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    America’s conservative right is currently infested with a number of people pushing dangerous and offensively ignorant COVID-19 misinformation—from Fox News’ Jesse Waters (who urged his viewers to “go in for the kill shot” against Dr. Anthony Fauci) and Tucker Carlson (comparing vaccine mandates to “Nazi experiments”) to Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who felt that having to wear a mask on the House floor was akin to what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust. Enter Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, Republican vice presidential candidate, and person who once performed “Baby Got Back” on The Masked Singer. “Sarah Palin—you remember her?—she has COVID for a second time now,” said Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night show Thursday evening. “The unmasked singer is in New York City appearing in court. She has a defamation suit against The New York Times. Twelve years ago, she couldn’t name a newspaper—now she’s suing one.” “So, the trial was supposed to start this week, but it had to be pushed when Sarah Palin, who is famously unvaccinated, tested positive again on Monday,” he...
    DALLAS (AP) — Despite being vaccinated and boosted, Elton John has contracted COVID-19 and is postponing two farewell concert dates in Dallas. John “is experiencing only mild symptoms,” according to a statement. “Elton and the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour look forward to returning to the stage shortly.” John was due to hit the American Airlines Center stage in Dallas on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 but fans “should hold on to their tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates to be announced soon.” John’s rescheduled 2020 North American tour kicked off on Jan. 19 in New Orleans and was scheduled to make stops in Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, New York and Miami. John previously said he was postponing European dates on his world tour until 2023 so that he can have an operation on an injured hip. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Fully-vaccinated people who catch Covid end up with 'super immunity', scientists have claimed. Oregon Health and Science University experts say the same is also true for people who get infected before getting two jabs.  Academics took blood samples from more than 100 fully-vaccinated volunteers and exposed them against three different strains of coronavirus.   Volunteers with 'hybrid' immunity produced an 'amazingly high' antibody response, tests showed. Their antibodies were 10 times more potent than proteins made by participants who managed to dodge Covid completely. Despite the study being carried out before the emergence of Omicron, the authors believe the findings will hold up against the highly-transmissible variant. And the high levels of protection among those with hybrid immunity could see the virus become a 'mostly mild' infection and bring about the end of the pandemic, the researchers said. Author Dr Fikadu Tafesse said: 'It makes no difference whether you get infected-and-then-vaccinated, or if you get vaccinated-and-then-a-breakthrough infection. 'In either case, you will get a really, really robust immune response – amazingly high.' He added: 'The likelihood of getting breakthrough infections is...
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Forbes reported that nearly 80% of people abandon their New Year's resolutions by February each year.With many people recovering from COVID-19 after the holidays, doctors are giving tips on how to ease back into fitness after recovery.Dr. Mitchell Anderson works with Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center in Naperville and said a key component is to outline goals that are specific, measurable, achievable and time-bound.RELATED: Stephanie Mansour of Step it Up with Steph shares weekly workout plan with strength training, yoga posesAnother tip is to ease back into the routine, start slow and gradually build to more complex exercises at your own pace.Fyzical is the fastest-growing physical therapy franchise in the United States, Anderson said.
    A New Jersey mother of four died from COVID-19 just three weeks after giving birth, without ever getting to hold her newborn son.  Michelle Stani, 37, of Bridgewater, passed away at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on January 12 after suffering coronavirus complications linked to pneumonia. It's unclear if she was vaccinated.   The single mom had given birth to her fourth child, Jayden, at the hospital via cesarean section on December 24, but she was never able to hold her baby boy, her aunt Tina Stani told the New York Post.  'Her partner [Frank Allen] had taken a picture of the baby and showed it to her, but that’s all she got,' she said. 'It tore her up. She literally texted me that she was heartbroken, that she wished she could hold her baby. That’s all she wanted.'  Michelle Stani, 37, of Bridgewater, New Jersey died of COVID-19 complications on January 12, three weeks after she gave birth to her fourth child  The mother of four was unable to hold her newborn son, Jayden, before she died at Robert...
