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COVID-19: At-Home Test, Long COVID Healthathon

Andrea Lugo
April 23, 2024

In a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published April 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there is no association between COVID-19 vaccination and sudden cardiac death among previously healthy young persons.

Researchers assessed Oregon death certificate data from June 2021 to December 2022 for decedents between 16 and 30 years old.

Of the 40 deaths that occurred among persons who had received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose, three occurred less than 100 days after vaccination.

The agency continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older.

FDA Authorizes Flu/COVID-19 At-Home Test

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 5 issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for CorDx Inc.’s CorDx TyFast Flu A/B & COVID-19 At Home Multiplex Rapid Test, a single-use test that detects and differentiates influenza A and B and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Individuals ages 14 years and older can self-collect nasal swab specimens, and the test can be used among children 2 years and older when an adult collects the nasal swab specimens.

Data to support the EUA was gathered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Independent Test Assessment Program, established as a collaboration between the FDA and the NIH.

HHS Teams Up with Health+ for Long Covid-19 Healthathon

The Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with Health+ to host the Long COVID Healthathon to crowdsource and accelerate digital solutions to support those living with long COVID-19, a prolonged illness that develops after COVID-19.

Participants will share ideas, design, and offer solutions regarding COVID-19. Registration for the second phase of the Healthathon opens April 30.

Contact Director of Policy Rob Nelb, MPH, at rnelb@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions. 

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