Michigan COVID hospitalizations: Concerns grow as more younger adults are in ICU
I have seen a very clear increase in COVID patients at the ER in Detroit, and many of them need to be hospitalized. Tatem is a critical care specialist in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. They’re about 5 years or so younger than we’ve seen in the past,” said Tatem. “The fact that they’re critical ill and in an ICU means that they’re going to have pretty much a protracted course. New: Michigan governor has new COVID vaccination goal of 100,000 doses per dayCoronavirus resources:
What happened to flu season amid COVID pandemic?
After fears about a twindemic -- with the coronavirus pandemic taking place during flu season -- the flu has virtually disappeared altogether this year. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic began during flu season, which created an added challenge for doctors and hospitals. But this year, he says that the University Hospital hasn’t seen any cases of the flu this entire winter season. Related: Nearly 2.4 million Michigan residents have received flu vaccine this season (Nov. 2020)AdThe Michigan Health Department labs have reported only five positive flu tests this entire flu season. More: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US
Coronavirus pandemic 1 year later: What we wish we’d known
There’s a lot we learned in the past year about the coronavirus on COVID-19. Here’s a look at what we wish we’d known before the pandemic swept into the United States and the state of Michigan. Related: 1 year into COVID, what would you go back and tell yourself? Here’s what you said
COVID vaccine trials underway in older children: What to know
Trials with the COVID-19 vaccine for children will build on what we’ve learned from the adult trials. A vaccine for younger children isn’t expected until early next year (2022). Moderna is enrolling about 3,000 children in its COVID-19 vaccine trial. Last month, British researchers launched a trial testing the AstraZeneca in children age 12 to 17. AdRight now, a vaccine for younger children isn’t expected until early next year (2022).
Here’s what makes J&J vaccine different than the others
Here’s what to know about the J&J vaccine:The J&J vaccine can be stored in a normal refrigerator unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines -- it’s not a mRNA vaccine. Testing, efficacyThe Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been tested on nearly 44,000 people in United States, Latin America and South Africa. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit also was one of the clinical sites for the J&J vaccine, so many Metro Detroiters have already received the vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is running an additional trial to test effectiveness of a second dose of its vaccine. AdFeb. 24: FDA says J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID; final decision soonFeb. 4: Johnson & Johnson asks US regulators to OK its one-shot COVID-19 vaccineMore: Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge answers COVID vaccine questions
COVID brain fog: What it is and what it means for virus patients
About a third of diagnosed COVID-19 patients will have some type of neurological symptoms including seizures and strokes. We don’t have solid data on how many will battle brain fog, but many report it. “Even still today, with this interview, I’ve got a notebook sitting right here.”What causes COVID brain fog? Post-COVID brain fog is being studied. If you’re suffering from brain fog or other memory issues, it’s important to tell your doctor because there are steps you can take to help your brain recover.
Getting your heart health back on track: What you need to know
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on heart health in so many different ways. To get back on track, Dr. Crawford said it is important to know your numbers. AdIf yours is high, don’t ignore it. A lot of people go into heart failure or get thick heart muscles, or end up on kidney dialysis way earlier in life just because of uncontrolled high blood pressure. You know, so many people says it’s because ‘I am getting older.’ I hear people 46 say, ‘I am getting older.’ Yeah, I don’t think so,” said Crawford.
Answering COVID questions: What is the science behind these vaccines?
Questions about the vaccine scienceMany people have questions about the two vaccines closest to approval. Will the benefit outweigh the risk in this case?”Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, meaning they are not live virus vaccines. it’s estimated that over a period of weeks the mRNA is naturally destroyed after it has been used to produce spike proteins. Should you get an antibody test to determine your ranking for the vaccine? Another related question is if you should get an antibody test to help determine your ranking for receiving the vaccine?
FDA Vaccine Advisory chair answers questions about COVID vaccine
University of Michigan’s Dr. Arnold Monto, a world-renowned expert in infectious disease prevention and vaccine effectiveness, held a Q&A on the Pfizer vaccine and emergency use authorization. Monto, chair of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, hosted an online chat Wednesday to reassure people that the speed in Operation Warp Speed is due to advances in science and large monetary contributions, not shortcuts in safety. Those large studies have given the FDA a lot of data on the vaccines. “This is one of the major success stories of the response to the pandemic,” Monto said. “There may need to be further studies in children.”Will Monto get a vaccine if he’s authorized?
Key questions to ask about COVID vaccine
“For total transparency, it’s going to be on YouTube,” said Dr. Arnold Monto, acting chair of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. That’s important to know, said the University of Michigan’s chief health officer Dr. Preeti Malani. Review: CDC’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccinationAre the experts you trust getting the vaccine? The bottom line: I hope everyone will listen, learn and ask the questions you need to ask to make an educated decision about the vaccine. Related: Will Michiganders be willing to get COVID-19 vaccine?
Some kids are gaining weight during pandemic: Here’s why
Some kids may not be getting the physical activity they would have gotten before the pandemic. Here we take a closer look at what experts have to say about this trend, and how to stop it. Watch the video above. More: Wellness Wednesday health stories
Thanksgiving gut check: Risks to consider amid COVID pandemic
Ideally, we need to gather in small groups -- if at all -- to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus amid the holiday season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. From the CDC:Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu. For more CDC guidelines and tips for Thanksgiving amid the pandemic, go here.
‘COVID-somnia’ -- how pandemic impacts sleep, dreams
Sleep neurologists have dubbed it “COVID-somnia.”They’re seeing an increase in patients suffering from insomnia, sleep disturbances and the misuse of sleep medications. The pandemic is even impacting our dreams, and not for the better. More than half of them reported dreams that were pandemic-specific. Disrupted schedules, work stress, shifting family responsibilities and fears about the virus itself can all contribute. Sticking to a sleep schedule, getting regular exercise and time outdoors will help if you are struggling to get good sleep.
Flu shot changes this fall: Here’s what to know
Every year, people ask me well into December or January if it’s too late to get a flu shot. Flu shots are readily available at retail pharmacies, doctor’s offices and local health departments. Pediatrician’s offices have flu shots for children, and they made it easier for pharmacists to vaccinate children over age 3. All have been updated to better match the viruses expected to be circulating this flu season. There also are flu shots recommended for those 6 months and older.