COVID-19.. AND 20.. AND 21.. AND 22

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky told CNBC on Tuesday that annual COVID shots may be necessary…

While some have pondered few have spoken about the need for regular COVID vaccines..

“Unfortunately, as [the virus] spreads it can also mutate,” he told CNBC’s Meg Tirrell during a Healthy Returns Spotlight event. “Every time it mutates, it’s almost like another click of the dial so to speak where we can see another variant, another mutation that can have an impact on its ability to fend off antibodies or to have a different kind of response not only to a therapeutic but also to a vaccine.”

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Meanwhile, other vaccine related news is making rounds.. there are fears that some who received the Moderna shot have developed a rare blood disorder. While more investigation and medical research is necessary, the New York TIMES article about the possibility have caused alarm.. Denise Grady writes of the fear, but the battle against bad data:

More than 31 million people in the United States have received at least one dose, and 36 similar cases had been reported to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, VAERS, by the end of January. The cases involved either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, the only two authorized so far for emergency use in the United States. But the reporting system shows only problems described by health care providers or patients after vaccination, and does not indicate whether the shots actually caused the problems.

The AP report on a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It found that while 67% of Americans plan to get vaccinated or have already done so, 15% are certain they won’t and 17% say probably not. Many expressed doubts about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness..

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Finally, there is news on the long haulers–those who have had COVID but cannot shake long term problems since diagnosis.. POST-COVID brain: Problems remembering names and conversations, difficulty paying attention, and slower processing speeds — these are all symptoms that people are experiencing post-COVID-19 infections..

Finally, if you want to try staying beautiful for a future in which society (maybe) will open again, “Maskne” is your latest fear. Doctors are reporting an increase in acne around the face mask area on people who never experienced it before..

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