    (CNN)A Czech folk singer who was opposed to having a coronavirus vaccine has died after deliberately contracting the virus, according to her son.Hana Horká, of the folk band Asonance, died Sunday at the age of 57 after intentionally exposing herself to the virus at home while her son and husband were sick, according to CNN affiliate CNN Prima News. Horká wanted to infect herself so she could be "done with Covid," her son, Jan Rek, told Prima News on Monday."I came here because the debate is very important and I want to warn people," said Rek, who added that both he and his father had been vaccinated. Horká had been sharing anti-vaccination posts on social media."My mom wanted to get sick so she gets the Covid pass," Rek said. "She said to me and even publicly she wants to get infected so she is done with Covid."Read More5 reasons you should not deliberately catch Omicron to get it over withRek said his mother was getting incorrect information about the virus "from her social circle."Horká was "ignoring on purpose some...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot returned to public events Tuesday for the first time since testing positive for COVID a week ago.The mayor was on the Southeast Side to announce a series of community investment projects after recovering from the virus."My symptoms were relatively mild, kinda felt like a cold, a bad cold," she said.Lightfoot, who usually removes her mask while speaking at events, kept hers on Tuesday to comply with CDC guidelines for mask wearing for 10 continuous days after contracting COVID-19.She is traveling to Washington D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayor's winter meetings, and said she consulted with CDPH director Dr. Allison Arwady, who cleared her for travel.Lightfoot also offered an encouraging assessment of the current COVID surge, saying the numbers are beginning to trend downward."I think we're seeing a peaking of this surge, but with a lot of caveats and caution," the mayor said.Despite that, Mayor Lightfoot said she does not anticipate removing the proof of vaccination requirement for restaurants anytime soon.As she mulls running for reelection, which she has not officially declared, Lightfoot deflected...
    BOSTON (CBS) —  Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. READ MORE: I-Team: Mass General Brigham Nurses Concerned About Limited Supply Of N95 Masks“I wear 32° Below neoprene masks. I think they are denser, fit better, and are more effective than cloth or surgical masks. My wife says they are too warm and wears the blue and white surgical ones. Which type is best?” -Jeff Honestly, surgical masks are going to be better than any cloth masks. And N95 or KN95 masks are better than surgical masks. I never wear cloth masks, nor do I recommend anyone continue to wear them. They are just too porous. I either wear a surgical mask or if I’m going to be someplace indoors with a lot of people, I wear two surgical masks or a KN95 mask. “I got the J&J vaccine then just got a Pfizer booster. Do...
    Conservative justices on the Supreme Court are making it clear they oppose President Joe Biden's vaccinate or test workplace mandate. Arguments against the OSHA-enforced directive from attorneys arguing the case on the right are being derided on social media, but now the justices themselves are making embarrassing excuses to kill the life-saving federal order. Take Justice Neil Gorsuch, a 54-year old father of two with a Harvard Law degree and a PhD from Oxford. He has zero medical training. (It also appears he's an anti-masker, see below.) And yet, the Trump appointed jurist is handing down medical "information" to support the clear desire of the far right court to end the mandate. During oral arguments, made by two right wing attorneys remotely because both have COVID, Gorsuch compared the deadly coronavirus which has killed over 850,000 Americans, to the seasonal flu And he got it wrong to boot, telling the Court, the flu kills "hundreds of thousands of people every year." (It's clear Gorsuch does not understand how highly transmissible the coronavirus is, nor how deadly it is – not...
    Surveillance footage allegedly shows the child getting out of the trunk of the car and entering the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The employee then alerted Cy-Fair ISD police of the situation, and also provided authorities with a description of the woman and her license plate number. "CFPD was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site earlier this week," a Cy-Fair ISD statement to Fox News said. "Law enforcement conducted a full investigation, resulting in a warrant for arrest." The child was reportedly not harmed. Beam has been a Cy-Fair ISD employee since 2011. She has been placed on administrative leave.
    NAPA, Calif. (KGO) -- One week after the CDC warned people not to travel on cruises, we are starting to hear horror stories of those who caught COVID onboard. A Napa woman is now stuck quarantining in a Florida hotel room after an 11-day cruise."I think this is a very dangerous time to think of doing any kind of cruise vacation. It might be a wonderful way for some people to travel but now is not the time, don't do it!" says Sue Wagner.Wagner, who now has COVID-19, is warning others about getting on any cruise ship as the coronavirus surge continues. Wagner just got off a Norwegian Cruise Line Caribbean cruise starting and ending in Port Canaveral, Florida.RELATED: CDC warns travelers to avoid cruise ships, 'regardless of vaccination status'Her and others who had COVID-19 were taken on buses to at least one hotel Monday to quarantine."We were greeted by the hotel manager who said, 'I have a whole list of people here, I don't have enough rooms, and if anybody wants to stay here you're going to have to...
    A healthcare worker has publicly called out a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 but went out shopping instead of isolating.  TikTok user @eliicoco shamed the risky behavior on TikTok while she was at a Ross store after she got off from work. While waiting to pay, she noticed a woman in the checkout line in front of her whose nose she had swabbed hours earlier while testing for COVID-19. A healthcare worker has publicly called out a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 but went out shopping instead of isolating TikTok user @eliicoco wrote: 'When you see the patient that you swabbed earlier who tested positive for Covid in the line at Ross' @eliicoco #covidiots #fyp #fypシ #gohome #rossdressforless #lol HAHAHA DEAD. Well we’ll all be if y’all don’t go home ‍ #YerAWizard ♬ Gangsta's Paradise (feat. L.V.) - Coolio 'When you see the patient that you swabbed earlier who tested positive for Covid in the line at Ross,' @eliicoco wrote, filming her own face in the store. Under her mask and glasses, she looks to the side and then...
