Feb 2, 2022 ABC News (Australia)
In the past week, Denmark recorded its single biggest daily number of COVID-19 cases. So it might come as a surprise that it's also lifted all coronavirus restrictions. Michael Bang Petersen is part of the government's advisory team, and a professor of political science at Aarhus University. He tells The World despite the rising numbers, most Danes still support lifting the restrictions.
The region’s WHO director says current conditions offer “a singular opportunity to take control.”
The seven-day average of patients with confirmed or suspected cases eased to 134,000, down 16% from a Jan. 20 high, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.3 min read
By Daniel Henninger | Wonder Land
By James Freeman | Best of the Web
News that vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years may be available by the end of the month has elicited relief — and questions about the approach the companies are taking for emergency use authorization.
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At first, it appeared Omicron might be a ‘great unifier,’ spreading equally through the county, but it didn’t turn out that way.
No serious adverse effects recorded in phase 1 clinical trials but scientists say everything hinges on large-scale study.
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of communicable disease branch at Centre for Health Protection, warns city should brace for hundreds of more cases.
More than 16,600 people visited Che Kung Temple from 8am to 5.30pm on Thursday, many of them praying for an end to the pandemic.
Surprise discovery – made while Fudan University researchers were investigating another disease – would put humans ‘a step ahead’ in race against the pandemic. 2 Feb 2022 - 6:19PM
‘Although definitely not how I expected my Olympic experience to start, I’m just happy and grateful that I was able to test negative so quickly,’ says Audrey King, as Hong Kong Olympic Committee outlines further requirements ahead of competition.
Feb 2, 2022 CNBC Television
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the CDC's guidance for masks in schools, omicron reinfection and more.
Feb 2, 2022 NBC News
After more than two years since the Covid-19 pandemic began, most experts believe the virus will soon transition from pandemic to an endemic stage. NBC News’ senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres breaks down what an endemic phase means and how it could impact millions of Americans.
Feb 1, 2022 ABC News
Authorities across the United States are facing growing pressure to lift restrictions as new cases of COVID-19 drop. ABC News’ Andrea Fujii reports.
Tokyo has set aside almost 7,000 hospital beds for Covid-19 patients, and admissions have reached 50.7 per cent, which Governor Koike said would be the criteria for requesting a state of emergency.
Efforts to protect under-18s have been stepped up around the world amid of surge of cases fuelled by the Omicron variant.
1 Feb 2022 - 12:10PM
A rising number of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has triggered a mounting wave of discrimination against ethnic minority groups.
1 Feb 2022 - 8:00AM
A person with sub-variant BA.2 has a 39 per cent chance of transmitting it to someone in their household within a week, compared to a 29 per cent risk with BA.1.
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February 1, 202210:30 AM EST Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Feb 1 (Reuters)
By Jonathan Tirone February 2, 2022, 7:30 AM EST
President Emmanuel Macron’s government lifted a rule requiring office workers to work from home at least three days a week, though authorities continued urging people who can avoid the office to stay home.
By Eran Bendavid | Commentary
By Adam Taylor
By Jillian Pretzel
Several countries in Europe and Asia are lifting pandemic protocols. But public health experts urge caution about relaxing rules too hastily.
New virus measures including travel and dining restrictions worsen the outlook, leading to calls for more economic stimulus
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Jan 31, 2022DW News
Omicron numbers are continuing to rise across the globe and so are the claims that it is harmless. But is it actually less deadly? And how effective are COVID vaccines against this variant? Key sources: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/detai... https://web.archive.org/web/201907292... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demogra... https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.11... https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vacc... https://www.thelancet.com/journals/la... https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-12-13-... https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0... https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-rel... https://assets.publishing.service.gov... https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/stor... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl... https://population.un.org/wpp/Graphs/... (page 4) https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0... https://de.statista.com/statistik/dat...
January 31, 20229:11 AM EST Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals COPENHAGEN, Jan 31 (Reuters)
Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun
This one word has come to imply a single pandemic end point. Actually, we have no idea what happens next.
New Jersey finished January with 2,380 confirmed deaths, the most in one month since May 2020.Matt Arco,
Covid-19 has been directly responsible for most of the fatalities, but the disease is also unraveling families and communities in subtler ways.
By Allysia Finley | Commentary
By Gerard Baker | Free Expression
Jan 31, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
US, Cases trending down Dr Tom Frieden, formed CDC director More optimistic than any point since the pandemic emerged Toots, defences, information Best chance to get and keep the upper hand New York Washington, DC US hospital admissions NY hospital admissions DC NY hospital admissions US patients in hospital NY patients in hospital DC patients in hospital UK data Australian risk calculator https://corical.immunisationcoalition... Direct link to graphic https://www.immunisationcoalition.org...
Jan 31, 2022 CBS News
Millions of Americans are struggling with long-term symptoms after contracting COVID-19. Charlie McCone, a COVID "long-hauler," joins CBS News to discuss how it's continuing to affect his life and the growing impact of COVID-related disabilities in the U.S. workforce.
Jan 30, 2022 Face the Nation
Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the extent of Omicron infection in the U.S. should provide strong immunity against a new variant of Omicron known as BA.2.
The data raises hopes that the Omicron wave of the pandemic has peaked, even as deaths reached the highest levels at the weekend in almost a year.
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January 30, 20223:34 AM EST LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters)
Opinion by Hugh Hewitt
Beginning Monday, thousands of students in the Millville school district will go home early. Faced with a severe teacher shortage, the South Jersey district plans to operate on a shortened school day.
A study detected abnormalities in people who had had Covid but did not need hospital treatment.
Jan 29, 2022 WION
Scientists in Wuhan have flagged a deadlier coronavirus found in bats from South Africa. They say the virus is one mutation away from infecting humans. Its mortality rate is around 33%.
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Jan 30, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Risk assessment for SARS-CoV-2 variant: VUI-22JAN-01 (BA.2) https://www.gov.uk/government/publica... https://www.gov.uk/government/publica... https://www.gov.uk/government/news/co... https://assets.publishing.service.gov... Assessment and rationale Omicron BA.1 is currently the dominant variant in the UK This risk assessment uses the characteristics of BA.1 as the baseline Overall growth advantage, Red, moderate There is evidence of a growth advantage for BA.2 compared to BA.1 in more than one country UK data, evidence of increased growth of BA.2 compared to BA.1 All regions of England where there are sufficient cases to assess Observed growth advantage, supported by increased household secondary attack rates in UK data Growth advantage 1: Transmissibility, Red, low It is plausible that transmissibility is contributing to the growth advantage, given the high secondary attack rates and lack of apparent immune evasion It is unclear at present how this would arise from the BA.2 mutation profile. Growth advantage 2: Immune evasion, Amber, low Based on early data BA.2 does not appear to be more immune evasive than BA.1 Bases on vaccinee sera A preliminary neutralisation study does not suggest a difference in neutralisation between BA.1 and BA.2 There is no live virus data available in the UK Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease, no suggested difference between BA.1 and BA.2 Infection severity Insufficient data No systematic analyses comparing BA.1 and BA.2 are as yet available https://assets.publishing.service.gov... Cumulative cases in England of variants indexed by days since the fifth reported case Data cut-off of 24 January 2022, BA.2 Sequencing data is complete up to 16 January 96.1% of sequences were BA.1 3.4% were BA.2 0.5% were other lineages BA.2 does not contain the deletion at S:69-70, and is S-gene target positive (SGTP) on PCR The proportion of SGTP cases is now increasing As of the 24 January 2022 Proportion of SGTP cases in England 4.4% (2.2% on the 17 January) London, 9.5% North-East region, 0.9% Growth rate The apparent growth advantage is currently substantial Secondary attack rates, household contacts BA.2, 13.4% Other Omicron cases, 10.3% Data not adjusted for vaccination status, reflect overall growth advantage rather than transmissibility. Vaccine effectiveness, 25 weeks after two doses BA.1, 9% BA.2, 13% Vaccine effectiveness, 2 weeks after third after dose BA.1, 63% BA.s, 70% BA.1 and BA.2 did not differ substantially in neutralisation by sera from vaccinated individuals Omicron B.1.1.529/ BA.1, in care homes There was a rapid increase in SARS-CoV-2 infections in care homes during December 2021, there has not been an associated increase in hospital admissions (no inferences can be made regarding BA.2) Current wave of Omicron infections is unlikely to lead to a major surge in severe disease in care home populations, with high levels of vaccine coverage and/or natural immunity Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Nottingham The key issues are whether this variant is associated with more severe disease and if it can escape immunity delivered by vaccines. Early indicators suggest that the vaccines will provide similar levels of protection as we have seen for omicron, so this is good news. Whether or not it causes more severe disease will become apparent as more data is collected. but so far there is nothing in these early analyses to worry us unduly Professor John Edmunds, epidemiologist, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Possible that BA.2 could take over from the original omicron strain in the next few weeks, as it has done in Denmark. The good news is that, at present, there is no evidence to suggest that it is more severe than omicron and as the UKHSA analysis shows, the vaccines appear to be as effective against it as they are against BA.1
From enrollment to staffing shortages to violence, America's public schools have not faced a challenge this great since Brown v. Board of Education. By Laura Meckler
The dual reality in 2022 frustrates both sides. Each blames the other for prolonging the pain. By Ariana Eunjung Cha
By Nona Uppal
Colder regions may experience more cases during the winter, while warmer regions may see spikes in the summer.
