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In the battle against COVID-19, one of the most effective weapons we have are the vaccines that are currently being administered around the world. Nearly every major health organization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the World Health Organization and health expert is encouraging everyone to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated when it is their turn—well almost everyone. In fact, if you have one condition in particular, you should avoid the COVID-19 vaccine until further notice. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Dr. Fauci Says You Should Not Get the Vaccine If You Have a History of Severe Allergic Reactions Late last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed that anyone who has experienced severe allergic reactions should think twice before getting the COVID vaccine. "What the Pfizer people are saying is that if you have a history of a severe allergic reaction, you should either not take this vaccine, or if you do take it, take it in the context of a place where if you do develop an allergic reaction, it could be readily and effectively treated," said Fauci in a CNBC Healthy Returns Livestream. Keep reading to see what the CDC says. 2 The CDC Says You Should Not Get the Vaccine If You Have Allergic Reactions to Vaccines The CDC agrees, devoting an entire page to COVID-19 Vaccines and Allergic Reactions.“If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated,” they explain.Additionally, those with an allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate should also avoid getting it. “These recommendations include allergic reactions to PEG and polysorbate. Polysorbate is not an ingredient in either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine but is closely related to PEG, which is in the vaccines. People who are allergic to PEG or polysorbate should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine,” they explain. 3 You Can Get the Vaccine If You Have These Types of Allergies However, “if you have a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications—such as food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex allergies—get vaccinated,” they encourage. “People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions may also get vaccinated.” 4 Dr. Fauci Says If You Have General Allergies, Take This Advice “Whenever you deal with a situation—with an intervention, as rare as it might be, you can never assure someone that they would not have an allergic reaction,” Dr. Fauci told CBSN recently. “People who have a propensity to an allergic reaction, particularly anaphylactic reaction, have a greater likelihood of getting an allergic reaction to a vaccine. But if you look at the allergic reactions just recently reported in the scientific literature, there are between four and five per million vaccinations with the Pfizer and between two and three per million vaccinations with the Moderna. If you do have a history of allergic reaction—if it’s an allergic reaction to something you definitely know is in the vaccine, you might want to wait for another vaccine, but if you just have an allergic person in general to foods and other things, you can get vaccinated, but you should do it in a situation where you’re in a location where someone can handle and treat an allergic reaction, rather than having it in a place where if you do get an allergic reaction, there was no way for it to be treated, but it is an unusual, not rare occurrence based on the numbers that I just told you.” 5 Dr. Fauci Wants You to Know the Vaccine is Safe Nothing was compromised in the making of the vaccine and it is safe, says Dr. Fauci, despite being created in record time. “The speed was not at all at the sacrifice of safety. The speed was the reflection of extraordinary advances in the science of vaccine platform technology,” Fauci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “So, people understandably are skeptical about the speed, but we have to keep emphasizing speed means the science was extraordinary that got us here,” he said. RELATED: If You Feel This You May Have Already Had COVID Says Dr. Fauci 6 Do Your Part to End the Pandemic Bottom line: speak with your MD before getting the vaccine if you suffer from any allergies. So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Hyatt Hotels Corp called symbols of hate "abhorrent" on Sunday after the design of a stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference at one of its hotels drew comparisons to a Norse rune used by Nazis during World War Two. High-profile Republicans including former President Donald Trump are attending the four-day event in Orlando, Florida, as conflict rages between Trump allies and establishment politicians trying to distance the party from him. A photo of the CPAC stage went viral on social media on Saturday, with thousands of Twitter users sharing posts comparing its distinctive design to an othala rune, one of many ancient European symbols that Nazis adopted to "reconstruct a mythic 'Aryan' past," according to the Anti-Defamation League.