    Betty White’s agent is clearing up a false rumor circulating online that the TV icon received a COVID-19 booster shot last week, three days before her death on New Year’s Eve. White’s agent and close friend, Jeff Witjas, revealed to the media Monday that she died “peacefully in her sleep at her home,” while debunking a statement, falsely attributed to her, that she had received a booster shot on Dec. 28. “People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true,” Witjas said in a statement to People. “She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized — that is not the life she lived.” The Associated Press had earlier fact-checked a statement falsely attributed to White. According to chatter on Twitter and Facebook, White supposedly told a news outlet she received a COVID-19 vaccine booster on Dec. 28, saying: “Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today.” The AP found that the quote was fabricated. For one thing, White did not receive a...
    (CBS DETROIT)– As holiday gatherings come to an end, doctors are preparing for the beginning of a possible new COVID-19 surge. “All hospital systems are preparing we know that from the past that after every holiday there’s always unfortunately somewhat of a surge in cases,” said family medicine doctor, and director of Community Health at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe Dr. Asha Shajahan M.D.. READ MORE: Michigan State University Says Upcoming Semester To Start Virtually Due To COVID SpreadWith the Omicron variant skyrocketing doctors say in some circumstances if you’ve gathered in large crowds, a COVID test may be needed. “If you were in a large gathering and you know you were exposed to someone who had symptoms or end up testing positive for COVID-19 I would suggest that you go ahead and get tested,” Dr. Shajahan said. While waiting for those results doctors say to quarantine for at least 5 days. On the other hand if those who gathered were all vaccinated she says you can probably wait a few days to be tested if you choose. But be on the lookout...
    More On: jeff lewis Jeff Lewis gets COVID-19 after throwing party almost worth ‘dying for’ Kelly Dodd agrees with Jeff Lewis’ Heather Dubrow criticism: ‘He’s right’ Jeff Lewis adds fuel to Heather Dubrow feud: She’s not a good person Vicki Gunvalson reveals she had cancer: I got my ‘f–king uterus taken out’ Jeff Lewis’ battle with COVID-19, which he contracted after throwing a super-spreader holiday party, was so bad that he thought he was going to die. “There were a few days I thought were my last,” the former “Flipping Out” star, 51, said on Thursday’s episode of his SiriusXM show, “Jeff Lewis Live.” Lewis was so convinced that his days were numbered, in fact, that he popped open the most expensive wines in his house to live it up. “I did open up a few nice bottles of wine,” he said. The radio host noted that he lost six pounds, had a 104-degree fever and was feeling isolated because he was “down to one housekeeper.” Lewis suffered severe symptoms but thinks his super-spreader party was “worth it.”NBCU Photo Bank...
    A schoolteacher isolated herself in a plane's bathroom for five hours after she tested positive for Covid mid-flight. Marisa Fotieo took a rapid lateral flow test after her throat began to hurt during the journey from Chicago, Illinois to Reykjavik, Iceland. Despite giving a required negative pre-departure test, she soon found that she had been infected with Covid and was forced to self-isolate. 'There's 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them,' Fotieo told NBC's Today show.  Michigan schoolteacher Marisa Fotieo isolated herself in a plane's bathroom for five hours after she tested positive for Covid mid-flight @marisaefotieo Shout out to @Icelandair for my VIP quarantine quarters.. #luxuryliving #imsolucky #covid #vaccinated #fyp #viralvideotiktok #quarantine ¿ I'm So Lucky Lucky - Grandzz The Michigan schoolteacher then spent five hours of the six-hour journey in the plane's tiny bathroom. She posted videos of the experience on TikTok, with a clip of her finding out she was Covid positive going viral with more than 4 million views. 'Within what felt like two seconds there were two lines,' she...
    Workers' rights advocates accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of putting business interests ahead of public health Tuesday after the agency released new guidelines for asymptomatic Americans with Covid-19, while experts expressed concern that the guidance will result in confusion and more transmission of the disease. The CDC announced late Monday that instead of isolating at home for 10 days, people who contract the coronavirus will be advised to isolate for five days immediately after testing positive. If the person is asymptomatic after five days f, they may return to work, school, and other activities but should wear a mask everywhere, including at home if they live with others, for five more days. People who still exhibit symptoms after five days of isolating should continue to stay home until they are asymptomatic, the CDC said. The agency said the guidance was revised because scientists now understand people with Covid-19 to be most contagious in the two days prior to showing symptoms and for three days afterward. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky also said concerns about economic activity provoked...
