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Omicron could become the dominant variant worldwide, experts say, but they still don't know how harmful it is

A women gets tested for COVID-19.Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance/Getty Images The Omicron variant could become dominant worldwide within weeks, one expert has said. Others, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have been more cautious about making predictions with the information available.  Even if Omicron does become dominant, it's not clear yet if it's more harmful than Delta. Experts have said the new Omicron variant could soon become the most common COVID-19 variant worldwide — ...
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68 ICU nurses tested positive for COVID-19 after going to their hospital Christmas party

The Malaga Regional University Hospital, in Malaga, Spain.REUTERS/Jon Nazca Hospital staff in Spain held a Christmas party, and 68 ICU nurses later tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 173 people attended. Authorities said they are still confirming the source of infection. Everyone had presented a negative antigen test or had a booster COVID-19 shot, Reuters reported. At least 68 ICU nurses at a Spanish hospital tested positive for COVID-19 after they went to their hospital's Christma...
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The metaverse could let Silicon Valley track your facial expressions, blood pressure, and your breathing rates — showing exactly why our internet laws need updating

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg giving the metaverse keynoteFacebook With talk swirling about the metaverse comes the question of how to regulate it. Tech firms will gain even more data on users, giving algorithms and advertising partners valuable data.  A solution could be to restrict what the corporations could track about you, like your heart rate. The metaverse is supposedly coming, which means it may need the same thing (some say) as social media: regulation.That's especially pressing s...
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WHO Europe chief says vaccine mandates should be an 'absolute last resort' in the fight against COVID-19

A "No Vaccine Passports" protest sticker on a vaccine center billboard outside Wembley Stadium, London.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Hans Kluge said vaccine mandates should be an "absolute last resort" in the coronavirus fight. He said mandates can be effective in prompting vaccine uptake, but could also harm "public trust." Germany and Austria have already started imposing restrictions on unvaccinated people only. The World Health Organization's Europe regional director said coronav...
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A new report offers more evidence that the Omicron variant may cause mild illness but authors say it's still too early to be sure

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 A study in South Africa showed the Omicron variant may only lead to mild illness.  However, the study has not been peer-reviewed and looked at only a small sample.  Researchers caution against using it to predict the overall severity of the new variant.  A study from doctors at the Steve Biko/Tshwane District Hospital Complex in ...
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Omicron may challenge vaccine protection more than other variants, early lab data suggests, but the shots could still protect against severe disease

A health staff member prepares a COVID-19 test at the Histopath Diagnostic Specialists pre-departure area at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021.James D. Morgan/Getty Images Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine may yield substantially fewer antibodies against the Omicron variant. One study found the vaccine showed a 40-fold reduction in antibody levels in a study awaiting peer review. Breakthrough infections still appear to be mild. The Omicron variant substantially reduced antibody le...
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Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans

Wealthy countries were quick to ban Southern African nations from entering their borders when the Omicron variant was identified, but did not do so to each other. The post Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Pfizer says 3 of its shots work against Omicron, citing lab tests, but that 2 appear less effective

A man receives a booster shot with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Hartford, Connecticut.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer and BioNTech new data about how their vaccine works against the Omicron variant. They said that two doses produced fewer antibodies against Omicron than against other variants. But, they said, a third dose significantly improved the immune response — a hopeful sign. Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that their vaccine against the coronavirus appeared effective again...
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Scientists found a 2nd type of Omicron that's harder to track since tests struggle to distinguish it from other variants

A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveller at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 28, 2021.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images Scientists have spotted a version of Omicron that appears harder to track. BA.2, the new lineage, has been seen seven times across South Africa, Australia, and Canada. Its genetics mean that it is harder to tell apart from other virus variants via a PCR test. A new version of the Omicron coronavirus variant was designated on Tu...
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More than 50 earthquakes hit off the coast of Oregon this week. Scientists say they pose little threat.

Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, in Newport, Ore., July 22, 2019.Andrew Selsky/AP More than 50 earthquakes were reported off the Oregon coast in fewer than 24 hours on Tuesday. A swarm of earthquakes isn't inherently dangerous, experts say. The strongest earthquake registered a 5.8 magnitude, but posed no tsunami risk, the NWS said. A "swarm" of more than 50 earthquakes hit the waters off Oregon's coast in fewer th...
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A billionaire who just blasted into space shared footage of his training, which included lying upside down and spinning on a chair

Yusaku Maezawa during his space-suit check shortly before the launch to the International Space Station at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on December 8, 2021.REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launched into space on Wednesday to visit the ISS for 12 days. He shared footage of his training, including videos of him in zero-gravity and playing badminton. One video showed him in a spinning chair, which he said "almost feels like torture." The Japanese billionaire Yu...
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A New York anime convention has become a focal point for health officials investigating how Omicron spreads

