Pfizer says coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until Thanksgiving — at the earliest
Pfizer Inc., one of the many pharmaceutical companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, said it hopes to have a treatment authorized for emergency use by the end of the year.CEO Albert Bourla in an open letter published Friday revealed that while scientists are working quickly to develop a vaccine, that it would not be ready by Election Day — a claim that has been repeatedly made by President Donald Trump. He added that the earliest the company would seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration would be the third week of November.Pfizer expects to have preliminary numbers by...
New York Daily News
COVID-19 will likely get worse in the winter, thanks to biology and behavior
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania is at the beginning of a fall COVID-19 surge, the state’s health secretary said Wednesday, matching experts’ predictions that cooler weather will worsen the coronavirus’ spread.That’s likely both because of biology and behavior, though scientists say the latter may matter more.“As it gets colder, people spend more time indoors and that will increase their risk of exposure to the virus,” said Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the department of health.Health Secretary Rachel Levine noted that around the country, small gatherings tend to be driving case count increases, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
These cities are among most vulnerable in US to COVID-19 mental health consequences, report suggests
PHILADELPHIA— Camden, N.J.; Allentown, Pa.; and Reading, Pa., have been identified as cities where COVID-19 vulnerability and poor mental health overlap, according to a new report published this month by Mental Health America and the Surgo Foundation, a health nonprofit focused on data science.Worsening mental health due to COVID-19 has become an area of serious concern to health officials. A recent report by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention found that 40% of Americans surveyed said they struggled with at least one adverse mental health condition during the pandemic. Symptoms...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Blood type could be linked to severity of coronavirus infections, new studies say
A growing body of evidence suggests those who have blood type O may be less likely to contract coronavirus and typically experience less severe symptoms when they do come down with the illness.While a pair of new studies, published Wednesday in health journal Blood Advances, suggests blood type can be tied to COVID-19, experts said the way patients are being treated will not yet change. They noted it’s not clear what the exact link between the two is, adding that more research is needed.In the first study, scientists in Denmark analyzed data from 473,654 people tested for the virus between Feb...
New York Daily News
Seattle-area man is the third person in the US confirmed to have been infected twice with coronavirus
SEATTLE — The Seattle-area nursing home resident first tested positive for the novel coronavirus in early March. He spent more than 40 days in the hospital with fever, pneumonia and difficulty breathing before testing negative multiple times and being discharged.Then, nearly five months later, he got sick again with COVID-19.Now, genetic testing by a team of Seattle physicians and scientists has revealed that sexagenarian’s second bout of the illness caused by the coronavirus in July wasn’t a relapse but a new infection with a slightly different variant of the virus.The patient is only the thi...
The Seattle Times
What we know and don't know about the pauses in COVID-19 trials
Johnson & Johnson announced Monday that it has halted its massive COVID-19 vaccine trial after a participant became ill.Less than 24 hours later, Eli Lilly paused a study of a COVID-19 antibody treatment for the same reason.What does this all mean?We reached out to two San Diego scientists, Dr. Davey Smith of the University of California, San Diego and Dennis Burton of Scripps Research, for the answer. Both researchers are deeply involved in the search for new COVID-19 treatments and intimately familiar with clinical trials.As with most things related to the coronavirus, there are more questio...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Erika Ettin: If grandma gave dating advice
Sit up straight! Look me in the eye! Don’t cross your arms!Who knew that Grandma was here to reprimand us in 2020? While my Grandma Henny never said anything quite that forcefully to me (though she did get upset when I wouldn’t say hi to her when I was about 5 years old … I was really shy), these are unsolicited pointers that a lot of people hear on a regular basis. But is there actually something to them?It turns out that when it comes to dating — and much of life — posture and body language matter. And it doesn’t just matter when you’re face-to-face with someone, but it matters when doing on...
Tribune News Service
Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial halted by participant's illness
Johnson & Johnson has paused its COVID-19 vaccine study because one of its participants was taken ill.The 60,000-patient clinical trial met the criteria for a “pausing rule,” reported Stat News, meaning the online system that enrolls patients has been closed and the independent committee that monitors patient safety in the clinical trial will be convened.Johnson & Johnson confirmed that a document obtained by Stat News halting the trial did indicate the study was on hold, saying only that it was due to “an unexplained illness in a study participant,” without providing more detail, the news out...
New York Daily News
Hyundai green-lights development of a 'walking car' with 4 dog-like legs
DETROIT — Rugged Jeeps and pickups can explore the great outdoors. But for those who want vehicles to travel further into unnavigable terrain, Hyundai is working on what it calls a “Transformer-class vehicle” right out of a science-fiction film.The Korean automaker has formed an Ultimate Mobility Vehicles Studio in Silicon Valley to develop its so-called “walking car,” It’s based on the Elevate concept vehicle that wowed visitors to the 2019 CES technology show in Las Vegas.Envisioned initially as a vehicle to assist first-responders to reach remote disaster zones, the walking car will also be...
The Detroit News
Balancing Act: Was it realistic to expect college students to follow COVID-19 protocols? The science suggests no.
Back in June, leading adolescent brain researcher Laurence Steinberg wrote a New York Times op-ed predicting that students returning to college campuses during a pandemic would not go well.“These plans are so unrealistically optimistic that they border on delusional and could lead to outbreaks of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff,” wrote Steinberg, who is a professor of psychology at Temple University and the author of “Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence.”He was right, of course. A late September survey conducted by the New York Times looked at more than 1...