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Doctors weigh in on COVID booster shot

Some COVID-19 vaccine companies may apply for a change to their emergency use authorizations from a two-dose to a three-dose label. Drugmaker Pfizer said last Thursday it is seeing waning immunity from its coronavirus vaccine and cited…

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The future of telehealth

The pandemic—as unwanted and devastating as it was—revolutionized the delivery of health care. Out of necessity, it moved telemedicine off the sidelines and into a starring role—not just for COVID-19, but also for a wide…

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Colleges should require vaccinations this fall

Universities and colleges are dealing with logistical and political issues as they try to create safe campus for returning students in the fall.  According to the Washington Post, “Schools surmounted crises of the past year through…

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Physicians fear the Delta variant

The dangerous Delta variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading through the U.S. and may become the dominant strain within weeks. According to a report by N.P.R., “The variant, first identified in India, is the most…

Post-COVID PTSD in doctors & patients

Recent studies have shown that post-COVID stress disorder may be an emerging consequence of the global pandemic for physicians, other healthcare workers, patients who survived COVID infections, and the general public.  According to BioMedCentral.com, “Exposure to…

Myopia in children is hastening

A growing epidemic of nearsightedness in children may be linked to decreased exposure to outdoor light—which has been amplified during the pandemic. As the New York Times reports: “Recent research suggests that months of Covid-induced confinement may be…

81% of physicians think COVID came from lab leak

After 3 million people around the world have died from the coronavirus (and continue to do so every day), scientists are still trying to determine its origin. According to the Washington Post, “In recent months the…

Declining birthrates do not concern Sermo doctors

Countries all over the world are experiencing falling birthrates. “Demographers now predict that by the latter half of the century or possibly earlier, the global population will enter a sustained decline for the first time…The…

67% of doctors support access to abortion

The US Supreme Court is taking on a key abortion case—igniting a potential challenge to Roe v Wade. According to CNN, “Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which then-Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, signed into law in…

Doctors say ‘mask lifting’ is premature

Last week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks in most settings—both indoors and outdoors. While this is seen as a positive sign that the pandemic in the US is improving,…

Honoring national hospital week

This is National Hospital Week, an opportunity to honor and spotlight our hospitals, health systems, and health care workers. This year, the American Hospital Association (AHA) did something a little different. To honor the sacrifices…

Vaccine rates are declining

Almost 150 million people have been vaccinated in the US, but the vaccine rate is in decline. According to the New York Times, “Vaccinations fell sharply in the days after April 13, when health officials…