Updated COVID-19 booster targets subvariants responsible for 98% of cases today

Available in Spanish The fact that we have an updated bivalent booster dose that targets the predominant variants circulating today is a wonder of science, but how do we know it’s safe and effective? In late June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) weighed administering the original COVID-19 vaccine as the next round of […]

How does COVID-19 affect your heart?

Available in Spanish Over the last two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts have found that the virus can cause damage to many parts of the body. Although most people experience symptoms in their nose, throat and lungs, the virus also can damage other organs, such as the heart. “COVID-19 can […]

A pharmacist goes above and beyond to protect people from COVID-19

Available in Spanish On a hazy summer day in 2021, the crew of a cargo ship off the coast of Oregon had an unlikely visitor. Sandy Le, a Portland pharmacist, approached in a small boat. Through whipping winds she climbed aboard, onto the gangway, with a supply of COVID-19 vaccines in tow. The people on […]

How does COVID-19 affect your lungs?

Available in Spanish COVID-19 can damage several parts of the body, but most people experience symptoms in their respiratory tract, with a sore throat, stuffy nose, cough or shortness of breath. Some of these symptoms, specifically coughing and shortness of breath, originate in the lungs. “It may feel like a cold, a bad cold,” said […]

On the road: bringing COVID-19 vaccines and health care to the people

Available in Spanish Getting health care and COVID-19 vaccines to the rural areas of 1,000-square-mile Clatsop County has been challenging at times, but a new mobile health clinic is changing that. This summer, the county was able to buy a mobile health clinic funded by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. “The van has […]

Predicting COVID-19 in Oregon: it’s all in the numbers

Available in Spanish Peter Graven isn’t a fortune-teller, but he tries his best to predict the future. Graven, director of Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Office of Advanced Analytics, has helped people in Oregon make sense of the pandemic with  regular forecasts that began in March 2020. As complex as COVID-19 data collection and […]

“Plug and Play” mRNA technology works fast, updating vaccines in months

Available in Spanish The COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which allows scientists to test, deliver and modify the vaccines quickly. The ability to adapt quickly is on full display this summer. On June 28, as Omicron BA.5 became the predominant COVID-19 variant in the United States, the U.S. […]

Dedication to community: a Tribe responds to COVID-19

In December 2020, Rose Lane was about to become the first member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians to get the COVID-19 vaccination. And Lane was scared. The vaccine was new, and Lane was well aware of medical mistreatment of Native Americans in the past. This included British colonists distributing smallpox-infected blankets (aka “pock […]

Pláticas de Salud con OHA: Subvariantes BA.4 y BA.5 del COVID-19

Pláticas de Salud con OHA es un esfuerzo del estado de Oregón para brindarle información de salud relevante sobre la pandemia de COVID-19. En este segmento de subvariantes BA.4 y BA.5, Nikol del Centro Familiar Mano a Mano y Denise Piza, Coordinadora de alcance regional con OHA. Denise nos contestará algunas de las dudas sobre las subvariantes BA.4 y BA.5 del […]

What we know about COVID-19 reinfections

Available in Spanish Measles and COVID-19 are caused by two of the most contagious viruses on the planet. When most people recover from measles the immunity acquired is likely to last for the rest of their lives. This is not true for people who recover from COVID-19. Some people have already been infected with COVID-19 […]