This page contains all of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group’s coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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A woman who dealt with debilitating trauma after the loss of her spouse and child finally found long-term housing earlier last month after two years living in emergency hotel housing made possible by pandemic-era federal funding.

The Lamoille County Food Share is still seeing record numbers of visitors, and that’s concerning to its workers, because if they were that busy during the nice Vermont summer months, things are looking grim for the months ahead when people struggling to make ends meet start to make tough choices between paying for heating fuel or day care or paying to put food on the table.

The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or VERAP, doled out over $130 million across the state in emergency assistance for those struggling to pay rent and utilities since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but now that program is winding down.

For the first time since 2019, students of all ages arrived for the first day of school last week without masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of older adults report at least one symptom of addiction to highly processed food, according to the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging released on Jan. 30.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccine protection against severe outcomes from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) lasts at least six months after the second dose, but protection is lower for older patients, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in JAMA Network Open.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, snacks, and yogurt made by the company Fresh Ideation Food Group have been recalled because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Electric cars are still in the minority on America's roads, yet researchers are already seeing health benefits from reduced tailpipe pollution.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- That feeling of crushing pain in your chest can be a medical emergency, but it can also be angina pectoris, or “stable angina” — a symptom of coronary heart disease that can be managed with medication.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends all pregnant people undergo blood pressure measurement throughout pregnancy to identify hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (Grade B recommendation). This recommendation forms the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Feb. 7.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with aflibercept versus sham, initiating aflibercept only if vision-threatening complications develop, yields anatomic improvement but no improvement in visual acuity for patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) without center-involved diabetic macular edema (CI-DME), according to a study published in the Feb. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The rates of in-hospital mortality and failure to rescue decrease from a hospital volume threshold of more than 25 liver resections per year, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in the British Journal of Surgery.

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