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CDC and FDA issue joint pause on Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

On Tuesday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a joint statement calling for a pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) coronavirus vaccine. The call came after the two agencies reviewed data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. Read more

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (4/13)
1,119 6 0.5%
Total (8/4)
248,253 4,275 1.7%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated April 13, 2021

What experts say about mental health during times of social and political tension

With an upcoming presidential election in November, social unrest resulting from acts of police brutality and violence, animosity within COVID-19 debates and decision-making and much more, it is clear to many: Things are tense.  In a politically divided America, tension has always existed, but at this point in time, many are becoming overwhelmed to the point of crisis fatigue, depression, anxiety and high-stress related mental health issues.  Read more

A poopy situation: The proactive use of wastewater testing as a leading indicator of infection

Last week, to the surprise of many around the country, the University of Arizona announced that it was able to use wastewater testing to mitigate a potential future outbreak of COVID-19. When a sample of wastewater came back positive from the Likins Residence Hall, the UA tested all of the dorm's 311 residents and found two asymptomatic students who tested positive and were immediately quarantined. Read more

CDC reverses 'very concerning' guidelines regarding who test for COVID-19

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its guidance regarding who to test for COVID-19 — a move that has sparked controversy from those in the scientific community. The agency said that people who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested for COVID-19 when that same cohort of individuals make up nearly half of those who are infected, according to that same agency. Read more

Childhood vaccination rates drop to alarmingly low rates amidst global pandemic

The U.S. is now over five months into a devastating battle with seemingly no end in sight.  As of Aug. 24, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over 180,000 confirmed lives and infected about 6 million individuals. On top of this, a latent issue could be rising to the surface as schools across the country are in the process of reopening: a stark drop in childhood vaccination rates. Read more

FDA announces emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma therapy

On Sunday, Aug. 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma therapy to help treat COVID-19. An emergency use authorization from the FDA does not require the same level of evidence as full FDA approval however, it increases the availability of a given therapy and "allows FDA to help strengthen the nation’s public health protections." Read more

Round two: Cracking some common myths about COVID-19

Schools across the country are in the midst of deciding whether to stick with online classes or move to in-person instruction. With all that has happened this year, confusion and misinformation have been all too widespread. As of Aug. 20, there have been nearly 6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to The New York Times. Here are 10 different pieces of fact and fiction about COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus strain. Read more