By Kasha Patel
Health authorities are offering a glimpse into the future as they abandon restrictive steps designed to contain the virus and focus on hospitalized patients.
But the older variant isn’t quite dead yet.
RYAN MILLER JANUARY 28, 2022
Cases fall 45% from a week ago, but health officials say this is not the time to ease up on precautions.
With a new mandate and the elimination of the testing option, some health care workers are faced with whether to give in or quit their jobs. Elizabeth Llorente,
The Associated Press
Jan 29, 2022 DW News
The coronavirus pandemic has made the rich even richer – and the poor even poorer. Here is why – and what we can do to combat this rise in inequality, which has pushed 160 million people into poverty, while the richest 10 men double their fortunes.
Jan 26, 2022 UW Medicine
Dr. Alex Greninger, the assistant director of the UW Medicine Clinical Virology Lab, compares the latest COVID-19 variant's spread with omicron - and why it is like a boxing match.
Jan 27, 2022 CNN
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks to scientists at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute who are working to create a universal vaccine against all variants of the coronavirus.
Some public-health officials say the president’s team overlooked steps that could have helped mitigate the Omicron surge.
Opinion by the Editorial Board
By Kasha Patel
Omicron is driving the daily American COVID-19 death toll higher than during last fall’s delta wave.The Associated Press,
Jan 29, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Then on 20 January, Dr John Campbell, a retired nurse educator who has amassed a huge following on YouTube, released a video describing the figures as a "huge story" and suggested Covid deaths were "much lower than mainstream media seems to have been intimating". https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/detai... https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transp... https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... "It has become a weapon of the cruel and heartless to dismiss the deaths of the people we love." The BBC has contacted Mr Nawaz, Dr Campbell and Mr Davis. By Rachel Schraer Health and disinformation reporter Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights: Deaths https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... Information based on scientific facts is a human right https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/... Pope Francis To be properly informed, to be helped to understand situations based on scientific data and not fake news, is a human right Journalists and scientists, should try to build bridges to those who need to hear scientific truths lauded those who could properly place individual facts in a broader picture by explaining the causes and circumstances of a given situation. 10 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally Professor Madhukar Pai, epidemiology and biostatistics, McGill University in Montreal https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/... South Africa, for example, has set up a hub to begin developing mRNA vaccines where scientists, are trying to reverse-engineer the Moderna vaccine from scratch, because the U.S. drugmaker won’t share its technology. Dr. Pai likened this to reinventing the wheel while a car is on fire.
Jan 29, 2022 BBC News
Some people with long Covid may have hidden damage to their lungs, a small pilot study in the UK suggests. Scientists used a novel xenon gas scan method to pick up lung abnormalities not identified by routine scans. They focused on 11 people who had not required hospital care when they first caught Covid but experienced long-lasting breathlessness after their initial infection. A larger, more detailed study is under way to confirm the results.
Jan 28, 2022 DW News
All over the world, more and more people are getting infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Cases among the vaccinated are rising too, albeit with milder symptoms. What treatments and medicines are most effective against a COVID-19 infection?
January 27, 20227:12 PM EST Future of Health LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters)
Many people remain confused about these rapid tests and how they work. We’ll break down just how reliable these tests are and what your next move should be if you’re looking to get tested. By Shelly Tan
By Dan Diamond
Despite the omicron variant’s lesser severity, its rapid spread has led to large numbers of hospitalizations and more than 2,200 deaths daily. By Lena H. Sun
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has drawn criticism since the start of the pandemic, aims to improve its handling of agency recommendations and the collection of Covid-19 data.
Tens of millions of Americans remain unvaccinated against COVID-19. For many, their stance on the vaccine may cost them their paychecks.
Jan 28, 2022 CNBC Television
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to break down what experts know about a new concerning Covid-19 variant known as BA.2, which is part of the omicron lineage.
Jan 27, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Omicron is out competing omicron Current symptoms Runny nose, 73% Headache, 68% Fatigue, 64% Sneezing, 60% Sore throat, 60% Persistent cough, 44% Hoarse voice, 36% Chills or shivers, 30% Fever, 29% Dizzy, 28% Brain fog, 24% Altered smell, 23% Sore eyes, 23% Unusual muscle pains, 23% Skipped meals, 21% Loss of smell, 19% Chest pain, 19% Swollen glands, 19% Feeling down, 16% ONS https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... Prevalence, week ending 22 January 2022 England, 2,629,400 people, 1 in 20 Wales, 99,500 people, 1 in 30 Scotland, 163,600 people, 1 in 30 Northern Ireland, 96,500 people, 1 in 20 Double vaccinated less likely to report long COVID Compared to unvaccinated when infected 41.1% decrease in the likelihood of self-reported long COVID at least 12 weeks later Risk of COVID-19 death higher for most ethnic minority groups Risk of death involving COVID-19 was higher for people from all ethnic minority groups, except for Chinese men and women Bangladeshi group Women, 5.2 times higher than White British group Men, 4.4 times higher than White British group Zoe, Omicron bounces back https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/omicro... 159,486 new daily symptomatic cases of COVID in the UK An increase of 10% from 144,527 reported last week UK R value, around 1.0 Prevalence One in 30 people in the UK currently have symptomatic COVID Professor Tim Spector End of school holidays repeatedly usher in a rapid rise in cases among children A new subtype of Omicron is taking over called BA.2 One in 20 new cases had this variant last week, and as it's doubling every few days, this should predominate within a month. Natural infection with Delta may not offer much protection. I expect that cases will continue to stay high until spring. Most vaccinated infections are mild, with symptoms lasting on average for a shorter time than Delta with less severe cases. Vulnerable groups UK data https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk US cases and deaths data https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-trac... South Africa references https://twitter.com/rid1tweets https://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-a-z-i...
