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The benefits of taking the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine outweighs the risk of blood clots or contracting Covid, according to the European Medicines Agency.

The EMA said there was a "possible link" between blood clots and the vaccine. But the benefits of the vaccine outweighs the risk of hospitalization and death.

The CDC and FDA paused distribution of the J&J single dosage vaccine on April 14 after one woman died from blood clots in the brain. Six other women were diagnosed with blood clots in the brain.

All six women, ages 18 to 48, were vaccinated within two weeks of their diagnoses.

The agency also found a small link between clots and AsreaZeneca's mRNA vaccine. The EMA recommended blood clots be listed as a "rare" side effect of AstraZeneca's mRNA vaccines.

"The reported combination of blood clots and low blood platelets is very rare, and the overall benefits of COVID-19 Vaccine ... in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects," the EMA said in a statement Tuesday.

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Johnson & Johnson will resume shipments of its single dose vaccine to all states in the US this week.

In February, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorksy said an annual J&J vaccine would be needed. He added that a "booster" shot will be needed within 12 months of the first injection.

On Wednesday, Moderna revealed that it is also testing a third booster shot to be available by fall, CNBC reported.

So far, at least 54% of the population received one Covid-19 injection.

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U.S. health authorities paused the distribution of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 mRNA vaccines to investigate reports of blood clots.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC announced the move on Tuesday after reports of the clotting disorders.

Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots in the brain within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine.

Only one woman reportedly died from the clotting disorder in March.

The FDA tweeted on Tuesday: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

The six women suffered blood clots in the brain, combined with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) that caused hemorrhaging (bleeding disorder).

Should You Be Worried?

If you received the Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine, it's important to know the signs & symptoms of blood clots or bleeding disorders:

  • Shortness of breath (clots in lungs)
  • Chest pain (clots in lungs)
  • Severe headache (clots or bleeding in brain)
  • Abdominal pain (bleeding disorder)
  • Leg pain (clots in legs)
  • Blood in urine (bleeding disorder)
  • Black, tarry stools (bleeding disorder)
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    People who received the J&J vaccines and experience the above signs and symptoms should notify your doctor or healthcare provider immediately or go to the emergency room.

    The CDC advised against doctors treating the condition with heparin because heparin is a blood thinner and could make the condition worse.

    "If someone ends up with a very severe headache or any type of shortness of breath, pain in their leg, or severe pain in their abdomen, they would want to seek medical attention,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

    For people who got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk "is very low at this time," Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, said Tuesday.
     

    FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.

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    The U.S. government has halted distribution of all Johnson & Johnson single jab mRNA vaccines after concerns about blood clots in the brain.

    Federal authorities have halted distribution of Johnson & Johnson injections at all government facilities, and are asking states to do the same.

    According to a report in the NY Times, six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots. Only one woman died.

    The Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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    The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

    The women also had low blood platelets count (thrombocytopenia) which causes hemorrhaging (bleeding) in the brain and body. Among the first signs are frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums, black, tarry stools, and blood in urine.

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    The Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine was praised by the news media because it required only a single injection.

    Other experimental mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, require two shots spaced about 21 days apart.

    Critics of Johnson & Johnson and other experimental vaccines were quickly branded anti-vaxxers.
     

    FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.

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    A video is going viral on social media. It features a Black woman who claims to be a nurse offering advice to Black people about Covid-19.

    She says most Black people who die from Covid-19 have strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or blood clots in their lungs and extremities.

    She claims most of her Black male patients who come to the ER aren't complaining of a fever or cough. She says they are suffering from "malaise" or a generalized weakness and pain in the extremities.

    The woman advises people who suspect they may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to get up and walk.

    Walking is appropriate after you have been successfully treated for DVT, and only on the advice of your doctor.

    Telling someone who suspects they may have deep vein thrombosis to get up and walk is dangerous advice. Standing up and walking will only aggravate the condition, and sometimes results in immediate death.

    That is because the blood clot is stable in the leg while you are seated or immobile. But if you stand up and walk, the clot may break off and travel up your leg to your lungs or heart.

    DVT is sometimes caused by inactivity or sitting on a sofa for long hours without walking or exercising.

    The increase in strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or DVT is probably due in part to people sitting at home watching the news all day on TV and not exercising (sedentary lifestyle).

    If you have unexplained pain and swelling in your lower legs or arms, the skin feels hot to the touch, and you have a positive Homan's sign (Google it), call your doctor or healthcare provider or go to the emergency room.

    Be careful following bad advice on the Internet. Much if it is spread by agents of misinformation who target the Black community.

    Remember to wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face.
     

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    Comedian Chris Cotton died from a blood clot in his right lung and heart failure due to an enlarged heart. He was 32.

    The coroner also listed "morbid obesity" among the "significant conditions" contributing to the comedian's untimely death.

    "I conclude the cause of death was due to pulmonary thromboembolism right lung complicated by cardiomegaly," the medical examiner wrote in the report obtained by Radar Online.

    Cotton's sister-in-law, Karen Middleton, told Radar Online that Cotton was discovered "slumped over" behind the wheel of his car. He was pronounced dead at a hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

    "We are all just shocked that this happened," Middleton said. "He was just going to the store to get some stuff for the baby too."

    Cotton and his wife of eight years, Erica, were expecting their first child in February.

    The Philadelphia comedian was best known for his stand-up comedy and he was co-host of Comedy Central's streaming talk show Every Damn Day.

    The network shared the news of his death on Wednesday via Twitter.

    "We're devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton -- a hilarious comedian, a beloved member of the Comedy Central family and a joy to be around. He will be missed," the network wrote.

    A GoFundMe page raised over $50,000 for Cotton's family.

    Morbid obesity simply means severely overweight. People who who are diagnosed with morbid obesity have a significant risk of death.

    Morbid obesity is defined as 100 pounds over your ideal body weight or a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30.

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