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Is the decrease in vaccine uptake in the US for two weeks in a row in line with some models' expectation?

According to Reuters news of May 3, vaccinations have also fallen in the US for two weeks in a row. Nationally, deaths from COVID-19 fell 3% to 4,819 in the week ended May 2, the fewest deaths in a ...
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How accurate is the individual number covid-19 variant cases in each state?

How accurate is the individual number of covid-19 variant cases in each state? US COVID-19 Cases Caused by Variants I am trying to estimate the risk of being exposed to the one B.1.351 variant where ...
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How long would societal restrictions be in place if a COVID-19 vaccine has upward of 90% effectiveness? [closed]

Background Back in October, Dr. Fauci said that the United States will need societal restrictions potentially until the beginning of 2022 according to WebMD: Coronavirus vaccines -- once approved and ...
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What is the definition and significance of administration of “Compassionate Use Drug”?

There seems to be some conflict about the use of "Compassionate Drug Authorizations". Does the request and use of such a drug indicate that a patient is in extreme danger? Barkground: The ...
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Estimated deaths if Covid control is based on herd immunity

Rachael Maddow suggested on her 9/16/20 show that reliance on herd immunity (naturally acquired immunity) to control the continued spread of COVID-19 could result in the death of 2 to 6 million ...
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COVID19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

I am interested in learning about the details of the Phase 3 clinical trial designs for the Moderna, Pfizer/Biotech, and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines. I expect that the trial designs would be published ...
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How to access your doctor or surgeon's medical “track record” before a surgery or procedure

United States here, and New York state specifically (if it matters). Our five year old son needs to have an endoscopy performed with a local GI specialist. I understand its a simple procedure, but ...
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What is the principal goal in pooled COVID-19 testing?

Pooled testing for COVID-19 is being considered as a method to ramp up testing Stat News. Apparently this is being considered by the White House coronavirus team. It's not clear to me what the goal of ...
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In Washington state must a doctor report situations that happened in the past? [closed]

Are Washington state's mandated reporting requirements triggered if a doctor discovers that their adult patient had been abused in the past? What if there are no longer any 'protected populations' at ...
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What would it be like to participate in a (coronavirus) challenge trial, in the US?

I am strongly considering volunteering for any COVID human challenge trial that becomes available near me (midwestern United States). I am willing to undergo long-term isolation. However, I am not ...
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Is there a graph over time of Covid-19 test positivity rate in the US?

Back in mid-April some commentary/news was that the US was not doing enough testing as evidenced by the test positivity rate: America’s 20 percent positivity rate is disquieting. The U.S. did almost ...
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Accuracy of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing, particularly false-negatives [closed]

I was surprised to hear Sanjay Gupta (CNN) say this morning (4/28/20) that there is significant disparity in the accuracy of the COVID-19 Diagnostic testing. He specifically mentioned that the ...
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Research paper published SARS-CoV-2 persistence and durability

I know that there have been other papers published, but I was specifically looking for the one referenced by Bill Bryan, an undersecretary at the Homeland Security Department, in the press briefing ...
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COVID-19 Contact tracing- Is there any clarity on the duration of “contact”

I was somewhat surprised to hear that contract tracers are instructed to disregard contacts between an known infected person (positive tested) person and their contacts if the duration of a contact is ...
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What is the delay in ILINet case reporting?

In the "Opening Up America Again" White House presentation they showed this graph How up-to-date is that precipitous drop though we can see there? I found the relevant CDC page (there's a similar ...
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Why does the CDC say there are an order of magnitude more COVID-19 deaths than COVID-19+Pneumonia?

The CDC has a webpage that lists "Table 1. Deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pneumonia reported to NCHS by week ending date, United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 4/4/2020.*" ...
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What is the expected false positives/negatives for COVID-19 tests?

As of March 13, 45/301 people have tested positive/negative for COVID-19 in Florida. What is the expected false positives/negatives here? UPDATE (March 14): 71/478 from what I consider the best ...
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Can a medical doctor write a prescription which has not gone through a formal diagnosis to identify as needed?

This question largely arises from a scene in the TV Show Frasier, but it got me wondering, can a Doctor write a prescription for an individual that he knows they need, but has not gone through the ...
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Is it safe to eat raw flour in Europe?

A few years back the FDA said that you shouldn't eat raw flour (for example in color dough). Is that also true in the EU which has (AFAIK) better food standards?
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Can a medical student get an expedited certification as a paramedic?

Medical students, as future doctors, are in a rather unique position to support themselves in a part-time job in the medical field that provides a decent amount of on-call study time while also ...
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What abbreviations for pill types are there, and what do they mean?

Looking through my prescription history, the first time I was prescribed a particular drug the label said "20 Mg Tab Auro". The second and third times it said "20 Mg Tab Nort". What's the difference? ...
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Why did the FDA approve Biafine only in 2006?

Biafine is a topical non-steroidal medication, which has been used use in France for over 25 years. Why did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve Biafine for prescription only in 2006?
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Has the calorie content of soda (in US) increased over the years?

I recall reading, perhaps 25 years ago, one of those counter-intuitive factoids noting that milk had more calories than soda, ounce for ounce (but of course that this was offset by nutritional ...
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Why has the number of medication errors increased by 463% between 2010 and 2016 in the US?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/10/skin-melts-off-medication-error/315930001/ (mirror) says: According to the Food and Drug Administration, medication errors jumped from 16,...