COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

(AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States — just like the persistent reality of gun violence that kills tens of thousands of people every year. Americans have … Continue reading COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

Scientists identify new gene differences in severe COVID patients

Scientists have pinpointed 16 new genetic variants in people who developed severe COVID-19 in a large study published on Monday that could help researchers develop treatments for very sick patients. The results suggest that people with severe COVID have genes that predispose them to one of two problems: failure to limit the ability of the virus to make copies of itself, or excessive inflammation and … Continue reading Scientists identify new gene differences in severe COVID patients

Instagram gossip blog with 2.8 million followers that said Queen Elizabeth had died is doubling down, claiming a retraction was ‘fake news’

The CEO of a celebrity gossip blog went viral for claiming that Queen Elizabeth II has died. The Queen was diagnosed with COVID-19, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday. Jason Lee doubled down after a Twitter account that appeared to be for his blog had briefly retracted the claim. The founder and CEO of the celebrity gossip blog Hollywood Unlocked has doubled down on his unverified … Continue reading Instagram gossip blog with 2.8 million followers that said Queen Elizabeth had died is doubling down, claiming a retraction was ‘fake news’

Mom delivers baby after surviving COVID-19, a heart attack and 3 strokes

In August 2021, Diana Crouch, who was 18 weeks pregnant, tested positive for COVID-19 and landed in the hospital with low oxygen levels. Soon, she was transferred to Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women to be intubated. She was later placed on ECMO — a heart-lung bypass machine that gives the lungs a break — and later experienced three strokes and a heart attack. “On a … Continue reading Mom delivers baby after surviving COVID-19, a heart attack and 3 strokes

Pregnant New Zealand reporter turns to Taliban for quarantine help

A pregnant New Zealand reporter is turning to the Taliban for help after being stranded in Afghanistan while her home country holds up her return due to its famously stringent coronavirus quarantine system. In a column published in The New Zealand Herald on Saturday, Charlotte Bellis said it was “brutally ironic” that she once questioned the Taliban about the fundamentalist group’s treatment of women but … Continue reading Pregnant New Zealand reporter turns to Taliban for quarantine help

Boston patient removed from heart transplant list for being unvaccinated

A 31-year-old father has been removed from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital because he is refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, his family said. DJ Ferguson’s family say he was first on the list to receive the transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital — but he is no longer eligible because of his vaccination status, CBS Boston reported. His father, David Ferguson, said his son — … Continue reading Boston patient removed from heart transplant list for being unvaccinated