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Gyms with maskless users shown to be at high risk for COVID spread: Study

pinkomelet/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News (ATLANTA) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people to stop ignoring face covering and social distancing rules when they hit the gym after two new studies confirmed they are strong spreader locations. The agency released findings Wednesday on research it undertook at gyms located in Chicago and Hawaii …

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People with antibodies after COVID-19 may have short-term virus protection: Study

narvikk/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (NEW YORK) — People who test positive for antibodies after being sick with the virus that causes COVID-19 may have protection against reinfection for at least a few months, according to a new study. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health analyzed 3 million antibody test results, also known as serology tests, from five commercial …

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NY teens 16 and older who are homeless, jailed or in foster care now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

valentinrussanov/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News (NEW YORK) — New York teens who are 16 and older in juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and foster care facilities are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The state’s Office of Children and Family Services issued a letter on Monday to its facilities and programs “to provide for residents age 16 and over access …

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Apple issues warning after cardiologist ‘stunned’ to find iPhone 12 can control cardiac devices

By Megan Ziegler FOX TV Digital Team Apple issues warning after cardiologist ‘stunned’ to find iPhone 12 can control cardiac devices A Michigan cardiologist became suspicious of Apple’s new magnetic charging technology, so he passed an iPhone 12 over the chest of a patient with an implantable defibrillator — and was stunned to find it tripped the magnetic switch. Apple has …

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‘Queer Eye’ star urges HIV-positive community to look up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

daboost/iStockBy MEGAN STONE, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness proudly rolled up his sleeve and received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and hopes to inspire those who are HIV-positive to follow his lead. Taking to Instagram on Monday, the 33-year-old television personality shared a snap of him getting his first jab and stressed …

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Single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine effective against COVID-19 variants: Data

Ridofranz/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Johnson & Johnson and the FDA on Wednesday released respective detailed analysis on the one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, with the FDA announcing the company’s data meets the requirements for the emergency use authorization review process. FDA scientists found that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 85% effective at preventing severe …

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Single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine effective against variants: Data

Ridofranz/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Johnson & Johnson and the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released respective detailed analysis on the one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, with the FDA announcing the company’s data meets the requirements for the emergency use authorization review process. The vaccine won’t be authorized until Friday or later. First, there will …

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After a dark and deadly year, COVID-19 vaccines bring renewal, hope to hard-hit nursing homes

Daisy-Daisy/iStockBy LAURA ROMERO and DR. JAY BHATT, ABC News (NEW YORK) — After more than 11 months of isolation, the dining room at John Knox Village was filled with laughter and joy last week. Residents of the independent 430-bed nursing facility in a Kansas City suburb — finally feeling the pall of the devastating coronavirus pandemic lifting — played bingo …

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Pulse oximeters, used to fight COVID-19, may be inaccurate on people of color: FDA

vgajic/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Pulse oximeters, medical devices used in battling COVID-19, may not work effectively on people of color, according to health officials. The small devices clamp onto a patient’s finger and measure oxygen levels in blood. During the pandemic, they’ve been used by people at home and in hospitals to monitor COVID-19 patients as the …

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Vaccination call center for seniors receives nearly 1 million calls in a day

FG Trade/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (CANTON, Mich.) — A vaccination clinic call center for seniors in Michigan was overwhelmed when it received nearly 1 million calls on Monday. Janet Verdi, 62, told ABC News Detroit affiliate WXYZ that she placed more than 100 calls while trying to make an appointment for her husband, who is 73, but she kept …

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