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Covid-19 Overwhelms Rural MN Hospitals

According to MPR News, hospitals in rural Minnesota are struggling with the surge of Covid-19 patients where most peoples are reportedly remain unvaccinated. Often rural hospitals are short staffed and not enough beds and spaces to handle large influx of sick patients. Dr. Ulrika Wigert of CentraCare’s hospital and clinic in Sauk Centre, near St. […]

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Do We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks?

In Scientific Americans, senior editor Tanya Lewis writes that because high quality masks like N95 and K95s are widely available now and provide best protection from respiratory virus particles in the air (aerosols), its probably time to upgrade our face masks. Tanya remind us that during the early in the pandemic, because of the shortage […]

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Covid-19 Positivity Reach Highest in MN

In Star Tribune, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeremy Olson writes that Covid-19 testing and positivity rate have reached the highest level in Minnesota. “A key barometer of pandemic activity has matched a 2021 high in Minnesota, where the positivity rate of diagnostic testing has increased to 7.6% and indicates broad spread of the coronavirus that causes […]

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Covid-19 Pandemic Dashboards

In the Bloomberg CityLab, data journalist Marie Patino writes that how the Coronavirus pandemic forced many governments around the world create a visual Covid Pandemic Dashboard for educating the public as well as provide public information about the worst pandemic of the century. Damir Ivankovic, a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam writes: “All […]

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US Vaccine Mandates Are Working – Data Shows

In The Washington Post, Aaron Blake writes that even as some people (even states) are trying to make a splash against coronavirus vaccine mandate, “the reality, though, is far from as dire as it might have seemed. And the totality of the anecdotal data we have so far on coronavirus vaccine mandates points to one […]

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MN Hospitals – Short of Beds and Staffs

According to MPR News, Minnesota health officials and hospital leaders are worrying the Minnesota health care system is stressed with — short-staffed and exhausted healthcare workforce, and might not be able to meet the rising Covid-19 and other patients. Recent data from the state’s health department showed “nearly 900 people are in Minnesota hospitals now […]

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Child Covid-19 Deaths are an ‘Embarrassment’

A recent CNN Health’s headline on Covid-19 reads “US child Covid-19 deaths are an ’embarrassment” quoting head of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In a town hall hosted by the Covid-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, Dr. Peter Marks, Director of Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, reportedly told that “Child deaths from a […]

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Every One of Those Deaths is Unnecessary

Reacting to recent Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announcement of a first-of-its-kind antiviral pill against Covid-19, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, reportedly told CNN that ‘no one needs to die from this virus’. “We’ll be able to prescribe this to folks. They’ll take a five-day course and hopefully be […]

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Covid-19 vs Flu: Is It Harder to Tell?

According to The Wall Street Journal, healthcare officials and doctors expect that this flu season “to be rough this year, and with it comes another challenge: Figuring out whether your symptoms point to the flu, Covid-19 or something else“. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both the Flu and Covid-19 are […]

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Merk’s Covid-19 Pill: ‘Unquestionably a game changer!’

Recently Merck & Co announced its first Covid-19 oral pills which is reportedly reduces chances of dying or being hospitalized due to severe COVID-19 infection. The oral pill ‘molnupiravir‘, reportedly introduces errors into the genetic code of the virus, which experts hailed as a potential breakthrough in how the virus is treated, writes the Reuters […]