Jan 26, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission findings, Round 17 REACT-1 study Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in England 65% of the infected said they had already previously tested positive for Covid https://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/r... https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/impe... https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/23338... Rapid transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant has led to the highest ever recorded case incidence levels in many countries around the world. RT-PCR test results, self-administered throat and nose swabs Randomly-selected participants in England, n = 100,607 Ages 5 years and over Data were collected between 5 and 20 January 2022 Temporal, socio-demographic and geographical spread of the virus Viral loads and viral genome sequence data for positive swabs. Results Swab positivity was 4.41% Three-fold higher than in December 2021 in England 1,406 sequenced positive swabs to 16 January 2022 1392 (99.0%) were Omicron Including 6 (0.43%) cases of BA.2 sub-lineage 14 (1.0%) were Delta Within round 17 Prevalence was decreasing overall, but increasing in children aged 5 to 17 years Swab-positivity prevalence 75 years and older, 2.43% 6+ household, OR 1.66 Urban vs rural areas OR 1.24 Most vs least deprived areas OR 1.33 In adults who received three vs two vaccine doses Higher Ct values (lower viral load) in rounds 15 and 16 but not in round 17 The distributions of Ct values were similar in unvaccinated and vaccinated children aged 17 years and below in round 15, round 16 and round 17. Prevalence in those shielding 3.43% In those not shielding to 4.61% Conclusions Unprecedented levels of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in England in January 2022 Almost complete replacement of Delta by Omicron Vaccination (including the booster campaign) remains the mainstay of the defence given the high levels of protection against hospitalisations. However, further measures beyond vaccination may be required if the very high rates of Omicron infection persist, Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO, Europe https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/... Between vaccination and natural immunity through infection, Omicron offers plausible hope for stabilization and normalization Dr. Tedros But it’s dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant or that we are in the endgame. On the contrary, globally, the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. It’s true that we will be living with Covid for the foreseeable future a preventable and treatable disease
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Moderna starts clinical trial of booster shot targeting omicron Covid variant
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Opinion by the Editorial Board
By Dan Diamond
By Lena H. Sun
Several European countries cited the milder symptoms being caused by the Omicron variant in vaccinated people as the reason for lifting or relaxing restrictions—even as daily infections continued to surge in some countries and a new version of Omicron was identified as spreading in places.
By Marty Makary | Commentary
Denmark's COVID cases are soaring, while Germany occupies the middle ground, but do statistics really give an accurate picture? International test strategies vary widely — as can be seen now in Vienna, Austria.
The EU's infectious disease agency has said that a third jab could prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations across the bloc. Meanwhile, Germany saw a record number of cases in one day. All the latest on DW.
Epidemiologist and senior adviser to Beijing Zeng Guang says the country must not ‘blindly’ follow a WHO recommendation to ease restrictions.
Covid-19 has prompted soul-searching among many foreign workers who bemoan the inability to travel freely to visit family.
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Entire event will take place within a closed loop covering competition venues, living quarters and other facilities. Organisers taking stringent approach despite little evidence that rise in cases in Japan was down to Tokyo Games last summer.
27 Jan 2022 - 3:30PM
A third of airline pilots globally, are still not flying and the Asia-Pacific is the worst-hit region
Additional quarantine requirements may stymie cross-border family reunions this Lunar New Year
California high school students are among those organizing to increase coronavirus safety measures during the Omicron surge.
Jan 26, 2022 ABC News
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that scientists are already developing a universal COVID-19 vaccine that could resist current and future variants, but he stressed that it will take time.
Jan 26, 2022 DW News
COVID-19 infections in Germany have reached a new high. The 7-day incidence, the number of new infections per 100.000 inhabitants in seven days, is currently 940.6. Starting in March, Germany will require COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers. Unvaccinated staff could be banned from work or even fired. DW spoke to a nurse who works in a COVID ward herself, but says she won't get vaccinated – whatever the risk. German MPs in the Bundestag are to debate a general vaccine mandate for the first time on Wednesday. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed such a mandate.
Jan 25, 2022 CNN
Pfizer and BioNTech announced they have begun a clinical trial for an Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports
Researchers found some markers that appeared to correlate with lasting symptoms, regardless of whether the initial infection was severe.
Relentless pressure, extra tasks, and depleted ranks lead to widespread burnout.
By Dan Diamond
A wave of Covid-19-related school staffing issues has led some states to take drastic steps to keep schools open, including enlisting state employees, retirees and National Guard members to fill in as substitute teachers.
January 25, 20222:59 PM EST Jan 25 (Reuters)
By Manojna Maddipatla and Leroy Leo
Officials hope it will encourage infected workers to stay home.
An Israeli panel said research shows a fourth COVID-19 shot provides three to five times as much protection against serious COVID-19 as three doses.
Cases dropped nearly 60% across the Garden State.Nick Devlin, 1h ago
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Jan 20, 2022 The New York Times
We’re entering our third year of Covid, and America’s nurses — who we celebrated as heroes during the early days of lockdown — are now leaving the bedside. The pandemic arrived with many people having great hope for reform on many fronts, including the nursing industry, but much of that optimism seems to have faded. In the Opinion Video above, nurses set the record straight about the root cause of the nursing crisis: chronic understaffing by profit-driven hospitals that predates the pandemic. “I could no longer work in critical care under the conditions I was being forced to work under with poor staffing,” explains one nurse, “and that’s when I left.” They also tear down the common misconception that there’s a shortage of nurses. In fact, there are more qualified nurses today in America than ever before. To keep patients safe and protect our health care workers, lawmakers could regulate nurse-patient ratios, which California put in place in 2004, with positive results. Similar legislation was proposed and defeated in Massachusetts several years ago (with help from a $25 million “no” campaign funded by the hospital lobby), but it is currently on the table in Illinois and Pennsylvania. These laws could save patient lives and create a more just work environment for a vulnerable generation of nurses, the ones we pledged to honor and protect at the start of the pandemic.
Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages
Huge pay incentives and immigration fast-tracks are leading many to leave countries whose health systems urgently need their expertise.
By STEPHANIE NOLEN Jan. 24, 2022
A Shrinking Band of Southern Nurses, Neck-Deep in Another Covid Wave
The exodus of medical workers during the pandemic has been especially brutal for the small, nonprofit safety-net hospitals where millions of Americans seek care.
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The trial will examine the new formulation as an initial two-dose regimen and as a booster dose.
The company and partner BioNTech say the trial will examine safety and immune response, in case regulators deem an adapted vaccine necessary.
By Daniel Halperin | Commentary
Opinion by Ashish K. Jha
The study suggests a second booster may not yet be necessary. By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Federal and state leaders met to discuss how Germany will weather the latest COVID surge. The latest plans include prioritizing PCR tests amid shortages, scaling back contact tracing and a new vaccine ad campaign.
Pharmaceutical firms BioNTech and Pfizer have started a clinical trial of an omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, an expert panel in Israel has recommended a 4th jab for adults. Follow DW for more.
As a federal mandate looms, one in five nursing home workers haven’t been fully vaccinated.
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Jan 24, 2022 BBC News
In 2020 many hospitals were overwhelmed, as a new coronavirus spread across the world and critically-ill Covid patients filled intensive care wards. Now vaccines and other medical treatments are protecting many people, but medical staff are still dealing with seriously ill patients. Unvaccinated people are among those still at high risk from the virus. Huw Edwards presents a BBC News at Ten special report by Clive Myrie, who’s returned to The Royal London Hospital, from where he reported at the height of the UK pandemic.
Jan 24, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Natural immunity as protective as vaccine induced immunity https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/w... Wefwafwa original HIV video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTUol...Donate: SENDWAVE/ WorldRemit/Wise transfer/money Gram Mobile money number:+256785698803 Country: Uganda Address: Nkokonjeru Registered name : Wefwafwa Andrew State: Eastern uganda Zip code:0000 Wallet Service provider:MTN City: Mbale city email me when you send on email@example.com 4 cohorts Unvaccinated, no previous diagnosis Vaccinated, no previous diagnosis Unvaccinated with previous diagnosis Vaccinated with previous diagnosis So, what happened to these people during delta? By November 30, 2021, California and New York Natural immunity without vaccination protected against delta admission Subsequent vaccination boosts antibodies Results, highest to lowers risk Unvaccinated, no previous diagnosis Vaccinated, no previous diagnosis Equally low risk Unvaccinated with previous diagnosis Vaccinated with previous diagnosis Data validity Unvaccinated with no previous COVID-19 diagnosis 18.0% of California residents 18.4% of New York residents Conclusion Natural immunity with or without vaccine provided robust protection against hospitalization in the age of delta The people that died had no risk of reinfection This data is about those who survived infection Questions If I have not been vaccinated or infected, should I seek out natural exposure? Would some higher risk groups still benefit from subsequent vaccination? Is there still an advantage in younger people getting boosted if they have had infection? Is there still an advantage in younger people getting boosted if they have not had infection? Do we need to change the one size fits all recommendations? Should there be modified vaccination recommendations for those who have been infected? Is it worth getting antibodies to membrane, envelope, nucleocapsid proteins? How with this wild type and alpha induced immunity, protecting against delta work in the age of omicron? HIV 1.5 million new infections per year 40 million living with HIV
As parents showed up at schools determined to send their children to class without masks, a lawsuit alleges that Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order violates the state constitution.By Hannah Natanson and Nicole Asbury
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Jan 24, 2022 WION
India is once again reported a significant decline in covid-19 cases. With over 300,000 cases reported in the last 24 hours, the drop is being witnessed for for the fifth consecutive day.