    (CNN)For Americans traveling after Christmas and New Year's, getting their Covid-19 vaccinations or booster doses as soon as possible is critical to safely avoid serious illness, one health expert told CNN Saturday. Amid a surge of cases nationwide fueled by the Omicron coronavirus variant before the holiday season, parts of the country are reporting increased hospitalizations and deaths. And people need to be prepared for a heightened risk of infection during travel by taking preventative measures, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. "If you've only gotten two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, even though that officially counts as fully vaccinated, we know that its impact on breakthrough symptomatic illness is close to zero," Hotez told CNN's Amara Walker Saturday. The initial two-dose regiment will still protect "better for serious illness," he said, "but you still need to get boosted, I think, if you want to travel safely."Booster shots may take two weeks to provide peak immunity, doctors have said, meaning the sooner one gets vaccinated, the better....
    WURZELS drummer John Morgan has died aged 80 after getting Covid on tour. Fellow band members told of their shock yesterday over “Morgy”, who joined the West Country hitmakers in 1981. 1The Wurzels announced today [Sat] that John 'Morgy' Morgan, who spent the last four decades playing the drums for the band, died in hospital yesterdayCredit: Avalon.red He fell ill with Covid after The Wurzels — who still perform up to 150 gigs a year — played in Manchester this month. He died surrounded by his family in hospital in Gloucester on Friday. Tommy Banner, the longest-serving member of the Wurzels whose hits include I Am A Cider Drinker,  said: “We can’t believe we shan’t ever see you behind those drums again. "We thought you were indestructible. We shall miss you John, you grumpy old b***er. We are all in shock.” A spokesperson for Somerset’s Watchet Festival, where The Wurzels regularly performed, said: “RIP John and thank you for being a true down-to-earth person. You will be greatly missed.” Manager of The Wurzels, Sil Willcox, said: "We are all...
    COVID-19 vaccine mandates have proven to be highly controversial, as many people who prefer to forego vaccination face the threat of losing their job if they decline to get vaccinated.
    Singer Billie Eilish joined The Howard Stern Show on Monday and detailed her months long battle with Covid-19. ‘F*ck that sh*t dude,” Eilish said about having Covid. “It was bad. I didn’t die, and I wasn’t going to die, but that does not take away from how miserable it was. It was terrible. I still have side effects, I was sick for like two months almost.” Eilish told Stern she got Covid in August after being vaccinated. “I want it to be clear it is because of the vaccine I’m fine,” Eilish said. “I think if I weren’t vaccinated I would have liked died. Because it was bad. When I say it was bad, I more just mean it felt horrible. But really in the scheme of Covid it wasn’t bad.” “When you’re sick you feel f*cking horrible,” Eilish continued. “The vaccine is f*cking amazing, it also saved Phineas from getting, my parents from getting it, my friends from getting it.” Eilish also told stern she currently has a cold because of coming into contact with Lorne Michaels during her SNL hosting...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man said his COVID-19 booster shot has caused tinnitus — or ringing of the ears. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Brent Kimmel got his Pfizer booster shot and noticed a ringing in his ears a few hours later. READ MORE: As Shopping Malls Lose Their Anchor Tenants, Casinos May Prove To Be A Perfect Substitute“It went away after like an hour. I went to bed. I kind of woke up around 1. My ear started ringing really bad, and it hasn’t stopped since then,” Kimmel said. He went to his doctor and then an ear, nose, and throat specialist. The doctor gave him steroids, but the ringing is there. “The one night it rang so bad, I had to put headphones on to go to sleep,” Kimmel said. This ringing sensation is called tinnitus. Allegheny Health Network Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Nathan Shively said it is a rare adverse effect, if the vaccine is even the cause. At this point, there are no widespread reports of the phenomenon. “We know that people tend to...
    While COVID-19 testing is supposed to be free for Americans, many are reporting receiving large bills for hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars from health providers. Among them is Jaden Janak who took a test Tulsa hospital that resulted in $4,031 in bills and a year's worth of calls from debt collectors, reported CBS News. Some health providers are tacking on additional facility, laboratory or emergency room fees onto the simple process of getting a test.  The issue has risen questions about the confusing aspects of navigating America's health care system, and its sometimes exorbitant costs. Jaden Janak (pictured) told CBS News that he was billed more than $4,000 after receiving a Covid test at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital that he believed was free While Janak's insurance company paid one of the two bills he received, for $2,700, the remaining $1,300 bill remains unpaid. He has received calls from debt collectors over the past year to collect the amount. The insurance company plans to pay the bill for him, but could not send him a check earlier due to...
