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COVID-19 data out of South Africa points to substantially fewer deaths compared to past infection spikes

Scientists at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, work on the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus Wednesday Dec. 15, 2021.AP Photo/Jerome Delay New COVID-19 data from South Africa points to fewer hospitalizations and deaths than past infection surges. Dr. Scott Gottlieb shared a series of graphs on Twitter that suggest Omicron's impact is less severe. But scientists have stressed the likelihood that high population immunity is playing a role.  New COVID-19 data...
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Vaccines are the best explanation for Omicron's mild symptoms in most people, new research suggests

Care worker Jen Madghachian receives her COVID-19 booster vaccination at the MedMart pharmacy in Borehamwood, England, on October 4, 2021.Karwai Tang/Getty Images The Omicron coronavirus variant seems to produce milder symptoms and fewer hospitalizations than Delta. Early data suggests that's because vaccines are still warding off severe disease. But scientists haven't yet dismissed the possibility that Omicron is inherently less virulent. It's the brightest spot in the pandemic r...
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CDC shortens quarantine time for healthcare workers amid Omicron variant and staff shortages

Healthcare workers take a break at the ProHEALTH testing site in Jericho, New York.Getty The CDC set looser interim federal guidance on isolation periods for healthcare workers amid Omicron spread. Asymptomatic personnel may return to work within 7 days of infection with a negative test result. In a crisis capacity, workers who are fully vaccinated and boosted can return to work with no restrictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slashed the isolation timeline for healthcare ...
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The Omicron wave looks swift and painful — some scientists expect US cases to peak in January and bottom out in March

A person receives a COVID-19 test at a walk-up testing site in New York City on December 15, 2021.David Dee Delgado/Getty Images The US Omicron wave could peak sharply in January, then bottom out in March, new models suggest.  Omicron could represent the swiftest outbreak in the US to date, lasting no more than three months. But hospitalizations and deaths are still expected to rise as the variant becomes more widespread. Almost as quickly as the Omicron variant tore through the US, some scie...
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Your cloth mask is not good enough protection against Omicron, according to an expert — here's why

Europa Press News / Contributor / Getty Images It's important to mask up in the face of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Cloth masks don't offer adequate protection, so opt for an approved medical-grade mask instead. Beware of counterfeit N95 and KN95 masks blacklisted by the CDC. Cloth masks won't do much in the fight against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, CNN's medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said Monday.Since the early days of the pandemic, we've learned...
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If you have a cold right now, there's a good chance it's COVID, study finds

A woman uses a swab to take a sample from her nostril at a NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 testing unit at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, west London on May 25, 2021, as "surge testing" takes place in several areas of the country in order to keep on top of new Covid variants. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Half of people with cold-like symptoms will have COVID-19, a UK study suggests. Headache, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat and sneezing are the top symptoms reported on the ZOE app....
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If you have a cold right now, there's a good chance it's COVID-19, study finds

A woman uses a swab to take a sample from her nostril at a NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 testing unit at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, west London on May 25, 2021, as "surge testing" takes place in several areas of the country in order to keep on top of new Covid variants. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Half of people with coldlike symptoms likely have COVID-19, a UK study suggests. Headache, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing are the top symptoms reported on th...
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Good news is Omicron may be less severe, bad news is it’s surging faster

Analysis: smaller proportion of people hospitalised with Covid variant means little when rise in infections is so huge, warn expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEvidence that infections caused by Omicron may be less severe than other Covid variants is good news but is likely to make little or no difference to the duration of the pandemic, according to experts.Several pieces of research published this week suggest that people infected with Omicron are much less like...
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The FDA has authorized pills to treat COVID-19, replenishing the tool kit of treatments against Omicron

A worker at Pfizer's manufacturing facility in Freiburg, Germany, produces the COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid.Pfizer The FDA has authorized pills to treat COVID-19, a milestone in the fight against the pandemic. The OKs for Pfizer and Merck's pills come as Omicron is causing a surge in cases. The regulator issued emergency authorization for use of Pfizer's pill in high-risk people 12 and older, while Merck's is authorized for people 18 and up.  The Food and Drug Administrati...
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I got the Moderna booster shot after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — here's how it went