Omicron presentation in Israel
Jan 23, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Many thanks to Dr. Cohen for taking time out of a busy period.
Jan 23, 2022 DW News
Governments around the world are tracking the spread of what is considered to be an offshoot of the omicron variant. Scientists have labelled it 'BA.2'. It's nicknamed 'the stealth variant' because it's more difficult to detect. And it has become an increasingly dominant source of coronavirus infections in Denmark and India. And New Zealand is upping its measures to combat COVID-19 after several confirmed cases of the Omicron variant. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the nation is now under a "red" alert. Ardern has followed her government's guidelines and has postponed her own wedding, which was scheduled for next weekend.
Travellers left confused and upset by lack of clarity on varying regional rules as parts of nation battle Delta and Omicron variants.
23 Jan 2022 - 1:58PM
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding as the nation imposes new restrictions to slow the community spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
Government has relentlessly been trying to snuff out every source of infection and deploying various measures – and all signs point to it continuing with approach.
23 Jan 2022 - 1:47PM
Fengtai in the Chinese capital’s southwest launches plan to collect samples from 2 million people in one day.
Residents can forget about social-distancing rules being relaxed in time for Lunar New Year, expert says.
THE FBI SOUGHT National Institutes of Health grant documents covering bat coronavirus research in Wuhan in spring 2020, according to emails obtained by The Intercept. The emails, released through ongoing litigation between The Intercept and the NIH, detail internal NIH conversations involving the New York-based nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, which collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on research. The emails also contain previously unreported requests the agency made of EcoHealth Alliance as a condition for restoring a grant funding its research. While unable to provide some of the information requested by the agency, Peter Daszak, EcoHealth’s besieged president, fought fiercely to save the grant.
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The omicron surge is easing. So what's next? Spencer Kent,
The Royal College of GPs asks for a national conversation on mandating jabs, as protests are held in UK cities.
Until last week, the remote island nation of Kiribati had recorded just two Covid cases.
Forty-three percent said they don't trust the agency's COVID information—up from 32% in August 2020.
BY XANDER LANDEN ON 1/23/22 AT 11:51 AM EST
Author John Nichols blasted Former President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, claiming his denial caused hundreds of thousands of needless deaths.BY INIGO ALEXANDER ON 1/22/22 AT 5:00 AM EST
With people tired of lockdowns, a targeted approach that prioritizes protecting the most vulnerable may be America's only path forward.BY JENNI FINK ON 1/22/22 AT 3:00 AM EST
The U.S. said Friday that it was suspending 44 flights from Chinese carriers after China recently suspended 44 U.S. flights over COVID concerns.BY XANDER LANDEN ON 1/21/22 AT 6:03 PM EST
In some hospital departments—such as emergency rooms and intensive care units—staff turnover increased from 18 to 30 percent amid rising COVID-19 concerns.BY LORA KORPAR ON 1/21/22 AT 2:59 PM EST
St. Petersburg reported 5,922 new COVID-19 cases, adding to Moscow's 15,987. Friday's total of 49,513 new infections is Russia's highest during the pandemic.BY HEATHER BAIR ON 1/21/22 AT 2:51 PM EST
The police said that the suspect became "belligerent toward store employees and other customers" after he had a verbal dispute with the victim over face masks.BY FATMA KHALED ON 1/21/22 AT 2:20 PM EST
The WHO announced it recommends COVID-19 vaccine boosters despite recently requesting a moratorium on them so other countries can get their first two doses.BY LORA KORPAR ON 1/21/22 AT 1:49 PM EST
It has been suggested that the variant may soon overtake the original Omicron variant in some countries, but its severity is unknown.BY ED BROWNE ON 1/21/22 AT 12:51 PM EST
Glenn Youngkin has hit the ground running, wasting no time in beginning to implement the agenda that elected him in November.BY ILYA SHAPIRO ON 1/21/22 AT 9:27 AM EST
Jan 22, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
US variants data https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-trac... https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... US omicron history November 29 Index patient, 48 year old unvaccinated man, Nigeria Nebraska, 6 people diagnosed by PCR and genomic sequencing Onset was 73 hours (range = 33–75 hours) Incubation period https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/w... Original version, five days The Delta variant, four days Omicron, 2 to 3 days Viral Load https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056... Alpha and Delta variants Peak viral load 3 days after infection Clear the virus about six days after that Infectious viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 WT, Delta and Omicron https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.11... Omicron and Delta produced similar levels of infectious virus Infections a day shorter with omicron compared to delta Omicron infects upper airways as opposed to lungs Omicron antibodies neutralise delta virus Offshoot of Omicron variant, England https://assets.publishing.service.gov... https://www.theguardian.com/world/liv... BA.2 may be even more contagious than original omicron UK Health Security Agency Designating BA.2 a variant under investigation increasing numbers of BA.2 sequences identified both domestically and internationally May have an increased growth rate over BA.1 Vaccine effectiveness with omicron https://assets.publishing.service.gov... After a 2-dose primary course of vaccination Vaccine protection against mild disease has largely disappeared by 20 weeks after vaccination After a booster dose Protection initially increases to around 65 to 70% but drops to 45 to 50% from 10+ weeks Therefore It is therefore likely that current vaccines offer limited long-term protection against infection or transmission. Protection against severe disease Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation is estimated at 92% and remains high at 83% 10+ weeks after the booster dose John’s booster 20th November So my protection against hospitalisation goes down from 92% to 83% by soon
Jan 21, 2022CNBC Television
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the U.S.'s latest battle with the omicron coronavirus variant.
Jan 22, 2022 BBC News
China is still trying to eliminate all Covid outbreaks, while many other parts of the world are learning to live with the virus. Ros Atkins looks at why, and how long this approach could last.
Almost 8.8 million Americans were out sick or caring for someone with Covid-19 in early January. Many people continue to work while sick.
Weeks of workers calling in sick add to continuing supply and transportation disruptions, making grocery store shelves harder to fill.
Staff at Houston Methodist Hospital have been working overtime, and beds for cancer and heart disease have shifted to help deal with an Omicron surge. But the hospital still can’t keep up.
Millions of Saudi children began returning to elementary school and kindergarten classrooms for the first time in nearly two years, a period of remote learning that was among the world’s longest and that angered parents.
Almost two years into the pandemic, the movement to challenge vaccines’ safety has never been stronger.
Opinion by Megan L. Ranney
Many systems are handing out KN95s for the first time — or planning to. Some parents and teachers are questioning the type of masks or asking why supplies are limited. By Donna St. George, Hannah Natanson and Nicole Asbury
ER is flooded at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, ground zero for hospitals besieged by the Omicron surge.
Obesity in children has been growing for decades, heightening their risk from conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Now, it puts kids at greater risk of COVID too. Jason Laughlin
New Zealand's stricter rules have put a pause on the prime minister's wedding plans, but Ardern said people faced far greater hardships. Elsewhere, Beijing has ramped up testing ahead of the Olympics. DW has the latest.
