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Parosmia After COVID, Biden to visit Chicago this week – NBC Chicago – .

A woman’s lingering side effects after contracting COVID-19 have turned into something she never anticipated – a lesser-known condition that is now a reality for thousands of others.

Plus, with millions of people now eligible for Pfizer vaccine booster shots, what are the potential side effects with the added dose?

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Biden to visit Chicago this week, ‘highlight’ vaccination warrants

President Joe Biden is expected to visit Chicago this week to “emphasize the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements for businesses,” the White House confirmed Thursday.

Biden’s visit is expected to take place on Wednesday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the visit will highlight a Chicago company applying a vaccine warrant.

Details here.

“Like spoiled milk”: the side effect of COVID distorts a woman’s sense of smell

In the first few months after Alyssa Bergamini’s diagnosis of COVID, she suffered from anosmia, which means she couldn’t taste or smell anything.

Now the disease has turned into parosmia, which means his sense of smell is distorted, a reality for thousands of people suffering from some of the lingering and lesser-known side effects of the coronavirus.

And the smell, says Bergamini, is unpleasant.

Read her full story here.

Boy, 11, has emotional reunion with best friend after ‘tough’ separation due to COVID

Heartwarming video shows an emotional reunion on Friday between two boys who were separated after one of them moved out and the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country.

Heartwarming video shows an emotional reunion on Friday between two boys who were separated after one of them moved out and the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country.

Three years ago, 11-year-old Chicago native Stevie was separated from Owen when his best friend moved to Missouri with his family.

“The separation made worse by COVID has been difficult for both boys,” said Diane Stroud, Stevie’s mother.

Watch the video above or click here to learn more.

What are the side effects and risks of Pfizer’s COVID Booster Shot?

As more people become eligible for Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster, some are wondering about the potential side effects of the next dose of vaccine.

Of those who could benefit from a recall, there are few risks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded.

Serious side effects from the first two doses of Pfizer are extremely rare, including inflammation of the heart which sometimes occurs in younger men. Data from Israel, which gave nearly 3 million people – most of them 60 years and older – a third dose of Pfizer, revealed no red flags.

A small number of people have had a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine, such as anaphylaxis, which would occur within 15 to 30 minutes of patients waiting after the injection.

The CDC noted that the side effects of the third shot “were similar to the two-dose series.”

More details here.

Illinois aligns with CDC guidelines for COVID vaccine booster injections

The Illinois Department of Public Health said on Friday it was adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for eligible people to receive a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois.

“While vaccines continue to be very effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, death, as we learn more about COVID-19 and the science evolves, our recommendations must also evolve,” said the director of the IDPH, Dr Ngozi Ezike in a statement.

Read more here.

Coronavirus by the Numbers: Over 250 COVID Outbreaks Reported in Illinois Schools

More than 250 coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in Illinois schools, including several involving more than a dozen cases in educational institutions, state data shows.

The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show 257 outbreaks are active in Illinois schools as of Friday, including 31 in Cook County alone.

Ogle, Winnebago, Knox, LaSalle, McLean, Peoria, Mason, Sangamon, St. Clair, Will, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Cook counties have all seen an increase in school epidemics over the past seven days, according to the data.

Check out the full list of school outbreaks here.

Dr. Susan Bleasdale, an infectious disease expert at the University of Illinois Hospital, presents new recommendations to millions of Americans to get a third dose of Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Walgreens and CVS to Offer COVID Vaccine Booster Injections

Walgreens and CVS are now offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all eligible people, the companies said on Friday.

Drugstore chains said the booster injections will now be available in stores nationwide following announcements from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Details here.

Coronavirus in Illinois: 21,787 new cases of COVID, 239 deaths, 135,000 vaccinations in the past week

Illinois health officials on Friday reported 21,787 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, as well as 239 more deaths and more than 135,000 new doses of the vaccine administered.

A total of 1,612,129 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths reported this week bring the state to 24,783 confirmed deaths from COVID.

More COVID data from Illinois here.

Who is eligible for COVID booster injections and when after the CDC announcement?

Who is eligible for a COVID vaccine booster and following the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

The CDC on Thursday approved booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans.

CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky on Thursday evening approved a set of recommendations from a panel of advisers. However, Walensky decided to make a recommendation that the panel rejected.

Here’s what we know so far.

Moderna vs. Pfizer: is a vaccine stronger against the Delta variant?

With many now able to choose which COVID vaccine they receive, questions surrounding which one offers better protection against the burgeoning delta variant have multiplied.

Several studies have been carried out to determine the effectiveness of vaccines, but is one vaccine really better than the others?

According to medical experts, the three vaccines currently available in the United States each offer protection.

Here’s a breakdown of what we know so far about each vaccine.


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