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Coronavirus

Scars of COVID persist for sickest survivors, families

Freddy Fernandez almost wasn’t here, on his couch in his Missouri home, his baby on his lap, gnawing on the pulse oximeter that he uses to check his oxygen levels after a months-long bout with COVID-19. The 41-year-old father of six spent five months hospitalized a four-hour drive away ...

FDA advisers consider Moderna’s COVID shots for older kids

NEW YORK (AP) — A government advisory panel met Tuesday to decide whether to recommend a second brand of COVID-19 vaccine for school-age children and teens. The Food and Drug Administration’s outside experts will vote on whether Moderna’s vaccine is safe and effective enough to give ...

U.S.: Pfizer COVID-19 shot appears effective for kids under 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials said Sunday that kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe and effective for kids under 5, a key step toward a long-awaited decision to begin vaccinating the youngest American children. The Food and Drug Administration ...

COVID-19 still evolving

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — COVID-19 has not vanished and, in fact, continues to produce new variants that can be a cause for concern. People from all walks of life continue to contract the virus, and the Belmont County Jail recently had to quarantine a dorm following positive tests. “Nothing ...

Young caregivers ‘exist in the shadows,’ offer crucial help

“3, 2, 1, go,” the 11-year-old says as he removes the tube. His mom slips a padded neck brace on her husband and lifts him into a sitting position on their bed. Ronan’s 9-year-old brother, Keaton, waits nearby, ready to connect their dad, Rupesh Kotiya, to a portable ...

Long COVID affects more older adults; shots don’t prevent it

New U.S. research on long COVID-19 provides fresh evidence that it can happen even after breakthrough infections in vaccinated people, and that older adults face higher risks for the long-term effects. In a study of veterans published Wednesday, about one-third who had breakthrough ...