Healthcare — COVID public health emergency extended

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Today, the White House extended the COVID-19 public health emergency, which has been in effect since January 2020, through next year.

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Officials extend COVID public health emergency

The Biden administration on Thursday extended the country’s COVID-19 public health emergency for the next 90 days, as officials prepare for a potential spike in infections over the winter.

The declaration comes at a time of declining daily death tolls and case rates, even as more than 300 people continue to die each day in the United States.

The public health emergency was first declared in January 2020 and has since been renewed every 90 days, marking the fourth year the country has been under a public health emergency. will be

  • The proclamation allowed treatments and vaccines to be approved at breakneck speed, allowing the administration to keep Americans from having to pay.
  • The extension also ensures policies like expanded Medicaid benefits, telemedicine coverage, and additional payments to hospitals and doctors continue.

White House health officials are urging people to get the latest variant-specific COVID-19 vaccine, saying the extent of the surge will depend on the precautions people take and vaccination rates.

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Social Security announces 8.7% COLA hike

With the National Pension Plan set to receive the largest Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in 40 years, Social Security payments will increase by an average of $140 per check.

  • Still, a COLA of 8.7% is a relief for seniors, but it will only bring living standards back to what they were a year ago rather than giving them extra income. , squeeze salaries and devalue social security benefits.

Most of a retiree’s Social Security income goes toward housing, food, and health care, but for seniors who also use Medicare, additional financial relief for the latter costs is available in Part B in 2023. It comes in the form of lower insurance premiums.

However, rising COLA and falling premiums mean that people at the lower end of the income range could see a significant increase in their monthly payments after 2023.

  • The future of Social Security is a key issue in this year’s midterm elections.
  • Republicans say they want to extend the life of Social Security, but Democrats warn that if Republicans take control of Congress, they will cut the program drastically.

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4 in 10 misrepresent COVID situation: study

More than 40% of U.S. residents misled others about their COVID-19 vaccination status or how to comply with public health guidelines, according to a new survey.

In a December 2021 survey of 1,733 US adults, researchers found:
42% of participants admitted not following or not adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

The findings were published this week in the American Medical Association’s online monthly JAMA Network Open.

Of those respondents who admitted to misleading others in relation to COVID-19, about a quarter said they told someone they were taking more COVID-19 precautions than they actually were. says.

Another 22% admitted to breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules. 21% said they avoided testing for COVID-19 when they thought they might have the virus. Twenty percent said they lied about knowing they had the virus when they were screened to get into a clinician’s office.

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Who expects COVID-19 cases to rise in Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects more coronavirus cases in Europe as some countries have already started reporting more infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus referred to the recent rise in pandemic indicators in European countries when addressing the COVID-19 International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday.

“This makes sense as temperatures drop in the northern hemisphere and people spend more time together indoors,” Tedros said. “Given the current situation, we expect the virus to continue to spread and expect an increase in reported cases of COVID-19.”

WHO officials have observed that most countries have not implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures and have “significantly” reduced surveillance of the virus. He warned that these moves “are blinding us to the evolution of the virus and the impact of current and future variants.”

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FDA Warns Adderall Shortage

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a shortage of Adderall this week, warning manufacturers that current production rates will not be able to meet demand in the U.S. market.

Several manufacturers still manufacture and supply Adderall, but major pharmaceutical companies are now grappling with issues that affect manufacturing, the FDA said in a notice.

Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) is a common drug often prescribed for ADHD and narcolepsy. In its notice, the FDA said that “alternative treatments” for these conditions are available and encouraged patients to speak with a health care professional about the best treatment plan.

Adderall’s largest U.S. supplier, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has been dealing with ongoing supply disruptions since at least August. The FDA on Wednesday said the company is “experiencing ongoing and intermittent manufacturing delays.”

Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Purdue Pharma, is running out of 5 mg bottles of Adderall 100 tablets. The reason for the lack of availability cited in the FDA submission is “lack of active ingredient.”

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what we are reading

  • New-generation weight-loss drugs show promise, but come at a price (Kaiser Health News)
  • 4 in 5 people with prolonged COVID have problems with daily activities: CDC (ABC News)
  • Covid rise not caused by new variant – public health expert (BBC)

by state

  • Texas has banned many proven tools for helping drug users. Advocates are giving them away anyway. (Texas Tribune)
  • Georgia has the highest rate of influenza in the nation. Children hit hardest (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Congenital syphilis rates soar across California (CalMatters)

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