Jan 22, 2022 CNBC
The multi-billion-dollar patent war over the mRNA coronavirus vaccine has grabbed the attention of the likes of leaders from President Biden to Bill Gates. Its outcome could yet again change the course of the pandemic. It's been well over a year since a landmark proposal brought the issue of patent waiver for the mRNA Covid vaccine to the spotlight. But many observers don't see that waiving the intellectual property (IP) rights on Covid vaccines is an effective way to put a stop to the pandemic. Supporters of patent waivers like Harsha Thirumurthy, associate professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, argue the issue lies at the heart of the reason why vaccines are less accessible in lower-income countries. "It limits how much manufacturing there can be of that product or that vaccine," said Thirumurthy, adding it keeps the price "artificially high enough that it limits the ability of other countries in the world." But critics counter that patent waivers will not automatically lead to an improvement in global vaccine distribution. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was among those who originally spoke out against the patent waiver, emphasizing that there are problems beyond patents that must be addressed first. Gates later reversed his stance and is now in full support of temporarily waiving the protections over coronavirus vaccine patents. "Having a billion vaccines sitting in a warehouse of a lab that's developing will do no good getting us back to normal," said Heath Naquin, vice president of government and capital engagement at the University City Science Center, a nonprofit research organization, in Philadelphia. "The patent waiver itself doesn't actually solve that core issues in many developing countries, which are not related to the recipe, they are related to the way you get that out the door to people." However, experts on both sides of the debate seriously doubt whether a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines will ever come to be. "I think we had the best hope of it last year when there was a proposal that was put forward at the WTO and the Biden administration had supported it," said Thirumurthy. "But we had European countries that objected to those patent waivers." Watch the video to find out more about why vaccine patents exist and the ongoing debate over their impact on the Covid pandemic.
Jan 20, 2022DW News
The Winter Olympics in Beijing are looming ever closer. And China is being put to the test as it battles to contain outbreaks of the highly-contagious Omicron strain of COVID-19. China has adopted a "zero-COVID" policy. That means strict restrictions in public life in many parts the country. Will it work? Or might it backfire? To the point asks: Olympic struggle - How to beat Omicron?
4:04 How long can China maintain its 'zero-COVID' policy?
5:23 How is the 'zero-COVID' policy working?
8:43 Strict lockdowns cannot contain Omicron
11:56 More tough lockdowns will hurt Xi Jinping
15:34 How dangerous is Omicron?
19:52 Is China safer than Europe?
23:40 Vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic
Jan 21, 2022 DW News
The closure of daycare centers and schools during coronavirus lockdowns has led to many children experiencing psychological issues and falling behind. A new study indicates there is no need to close daycare centers, but opening schools remains controversial.
Opinion by Kathleen Parker
The move gives doctors and high-risk patients an additional option for treating mild-to-moderate illness caused by the coronavirus. By Laurie McGinley
A third dose of either vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna was highly effective at preventing hospitalizations, CDC studies show. The new data back up earlier findings supporting booster shots.1,4216 min read
The ruling represents the latest legal setback for the president’s push to inoculate workers against Covid-19.3 min read
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A variant that spreads comprehensively won’t necessarily protect comprehensively.
Hospital and labor union officials expressed support for Gov. Phil Murphy's booster mandate for health care workers.
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Jan 21, 2022 DW News
Austria's parliament has passed a new law making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for adults - the first European country to approve such a measure. Only 72 percent of Austrians are currently fully vaccinated against the coronavirus - one of the lowest rates in western Europe. Spain, meanwhile has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and it's now considering a pandemic exit strategy. The government says it's time to start treating COVID-19 like any other endemic seasonal respiratory disease. It might be a view that resounds with the Spanish public, but it doesn't yet have the backing of the experts. Germany has reported a record number of new coronavirus infections – more than 140,000 in a single day. That's 48,000 more new cases than this time last week. France will begin to lift COVID-19 restrictions on February 2nd thanks to what are being called 'encouraging signs' that the wave of Omicron variant infections is ebbing. And the World Bank has approved a 750-million dollar loan to South Africa aimed at helping the poor, it says, recover from the effects of the pandemic.
Jan 20, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
United States, I believe you may be misinterpreting the cause for the multitude of hospitalizations in the US. There is an economic incentive, as hospitals are reimbursed for covid patients and not so for other illnesses. Co-morbidity? - sure, but the incentive is to hospitalize and pray for covid to be present, or to hospitalize when marginally necessary to rake in the covid bounty. 400 million nonsurgical N95 masks https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/... Free of charge Community health centers and pharmacies N95 respirators, filter out 95 percent of airborne particles Strategic National Stockpile, protecting against bioterror attacks, anthrax vaccine Stockpile now 737 million N95 masks, domestic manufacturers Free at home tests https://www.covidtests.gov https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/us... Four test kits per household Usually shipped in 7 to 12 days The tests available for order Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR Can be taken anywhere Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required) Work whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests Zoe data https://covid.joinzoe.com/data#levels... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGtFq... https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/omicro... UK, R = 0.9 One in 27 people in the UK currently have symptomatic COVID Symptoms (omicron times) Back pain GI symptoms, sickness, abdominal pain Could be GI positive but respiratory negative? Duration Delta 7 days to recover Omicron 5 days to recover In just two weeks, the number of new cases per day has fallen around 31% from its peak of over 211,000 to under 145,000 Uptick in symptomatic cases in children due to the back to school effect. PM Return to plan A, lifting plan B As Covid becomes endemic, we will need to replace legal requirements with advice and guidance urging people with the virus to be careful and considerate of others LFTs 400 million LFTs this month Free tests planned to end in July (Currently £30 per pack of 7) Up to November 2021 691 million lateral flow tests distributed 96 million (14%) registered result with NHS Today Ending guidance on working from home No masks in classrooms Next Thursday Mandatory certifications will end Face masks not legally mandated March 24th (if not before) End legal requirement to self-isolate PM soon come a time when we can remove the legal requirement to self-isolate altogether Mr. Javid Omicron is in retreat We have not reached the finish line Milestone, not an end But it's not the end of the road and we shouldn't see this as the finish line because we cannot eradicate this virus and its future variants Instead we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we have to live with flu Help keep the virus at bay, isolate if positive Gat Jabbed Dr Richard Cree, an intensive care consultant, Middlesbrough I am confident that the worst will soon be behind us Far fewer patients are unwell like they were back then (April, 2020) The Covid wards are no longer full of people struggling to breathe The hospital is still finding it a challenge to cope with such a large number of patients Social care staff shortages, clogged hospitals
Jan 20, 2022 DW News
Poland is bracing for a surge in coronavirus cases and is likely to be racking up 60.000 cases by mid-February according to the government. But a large percentage of the people in Poland are still unvaccinated. Only 23% of the population have had their booster.
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Signs of the variant were present in sewage samples well before the first case was identified.
The Omicron surge has created overwhelming demand for coronavirus tests. Laboratories and manufacturers have struggled to keep up.
Facilities in early hot spots like New York, Washington and Connecticut are reporting a drop in patient counts.594 min read
Doctors and patients described frustration over delayed surgeries, overflowing emergency rooms and hospital beds taken out of service amid staff shortages. By Christopher Rowland
"Her partner had taken a picture of the baby and showed it to her, but that's all she got," Tina Stani told the New York Post.BY ADAM STATEN ON 1/20/22 AT 3:57 PM EST
A woman in her 40s allegedly refused to follow federal face mask regulations, forcing the plane to turn around about an hour into the flight.BY AARON MCDADE ON 1/20/22 AT 3:50 PM EST
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said earlier this week the country hasn't yet reached the peak of the Omicron variant's surge.BY MEGHAN ROOS ON 1/20/22 AT 1:44 PM EST
Carson criticized people for not putting more stock in natural immunity and said they avoided the subject to maintain control over people.BY JENNI FINK ON 1/20/22 AT 12:48 PM EST
Mask mandates are still in place in indoor public places, and it is recommended infected people going to the polls wear surgical masks or FFP2 masks.BY HEATHER BAIR ON 1/20/22 AT 12:13 PM EST
Dr Corey Casper said that a good way to combat vaccine skepticism is to be more honest about the pros and cons of the current options.BY JACK DUTTON ON 1/20/22 AT 9:50 AM EST
Residents of one neighborhood in Xi'an said they had been locked down for more than one month despite no positive cases among them.BY JOHN FENG ON 1/20/22 AT 8:49 AM EST
Crystal Hernandez died days after giving birth to a healthy baby boy in an emergency C-section.BY ED BROWNE ON 1/20/22 AT 5:24 AM EST
NBC had previously always included at least some on-site announces in Olympics coverage, although the networks sent a limited number of announcers to Tokyo last year.BY AILA SLISCO ON 1/19/22 AT 11:55 PM EST
A 40 percent spike in retirements in 2021 combined with the current surge of COVID cases has left New Mexico with a shortage of teachers and substitutes.BY AARON MCDADE ON 1/19/22 AT 10:33 PM EST
Jan 19, 2022 CBS News
The Biden administration is planning to give out 400 million free N95 masks to Americans in the coming weeks as the coronavirus surge tightens its grip on hospitals in hard-hit areas of the country. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports from Missouri, where COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising among the unvaccinated. Then, Dr. Payal Patel, an infectious disease physician at the University of Michigan Medical School, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss the latest.
