Mississippi health leaders recommend COVID-19 booster shots for high-risk groups – Fox13Memphis

JACKSON, Miss. — The new Delta variant is causing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to spike in Mississippi. This variant is particularly dangerous for people who are immunocompromised even if they are fully vaccinated. On Friday, the Mississippi Department of Health asked for people labeled as high risk to get a booster shot. Dr. Manoj Jain […]

New study could rule out COVID booster shots

New medical study says COVID-19 vaccine could protect against the virus for years in some people. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new report suggests the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines could provide years of protection from the virus. A Memphis infectious disease doctor says this could eliminate the need for boosters for people who are vaxxed. […]

SCHD reports encouraging 7-day average COVID-19 case counts, but stresses that the pandemic is not over – LOCAL abc24

“Overall, that low case count is the fact that we have vaccinated a lot of people from the alpha variant,” said infectious disease expert Dr. Manoj Jain. MEMPHIS, Tenn — Local 24 is keeping you informed with the latest information surrounding COVID-19 and new developments getting attention this week is very encouraging. However, it’s also […]

The Delta variant has made it way to Shelby County. What should we know? | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Question: Living in the mid-south, should we be concerned about the delta variants? Answer: Absolutely yes. Though to most people, it may seem that the pandemic is over and that we are done with the virus, this is not the case. The virus is not done with us.  There is still a great deal of background […]

Infectious disease specialist weighs in on teens getting COVID-19 vaccines, loosening of mask mandates, and new health directive – ABC24

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local 24 News anchor Katina Rankin talks with Infectious disease specialist Dr. Manoj Jain on mask mandates, COVID-19 vaccines for kids 12 and older, and the new health directive from the Shelby County Health Department. View Video Source: ABC24

What parents should know about their children receiving COVID-19 vaccine | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Vaccine is our best bet to keep our children safe and we have already seen the success of so many childhood disease like measles and chickenpox from vaccines. Questions: Should I have my 12 year old child vaccinated for COVID-19? Answer: Yes. Once the FDA gives emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer vaccine for […]

What to know about Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution pause | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

The FDA and CDC both recommend the pause of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after six Americans had blood clots after taking the vaccine. Question: Should I be concerned about blood clots after the vaccine? Answer: You should be aware, but not concerned. Of the three vaccines available it is only the Johnsons and Johnson […]

What to know about the P1 mutant COVID-19 strain in Shelby County | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

In cities in Brazil where it originated, the P1 mutant strain has caused devastation with a huge number of COVID-19 cases as well as hospitalization. Question: What is the P1 mutant strain? Answer: The COVID-19 virus changes each time it replicates in a cell. Sometimes, these changes make the virus more easy to transmit, more […]

Here’s what you need to know after you get fully vaccinated | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

There are still aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine that still need to be determined but it still remains the best defense in our fight against COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know after you’re fully vaccinated. If I am vaccinated can I gather with others without a mask?Yes, being vaccinated has benefits. The Centers for […]

Search and ye shall find: testing, sequencing and the search for variant coronavirus cases | Opinion – Commercial Appeal

Over two millennia ago, the great Greek tragedian Sophocles said “Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.” This holds true today. In the Memphis regional area, local laboratory directors looked. We conducted COVID-19 testing with sequencing to identify mutant strains, and we found them. Since Jan. 1, we sequenced […]

Why are the daily COVID-19 case numbers declining so fast? | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

There are various reasons why COVID-19 cases have seen a decline. Dr. Manoj Jain breaks those reasons down and also gives additional insight to your other concerns. Question: Why are the daily COVID-19 case numbers declining so fast? Answer: I wish I knew for certain. It is likely a mish-mash of many factors. First, the […]

Should I send my child back to in-person school? | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Question: Should I send my children to in-person school? Answer: Yes. It has been a year since many children have not attended in person school, the educational and psychological risk outweighs the risk from the coronavirus. Last March we did not know much about the spread of the COVID-19 among children and in school settings. […]

How effective is double-masking against COVID-19? | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Masks work because they reduce the transmission of virus filled aerosol droplets from infected person to an uninfected person. Question: Does double masking really help reduce the transmission of Covid infection? Answer: Absolutely yes. For nearly 6 months, I have been double masking when I see my Covid positive patients at the hospital or at […]

How does our immune system work to fight COVID-19? A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Our battle against the virus is both an individual and collective effort: our individual immune systems and our public health system. Question: How does our immune system work to fight COVID-19? Answer: Our immune system is our greatest and best defence against the virus. The reason COVID-19 is causing so much infection is because it is […]

Why is there so much confusion over the vaccination at the federal, state and local level? | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

This week Dr. Jain tackles your questions regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and how Shelby County plans to give it out. Question: Why is there so much confusion over the vaccination at the federal, state and local level? Answer: The covid vaccine effort has many moving parts and moving targets. They range from vaccine availability to […]

Global Crowdsourcing Can Help the U.S. Beat the Pandemic – Harvard Business Review.

