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JoNel Aleccia

JoNel Aleccia

Success of COVID antiviral pills hinges on speedy, accurate tests

By: - November 25, 2021

Within a few weeks, perhaps before many Americans finish decorating for the holidays, the U.S. could have access to a new antiviral pill from Merck expected to alter the deadly trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic — with a second option from Pfizer to follow shortly after. Now under federal review, both pills are being hailed […]

A daily pill to treat COVID could be just months away

By: - October 3, 2021

Within a day of testing positive for COVID-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing assistant, was having trouble breathing, symptoms serious enough to send her to the emergency room. When her husband, Joe, 46, fell ill with the virus, […]

‘Tainted’ blood: COVID skeptics request blood transfusion from unvaccinated donors

By: - September 7, 2021

The nation’s roiling tensions over vaccination against COVID-19 have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions. With nearly 60% of the eligible U.S. population fully vaccinated, most of the nation’s blood supply is now coming from donors who have been inoculated, experts said. That’s led some patients who are skeptical of the shots to […]

Families struggle as thousands of young children lost parents to COVID

By: - August 1, 2021

Five months after her husband died of COVID-19, Valerie Villegas can see how grief has wounded her children. Nicholas, the baby, who was 1 and almost weaned when his father died, now wants to nurse at all hours and calls every tall, dark-haired man “Dada,” the only word he knows. Robert, 3, regularly collapses into […]

COVID spawns ‘completely new category’ of organ transplants

By: - May 17, 2021

In a year when covid-19 shattered the pleas of so many who prayed for miracles, a Georgia man with two new lungs is among the fortunate. Mark Buchanan, of Roopville, received a double-lung transplant in October, nearly three months after covid left him hospitalized and sedated, first on a ventilator and then on the last-resort […]

Why the U.S. is underestimating COVID reinfection rate

By: - February 15, 2021

Kaitlyn Romoser first caught covid-19 in March, likely on a trip to Denmark and Sweden, just as the scope of the pandemic was becoming clear. Romoser, who is 23 and a laboratory researcher in College Station, Texas, tested positive and had a few days of mild, coldlike symptoms. In the weeks that followed, she bounced […]