Tag: coronavirus

Healthcare workers throwing pies at the carnival for nurses week.

Rooftop celebration for ANTHC nurses is moment of joy after two tough years

While the pandemic is ongoing, and COVID-19 cases continue to pop up, it’s gotten to a point where for one sunny day, nurses could relax, meet with colleagues, enjoy some treats and, if their aim is good, hit their boss with a whipped cream pie.
Gloved hands holding a tray filled with syringes

Moderna asks FDA to authorize first COVID-19 vaccine for very young children

The company said two doses of the vaccine administered 28 days apart triggered levels of antibodies equivalent to what has protected older children and adults.
A white cruise ship at port

Cruise destinations in Alaska see surge in COVID cases

Communities with some of the state's highest case counts — and sharpest increases — include those frequently visited by cruise ships, like Skagway, Petersburg and Sitka.
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Their mom died of COVID. They say conspiracy theories are what really killed her.

Stephanie was usually careful about her health and regular vaccinations. But then she got into sharing far-out videos and fringe ideas. When COVID hit, misinformation put her and her husband at risk.
A hand holding a mask

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal the recent mask ruling by a federal judge

The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in all indoor public transportation settings and says "wearing masks is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated locations, such as the transportation corridor."

Coronavirus FAQ: I’m a one-way masker. With mask mandates going away, is that helpful?

Even as mask mandates on transportation and public spaces are being lifted, some folks still want to mask up to reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection. Here's a guide to one-way masking.
A moose stands in a snowy train track with a yellow train engine behind it

Wolverines, lynx and moose: Fish and Game screens wildlife for COVID

Biologists are collecting samples from moose and mustelids — that’s wolverines, minks and martens. There are plans to test caribou and Sitka black tail deer, as well as seals and belugas.

US life expectancy falls for 2nd year in a row

Despite the availability of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, so many people died in the second year of the pandemic in the U.S. that the nation's life expectancy dropped for a second year in a row last year, according to a new analysis.
a person administers a vaccine to another person

Second boosters available as BA.2 omicron variant spreads

People over 50 and immunocompromised people can receive a second booster four months after their first booster. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are available for those who received a Johnson and Johnson first dose or booster.
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Alaska’s top doctor on living with COVID in the post-restriction era

KTOO’s Claire Stremple spoke with Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink about this moment of living with COVID while many are ready to move on.
A pair of gloved hands holding a box labeled "Ivermectin"

Ivermectin does not prevent COVID-19 hospitalization, a new study says

In the large study, researchers in Brazil studied more than 1,300 patients, half of which received ivermectin and the other half a placebo.
a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient

Line One: Depolarizing vaccine conversations

Across our community, Alaskans are trying to navigate the new realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversations about masking, vaccines, and whether to return to work and school can trigger strong feelings and in some cases have resulted in strained friendships and divided families. These conversations mimic the political divide and frequently devolve into defensiveness, contempt, criticism, and hurt feelings. These high conflict conversations do nothing to improve public health and are tearing at the foundations of our community and the sense of unity we take pride in as Alaskans.

The more contagious BA.2 version of omicron is now the most common in the US

The CDC estimates that the BA.2 strain now accounts for more than half — 54.9% — of coronavirus infections nationwide.

Free COVID tests and treatments no longer free for uninsured, as funding runs out

Some clinics have already started to turn away people without insurance who come to get tested and can't afford to pay for it.

The FDA is expected to authorize 2nd boosters for people 50 and up

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the additional booster shots without holding a meeting of its independent vaccine advisors.
People wearing masks wait in an airport terminal

US airline CEOs call on President Biden to end the federal mask mandate on planes

The group argues that the restrictions no longer reflect the "realities of the current epidemiological environment."

Evidence grows that vaccines lower the risk of getting long COVID

Being fully vaccinated seems to substantially cut the risk of later developing the persistent symptoms that characterize long COVID.

Moderna wants the FDA to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 6

Moderna is hoping to get the green light to administer a pediatric, low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to under 6 years of age.
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The goal: Vaccinate 70% of the world against COVID. Scientists are proposing a reboot.

As the world enters the pandemic's 3rd year, some ask whether the 70% vaccination goal set by WHO and the Biden administration could in fact be detrimental.

Nic Petit taps Jeff King for last-minute takeover of his Iditarod team after positive COVID test

Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King says he took 30 minutes to think about it and then said yes.