To fight Covid-19, the United States must be open to ideas from everywhere, including developing countries. Sometimes less-wealthy countries can offer simple, low-tech solutions that are highly effective at containing infectious diseases. In an earlier article, I discussed how U.S. health care organizations are borrowing lessons from Asia and Africa to fight Covid-19. Looking further, […]

Medical breakthroughs in COVID-19 testing put us in the Offensive during pandemic | Opinion – Commercial Appeal.

We have taken the defensive during COVID-19 by washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing. But breakthroughs in how we test for the virus could put us in the offensive. For months we have been on the defense against COVID-19. We are masking, distancing and washing hands, so we do not become infected. And when […]

Coronavirus testing will be an essential part of the new normal | Opinion – Tennessean.

In the new normal there will be three types of people: COVID infected, COVID immune and COVID susceptible, and two types of tests used to classify us all. Based on our COVID status a person may be in isolation, able to do certain front-line jobs or be wearing a mask in public.   All this […]

Privatized contact tracing will help America safely reopen amid coronavirus pandemic | Opinion – Tennessean.

After implementing social distancing through a lockdown, but before deploying a vaccine, the single best tool we have to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is contact tracing.  Countries that have been successful outliers in halting the virus’s spread, like South Korea, have deployed contact tracing early and extensively. If we want to wisely reopen our state (and our […]

Coronavirus Response presentation by Dr. Manoj Jain and Alisa Haushalter – Commercial Appeal.

Coronavirus Response PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Manoj Jain and Alisa Haushalter. Source: Commercial Appeal

Coronavirus: Social distancing is key to combating pandemic / Opinion – Commercial Appeal

How much for how long will this last? That is the question people ask most frequently about the COVID-19 pandemic. To answer this question we need to understand the major factor that is fueling the pandemic: It is people. People connecting to people allows the virus to jump from person to person, doubling every six days. We can […]

Prescription for Wellness in the new year – Commercial Appeal

On the third day of the new year, I was standing in a dimly lit lecture hall in front of 150 first- year medical students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center talking about “wellness.” At that moment I thought, a decade from now, these young minds, bright faces and soft hands will be […]

Experts say cancelled classes may keep the flu from spreading – WREG

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – – Oddly enough, these dangerous conditions actually have a silver lining. It turns out, this cold weather is helping fight the flu. Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease consultant, says kids packed together in a classroom can be potentially dangerous this time of year. He says a simple cough from just a […]

Politics of climate change leading us away from science and into ignorance – Commercial appeal

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma were canaries in the coal mine of what is happening to our changing climate. Let anyone who denies climate change and the human contribution to it be forewarned. No one can prove a direct cause-effect relationship between 3-to-7 degree warming to the coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico to the […]

Empty nest need not mean empty life – Commercial appeal

Next month when our youngest child leaves for college, the biggest change may not be in his life but in ours. We are done with dropping them off at school, or giving them driving lessons, or helping them with difficult homework assignments: We will officially become “empty nesters.” My wife and I ponder sitting at […]

In the journey to adulthood there are choices to be made – Commercial Appeal

A few years ago when my oldest child was graduating from high school, I was asked to give the baccalaureate talk for the graduating class. I thought hard. What words of advice do I want to share with these young adults as they begin their journeys into adulthood? Being in the mother’s womb for nine months […]

Walking 15,000 steps daily not practical – Commercial Appeal

A few months ago, I wrote about walking 10,000 steps per day to remain fit and healthy. Just a few weeks later, a new study was published which suggested we needed to up our goal to 15,000 steps.

Unprecedented measles outbreak prompts questions – Commercial AppeaL

Amid an unprecedented outbreak of six measles cases in Shelby County, parents are asking questions about potential exposure to the infection. Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease doctor who also writes a column for The CA, answers common questions about measles.   Is the measles outbreak a “big deal?” Yes, the six cases of measles […]