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Americans Can Order More COVID Tests from the Government Starting this Week

President Joe Biden announced during last week’s State of the Union address, that Americans will be able to order an additional set of 4 COVID-19 test kits for free from covidtests.gov beginning this week.

"Even if you already ordered free tests, tonight, I am announcing that you can order more from covidtests.gov starting next week," Biden said.

 

APTA Coronavirus Update

Revised physical therapy guidelines, new subvariant, link between long COVID and type 2 diabetes, and more.

 

Member Perspective: Vitals Are Still Vital, Now More Than Ever

"Are we going to let another opportunity to improve societal health become ephemeral? Or are we going to move forward and lean into a problem facing health care that’s been waiting for a profession like ours to take on?"

 

Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States

The CDC has updated the Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States to indicate that the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may be given up to 8 weeks after the first dose.  

The rationale for this change is that "Some studies in adolescents (ages 12-17 years) and adults have shown the small risk of myocarditis associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines might be reduced and peak antibody responses and vaccine effectiveness may be increased with an interval longer than 4 weeks." They also say that "an 8-week interval may be optimal for some people ages 12 years and older, especially for males ages 12 to 39 years."

 A 3-week interval for Pfizer and a 4-week interval for Moderna continue to be recommended for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, adults ages 65 years and older, and others who need rapid protection due to increased concern about community transmission or risk of severe disease.

 

Implementation of an Evidence-based Intensive Intervention in School-based Physical Therapy

When: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 6:45pm - 8:15pm MT

Where: Virtual via Zoom

Join the APTA Colorado Pediatric SIG for this virtual event! 

Evidence to support intensive intervention continues to grow in pediatric physical therapy, but is not often used in school-based physical therapy. This session will highlight how a team of school-based physical therapists (SBPTs) implemented an intensive intervention for an 8-week program in the school setting. The SBPTs had to modify the typical service delivery model and overcome challenges to implement this intensive intervention with students receiving physical therapy services as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP). They collaborated with physical therapists from the local children’s hospital to implement a progressive resistance exercise (PRE) program being used in the outpatient clinical setting. The SBPTs will describe how they started with a school district professional development day, developed a PRE program for the school setting, implemented the intervention, and reviewed outcomes to determine student progress and further development of the program.

Click here for more information & to register! 

 
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