COVID-19

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants

BY: - September 27, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

Pfizer vaccine booster shots become available to many adults in Louisiana

BY: - September 24, 2021

The Pfizer booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to adults in Louisiana. Those who are eligible to receive the booster must have gotten the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. They also must meet one of the following criteria: be age 65 and over, be an adult who is at great […]

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana's pediatric death toll to 16

Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana’s pediatric death toll to 16

BY: - September 23, 2021

Health officials confirmed Wednesday that the coronavirus killed another Louisiana child, bringing the state’s pediatric death toll to 16. The Louisiana Department of Health reported 99 new COVID-19 deaths for the day, including the child who was between the ages of 12 and 17, according to a health department press release.  The news marks the […]

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The COVID-19 vaccine has been effective, but some Louisiana health care workers are still skeptical

BY: - September 22, 2021

In spite of overwhelming evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine protects against death and serious illness, one-third of health care workers surveyed across Louisiana are not convinced vaccines are necessary to end the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the preliminary results of a Louisiana Department of Health survey of roughly 10,000 medical workers. The survey, which began […]

University of Louisiana system vaccination rates range from low twenties to high seventies

BY: - September 21, 2021

After telling its students in late August that they must get the COVID-19 vaccine, or provide an exemption, in order to enroll in classes next semester, just five of the nine University of Louisiana system schools have reported student vaccination rates above 50 percent.. McNeese University (24 percent), Grambling State University (41 percent), Southeastern University […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Louisiana health care workers struggle with strain of COVID-19, hurricane recovery

BY: - September 20, 2021

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have been treating chainsaw cuts, bug and animal bites as well as respiration issues in a makeshift tent hospital outside Terrebonne General Health System in Houma for days. Terrebonne General, the largest hospital in Louisiana’s Bayou region, suffered damage to its roof during Hurricane Ida and has mostly been […]

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and Texas on that […]

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Louisiana college students must submit vaccination information before next semester

BY: - September 18, 2021

Twenty-seven of LSU’s total 34,000 students were dropped from LSU after not submitting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or filling out an exemption waiver, which was due last Friday, Ernie Ballard, LSU’s spokesperson, said. Seventy-eight students were at risk of being dropped this week, but the other 51 students took “the necessary steps to remain part […]

COMMENTARY

Commentary: Seven charts that explain 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - September 17, 2021

By Katelyn Jetelina A year and a half into what the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, it’s an understatement to say that Americans are exhausted. I’m an epidemiologist and an internationally recognized science communicator, and I’ve often found myself running between COVID-19 meetings asking “how did we get here?” […]

LSU says 81 percent of students have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 15, 2021

Eighty-one percent of LSU students have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, President William Tate announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the university’s faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, an LSU spokesperson said. “If you had asked me two months ago whether this was imaginable, I would have said no,” Tate said […]