Jan 20, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
13 March 2020 to 7 January 2022, England and Wales https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... 127,704 excess deaths above the five-year average Official data https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/detai... Deaths from COVID-19 with no other underlying causes FOI Ref: FOI/2021/3240 https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transp... Death registrations for 2020 and 2021 for deaths where COVID-19 was listed as the underlying cause, but had no other pre-existing conditions recorded on the death certificate, England and Wales This publication will be updated quarterly 2020 Total deaths, 9,400 0-64, 1,549 65 and over, 7,851 2021 Q1 Total deaths, 6,483 0-64, 1,560 65 and over, 4,923 2021 Q2 Total deaths, 346 0-64, 153 65 and over, 193 2021 Q3, Total deaths, 1,142 0-64, 512 65 and over, 630 Therefore, 2020 and first 3 quarters of 2021 Total deaths from covid alone, 17,371 Of this number 13,597 were 65 or over Of this number, 3,774 were under 65 Average age of death in UK from covid in 2021 82.5 years Average life expectancy in the UK, 2018 to 2020 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... 79.0 years for males 82.9 years for females This represents a fall of 7.0 weeks for males and a slight increase of 0.5 weeks for females (from the latest non-overlapping period of 2015 to 2017) This is the first time we have seen a decline when comparing non-overlapping time periods since the series began in the early 1980s As of end of September https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/detai... Within 28 days of a positive test, 137,133 (7.9 times more deaths) Excess deaths from cancer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U90eD... Professor Karol Sikora, University of Buckingham Former head of cancer programme at WHO Probably an extra 50,000 deaths from cancer, over the past 18 months, you otherwise would not have had Failure to report early Difficulty getting to see GP Fear of hospital admissions Missed chemotherapy Missed radiotherapy 6 million waiting for NHS treatment
Jan 19, 2022 DW News
As the omicron variant spreads, the number of COVID-19 cases has also surged rapidly in Turkey. The country's health ministry reported nearly 70,000 new cases on Tuesday – one of the highest daily figures since the pandemic began. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now hopes its locally made "Turkovac" jab will convince vaccine-hesitant Turks to roll up their sleeves. "Turkovac" received emergency use approval from Turkish authorities in December and is now being administered to the public. But experts have serious doubts about the vaccine's effectiveness. Germany reported 112,323 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the latest new 24-hour record and the first daily tally north of 100,000. The national disease control body, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), published the figures early in the morning. The country's weekly incidence rate has now reached 584.4 new infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, the RKI reported. The institute registered 239 deaths connected to COVID, a reduction from the 384 reported on the previous Wednesday. The hospitalization rate rose, but only slightly, to 3.17 people per 100,000 per week, versus 3.13 one week ago. Hong Kong health authorities on Tuesday said about 2,000 hamsters and chinchillas needed to be put down after COVID-19 infections were traced back to a pet store. At least 11 hamsters tested positive for the COVID-19, and a store employee was also infected with the delta variant, according to officials. People who purchased hamsters from the store after December 22 have been instructed to hand over the animals to be destroyed, and not to set them free on the streets. Those who had been in contact with the animals would also have to quarantine.
00:00 COVID-19 in Germany
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07:38 Hamster culling in Hong Kong
The CDC says research from California and New York before Omicron’s spread showed unvaccinated people without previous infection faced the greatest risk.3 min read
Outbreak at Kwai Chung Estate’s Yat Kwai House also expands, with infections now reported in seven households.
PM Ardern said when Omicron starts to spread in the community, a ‘red’ traffic light setting would be imposed, which will see limits on public gatherings.
An estimated 324,000 babies were born last year, the lowest number since the period between 1946 and 1947, as Filipinos practised family planning amid coronavirus crisis and economic crunch.
The country has adopted strict measures to curb the outbreak in the run-up to the Winter Olympics and Lunar New Year.
With people barred from leaving their homes, citizens are using WeChat mini-programs and chat groups to find food and supplies.
The heavy cost borne by the patients and their caregivers can be financially crippling and sway patients to put off treatment
The story of a man who labored nights so he could search for his missing son drew widespread sympathy and support online
Jan 20, 2022 08:47 PM
The new rule includes New Jersey workers in a variety of health care facilities including hospitals as well as long-term care facilities and other ...Matt Arco,
Fluvoxamine, a 40-year-old drug that costs a fraction of the pricey new treatments for COVID, now looks as if might actually help.
Jan 19, 2022 DW News
China's economic recovery has been hampered by renewed coronavirus outbreaks, which prompted Chinese
leaders to impose strict border controls or targeted lockdowns on cities including Tianjin, a manufacturing center. Overseas businesses say Beijing's hard-line "zero-COVID" strategy could ultimately lead to empty shelves in stores all over the world.
Jan 18, 2022 Washington Post
The highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus has taken over as the dominant strain in the United States, resulting in breakthrough infections among the vaccinated. Omicron has sparked alarm both internationally and in the United States, where it accounted for more than 98 percent of new infections during the week ending Jan. 8, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The variant has an unusually high number of mutations that make it significantly more contagious and capable of eluding the body’s first line of immune defenses.
Jan 18, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Avian influenza (bird flu), Is not a coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-inf... H5N1 (H5N8) Influenza A virus, subtype H5N1 Enzootic, (SE Asia) epizootic, panzootic 2003 to May 2020 861 confirmed human cases, 455 deaths South Africa, leads the way https://www.worldometers.info/coronav... SA hospital data https://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-a-z-i... Zoe, Omicron wave has peaked https://covid.joinzoe.com/data#levels... UK data https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk ONS https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati... Deaths in the UK involving coronavirus Week ending 7 January 2022 1,023 deaths involving COVID-19 383 more than in the previous week Accounted for around 1 in every 14 deaths (7.3%). Total deaths in UK, 13,886 (8.3% below the five-year average) 13 March 2020 to 7 January 2022, England and Wales 127,704 excess deaths above the five-year average Positivity Prevalence England – 3,735,000 people (1 in 15) Wales – 169,100 people (1 in 20) Northern Ireland – 99,200 people (1 in 20) Scotland – 297,400 people (1 in 20) Antibodies, week beginning 20 December 2021 England, 97.5% of the adult population Wales, 96.8% Northern Ireland, 97.4% Scotland, 97.7% Antibody thresholds, using data from Delta Threshold of antibodies needed to provide protection from infections for those who are vaccinated More than 88% of the population had antibodies at or above the higher threshold. China https://www.theguardian.com/world/liv... One omicron infection detected in Beijing Tuesday, 11th January, received a package from Toronto, via the US and Hong Kong (4 days) Saturday 15th Patient self reported Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of Beijing’s CDC Omicron virus transmits fast, please pay attention, avoid buying stuff from overseas, make sure you wear gloves, don’t bring the package indoors. If you have to, clean the package outside with alcohol, and wash your hands Dr Ian Mackay, virologist, University of Queensland It’s an airborne virus. It’s not about surfaces. Technically, it can happen, sure. There’s a non-zero risk, sure. But is it happening again and again? No If you see and hear horses, don’t think zebras Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions https://www.who.int/news-room/comment... SARS-CoV-2 contamination of surfaces and the survival of the virus on certain surfaces, there are no specific reports which have directly demonstrated fomite transmission. People who come into contact with potentially infectious surfaces often also have close contact with the infectious person, Fact that other coronaviruses and respiratory viruses can transmit via fomites Cancels public tickets for Winter Olympics in Beijing Selected spectators
A recent report from Israel suggests even a fourth dose might not stop people from getting infected with the COVID variant—but vaccines still help, data shows.
