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Increased demand, efficacy among experts’ flu vaccine concerns in COVID-19 era

Increased demand, efficacy among experts’ flu vaccine concerns in COVID-19 era

Health
Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Manufacturers have ramped up production of the 2020-21 flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the two viruses expected to overlap this winter, and it still may not be enough to meet demand, experts told UPI. The manufacturers of flu vaccines approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration said they expect, collectively, to produce up to 198 million doses for the winter season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Advertisement This is a 17% increase over the number of doses produced last year, the agency said. It is unclear, however, whether even increased production will be sufficient to meet what is expected to be a surge in demand. "If things are particularly bad [with the flu this winter], we could have a reduced number of doses availab...
BoE warns recent COVID-19 case increases could hold back economy

BoE warns recent COVID-19 case increases could hold back economy

Business
Britain's economy is "less weak" than previously expected but a recent rise in COVID-19 cases could take its toll on activity, the Bank of England has said.It now sees GDP being 7% smaller in the current quarter than it was prior to the pandemic - not as bad as it had previously feared. But policymakers also turned their attention to the uptick in coronavirus case numbers, as figures this week showed daily numbers had reached their highest level since May. ...
CDC: 75% of youths who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions

CDC: 75% of youths who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions

Health
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Three out of four young people who died from COVID-19 in the United States had underlying health conditions, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The analysis of the 121 Americans age 21 and younger who died from the virus between Feb. 12 and July 31 also revealed that 70% were aged 10 to 20 years, the agency said. Advertisement The remainder, 20%, were children aged 1 to 9, and infants 1 year old and younger, 10%. Among the young people who died from the virus, 45% were Hispanic American, 29% were Black American and 4% were American Indians or Alaska Natives, according to the CDC. "Adolescents and young adults, Hispanic, Black, and American Indian or Alaska Native persons and persons with underlying medical conditions ar...
Ireland’s cabinet ‘restricting movements’ after minister tested for COVID-19

Ireland’s cabinet ‘restricting movements’ after minister tested for COVID-19

World
Ireland's entire cabinet had to "restrict their movements" after the health minister felt unwell and was tested for coronavirus.Stephen Donnelly began to feel unwell with a cough and contacted his doctor for a coronavirus test. Mr Donnelly has since said his test results were negative.The Irish parliament was suspended out of an "abundance of caution", Prime Minister Micheal Martin said, but it reconvened a few hours later.Mr Martin had told RTE television that government ministers would restrict their movements while they waited for the results of the COVID-19 test being taken by Mr Donnelly. It had been reported earlier that they would self-isolate. ...
Study finds evidence of heart damage in college athletes with COVID-19

Study finds evidence of heart damage in college athletes with COVID-19

Health
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Up to 15% of college athletes experience heart inflammation after battling COVID-19, a study published Friday by JAMA Cardiology found. The unpublished results have been reported by sports media outlets for weeks. In the analysis, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, revealed evidence of myocarditis in four of 26 football, soccer, lacrosse and basketball players as well as track and field athletes, the researchers said. Advertisement Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, can cause irregular heartbeat and affect the organ's ability to pump blood to the rest of the body. The athletes were examined over the summer, and it's unclear whether this heart damage will be long-lasting, study co-author Dr. Saurabh Rajpal told UPI. "In these athletes, we found ev...