Evidence shows that, yes, masks prevent COVID-19 – and surgical masks are the way to go

BY: - September 25, 2021

Do masks work? And if so, should you reach for an N95, a surgical mask, a cloth mask or a gaiter? Over the past year and a half, researchers have produced a lot of laboratory, model-based and observational evidence on the effectiveness of masks. For many people it has understandably been hard to keep track […]

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants

BY: - September 24, 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 […]

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

BY: - September 24, 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 […]

Tribal health providers working to build on Kansas vaccination successes

BY: - September 23, 2021

TOPEKA — In light of data showing Indigenous people are more likely to contract COVID-19, tribal health leaders are working toward further successes in vaccinating native populations. Federal data shows American Indians and Alaska Natives are 3.5 times more likely to be infected than their white counterparts. In response, health advocates have made a concerted […]

Kansas middle schooler death prompts urgency from COVID-19 school safety panel

BY: - September 22, 2021

TOPEKA – The recent death of a Kansas middle school student from COVID-19 raised the urgency Wednesday of a panel focused on pandemic school safety to implement precautionary measures across the state. In addition to the death, outbreaks at schools across Kansas more than doubled over the last two weeks, and cases have continued to […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

the COVID-19 vaccine shouldn't receive a dishonorable discharge for exercising a personal right. (Screen capture of C-SPAN2 coverage/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas senator seeks honorable discharge for troops rejecting vaccine

BY: - September 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Marshall of Kansas says it would be wrong for the Pentagon to issue dishonorable discharges to service members who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sen. Mark Steffen, a Republican, said he was working to force a special legislative session to consider bills blocking mask and vaccine mandates for COVID-19 and to open up use of off-label medications during the pandemic. He spoke Monday at the Freedom Revival in the Heartland at City Center Church in Lenexa. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas foes of COVID-19 vaccinations push for political protection from mandates

BY: - September 21, 2021

Conservatives, Republicans come together at Lenexa church revival to consider how best to advance an anti-vaccination agenda in state's political process.

The former general counsel to two Kansas governors argued it cannot be assumed the U.S. Supreme Court will reject President Joe Biden's vaccination mandates related to COVID-19. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Views from Kansas: Predicting Supreme Court’s attitude on COVID-19 mandates tricky business

BY: - September 20, 2021

Kansas legal gurus not eager to predict U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of state or federal mandates in response to COVID-19.

Kansas anti-vax group boasts 16 sponsors ahead of ‘freedom rally’ in Lenexa

BY: - September 19, 2021

TOPEKA — A prominent anti-vaccination group has planned a “freedom rally” for Monday in Lenexa with the sponsorship of a nursing agency, midwifery, dental office, chiropractors, pharmacies and businesses that promote the healing properties of elderberries, tea biotics, red light therapy, hemp and gluten-free baked goods. Kansans for Health Freedom identified 16 “professional partners” in […]

Steven Soper, distinguished professor at University of Kansas, is leading a research team in development of an in-home, saliva-based COVID-19 testing device capable of delivering results in 15 minutes. It will be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval later this year for possible marketing in early 2022. (Meg Kumin of KU/Kansas Reflector)

KU researchers optimistic about bringing in-home COVID-19 test to market

BY: - September 18, 2021

University of Kansas researchers are closer to submitted for FDA approval an in-home, saliva-based testing tool for COVID-19. The unit could be on the market in early 2022.

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

BY: - September 18, 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 […]