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. […]

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 […]

One in five adult COVID-19 survivors have a health condition that may be related to the virus

Available in Spanish A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows people who survive COVID-19 are significantly more likely to have certain health complications than those who have no evidence of ever having COVID-19. These types of lingering health complications linked to a COVID-19 infection are commonly referred to as […]

How to support LGBTQ2SIA+ youth who have increased risk of suicide

Available in Spanish. A 2022 national survey shows that thoughts of suicide among with youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, intersex and asexual+ (LGBTQ2SIA+) have increased over the last three years. The Trevor Project, a national non-profit focused on preventing suicide in this group, surveyed nearly 34,000 LGBTQ2SIA+ youth ages 13 to […]

VAERS monitors for adverse events after vaccination

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) is an early warning system that allows health care providers, vaccine manufacturers and the general public to report health concerns (adverse events) after vaccination. Established in 1990, VAERS can monitor for increases in known vaccination side effects, such as a […]

Efectos secundarios de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 son raros

La razón más común por la que las personas no han recibido una dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 es que les preocupan los efectos secundarios, según una encuesta realizada hace poco a nuestros lectores. Entre ocho razones para elegir, el 37 por ciento eligió: “Tuve efectos secundarios y no quiero volver […]

Severe side effects from COVID-19 vaccination are rare

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The most common reason people have not received a COVID-19 booster dose is concern about side effects, according to a recent survey of our readers. With eight reasons to choose from, 37% chose “I had side effects and I don’t want to go through that again.” Some […]

United States passes 1 million COVID-19-related deaths, nearly 15 million excess deaths globally

To read this story in Spanish, click here. More than 1 million people in the United States have died from COVID-19. It is a somber number. Older adults have been hit especially hard–744,825 people over age 65 have died as of May 18. In at least 90% of the 1 million deaths, COVID-19 has been […]

Toolkit helps Oregon schools and families address opioid crisis

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have released a new toolkit for schools to help address a rise in deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids in Oregon. The Fentanyl & Opioid Response Toolkit for Schools will help school staff communicate to parents, caregivers and students about the dangers of illegal […]