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With the COVID vaccine rollout now well underway, over 68,000,000 doses have reportedly been administered across the U.S. This is promising news not only for our eventual safety and return to normalcy, but also for the sake of data collection: with a much bigger pool of vaccinated individuals than the initial trial groups provided, we’re learning a lot about what to expect from the vaccine itself. In particular, there’s one common experience that doctors now say people should “be prepared” for: many vaccine recipients have reported that the second dose elicits more side effects than the first. Read on to learn more about what you can expect, and for more essential vaccine news, The Pfizer CEO Says This Is How Often You'll Need a COVID Vaccine.While the evidence from the U.S. is currently anecdotal, a study in the U.K. found that the second dose of the COVID vaccine does indeed yield higher rates of side effects. The researchers reviewed data from 40,000 subjects, over 12,000 of whom had received both vaccine doses, and discovered that the rate of side effects rose the second time around. After a single dose, 37 percent of recipients reported local side effects including pain or swelling near the site of the injection, and 12 percent reported at least one whole-body side effect in the days following their injection. Following the second dose, those numbers rose: 45 percent reported experiencing local side effects, and 22 percent reported broader effects.Doctors explain that this escalation of side effects makes sense, given how the vaccines work. "The second vaccine [dose]—think of it as having that hit to your immune system, and your immune system now recognizes the vaccine, so it does its job," Kavita Patel, MD, a medical contributor for NBC News recently told Al Roker. "Just be prepared," she said, adding that she had personally experienced side effects following her own second dose of the COVID vaccine.Bill Moss, MD, a pediatrician and professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore agreed with Patel’s assessment. "The second dose is really like a booster dose," he said. "The immune system is seeing the vaccine for the first time with the first dose and is reacting to that, and the cells of the immune system are recruited to kind of recognize that spike protein (the part of the coronavirus that the vaccine affects). So when the body's immune system sees [the vaccine] a second time, there are more cells and there's a more intense immune response, resulting in those side effects," explained Moss.However, if you don’t experience side effects, that’s perfectly normal, too. "If you don't have a reaction, you don't need to worry that it didn't work,” explained Patel. “Every human and body is different." Read on for everything you need to know about the potential side effects, and for promising news on another vaccine, This Other Vaccine Could Already Be Protecting You From COVID, Study Says. The side effects are usually mild. The most commonly reported side effects following COVID vaccination are pain or swelling at the injection site, chills, headache, fever, and fatigue, according to the CDC. The bright side? Most people who experience these symptoms say that their reactions have been mild to moderate, and are made better with the help of over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And for the latest COVID news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. They don’t last long. According to White House COVID advisor Anthony Fauci, MD, the vaccines’ side effects also tend to be short-lived. You can expect your discomfort to last up to 48 hours, with most side effects ceasing after 24 hours. And for more vaccination tips, Dr. Fauci Says You'll Easily Get a Vaccine Appointment After This Date. You can help track side effects using your smartphone. Just like the U.K., the U.S. has a robust vaccine monitoring system for tracking potential side effects. If you do experience discomfort, the CDC asks that you enter your symptoms into the v-safe app, a program designed to collect data on the rollout. Once you register, you can expect prompted health check-ins following your appointment and “depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information,” the health authority explains. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the side effects. While it’s true that certain side effects are somewhat common after vaccination, there are several myths about side effects as well. Some have incorrectly suggested that the COVID vaccine can change a person’s DNA or infect you with coronavirus. These claims are patently false and scientifically impossible, according to the Mayo Clinic and other experts. And for more on vaccine side effects, Dr. Fauci Says These 2 Side Effects Mean Your COVID Vaccine Is Working.
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A woman was shot and hundreds arrested in Myanmar on Saturday in one of the most extensive crackdowns by the military junta since anti-coup demonstrations began. Police threw stun grenades, tear gas and used live ammunition, witnesses claimed, as they clashed with crowds in the main city of Yangon. A sea of demonstrators chanted and threw barricades across the street to block advancing authorities. In the central town of Monwya one woman was reportedly shot, though the circumstances surrounding the incident and her current condition remain unknown. Four people are now known to have died since the coup on February 1. Myanmar has been roiled by demonstrations since the army ousted Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her and the party leadership of fraud in November elections. Uncertainty over her whereabouts is growing. Street protests have been escalating, prompting a sweeping crackdown on Saturday.