Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

A Connecticut middle school teacher who raised $41,000 to help hundreds of his struggling neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic is facing a potential tax bill of over $16,000.

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COVID-19 in Alabama: 300 new confirmed cases on Saturday

  Blood clots potentially linked to the J&J vaccine affected only women

These women have experienced a rare type of blood clot involving the brain, and low platelet counts.

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  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.
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  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people became more sedentary, may have turned to food for comfort, and, according to a recent study, may have gained weight.
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  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

The company is teaming up with medical researchers to see if its devices can predict early signs of respiratory illnesses, like the flu or coronavirus.
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  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, St. Vincent’s chief medical officer, said Thursday that about a dozen cases have been reported in recent days.
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  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
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  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.
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  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.
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  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.
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  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

The medical group is encouraging pregnant and postpartum women who wish to get vaccinated to get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, even if the J&J vaccine becomes available again.
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  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.
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  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
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Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.
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State Health Officer: Ala. will temporarily pause J&J vaccine shots

It is important to know that the adverse effects potentially stemming from the Johnson & Johnson shot have been extremely rare in the country, but out of an abundance of caution, Alabama is temporarily pausing these shots until we know more.
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  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.
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  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.
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  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.
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  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.
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  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.
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  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.
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Wearing your mask after getting vaccinated

According to Viva Health, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tara Bryant, you can be asymptomatic and pass Covid-19 to another person if you’re fully vaccinated.
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Alabama’s mask order officially ends

Although face coverings are no longer required in certain parts of the state, Governor kay Ivey mandated social distancing.