    TAKING a large family on holiday is never easy - and that’s without having to navigate all of the Covid tests and forms you need to travel. So spare a thought for mum-of-22 Sue Radford who had to organise her bumper brood doing tests for their recent holiday. 5Mum-of-22 Sue Radford showed how she was getting her large family to do Covid tests after their recent holiday 5Sue and Noel are parents to Britain's biggest family After sharing a snap of her family at the airport, she uploaded them doing their tests upon their return to their 10-bedroom Morecambe home. Sue, 46, joked: “Omg the joy that is doing 13 Covid tests.” Last week, Sue shared a clip of her youngsters watching iPads strapped to the back of car seats, and playing on consoles. The dedicated mum wrote: “Trying to keep the kids entertained on a long journey.” She later revealed that they had arrived at their airport hotel, as the family prepared to jet off on holiday. Although Sue said she could finally “relax” once they reached the hotel,...
    SCHOOLKIDS should wait at least three months after Covid infection to get their jab to cut their risk of heart problems, officials warn. Health chiefs want children who have been recently ill to delay vaccination to reduce the "very, very small" risk of a rare type of heart inflammation. 1NHS teams are visiting around 800 secondary schools each week to give out Covid shotsCredit: Getty British data shows around nine in a million under-18s develop myocarditis after receiving a single Covid shot. UK Health Security Agency experts hope the new measure will reduce this tiny risk further. Around 2.6 million children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a Covid jab - but nearly 1.1 million have had one. It is unclear how many had it within three months of being ill. Until now, the NHS had only asked them to delay their shot if they had been unwell with Covid in the previous 4 weeks. Health bosses fear the new rules will delay the jab roll-out in children by several weeks, as they seek fresh permission. NHS teams are...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Anne from Westborough writes on Facebook, “My husband is 72 and recovering from surgery for sarcoma. We will get our Moderna boosters ASAP. Will it then be safe to go without masks inside in public places like stores?” READ MORE: Ski Resorts Forced To Address Climate Change With More Snow-Making, Green TechnologyIf your husband is undergoing active treatment for sarcoma, which is a type of cancer, he needs to be particularly careful in public. It would probably make sense for you to continue to wear masks in public, even though you’re much less likely to get really sick from COVID-19 having had the initial vaccines and a booster. I would have him check with his oncologist before either of you shed your masks in public. Phil in Gloucester asks, “I have a shingles shot scheduled in early December. Should I wait until after that before I get the Pfizer booster?” I would get your booster shot as soon...
    ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- In the East Bay, several children have reportedly been given wrong dose of the coronavirus vaccine.The children actually got the adult dosage.ABC7 News Reporter JR Stone spoke to one of the families affected Sunday night.RELATED: Walgreens mistakenly injects 2 kids with adult COVID vaccine instead of flu shot, parents allegeThey have an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old child who they say are sick after both received "incorrect" amounts of the vaccine, receiving double the proper dosage.Their mom says the received double the dosage they should have when they got their shots.Sutter Health confirms on Saturday,14 patients at their Antioch pediatric vaccine clinic received vaccines with incorrect amounts.Q&A: What to know about COVID-19 vaccines for kids aged 5-11EMBED More News Videos Children ages 5-11 can now get Pfizer's pediatric COVID vaccine, one-third the dose of the adult vaccine, delivered in two shots, three weeks apart. This all happened at the Sutter Urgent Care Facility on Lone Tree Way.The mother JR Stone spoke with says her kids were actually the first two to get their Pfizer shots on Saturday.Jimmy...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. Marcia says, “I am 65 years old and want to get the Moderna booster shot but my daughter is getting married next June. If I get the booster now, will I still be protected for June? I am willing to wait until January or so.” I would not worry about what might happen in June 2022. I would focus on protecting yourself the best way you can now. Since you’re 65 years old, I would get a booster shot now. We’re hoping that boosters, given six months after the original mRNA vaccine series, will provide even longer protection than the original shots. We’ll know more as time goes by and will be able to give you better advice in the spring, before your daughter’s wedding approaches. Congratulations! Bob writes, “I was vaccinated in March with the...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other conservatives have blasted Sesame Street favorite Big Bird for claiming to have gotten a COVID vaccine in what they say is propaganda to encourage kids to get the shot.  The fictional bird, who, according to Sesame Street lore, is eternally 6-years-old, tweeted his vaccination status on Saturday, writing: 'I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.' He added that CNN journalist Erica Hill 'even said I've been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!' But Cruz was among those happy with Big Bird's medical disclosure, and quote tweeted the comment with 'Government propaganda for your 5 year old.' Big Bird issued the tweet days after the FDA approved Pfizer's COVID vaccine for children aged five to 11, with critics accusing the character of trying to foist shots on kids.   In his tweet, Big Bird said the vaccine will 'give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy' Cruz...
    Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin's daughter Delilah Belle Hamlin has revealed she recently sought treatment after getting hooked on the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and believes it is connected to her getting the COVID vaccine. In an emotional Instagram video, Delilah also claimed that she accidentally overdosed on Benadryl at the same time as taking prescribed beta blockers and ended up hospitalized.  The 23-year-old went public with her health struggle on Tuesday saying she was 'in no way an anti-Vaxxer' but that she believes the vaccine caused autoimmune diseases in her body to 'flare up.'  Health battle: Lisa Rinna's daughter Delilah Hamlin claims she OVERDOSED on Benadryl and beta blockers and got hooked on Xanax after getting the COVID vaccine 'I didn't realize that the vaccine would cause an autoimmune response in my body that basically flared up and triggered certain autoimmune diseases that I didn't know I had,' she claims in the 30-minute long Instagram video.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Lisa Rinna laughs off rumors about her husband Harry Hamlin PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Delilah Belle...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — According to the CDC, only 31 percent of pregnant women nationwide have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Locally, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital says its percentage is currently falling behind the national average. A local expecting mother is now speaking out, urging other pregnant women to get the shot based on her experience. READ MORE: Lynne Hayes-Freeland Retires After 45 Years In Television And RadioMegan Denk, 30, found out she had COVID-19 at the beginning of September. “It was really scary being that I was 24 weeks pregnant at the time. It was after my brother’s wedding. I started to have a really dry cough but felt completely fine,” said Denk. But when the symptoms kept getting worse, Denk decided it was time to go to the hospital. “My respirations were really high. My heart rate was speeding. I could barely breathe to have a conversation. You hear these stories of pregnant women that end up on a ventilator and then can’t get off. I was terrified,” said Denk. She ended up staying in the hospital for just one...
    GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA) – Several Los Angeles Unified School District employees at a Granada Hills charter school became the first district staffers to lose their jobs for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. Gives Back To Community With "Chris Cares Winter Handout"“I was formally terminated,” said Iris Arnold. Arnold said she lost her teaching job of 15 years at Granada Hills Charter High School for not getting the coronavirus vaccine. She is one of seven employees at the high school launching a lawsuit claiming they were the first to be fired for not getting the shot. She said personal beliefs, as well as medical concerns, were what prevented her from getting the vaccine. Sarah Olczak was also terminated for not getting the vaccine. She’s been a counselor at the school for 13 years. “My requests were religious…sincerely held belief based and medical based. Then, I also have a history of cancer,” Olczak said. Although Granada High is a charter school, it does fall under LAUSD’s jurisdiction for the vaccine...
    A healthcare clinician prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for a commuter during the opening of MTA's public vaccination program at the 179th Street subway station in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, U.S., May 12, 2021.Shannon Stapleton | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday published data listing the most common side effects people reported after receiving boosters of Pfizer or Moderna's Covid vaccine or a second dose of Johnson & Johnson's. The data, presented to the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, is based on submissions to the agency's text messaging system v-safe and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a national vaccine safety surveillance program. The advisory group is meeting Thursday to discuss booster shots of Moderna and J&J's vaccine as well as whether people can mix and match the companies' shots. The most common side effects reported after getting a third shot of an mRNA vaccine were pain at the injection site, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and fever, followed by chills and...
    Right-wing personality and talk radio host Dennis Prager, who once “proved” COVID was nothing to worry about by describing his habit of eating with dirty utensils in restaurants, has now contracted COVID. But, this wasn’t a bad thing, Prager insisted. In fact, getting sick with COVID was his plan all along, he announced Monday during his show, which streams daily on YouTube. “It is infinitely preferable to have natural immunity than vaccine immunity and that is what I have hoped for the entire time,” Prager told listeners from his home, where he is quarantining. “Hence...I have engaged with strangers, constantly hugging them, taking photos with them knowing that I was making myself very susceptible to getting COVID… [It is] what I wanted, in the hope I would achieve natural immunity and be taken care of by therapeutics. That is exactly what has happened.” Prager, who became an outspoken Trump supporter after at first being critical of the ex-president, said he tested positive last week, which was why he didn’t do his show on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. He described...
    THE heartbroken parents of a girl who took her own life days after getting Covid have paid tribute to their "shining light". Sinead Bowles, 21, was discovered hanged at her family home in Hanley, Staffs, on July 14 after a friend raised the alarm. 5Sinead Bowles took her own life after contracting Covid 5Sinead's death was ruled as a suicide by the coronerCredit: Just Giving An inquest was told she had messaged a friend the day before, saying: "I genuinely wish I could go to sleep and not wake up." Sinead, who was studying for a Criminal Justice and Offender Management degree, also left "goodbye" notes for her parents. The team leader at Alton Towers had been furloughed during the pandemic but her parents said she showed no sign she was depressed or was suffering from mental health issues. Andy and Anita Bowles told an inquest Sinead, who wanted a job helping ex-prisoners, instead just "put her head down" to get on with her studies. But days before her death, Sinead contracted Covid after going out with friends. Her dad...