Suzie Glassman.Suzie Glassman. Suzie Glassman, 44, is a freelance writer and fitness coach based in Castle Rock, Colorado. In April, she got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; in October, she got the Moderna booster shot. After the booster, Glassman says she had chills, body aches, and her arm was sore for about 24 hours. In April of this year, vaccine appointments were hard to come by. I waited my turn, meaning I was last in line in terms of eligibility for the 18-and-up crowd. It felt like winn...
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Rapid tests do not always detect Omicron — here's how to know for sure if you've got COVID or not

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Early indications suggest rapid tests work on Omicron, but only if you take them when your viral load is high. You need to reach a certain threshold before any test — PCR or rapid — can detect your infection. Experts recommend isolating first, then taking at least two rapid tests, spaced a day or two apart.  Rapid tests for COVID-19 are simple to administer and ready within mi...
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Rapid tests do not always detect Omicron — here's how to know for sure if you've got COVID-19 or not

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Early indications suggest rapid tests work on Omicron but only if your viral load is high at the time. You need to reach a certain threshold before any test — PCR or rapid — can detect your infection. Experts recommend isolating first, then taking at least two rapid tests, spaced a day or two apart. Rapid tests for COVID-19 are simple to administer and ready within minutes, in...
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Scientists say don't treat Omicron like a cold just yet — it could cause more havoc than Delta, even if symptoms appear 'mild'

Medical worker in London, UK wears personal protective equipment to protect against COVID-19 when doing tests on December 18.DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty Images Experts have warned that we can't tell Omicron's severity from the early data we have. Four studies found the share of Omicron cases attending hospital was lower than the share of Delta cases. "We're not at a place to treat this as a cold," Azra Ghani, co-author of the Imperial study, told the NYT. Scientists have urged caution a...
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Scientists say we're not yet ready to treat Omicron like it's just a cold. It's still too early to gauge its severity from the data we have right now.

Medical worker in London, UK wears personal protective equipment to protect against COVID-19 when doing tests on December 18.DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty Images Experts have warned that we can't tell Omicron's intrinsic severity from the early data we have just yet. Four studies found the share of Omicron cases attending hospital was lower than the share of Delta cases. "We're not at a place to treat this as a cold," Azra Ghani, co-author of the Imperial study, told the NYT. Scientists h...
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Watch NASA launch its $10 billion, game-changing James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas morning

The James Webb Space Telescope fully deploys its primary mirror in a Northrop Grumman cleanroom in Redondo Beach, California, on March 4, 2020.NASA/Chris Gunn NASA plans to launch its $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope into space on Saturday. Webb will revolutionize astronomy, but first it has to survive launch and rebuild itself in space. Watch NASA's live broadcast of the high-stakes launch from French Guiana, below. NASA is about to send its delicate, $10 billion new observatory — ...
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The Biden administration has yet to sign a single contract for the 500 million COVID-19 tests promised, report says

President Joe Biden.Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images The White House promised 500 million free COVID-19 tests for Americans on Tuesday. However, no contracts have been signed yet, The New York Times reported Thursday. The website for ordering the tests also won't be live until January, the White House said. President Joe Biden's administration is yet to sign contracts to buy the 500 million COVID-19 tests the White House promised earlier this week, The New York Times reported...
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Escape your comfort zone! How to face your fears - and improve your health, wealth and happiness

Is there something great you have always wanted to do, but fear has held you back? Make 2022 the year you go for itThe “comfort zone” is a reliable place of retreat, especially in times of stress – living through a global pandemic, for instance. But psychologists have long ƒextolled the benefits of stepping outsideit, too. The clinical psychologist Roberta Babb advises regularly reviewing how well it is serving you. The comfort zone can, she says, become a prison or a trap, particularly if you a...
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