Information and news related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have a new weapon in our arsenal: two antiviral medications recently authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer, one of the pharmaceutical companies that developed and made available an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine, has introduced its antiviral pill, Paxlovid.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best ways to protect ourselves has been a hot topic. Wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and then – at long last – getting a vaccine were all in our arsenal against COVID-19, but with inconsistent policies and enforcement applied across the country, it was difficult to tell what combination of safety practices offered the best protection – and guidelines and recommendations continued to evolve.
It seems that the only certainty during the COVID-19 pandemic has been uncertainty – and that change has not come all at once but in a continuous wave. In fact, change itself has changed, and so did we. Faced with new and different ways of doing things, many of us have examined the facets of our lives, from how we entertain ourselves to how we work and have made a permanent shift.
With the rise of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, specifically the Omicron variant, new CDC guidelines have been released in response to early data. These updated recommendations on isolation and quarantine times – or the amount of time that you should stay home and minimize contact with others following a positive Covid test – stem from what we know about transmissibility.
In late November 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new COVID-19 variant as a growing cause for concern: Omicron. It was first noted in South Africa, where the country’s minister of health announced its rapid spread throughout the country.
You may already know that having a COVID-19 infection can lead to lung problems or heart problems, especially for those experiencing long Covid. However, new research suggests that COVID-19 can affect the inner ear, as well.