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103-Year-Old COVID Survivor Has Advice For The Unvaccinated
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Benazir Samad | May 8, 2021
Aziz Abdul Alim, a 103-year-old man from a remote valley in Upper Chitral of northern Pakistan, is both a COVID survivor and a proud supporter of the COVID vaccine.Sohail Ahmad He's 103. He got his COVID vaccine. And he wants you to get one, too. That's the message that Aziz ...
Will My Sense Of Smell Ever Return? Olfactory Insights From COVID And Beyond
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Joanne Silberner | May 8, 2021
Scientists once compared the abilities of humans versus canines in tracking a trail of chocolate essential oil laid down in an open field. Though the humans weren't nearly as proficient as the dogs, they did get better with practice.Vladimir Godnik | Getty Images/fStop About 25 years ago, after a particularly ...
Pfizer Seeks Full FDA Approval For COVID-19 Vaccine
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Emma Bowman | May 7, 2021
Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking the Food and Drug Administration's approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, with the goal of getting the agency's green light "in the coming months."Ben Hasty | MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Pfizer and its vaccine partner BioNTech have started an application to request the Food and Drug ...
Coronavirus FAQ: Am I Legally (And Ethically) Bound To Say If I Got A COVID Vaccine?
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Fran Kritz | May 7, 2021
Hanna Barczyk for NPR Each week, we answer "frequently asked questions" about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. I'm ...
Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet?
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Michaeleen Doucleff | May 7, 2021
The numerals in the illustration show the main mutation sites of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the U.K., which is more transmissible than other variants. Here, the virus's spike protein (red) is bound to a human cell (blue).Juan Gaertner/Science Source Back in the fall, Tom Wenseleers made a bold ...
Vaccination Against COVID ‘Does Not Mean Immunity’ For People With Organ Transplants
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Maria Godoy | May 7, 2021
Even after full vaccination against COVID-19, people who have had organ transplants are urged by their doctors to keep wearing masks and taking extra precautions. Research shows the strong drugs they must take to prevent organ rejection can significantly blunt their body's response to the vaccine.DigiPub | Getty Images Laura ...
You’re Fully Vaccinated! But Do You Need A Booster Shot?
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Brianna Scott | May 6, 2021
While many people are still waiting to be fully vaccinated, medical experts are now thinking about booster shots.Alex Zea/Europa Press | Europa Press via Getty Images Updated May 13, 2021 at 5:34 PM ET It's been six months since the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the U.S. and now ...
‘So Exciting To Be Working Again’: Americans Are Going Out, Boosting Jobs
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Scott Horsley | May 6, 2021
Beverly Pickering's pet sitting business cratered during the height of the pandemic. Now, she says, it's booming, and her customers are traveling again.Beverly Pickering Beverly Pickering says her neighbors in suburban Detroit are hitting the road. And that's good news for her pet sitting business. "I have people going to ...
If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You’re Tired All The Time, You’re Not Alone
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Rhitu Chatterjee | May 6, 2021
Feelings of exhaustion, irritability and mental fogginess are our bodies' normal response to an abnormal year of pandemic life.Wenjin Chen | Getty Images Updated May 7, 2021 at 5:52 AM ET In recent weeks, Dr. Kali Cyrus has struggled with periods of exhaustion. "I am taking a nap in between ...
They Desperately Need COVID Vaccines. So Why Are Some Countries Throwing Out Doses?
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Nurith Aizenman | May 5, 2021
A bishop receives a vaccine for COVID-19 at Juba Teaching Hospital on April 7 in Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan received 132,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on March 25 through the World Health Organization's COVAX program to ensure all countries have equal access to vaccines.Andreea Campeanu | Getty Images ...