While there are some indications that the Omicron variant is subsiding, data suggests that it will...
Kansas' health department said it would only continue contact tracing in "high-risk" settings,...
The Chief Medical Advisor to the President made no direct investments in China, but bought into a U.S.-based mutual fund trading in China stock.
Andrew Pugh said he did not initially get vaccinated after reading material on Facebook. Now, he is urging people to get the shot.
"Travelers are no longer considered to pose a particular risk of affecting the spread of Omicron in Sweden," the Swedish government stated. BY JUSTIN KLAWANS ON 1/18/22 AT 6:11 PM EST
"I've said from the beginning that our students deserve an in-person education and our schools need to stay open," Governor Kevin Stitt said.BY ZOE STROZEWSKI ON 1/18/22 AT 5:26 PM EST
"Messaging that schools are safe—without taking the steps to make them safe—does not keep children safe," the nurses' letter said.BY EMMA MAYER ON 1/18/22 AT 3:47 PM EST
Patients at Kent Hospital are waiting 10 hours for care as staff shortages, covid cases and other emergencies leave the emergency room scrambling. By Lenny Bernstein
India reports nearly 300,000 new infections over the last 24 hours, the highest in eight months, bringing the total to 37.9 million, second-highest globally behind the United States.
Officials in the city have meanwhile been told to be alert to the risk of Covid-19 spreading from inanimate object
Shenzhen pet shop employee says Hong Kong situation has had little impact across the border, as all hamsters sold there are locally bred.
Local government promises to punish offenders with fines up to five times the cost of the extra fee, as the capital deals with a fresh outbreak ahead of the Olympics
Jan 19, 2022 06:53 PM
Speculation brews that omicron reached Beijing via cross-border delivery; Hong Kong is set to kill thousands of hamsters amid contagion concerns; and rail trade between China and North Korea resumes
Jan 19, 2022 06:15 PM
Patients at Kent Hospital are waiting 10 hours for care as staff shortages, covid cases and other crises leave the emergency room scrambling.By Lenny Bernstein
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Jan 17, 2022 CBS News
The surge of new COVID-19 cases brought on by the Omicron variant continues to set records and strain hospitals across the nation. CBS news correspondent Mola Lenghi reports from New York City. Then Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, a family medicine physician in New Hampshire, joins CBSN to discuss the latest on the impact.
Jan 17, 2022 CNN
CNN’s Ana Cabrera speaks with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed about new data from an Israeli study on the efficacy of a fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine while Dr. Paul Offit discusses when the Omicron surge may come to an end in the US.
Jan 18, 2022 DW News
South Africa was the first country to sound the alarm about the Omicron variant. Now the wave has passed – and other countries are looking to learn from its experience. Data shows how the Omicron variant causes a spike in case numbers - because it is highly infectious - a lot more than previous coronavirus variants. South Africa’s fourth wave was therefore sharper - but also shorter. But crucially, the Omicron wave has so far resulted in fewer deaths than previous waves. There were also fewer hospitalisations this time around. Some experts conclude that Omicron is less dangerous. But others have warned that many cases may go unreported or undetected, so the real numbers of cases and deaths could be much higher. They're warning not to underestimate Omicron as a "milder" variant.
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By TOI STAFF17 January 2022, 7:40 pmUpdated: Today, 8:21 am
A welcome companion during lockdowns, booze has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.
Opinion by Lakshman Swamy
They fear that the “live with it” strategy underestimates the dangers posed by the omicron variant and could send messages that will lead people to abandon the measures known to limit its spread.By Joel Achenbach
By Katie Hurley
Authorities ordered some 2,000 hamsters in Hong Kong to be killed over concerns that the animals may have transmitted Covid-19 to humans, one of the city’s latest measures to try to stamp out a fresh outbreak.
By Allysia Finley | Commentary
Israeli adults were among the first in the world to roll up their sleeves for a Covid-19 vaccine, but many are now pushing back against the government’s campaign to inoculate their young children, despite the Omicron risk.
The upswelling in reported cases is the fastest accumulation of infections in the history of the pandemic.
The hospital COVID census in San Bernardino County has nearly tripled from 398 before Christmas to 1,107 as of Jan. 13.
Long waits at coronavirus testing centers, empty shops and soon reduced service on public transport — in the German capital, infection numbers are exploding and infrastructure challenges are piling up.
A total of 77 deaths was recorded, exceeding the previous high of 57 last Thursday.
18 Jan 2022 - 2:50PM
Canadian authorities respond to Beijing CDC’s claim that a contaminated letter from Toronto could be the source of an Omicron case in the Chinese capital.
Investigations into whether Cathay Pacific abused quarantine exemption policy and conduct of officials caught up in birthday party scandal will not be ‘left unsettled’, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says.
A second booster jab brings antibodies to even higher levels but is not enough to prevent infection, according to the first-of-its-kind trial. 18 Jan 2022 - 4:42AM
Two people tied to Little Boss pet shop confirmed as infected and 150 customers ordered into quarantine.
Customs, postal authorities have directed airports and logistics companies to disinfect cross-border deliveries more thoroughly
Beginning today, the citywide mandate will require customers to show proof of vaccination at indoor restaurants and bars, sports venues, movie theaters, and other locations that serve food. Rob Tornoe
New antiviral pills are a promising treatment for COVID-19, but getting them may be tricky. Sarah Gantz
New Jersey's seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests dropped to 15,214, down 44% from a week ago but still up 228% from a month ago Brent Johnson,
Karin Price Mueller
As patience with the pandemic wanes, leaders in widely vaccinated democracies are deploying a new political strategy.
When is it morally acceptable for one person to subject another to risk? Is it okay to walk into a bar if you might sicken someone who might need hospital care?
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Jan 18, 2022 CNBC Television
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the omicron Covid variant and China's latest efforts to tap down a recent uptick in cases.