    A county in Florida enacted a mandatory vaccination policy and now faces a hefty fine. The Florida Health Department fined Leon County on Tuesday for violating the state's ban on vaccine mandates after the county fired 14 employees for not complying with its policy, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday. QUESTIONS ARISE OVER VACCINE MANDATE ENFORCEMENT AS MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES SUFFER We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 12, 2021 "We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take," DeSantis wrote on Twitter. Leon County's administrator, Vincent Long, said in a statement the county's vaccine mandate "was not only completely legally justifiable, but it was a necessary and responsible action." He added that the county intends to "enforce its rights" using available remedies to settle the issue with its vaccine mandate and the state's law against it. DeSantis, a...
    A Colorado woman will no longer be receiving a kidney transplant after she confirmed that she would not be getting the COVID-19 vaccine, violating the hospital system UCHealth's vaccination protocol, the Associated Press reported on Friday. Leilani Lutali, a born-again Christian, told the AP she objected to the use of fetal cell lines in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.  “As a Christian, I can’t support anything that has to do with abortion of babies, and the sanctity of life for me is precious,” Lutali said. According to UCLA Health, fetal line cells were used in Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccine testing to see if their vaccines were effective, while Johnson & Johnson used fetal line cells in its vaccine’s development and production. The AP noted that the cells used today are not the original ones that were first taken from fetal tissue but clones.  The Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth told The Hill in a statement earlier this week that in “almost all situations” transplants and living donors were required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 “in addition to meeting other health requirements and receiving additional vaccinations.” Dan Weaver,...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Lauren from Winthrop says, “I developed painful swelling in my armpit after getting the Pfizer booster last week. Is this common?” READ MORE: I-Team: 'Slip 'N Slide' Video At State Police Training Facility Leads To 2 Troopers Being Relieved Of DutyYes, this can happen after any vaccination. That’s because your lymph nodes are where a lot of the action takes place when you mount an immune response and produce antibodies to fight infection, so the ones closest to the site of the injection can get swollen and tender, in this case, in your armpit or above your collarbone on the same side as your shot. And while some people experienced this after the first doses of the COVID vaccines, the FDA says they’re seeing it more following the booster dose. It’s harmless and usually goes away within a week to 10 days. It happened to me this time around, and it was uncomfortable but well worth the reassurance...
    AN ANTI-vaxxer mum-of-three who got hooked on conspiracy theories has died of Covid after she refused to get the jab. Abby Gibbs, 24, admitted it was the "worst mistake of my life" before she passed away following an almost three-week battle in intensive care. 424-year-old Abby Gibbs died after a three-week battle with Covid in intensive careCredit: NNP 4Abby admitted not getting the jab was the "worst mistake I have ever made"Credit: NNP Now her heartbroken family have paid tribute to the 24-year-old and are urging people to get their Covid vaccine. Abby was admitted into intensive care at the University Hospital of North Durham, where she spent 17 days battling the virus, after falling seriously ill with Covid at the start of last month. Her mum Lynne Gibbs said: "Abby was supposed to go the same day as me to have her vaccine, but she was that hooked on conspiracy theories, she decided not to go. "The first day she was admitted, she said 'mam, I wish I had gone and got the vaccine - this is the worst mistake I have ever...
    The Vatican will soon be requiring all staff to be vaccinated or to undergo regular Covid-19 testing, it announced on Tuesday. Even the most senior members of the Catholic Church would not be exempt from the order, reports said, which come after the Pope previously declared that getting vaccinated was a 'moral duty'.  Vatican employees without the proper certificates proving they are either vaccinated or have returned a negative Covid test would be considered 'unjustly absent' and would be paid no salary, according to The Washington Post. Pope Francis smiles as he walks past a member of the Swiss Guard and arrives to meet the faithful during his weekly general audience on September 29, 2021. The Vatican has announced it will soon be requiring all staff to be vaccinated or undergo regular Covid-19 testing, it announced on Tuesday Pope Francis was vaccinated in January and has advocated for Roman Catholics to get the jab, with the firm stance from the Holy See being seen as a message to Catholics across the word. Vaccine mandates have become a contentious issue around the world,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will receive his COVID-19 booster shot on Monday, days after federal regulators recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans age 65 or older and approved them for others with preexisting medical conditions and high-risk work environments. The White House said Biden, 78, would deliver remarks and receive the additional dose at 1 p.m. Monday. Biden got his first shot on Dec. 21 and his second dose three weeks later, on Jan. 11, along with his wife, Jill Biden. It was not immediately clear whether the first lady would also receive the booster dose on Monday. Speaking on Friday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer booster, Biden told reporters, “I’ll be getting my booster shot. It’s hard to acknowledge I’m over 65, but I’ll be getting my booster shot. ” Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, received the Moderna vaccine, for which federal regulators have not yet authorized boosters — but they are expected to in the coming weeks. Copyright © 2021 The...
