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400,000 Invisible COVID-19 Deaths in US

The Washing Post reporters Marc Fisher, Lori Rozsa, Mark Kreidler and Annie Gowen in a recent article highlight and bring attention to those 400,000 Americans who died due to COVID-19 infection. “The numbers are huge and the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed daily life, from work to play to the most basic of human relationships.” Nearly 400,000 Americans have […]

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COVID Variants Fuel New Cases in US

In the CNN Health, Maggie Fox writes that the new and more contagious coronavirus variant, also known as B.1.1.7, is likely accelerate the spread of the virus in the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This variant is already reported in Minnesota and many other states in the US. […]

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Minnesota Expands Vaccine Eligibility

The MPR News reports that state health officials have authorized ‘hospitals and other heath care providers could start vaccinating a wider group of Minnesotans for COVID-19, including those age 65 and older. In a briefing with news reporters on Thursday state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said ‘the new guidance applies only to sites that have […]

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COVID Pandemic and Opioid Epidemic

According to the American Medical Association (AMA) opioid-related deaths increased in more than 40 states since the start of the pandemic, including Minnesota. “The social isolation and stressors of COVID-19 have made the opioid crisis even more precarious — and deadly,” writes Jon Collins in the MPR News. “When all the data is in, 2020 […]

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COVID-19 Plasma Effective in Mildly ill Cases

In a recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that antibody-rich convalescent plasma from COVID-recovered patients when administered to COVID-19 hospitalized mildly-ill adult patients. The study was led by Dr. R. Scott Wright, coordinator of Mayo’s national COVID-19 plasma therapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Early administration of high-titer convalescent […]

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Federal Expanded Vaccine Rollout

On Tuesday Jan 12, the federal health agency announced big changes to its COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy to jump start the blotched rollout in an effort to get more Americans vaccinated quickly. At a press briefing on Tuesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said “We’re telling states today that they should open […]

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Minnesota Boosting COVID Vaccination

In the Star Tribune, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeremy Olson writes that state health officials feel ‘there is urgency to vaccinate’ vulnerable population against the COVID-19. As of of Monday (Jan 11), nearly a third of its priority group of 500,000 health care workers and long-term care residents have received the vaccine. “The state ranked 23rd […]

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This is Our Most Dangerous Time

In the CNN Health, Christina Maxouris, Jason Hanna and Theresa Waldrop write that US Covid-19 case and death totals were higher than ever as of last Friday. According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) COVID-19 tracker database, more than 4,080 deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Thursday alone — the most ever reported in a single […]

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First Covid Variant Reported From TwinCities

In The Star Tribune, Christopher Snowbeck writes “Minnesota reported Saturday (Jan 9) its first cases of a new variant of the pandemic coronavirus, a strain that has stoked worldwide concern for apparently spreading more quickly than others.” According to the state’s director of infectious diseases, Kris Ehresmann, the variant strain is not thought to be […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic – Year Two

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told The Atlantic reporter Ed Young “There will be a whole lot of pain in the first quarter of 2021”. In the The Atlantic article ” Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us” Ed Young writes that 30 epidemiologists, […]