Jan 17, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
Has the risk benefit analysis changed now omicron is the variant? CDC reference https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-...Updated Jan. 12, 2022 https://www.gov.uk/government/publica... The NHS is offering COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people aged 12 to 17 years Two doses of vaccine 12 weeks apart (or 12 weeks after a positive test) UK boosters for 16 and 17 year olds in England https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60011877 https://www.england.nhs.uk/2022/01/hu... Starting today 600,000 people aged 16 and 17 have had two doses 889,700 in England have had at least one dose In line with JCVI guidance NHS cannot vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds within 12 weeks (84 days) of a positive COVID-19 test Reduce further the "very, very small risk" of myocarditis in under-18s UK, giving Pfizer rather than moderna https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsup... Can the Covid-19 vaccine cause myocarditis? In most cases of myocarditis, heart function returns to normal. Cases, while still very rare, are slightly less rare in children and young people. It's still the case that millions of children around the world have had a Covid vaccine, virtually all of them without long term side effects. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has not been linked to an increased risk of myocarditis. Getting Covid-19 can itself lead to myocarditis, as well as other forms of severe illness. Who is at risk from myocarditis following the vaccine? Mostly affected young men aged 12 to 29 Usually after their second dose Israel study, up to 4 in 100,000 men Women was fewer than one in 100,000 Are children and young people at higher risk of heart inflammation from the vaccine? Cases of heart inflammation after the vaccine, while still very rare, are slightly less rare in children and younger adults (up to the age of 39) UK up to 15 December 2021, 12 to 17 year olds 39 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis (18 cases per million doses of vaccine) 18-29 year olds 29 per million doses 30-39 year-olds 22 per million doses Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and 4 CMOs confirmed the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for children aged 12 to 15, as well as vulnerable children from the age of five. Is there a risk of cardiac arrest from the Covid vaccine? No. There is no evidence that people are at risk of cardiac arrest in the days or weeks following the vaccine. Study of 4 million vaccinated people in Denmark, (n = 269) https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj-2... Professor Hoiby, message to world leaders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkopH... Denmark has changed their national guidelines https://en.ssi.dk/news/epi-news/2021/... Based on a precautionary principle, we recommend aspiration before injection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ina... Evidence from Dr. Peter Gaillard (microparticulate pharmacologist) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/astraz... Denmark v Norway Myocarditis 3 times more prevalent in Norway Found there were no deaths or diagnoses of heart failure in people who were diagnosed with myocarditis or pericarditis after being vaccinated. In the UK, no figures have been published for cardiac arrests in under-18s following the vaccine, which means there have been a tiny number too small to be published, or none at all. Catching Covid-19, on the other hand, can significantly increase your risk of cardiac arrest and death. Is there any link between the Covid-19 vaccine and cardiac arrests at football matches? No, there isn’t. Feeling like you need to be sick I’ve heard about people getting myocarditis after the vaccine and I’m worried. Should I have my second dose/ booster dose? Yes. It’s recommended that you have your second dose or booster dose, if you are eligible. I was diagnosed with myocarditis after having the vaccine. Should I go ahead and book my second dose/ booster dose? No, you should get advice from your health professional
Jan 15, 2022 Dr. John Campbell
If you would like John’s text books, (it is free to download the full PDFs) Physiology book in hard copy https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1547704527... Pathophysiology book in hard copy https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1547704517... Link to free download of my 2 textbooks http://126.96.36.199/ Omicron exposure is inevitable, an optimised immune system is not Omicron Symptoms Omicron incubation 2 days Symptomatic disease with omicron is shorter Most people could leave isolation at 5 days Long covid, probably less than with delta Current symptoms Runny nose, 73% Headache, 68% Fatigue, 64% Sneezing, 60% Sore throat, 60% Persistent cough, 44% Hoarse voice, 36% Chills or shivers, 30% Fever, 29% Dizzy, 28% Brain fog, 24% Altered smell, 23% Sore eyes, 23% Unusual muscle pains, 23% Skipped meals, 21% Loss of smell, 19% Chest pain, 19% Swollen glands, 19% Feeling down, 16% Remember, the 6 Ps. Poor preparation promotes probable poor performance
By Eva Dou and Pei Lin Wu
They fear that the "live with it" strategy underestimates the dangers posed by the omicron variant and could send messages that will lead people to abandon the measures known to limit its spread. By Joel Achenbach
By Jill U. Adams
By Jay Bhattacharya and Tom Nicholson | Commentary
A long descent from a peak in cases could exact a larger toll than even Omicron’s blistering ascent.
JONATHAN WOLFF 6:00 AM ET
There was an average of 40 coronavirus deaths a day over the past week, a sign that Omicron may be deadlier than many initially believed.
Even before his father’s death, the teen had penned a school paper on the pain of life during the pandemic.
PM Jacinda Ardern said the government is learning from other nations grappling with Omicron outbreaks as it prepares to manage its own.
Untraceable Delta case, first reported on Sunday, involves 23-year-old woman with high viral load; health secretary Sophia Chan urges residents not to let their guard down.
No coronavirus cases at crucial land-trade port in Manzhouli city that connects China with Russia and European countries, but other Chinese cities have already detected the virus on imported fruit.
Just under half the country has been double-vaccinated, while the Duterte administration has ruled out another punishing lockdown ahead of polls in May.
17 Jan 2022 - 8:41AM
Don’t let Omicron smother the soul of Hong Kong’s live music scene
Neil Newman 17 Jan 2022 - 9:30AM
Line between Dandong in China and Sinuiju in North Korea back in business.
No coronavirus cases at crucial land-trade port in Manzhouli city that connects China with Russia and European countries, but other Chinese cities have already detected the virus on imported fruit.
17 Jan 2022 - 6:39PM
PM Jacinda Ardern said the government is learning from other nations grappling with Omicron outbreaks as it prepares to manage its own.
17 Jan 2022 - 6:26PM
Events will be restricted to invitees only to prevent spread of Covid-19.
Stealthy, fast-spreading variant poses tough test for China’s ‘Covid Zero’ policy heading into Winter Olympics and Lunar New Year
The 40-day travel rush for the 2022 Lunar New Year has begun, with Covid-19 testing stations and checkpoints popping up at train stations across the country. During this year’s period, which runs from Monday to Feb. 25, national railways are expected to carry 280 million passengers, a railway executive said
Jan 17, 2022 05:00 PM
By Dhruv Khullar
Jan 16, 2022 CBS News
The Biden administration is trying to step up the fight against the fast-spreading omicron variant by increasing access to free testing. Meanwhile, the CDC is advising people to wear the most protective masks they can find. Dr. Jeremy Faust, emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, joins CBSN's Lana Zak for more.
Jan 16, 2022 Face the Nation
Dr. Scott Gottlieb says vaccines targeting specific variants of the coronavirus could "restore the ability of the vaccine, potentially, to prevent transmission, and it once again becomes a public health tool for actually controlling spread."
Jan 12, 2022 DW News
Nearly 20 million people are currently in strict lockdown in China and millions more are taking daily tests as the country seeks to achieve zero COVID cases. But how sustainable is this in the long-run?
The Serbian tennis star will not compete in the Australian Open after a court upheld a visa cancelation, arguing that his decision not to be vaccinated against coronavirus posed a risk to the Australian public. Go to article
15 Jan 2022 - 1:00PM
The woman was said to have stayed at home during the five days between her completing quarantine and testing positive, but her family did not.
Hiccups among issues sparked under city’s tough zero-Covid policy, prompting apology from city leader.
15 Jan 2022 - 8:07PM
“Everybody’s got it,” said one union leader. “This is twice as bad as when the delta [variant] was around.”
There’s no guarantee the sequels of omicron will cause milder illness.
BY SHEPARD PRICE
Flexible work is here to stay, but the shape it will take is up for debate in virtual board rooms around the world.
By Lena H. Sun
By Andrew Jeong
Many in GOP say taxpayers have spent enough, but gyms, minor league ball clubs and others say they were largely left out of previous aid efforts.
A domestically transmitted case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected in Beijing, weeks before the city is set to host the Winter Olympics.
Jan 16, 2022 WION
The Latin American nation of Brazil is currently witnessing an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 infections. The massive spike, which has been fueled by the fast-spreading omicron variant of the Coronavirus has pushed the country's health infrastructure virtually to its edge now.
Jan 14, 2022 DW News
Germany: Germany's intensified vaccination campaign appears to be paying off, with 780,000 doses administered within just one day, officials said. The figure is much higher than last week's daily jab rate of 593,000 doses. Many of the vaccinations were booster shots, which have been administered to more than 45% of the population. The number of people in Germany who are fully vaccinated (and not yet boostered) rose to more than 72% on Thursday. Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government set a goal to have 80% of the population fully vaccinated by the end of January. France: France is easing some of its strict travel restrictions on visitors from the UK, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced. Fully vaccinated British travelers who also have a COVID negative test will be allowed to enter France without having to self-isolate for 48-hours— and will no longer have to provide a "valid" reason for travel. The rules change goes into effect on Friday. Castex said France was relaxing the travel curbs since the highly-contagious omicron variant is now dominant in both France and the UK. The curbs had been in place since mid-December. Also in France, teachers across the country went on strike on Thursday over the government's chaotic COVID-19 strategy for schools. "The exhaustion and exasperation of the entire educational community have reached an unprecedented level," eleven unions said in a joint statement. France has logged an ever-climbing surge in infections this week, including a record of over 368,000 new cases in a single day. India: India recorded its highest-ever new daily COVID caseload on Thursday — logging more than 247,000 new daily cases for the first time. India is in the midst of a third wave of infections, with the omicron variant causing cases to exponentially rise in cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.
By Lena H. Sun