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Students in Orange County, Florida public schools who plan to participate in sports must undergo electrocardiogram (ECG) tests as part of their sports physical exams.

The OCPS District issued the new requirement for the 2021-22 season.

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"ECGs will be required of all high school student-athletes prior to the start of their 2021-2022 FHSAA season. Through local medical providers and organizations, ECGs will be offered on high school campuses."

Low-income students who are uninsured can receive financial assistance to pay for the tests through Florida's Primary Care Access Network website or by calling (407) 836-PCAN [7226].

The new requirement was announced after several studies found that adolescents and teenagers who received mRNA vaccinations were "seven times more likely to develop myocarditis".

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Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, fatigue, and death.

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During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. Pres. Joe Biden called for the country to move on from the COVID pandemic after nearly 3 years.

He described "commonsense steps" such as the new "Test to Treat" initiative that will provide anti-viral pills "on the spot" to anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

Biden also said his administration "will be ready with plenty of vaccines" for children under 5 once they're approved.

Biden added that "most Americans in most of the country can now be mask free," and high-quality N95 masks are available for the immunocompromised and other vulnerable Americans.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added heart inflammation warnings to information about the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 injections.

The warning was added after thousands of vaccinated young adults and children around the world were diagnosed with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane lining the heart).

Both heart conditions can be fatal and require immediate medical attention. Heart inflammation was diagnosed in people under age 30, including at least 1,200 young adults and children in America.

The Pfizer and Moderna shots use mRNA spike protein technology and require two injections, while the Johnson & Johnson shot uses an adenovirus and requires a single dose.

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In related news, the World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending face masks for everyone - vaccinated and unvaccinated - due to the spread of the so-called Covid "delta" variant.

"Vaccine alone won't stop community transmission," the WHO's Dr. Mariangela Simao said.

"People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene ... the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you're vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing."

Most Americans stopped wearing face masks and face coverings in May, after the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated.

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The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta called an emergency meeting after hundreds of teenage boys who received Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines developed heart inflammation.

A total of 226 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported among teenage boys who received Covid-19 vaccines.

Of the total cases, three teenagers are in intensive care units, 15 are hospitalized in cardiac ICU, 41 have cardiac symptoms and the rest have recovered fully.

The CDC said Thursday the number of cases are higher than expected.

Heart inflammation is rare among healthy teenagers and young adults.

Children and teenagers have extremely low rates of Covid-19 and are not known to transmit the virus to adults.

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The CDC continues to urge children ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.

More than 130 million Americans have received both their first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 60% of Americans are unvaccinated.

Governors in America have offered incentives including $1 million lotteries, cars, guns, and concert tickets to people who get the vaccines.