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NSW records Australia’s highest daily Covid cases since pandemic began as scrapping of mask mandate condemned

Victoria records seven Covid deaths and 1,504 new cases as Scott Morrison says national plan ‘not about case numbers’Follow the Australia live news blog‘A hell of a decision to make’: why Covid cases are exploding across NSW Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingNew South Wales has recorded Australia’s highest ever daily Covid case tally as the Omicron variant, combined with a wave of Delta cases spread at Christmas gatherings, has caused the number of infections to spike.The spik...
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More than 1,000 National Guards were called in to help Ohio hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge

A healthcare professional exits a Covid-19 patient's room in the ICU at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, Ohio on November 20, 2020.Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty Images Hospitals across Ohio are close to or at full capacity as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase.  On Friday, Mike DeWine said he mobilized 1,050 National Guard troops to assist hospital workers.  There are 150 Guard members who are trained medical professionals to help care for COVID patients.  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine mobili...
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Exponential growth may explain why Omicron cases are skyrocketing in parts of the US

A woman uses a swab to take a sample from her nostril at an NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 testing unit.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images In pandemic terms, "exponential growth" means infections accelerate over time. In New York City, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 doubled over three days. Exponential growth causes huge outbreaks in short time periods. But we know how to stop the virus from spreading. As COVID-19 infections explode in the Northeast and Dr. Anthony Fauci warn...
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Pfizer says its ultra-low dose vaccine isn't enough for kids aged 2-5 — setting up a booster scenario that could delay toddlers' shots until mid-2022

Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images Pfizer says the company's ultra low-dose vaccine for babies and toddlers isn't necessarily strong enough to induce protection among 2-to-5 year-olds. The baby shot is a 3 µg mRNA dose (kids aged 5-11 receive 10 µg, and adults get 30 µg).  Pfizer said rather than up the dosage for toddlers, they're evaluating giving a third dose after two months — a development that threatens to delay toddlers' shots. Pfizer says it's lower-dose COVI...
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Pfizer says kids under 5 may not get shots until mid-2022 after trial found low-dose vaccine didn't work in kids aged 2-5

Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images Pfizer says the company's ultra low-dose vaccine for babies and toddlers isn't necessarily strong enough to induce protection among 2-to-5 year-olds. The baby shot is a 3 µg mRNA dose (kids aged 5-11 receive 10 µg, and adults get 30 µg).  Pfizer said rather than up the dosage for toddlers, they're evaluating giving a third dose after two months — a development that threatens to delay toddlers' shots. Pfizer says it's lower-dose COVI...
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Scientists discover first actual millipede with more than 1,000 legs

The word "millipede" means "thousand feet" but nobody has ever identified a millipede, or any other kind of animal on Earth, with more than 1,000 legs. Now though, researchers have discovered E. persephone, the first millipede that lives up to its name with not just 1,000 legs but rather 1,306 of them. — Read the rest
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T-cells in Pfizer Covid jab recipients stay robust against severe illness

Research in South Africa raises hopes that similar responses may be present with other vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth African researchers examining how the body’s immune system responds to the Omicron variant have identified that T-cells in people who have had the Pfizer vaccine continue to be robust in potentially protecting against severe illness despite Omicron’s ability to evade other defences.The research raises hopes that similar responses may be ...
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Omicron hospitalization rate less than 10% that of Delta, South Africa health minister says, citing early data

A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveller at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 28, 2021,Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images Hospitalization rates from South Africa's Omicron surge are around 1.7%, its health minister said. That is less than a tenth of the 19% rate seen at a comparable point when Delta was surging.  This is likely due to a high rate of immunity in the population, the health minister said. South Africa is seeing very low rates of ho...
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Wanna learn how Psilocybin actually works

Pop quiz: what's the compound that makes you trip when you're munching on psychedelic mushrooms? If you said psilocybin, you're wrong. I was shocked too. Mainly because I'm one of those annoying friends you have that frequently rhapsodizes about how psychedelic mushrooms are key to mental health. — Read the rest
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Omicron surge is causing far less hospitalization than Delta did, South Africa minister says: 1.7% instead of 19%

A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveller at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 28, 2021,Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images Hospitalization rates from South Africa's Omicron surge are around 1.7%, its health minister said. That is less than a tenth of the 19% rate seen at a comparable point when Delta was surging.  This is likely due to a high rate of immunity in the population, the health minister said. South Africa is seeing very low rates of ho...
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COVID cases are breaking records in an all-time surge in 4 countries known to have the biggest Omicron outbreaks

Representation of a rise in cases based on a graph of daily new COVID-19 cases per million as of December 16, 2021.Our World in Data Omicron is spreading more quickly than previous variants, new data increasingly shows. The UK, Norway, Denmark, and South Africa detected Omicron outbreaks and now record daily cases. Hospitalizations are rising slowly, likely due to high levels of immunity, one expert said. Coronavirus infections in four countries skyrocketed to record-breaking rates after the...
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Why a UK Omicron wave is dangerous – even if we see mostly mild cases

Analysis: If the spread continues at this rate, a small proportion of Covid hospitalisations is a serious matterWith the booster programme at full tilt across the UK, immunity against Covid is rising – so it is perhaps not surprising that the concern shown by experts over the steep rise in Omicron infections has left some bemused. For while the new variant is believed to dodge Covid vaccines to some degree, it is thought the jabs still offer good protection against severe disease – particularly ...
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