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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks. Those findings prompted new guidance on how to improve mask fit at a time of concern over fast-spreading variants of the virus.
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Life under quarantine
As shutdowns and closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic approach the one-year point, many respondents in a recent WESA/Campos survey said their finances are worsening.
As a community health nurse, I know a barrier to health care when I see it. The COVID vaccine signup process is one that can cost lives.
A retired registered Allegheny County nurse feels relief as the vaccine is finally being distributed, but the signup process is dangerous.
Health & Care
The scramble to secure a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is chaotic and fierce. There are not yet enough doses for everyone who’s eligible and wants to get vaccinated. As frustration rises, the federal government hasn’t offered much besides assurances that things will get better and appeals for calm.
A local volunteer grassroots movement has started online, offering help to those who qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but struggle to find appointments.
The state Department of Corrections defied federal guidelines and a doctor’s order last week, demanding that an officer who tested positive for COVID-19 come back to work at a Pennsylvania prison struggling to contain the spread, Spotlight PA has learned.
‘It only takes one person’: University of Pittsburgh library workers worry about health as COVID-19 cases rise
As the University of Pittsburgh deals with the spike in coronavirus cases among students following the Halloween weekend, the administration ordered students to shelter in place before Thanksgiving break, with a few exceptions.
An increasing amount of scientific evidence suggests that in-person learning, especially for younger students, presents a low risk for spreading the coronavirus. But last month, Pittsburgh Public Schools delayed reopening at least until April, a move that frustrated many working parents.
Students are struggling to pick a college to attend after high school because they can’t tour campuses due to COVID.
Hospitals, health care systems and other vaccine providers reported brisk business on its website and on phone calls again Monday, as almost nonexistent supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine clashed with patients’ desires to be inoculated after the state vastly expanded the eligibility criteria.
Back Burner Bar & Grill in Coraopolis has had a steady stream of business since reopening after the December lockdowns.
Different Viruses, Same Results: Why Black Americans Are More Likely To Die From Both HIV & COVID-19
Scott is now a postdoctoral fellow in history at Carnegie Mellon University. She spoke with WESA health and science reporter Sarah Boden about the parallels between COVID-19 and HIV/AIDs.
The winter storms across the county have caused a significant backlog in the shipment and distribution of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in Pennsylvania.