Articles relating to COVID-19 including safety tips, research updates, and vaccine information.

NIH HEAL Initiative: Research Meets the Moment to Address the Opioid Public Health Crisis

Media Advisory Thursday, August 26, 2021 What An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the results of numerous strategies through which the National Institutes of Health’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is finding scientific solutions to address the nation’s opioid crisis. The task is even…

ADPH joins in warning consumers about the dangers of people self-medicating with large quantities of ivermectin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.(256) 383-1231 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health agencies have advised against the unauthorized use of the drug ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 in humans. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has sent a health alert message to healthcare providers in the state…

ADPH strongly urges COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy and while breastfeeding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Grace Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.(334) 206-5675 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the two leading organizations representing specialists in obstetric care, have recommended that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) joins these organizations in strongly…

As first COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved, get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.(256) 383-1231 All too few Alabamians realize the seriousness of infection with COVID-19 and have not made the decision to be vaccinated or have postponed getting the free vaccine that will save them, their families and communities from this devastating virus. Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are rising rapidly,…

NIH study shows no significant benefit of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 outpatients with early symptoms

News Release Wednesday, August 18, 2021 The final results of the Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma in Outpatients (C3PO) demonstrate that COVID-19 convalescent plasma did not prevent disease progression in a high-risk group of outpatients with COVID-19, when administered within the first week of their symptoms. The trial was stopped in February 2021 due…

NIH hamster study evaluates airborne and fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Media Advisory Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Findings support efforts to reduce SARS-CoV-2 indoor airborne transmission. What National Institutes of Health scientists studying SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have defined in Syrian hamsters how different routes of virus exposure are linked to disease severity.  Their study, published in Nature Communications, details the efficiency of airborne…

ADPH recommends additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for certain people with weakened immune systems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.(256) 383-1231 People with weakened immune systems are now eligible for an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine following a primary mRNA vaccine series to help prevent serious and possibly life-threatening COVID-19. Health officials are not recommending booster vaccine doses for the general public and have not…

NIH scientists develop faster COVID-19 test

News Release Monday, August 16, 2021 Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new sample preparation method to detect SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The method bypasses extraction of the virus’ genetic RNA material, simplifying sample purification and potentially reducing test time and cost. The method is the result of…

Winners of COVID-19 TikTok contest announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.(256) 383-1231 Imaginative videos entered in a TikTok contest sponsored by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) demonstrate the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 and 29 submitted TikTok videos which showed themselves being vaccinated or explaining their reasons…