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Hello, respiratory virus season

It’s that time of year, when health experts say we’re entering respiratory virus season. That’s when we see an uptick in cases of influenza, RSV and COVID.

Doctor pleads with pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

A Lee Health infectious disease specialist is making a plea for its patients, as kids’ ICU beds near capacity, and NICU is over capacity. She says women who are pregnant should get vaccinated, or expecting mothers risk their lives and the lives of their newborns. Dr. Stephanie Stovall says COVID-19 can send pregnant women into […]

SWFL church leaders prepared to promote safety amid COVID-19 case surge

Churches are moving services online, as they start to see coronavirus cases rise in their community. Churches we spoke to Wednesday are taking precautions to keep people safe, and if they have to temporarily revert back to online services, several church leaders told us they have the experience necessary to make that transition back online. […]

US now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day

The U.S. is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge in yet another bleak reminder of how quickly the delta variant has spread through the country. The U.S. was averaging about 11,000 cases a day in late June. Now the number is 107,143. It […]

FDOH-Charlotte offering more vaccines

COVID-19 numbers are up in Charlotte County but so is the number of people lining up to get vaccinated. To help increase the number even more, the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County is offering a $10 gift card in exchange for vaccinations. Michael Lytle was one of the first in line to get […]

Study: COVID-19 can cause male fertility complications; no evidence vaccine does

The coronavirus can live in men’s reproductive organs for seven months after contracting it. According to a new study by a Florida doctor, this can cause complications for couples hoping to get pregnant. University of Miami researchers are working to determine how COVID-19 manages to avoid the immune system and live in men’s reproductive organs […]

CDC developing guidelines to treat COVID-19 long-haulers

Millions of people could be left with chronic health problems after contracting the coronavirus, so we looked at what’s being done to counter the problem. Before she contracted COVID-19 in July 2020, Natalie Hakala was a serious athlete who was used to pushing her body. “I was a collegiate runner at a D2 college,” Hakala […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis blasts CDC over cruise industry treatment

Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted the CDC on Friday over its treatment of the cruise industry. DeSantis doubled down on his push to allow cruise ships to sail out of Florida during a news conference in Lakeland. He said the state’s lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the […]