Health Highlights: Sept. 10, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay’s top stories for Friday, Sept. 10:

Biden announces tough new COVID plan, including push for vaccine mandates. With new COVID-19 cases topping 161,000 per day, President Joe Biden on Thursday outlined a new 6-point plan to double down on the resurgent pandemic. One key element: More pressure for vaccination mandates by governments, businesses and schools. Read more

Getting that first COVID-19 shot boosts your mental health. Besides potentially saving your life and the lives of folks around you, COVID vaccination reduces a person’s odds for distress and depression, new research confirms. Read more

Vaccinated have 1 in 13,000 odds for severe ‘breakthrough’ case. There’s reassuring news for the tens of millions of Americans who’ve already gotten fully vaccinated against COVID-19: Your odds for a breakthrough case so severe that it lands you in the hospital are exceedingly low. Read more

Tax-free health savings accounts used least by those who need them most. Health savings accounts are tax-free havens designed to help cash-strapped Americans get through medical crises. But a new poll finds that people most in need of these accounts are least likely to have gotten one. Read more