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Low vaccination rates are driving Michigan's worst COVID-19 surge. Healthcare workers anticipate it will only get worse.

Registered Nurse Monica Quintana dons protective gear before entering a room at the William Beaumont hospital, April 21, 2021 in Royal Oak, Mich.AP Photo/Carlos Osorio There were over 4,500 adults hospitalized with COVID-19 in Michigan on Friday.  That's the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state since the start of the pandemic. While vaccines have been available for a year, only 56% of Michigan is fully vaccinated.  Michigan has hit its highest number of COVID-19 hospit...
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Australia live news updates: Aacta awards named as Covid exposure site; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Qld changes quarantine rules

Sydney pub and club at centre of Covid scare. Bushfire rages in Margaret River in Western AustraliaInformation watchdog demands change after two government departments break FoI laws within a monthConspiracy, Covid and the Coalition: why are more of its MPs appealing to the alt-right?Katharine Murphy: ‘Gladys for Warringah is the latest salvo in Morrison’s war against an integrity commission’Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingTwo of the government’s biggest departments...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Victoria, Morrison, Gladys, Margaret River, Warringah, Coronavirus, Peter Timmins


Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Qld changes quarantine rules

Sydney pub and club at centre of Covid scare. Bushfire rages in Margaret River in Western AustraliaInformation watchdog demands change after two government departments break FoI laws within a monthConspiracy, Covid and the Coalition: why are more of its MPs appealing to the alt-right?Katharine Murphy: ‘Gladys for Warringah is the latest salvo in Morrison’s war against an integrity commission’Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingTwo of the government’s biggest departments...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Victoria, Morrison, Gladys, Margaret River, Warringah, Coronavirus, Peter Timmins


A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK turned into a potential Omicron superspreader event, even though everyone was vaccinated — but all the cases were mild

File image — not the actual party.Klaus Vedfelt via Getty Images A 60-year-old's birthday party turned into a likely Omicron superspreader event. 15 of the 18 party-goers tested positive for COVID-19 after the party. All were vaccinated, and many were boosted. "It's highly unlikely that Delta would behave like that," said epidemiologist Tim Spector, who suspects it was Omicron.  A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK has turned into a coronavirus superspreader event — and it'...
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Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Sydney pub and club at centre of scare

Bushfire rages in Margaret River in Western Australia while NSW town of Mogo clean-up continues after floodsInformation watchdog demands change after two government departments break FoI laws within a monthConspiracy, Covid and the Coalition: why are more of its MPs appealing to the alt-right?Katharine Murphy: ‘Gladys for Warringah is the latest salvo in Morrison’s war against an integrity commission’Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingTwo of the government’s biggest de...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Victoria, Western Australia, Morrison, Guardian Australia, Gladys, Margaret River, Warringah, Coronavirus, Peter Timmins


Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb as Sydney pub and club at centre of scare

Bushfire rages in Margaret River in Western Australia while NSW town of Mogo clean-up continues after floodsInformation watchdog demands change after two government departments break FoI laws within a monthConspiracy, Covid and the Coalition: why are more of its MPs appealing to the alt-right?Katharine Murphy: ‘Gladys for Warringah is the latest salvo in Morrison’s war against an integrity commission’Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingFor those ready and raring for som...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Western Australia, Morrison, Gladys, Margaret River, Warringah, Katherine Murphy, Coronavirus


Propane's sudden price drop is good news for outdoor dining and winter BBQs

A restaurant worker adjusts an outdoor propane heater in New York City on Nov. 29, 2020.Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images The cost of propane has spiked during the Covid pandemic, as people dined outside and bought grills. The issue is not the availability of the gas, but supply-chain delays for the 20-gallon cylinders. Last week, prices suddenly fell. Analysts say it's a good time to prepare for the winter.  On any given night, the line for Nidhi Tandon's Punjab cooking is out the door, s...
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The most common Omicron symptoms include cough, fatigue, and runny nose, according to health officials in the US and Europe

A passenger who arrived from Italy administers a self-collected nasal swab at Los Angeles International Airport on December 3, 2021.Mario Tama/Getty Images The CDC just shared the symptoms of the first 43 confirmed Omicron infections in the US. Cough, fatigue, congestion, and runny nose were the most commonly reported symptoms. Europe has also seen mild cases so far, but it's too soon to act like Omicron is the common cold. The first data on Omicron symptoms in the US is starting to trick...
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The most common Omicron symptoms include cough, fatigue, and a runny nose, according to health officials in the US and Europe

A passenger who arrived from Italy administers a self-collected nasal swab at Los Angeles International Airport on December 3.Mario Tama/Getty Images The CDC just shared the symptoms of the first 43 confirmed Omicron infections in the US. Cough, fatigue, congestion, and a runny nose were the most commonly reported symptoms. Europe has also had mild cases, but it's too soon to act like Omicron is the common cold. The first data on Omicron symptoms in the US is starting to trickle in — and ...
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Omicron appears to be spreading faster in the UK than in South Africa, experts say

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading fast in the UK.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images The Omicron variant appears to be spreading faster in the UK than in South Africa, experts say. COVID-19 cases caused by Omicron are on course to hit 64,000 a day by Christmas, one expert estimated. Omicron's fast spread could be down to its ability to partially evade the immune response, early data suggests. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus appears to be spreading faster in the UK than...
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Europe's medicine agency says Omicron cases appear mild, echoing the US CDC

A woman is tested for COVID-19 in France in February 2021.BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images Known cases of the Omicron variant appear to be mild, Europe's medicines agency said. The US CDC also said this week that most cases identified seem to be resulting in mild symptoms. Both agencies hedged the findings by emphasizing that more research is needed. Europe's medicines agency said on Thursday that reported cases of the Omicron virus variant so far appear mild.It hedged its announcement,...
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Mouse bite may have infected Taiwan lab worker with Covid

Employee at high-security facility tests positive in island’s first local infection in weeksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials in Taiwan are investigating whether a mouse bite may have been responsible for a laboratory worker testing positive for Covid, the island’s first local infection in weeks.The authorities are scrambling to work out how the employee at Academia Sinica, the country’s top research institute, contracted the virus last month. Continue ...
Tags: Science, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Academia Sinica, Coronavirus


Scientists use ostrich cells to make glowing Covid detection masks

Japanese researchers use bird antibodies to detect virus under ultraviolet lightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJapanese researchers have developed masks that use ostrich antibodies to detect Covid-19 by glowing under ultraviolet light.The discovery, by Yasuhiro Tsukamoto and his team at Kyoto Prefectural University in western Japan, could provide for low-cost testing of the virus at home. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Birds, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Microbiology, Kyoto Prefectural University, Coronavirus, Yasuhiro Tsukamoto



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