Analysis: COVID-19 pills are coming, but no substitute for vaccines, disease experts say

Analysis: COVID-19 pills are coming, but no substitute for vaccines, disease experts say

CHICAGO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Oral antiviral pills from Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE have been shown to significantly blunt the worst outcomes of COVID-19 if taken early enough, but doctors warn vaccine hesitant people not to confuse the benefit of the treatments with prevention afforded by vaccines.While 72% of American … Read more

More than 10,000 patients caught Covid-19 in a hospital, analysis shows. They never made it out

More than 10,000 patients caught Covid-19 in a hospital, analysis shows. They never made it out

They left with covid-19 — if they left at all.More than 10,000 patients were diagnosed with covid in a U.S. hospital last year after they were admitted for something else, according to federal and state records analyzed exclusively for KHN. The number is certainly an undercount, since it includes mostly patients 65 and older, plus … Read more

Analysis: Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening

Analysis: Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening

Passengers from Amsterdam arrive at Changi Airport under Singapore’s expanded Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) quarantine-free travel scheme, as the city-state opens its borders to more countries amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Singapore October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File PhotoRecord surge in deaths and infection points to risksDeath toll of 280 driven by Delta variant, … Read more

Analysis: With boosters, masks and Green Pass, Israel sees a COVID-19 wave in retreat

Analysis: With boosters, masks and Green Pass, Israel sees a COVID-19 wave in retreat

JERUSALEM, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Four months into one of its worst COVID-19 outbreaks, Israel is seeing a sharp drop in new infections and severe illness, aided by its use of vaccine boosters, vaccine passports and mask mandates, scientists and health officials said.Israel was struck by its fourth coronavirus wave in June, fuelled by the … Read more