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    (CNN)Every breath Robby Walker takes is one that almost didn't happen.Just a few weeks ago, the Florida father of six was on a ventilator with Covid-19 pneumonia in both lungs. Like most Americans hospitalized with Covid-19, Walker was not vaccinated."He is in dire need of an ECMO treatment, which is not available at the hospital that he is in," his wife Susan Walker told CNN in August. Robby and Susan Walker.ECMO treatment uses an external machine that can function as the body's heart and lungs. It can be used for organ transplant patients, victims of severe heart attacks and seriously ill Covid-19 patients -- including young adults. But "all the beds are taken up by Covid victims also getting ECMO treatment," Susan Walker said at that time. Read More"So now we're desperately searching outside of the state just for a hospital to take him." What happened next stunned the Walkers, saved Robby's life and may have spared countless other families from suffering.The virus 'spread like wildfire'Susan Walker said she couldn't bear to think about losing her husband, the father of...
    A Florida man barred from visiting his wife in the hospital while she battled COVID made sure she knew he was with her by standing outside her window every morning with a sign that read 'I love you.' Donna Crane, 56, from Port Orange, Florida, suffered a rare breakthrough case of COVID-19, testing positive a week after receiving her Johnson & Johnson vaccine - and one week before she was considered fully-vaccinated. When she experienced trouble breathing and was rushed to a local hospital, she was told that due to pandemic restrictions, visitors were not allowed. So her husband Gary Crane, 61, went home and drew up a sign proclaiming his love for his wife, and returned every morning to hold it up outside her window for her to see.  Scary: Donna Crane, 56, from Port Orange, Florida, tested positive for COVID-19 a week after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Love: Her husband Gary Crane, 61, stood outside her window at the hospital every day holding this sign Donna quarantined at home for several days after testing positive,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a musical play with a lot of heart and steeped in tradition. 2’s Got Your Ticket, and this week entertainment reporter Vince Gerasole has a preview of the Goodman Theatre’s American Mariachi. READ MORE: Hundreds Of Cars Roll Through Downtown For Second Night To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Every story has a backstory, and so does American Mariachi at the Goodman. This production, which is a joint effort with the Dallas Theater Center, was ready to roll, the sets were painted, the actors buttoned into their costumes, and then along came COVID-19. They were so close to opening in Dallas that the cast of American Mariachi went ahead and filmed their final dress rehearsal, knowing the curtain would never rise. “We were ready to go, we had done all of tech, we had nailed our quick changes,” actress Lucy Godinez said “A ll of a sudden around us we started seeing all these different theaters shutting down, then Broadway shut down, then this theater closed and that theater closed.” Godinez is one of the young leads....
    A doctor has called for more studies into whether or not COVID-19 vaccines cause period changes after thousands of women have reported irregular menstrual cycles following the shots. Dr Victoria Male, a lecturer in reproductive immunology at Imperial College London, said last year's clinical trials should have looked for abnormal menstruation.   At least 6,000 women in the U.S. report that their periods have come earlier than usual, felt heavier or just appeared irregular post-vaccination.  Additionally, more than 35,000 women in Britain have complained of suffering irregular periods after being jabbed.  Officials have yet to confirm there is a link between the jabs and an irregular cycle, but Male said that the uterus has a lining with a high number of immune cells, which are likely activated by the vaccine and cause irregular bleeding. She added that investigating such a link could help prepare women for the possibility of irregular cycles and increase confidence in the shots. 'Vaccine hesitancy among young women is largely driven by false claims that COVID-19 vaccines could harm their chances of future pregnancy,' Male wrote in...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, said Thursday that he was having surgery following a water skiing accident. “On my way in to surgery this morning,” the 79-year-old Thompson posted on Facebook. “Had a little water skiing accident over the weekend and have to have my bicep reattached to the tendon.” UW spokesman Mark Pitsch said that Thompson was “dealing with a little pain and getting it taken care of.” Thompson, a Republican, served as Wisconsin governor from 1987 until 2001, when he left to become U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under then-President George W. Bush. He served four years and then returned to Wisconsin. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 but was defeated by then-U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, his first statewide defeat. Thompson was appointed interim UW president in July 2020. The university’s Board of Regents is currently in the process of searching for a permanent president to replace Thompson. That person is expected to be named in early 2022. Thompson...