine Internal Medicine specialist and instructor at Yale School of Medicine, discussed these topics.Source: WTNH News 8