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The Omicron wave of infections in the US will peak by January 21, expert projects

People walk by a Covid-19 vaccination site at a mall near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on January 05, 2022.Spencer Platt/Getty Images Jeffrey Shaman is an infectious disease modeler at Columbia University. Omicron will peak within the first one to three weeks of January, according to his model. The wave is likely to produce the most cases of any month of the pandemic thus far. Infections by the Omicron coronavirus variant will peak by January 21, likely producing more new infections than ...
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WHO director warns against calling the Omicron variant 'mild,' even if it's less severe than Delta

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, wearing a protective facemask, attends a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in GenevaPhoto by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images The WHO director-general warned on Thursday against calling the Omicron coronavirus variant "mild." He said it should not be categorized as such, even if it's less severe than the Delta variant.  The remarks come as the US — and the world — faces a surge in...
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Scientists will digitally examine 41 child mummies in Sicily to reveal information on their mysterious lives and deaths

Fully clothed human remains, representing some of the world's best-preserved bodies, are displayed at the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, southern Italy, January 31, 2011.REUTERS/Tony Gentile The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo display approximately 1,284 bodies — 163 of which are children. Researchers at Staffordshire University in England will use X-rays to examine the juvenile mummies. The goal is to learn more about their lives and deaths.  Researchers are making efforts to unravel the m...
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First Covid wave raised UK adult risk of death by 40%, study finds

Level increased regardless of health but virus ‘picks on’ those already at risk of illness or deathBritain’s first wave of coronavirus raised the risk of death by more than 40% for most adults regardless of their underlying health and other factors, research suggests.Scientists examined medical records for nearly 10 million people aged 40 and over and found that, whatever a person’s risk of dying before the pandemic, it rose 1.43 times on average as the virus spread between March and May 2020. C...
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'Swab your throat first and then your nose': 4 disease experts offer new guidance on COVID-19 rapid tests

A woman uses a swab to take a sample from her mouth at a NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 testing unit in west London on May 25 2021.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images New research suggests Omicron may be easier to detect in saliva than nasal samples. Some experts recommend swabbing your throat then your nose for a COVID-19 rapid test, even if the test doesn't say to. The FDA and testing manufacturers advise against performing throat swabs at home. The FDA has authorized just one method of taking ...
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Hedgehogs had MRSA superbug long before antibiotics use, research finds

Animals thought to have developed the illness about 200 years ago after bacterial infections gained resistance to natural antibioticsHedgehogs have been harbouring a type of the MRSA superbug since long before the use of antibiotics in humans and livestock, research suggests.Scientists have found evidence of the superbug arising in nature well before the use of the drugs, which have traditionally been blamed for its emergence. Continue reading...
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The American Medical Association called out the CDC's 'confusing' COVID-19 quarantine guidance, saying it could 'put our patients at risk'

A women gets tested for COVID-19.Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance/Getty Images The American Medical Association slammed the Center for Disease Control ad Prevention's new "confusing" COVID-19 isolation guidelines.  The group said a shortened isolation period could "put our patients at risk," according to a statement.  The CDC has said the new isolation guidelines were based on what the CDC "thought people would be able to tolerate."  The American Medical Association slammed the C...
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Flu levels remain low in UK despite spread of Omicron, data shows

Cases of people infected at same time with both viruses have been reported in some countriesLevels of flu remain low in the UK despite Covid cases rising considerably over Christmas and the new year, official data shows.The Omicron variant of coronavirus has spread rapidly around the UK, leading to a sharp rise in infections and, subsequently, hospitalisations. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics released on Wednesday, one in 15 people in England had Covid in the week en...
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A record number of children are hospitalized with COVID-19

Principal Nathan Hay performs temperature checks on students as they arrive on the first day of classes for the 2021-22 school year at Baldwin Park Elementary School in Orlando, Florida, on August 10, 2021.Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A record number of children in the US were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the past week, according to CDC data. The US hit a new average of 672 new hospitalizations per day for the 0-17 age group. Children, however, are the leas...
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Look inside this high-tech farm growing fly larvae for protein, as demand for insects surges across the world

The Protix facility farms black soldier flies (left) to produce protein meals.Protix/Emilie Filou Insider went inside the world's largest fly farm harvesting larvae as a sustainable protein source. Insect protein is becoming increasingly popular in animal feed, replacing soya or fishmeal. Protix operates from a high-tech farm in the Netherlands, with plans to scale to 10 new locations. An insect farm might conjure images of fields, barns, and muddy boots, not a fully automated, high-tech ...
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COVID-positive nurses say they're being pressured to work while sick, and they're petrified of infecting patients

Four nurses told Insider their hospitals are pressuring them to come into work shortly after testing positive for COVID-19.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images A handful of nurses are using TikTok to call out hospitals pressuring them to come to work with COVID-19. Four nurses across the US told Insider they had been told to come into work while sick or risk losing pay. Some nurses said they're close to quitting after nearly two years of long hours and heightened verbal and physical abuse...
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UK faces legal action for approving firm accused of using forced labour as PPE supplier

High court to review government’s decision to include subsidiary of Malaysia’s Supermax in £6bn ‘framework’ deal for buying glovesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government is facing legal action over its decision to keep using a Malaysian company accused of using forced labour as a supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS. Lawyers at the London-based law firm Wilson Solicitors have filed for a judicial review of the government’s decision to n...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, NHS, Global development, Supermax, Coronavirus, Wilson Solicitors


‘Ghost’ orchid that grows in the dark among new plant finds

Hundreds of new species include pink voodoo lily and an ylang-ylang tree named after Leonardo DiCaprioA ghost orchid that grows in complete darkness, an insect-trapping tobacco plant and an “exploding firework” flower are among the new species named by scientists in the last year. The species range from a voodoo lily from Cameroon to a rare tooth fungus unearthed near London, UK.A new tree from the ylang-ylang family is the first to be named in 2022 and is being named after the actor and environ...
Tags: Science, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Cameroon, Plants, Leonardo Dicaprio, Biodiversity, Wild Flowers, London UK, Kew Gardens, Leonardo DiCaprioA


5 US states have recorded cases of 'flurona' — having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time

A file photo of a man getting a COVID-19 test at a walk-up testing site in New York City on December 15, 2021.David Dee Delgado/Getty Images Anecdotal reports of "flurona" — the flu plus COVID-19 — are appearing around the US. People from five states said they tested positive for COVID-19 and flu at the same time.  "Flurona" is not overly dangerous for people who are healthy and vaccinated, experts have said. Cases of "flurona" — a combination of the flu and COVID-19 — have been reported by p...
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Why are so many people getting re-infected with Covid-19?

On Wednesday, 194,747 daily confirmed Covid cases were reported for the whole of the UK. But this doesn’t include all the people who have caught the virus for the second, or even third time. In fact, official figures for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland don’t include those who have had Covid before, despite warnings from scientists that up to 15% of Omicron cases could be reinfections. Madeleine Finlay speaks to the Guardian’s science editor Ian Sample about why reinfections are so high fo...
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