Addiction to opioids and tobacco increases risk for COVID-19, study finds
People with substance use disorder — especially involving opioids or tobacco — are at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19. What’s more, they also are more likely to develop a serious case of the virus and die, a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found.Additionally, these findings mark still more examples of race-based health disparities that the pandemic has thrust into the spotlight.The study, conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland MetroHealth System, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, looked at data from more...
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Fauci: Current coronavirus situation is 'really not good'
Though President Donald Trump has attempted to downplay the dangers of coronavirus as the reopened country sees a surge in new cases, the country’s top infectious disease expert sees a much more worrying situation.Speaking on a livestream with the National Institutes of Health director Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci advanced a view of the pandemic that stands in stark contrast to Trump’s, saying that the U.S. is now struggling to control outbreaks because it reopened too quickly without sufficiently lowering the number of cases.“The current state is really not good,” said Fauci, director of the Nat...
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Moderna delays Phase 3 trial for COVID-19 vaccineModerna’s heavily anticipated trial for a coronavirus vaccine, which was set to begin next week, has been delayed.“Moderna has previously disclosed that the Phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate mRNA-1273 is expected to begin in July. The trial is still expected to begin in July and we expect to be the first to start a Phase 3 trial,” read a company statement sent to The New York Daily News Thursday. “We have worked closely with NIH/OWS to align on the final protocol in order to begin the trial on time.”The Phase 3 study, which include...
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