Anime NYC took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in late November 2021.KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images An anime convention could provide early data on how the Omicron virus variant spreads, the CDC said. An attendee of the November event was among the first people in the US to test positive for Omicron. At least 35,000 attendees have been contacted and asked to get tested, the CDC said. An anime convention held in New York in November could provide an early look i...
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Elon Musk's Neuralink wants to embed microchips in people's skulls and get robots to perform brain surgery

Elon Musk.Win McNamee/Getty Images Neuralink is one of Elon Musk's strange and futuristic portfolio of companies. Neuralink developing neural interface technology — a.k.a. putting microchips into people's brains. The technology could help study and treat neurological disorders.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Elon Musk is known for his high-profile companies like Tesla and SpaceX, but the billionaire also has a handful of unusual ventures. One them, he says, h...
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Neuralink and Tesla have an AI problem that Elon’s money can’t solve

Elon Musk’s problems are bigger and more important than yours. While most of us are consumed with our day-to-day activities, Musk has been anointed by a higher power to save us all from ourselves. He’s here to ensure we eliminate car accidents, make traffic a thing of the past, solve autism (his words, not mine), connect human brains to machines, fill the night sky with satellites so everyone can have internet access, and colonize Mars. He doesn’t exactly know how we’re going to accomplish all t...
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COVID cases in South Africa spiked 400% in a week in the wake of Omicron being found there

A nurse performs a COVID test in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images South Africa estimates Omicron has been in the country about at least a month.  Cases have risen at a rate "not seen since the pandemic started," per its president. Omicron appears to be dominating new infections in most provinces, he said. South Africa is reporting a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads through the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a s...
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Fauci says Omicron variant is 'almost certainly' not more severe than Delta

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Omicron variant is "almost certainly" not more severe than the Delta variant, AFP reported. Though it will likely take weeks to understand Omircon fully, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told AFP that the new variant could even be milder than its predecessors. "There is some suggestion that it might ...
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Covid-19: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading? podcast

Over 40 countries have now confirmed the presence of Omicron. And, in the UK, scientists have been increasingly expressing their concern about the new variant. Some have speculated there could be more than 1,000 cases here already, and that it could become the dominant variant within weeks.To get an update on what we know about the Omicron variant, and how quickly it might be spreading, Madeleine Finlay speaks to Nicola Davis, the Guardian’s science correspondentArchive: 7News Australia, CBS, BB...
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South Korea hospitals under intense pressure amid record 7,175 Covid cases in a day

Rise in infections attributed to young people who have yet to be fully vaccinated and older citizens who have not received boostersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Korea has reported a record daily total of 7,175 new Covid cases as officials urged people to complete their vaccinations.The prime minister, Kim Boo-kyum, warned that hospitals were coming under intense pressure amid a rise in serious cases, days after the government announced a return to stricter res...
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*NEOVILLE* Skyscraper Tile Placement/Grid Logic Game

What’s your preferred environment? Do you feel most at one with nature when surrounded by EARTH, FOREST, STONE, or WATERFALL? It’s up to you to build the organically accoutered city of your dreams in NEOVILLE, a city building logic game for 2-4 players, ages 10+, in about 45 minutes! Each player begins the game with three […]
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Covid live news: South Korea surge sparks hospital alarm; ‘stealth’ Omicron variant found

South Korea daily cases top 7,000 for first time; ‘stealth’ version of Omicron ‘cannot be detected by routine tests’; Boris Johnson staff filmed joking about No 10 partyWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageThe Romanian government will ease some Covid restrictio...
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Three doses of Pfizer vaccine likely to protect against Omicron infection, tests suggest

Initial findings indicate stark reduction in protection against new Covid variant from two vaccine dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are likely to protect against infection with the Omicron variant but two doses may not, according to laboratory data that will increase pressure to speed up booster programmes.Tests using antibodies in blood samples have given some of the first insights into how far Omicron escapes immunity, ...
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Covid live news: booster scheme speeds up in England; South Korea surge sparks alarm

Millions of over-40s can book a top-up jab from today; ‘stealth’ version of Omicron ‘cannot be detected by routine tests’; Boris Johnson staff filmed joking about No 10 partyWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 527 ...
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Covid live: Omicron spreading in UK ‘much faster’ than other variants, PM says; three Pfizer shots can ‘neutralise’ Omicron, lab tests show

Boris Johnson says Omicron infecting people ‘much faster’ than previous iterations of virus; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Omicron can partially evade Covid vaccine protection, study findsUK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes holdModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?China shifts Africa approach from debt to vaccine diplomacyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Co...
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Allegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party video

Government spokesperson for climate summit seen in footage joking about party during lockdownPressure on Johnson over No 10 Christmas party – politics liveAllegra Stratton has stepped down as the government’s spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit after footage emerged of her joking about a party at Downing Street during the peak of lockdown rules in December last year.In a statement sent to journalists and read out to TV crews in front of her home, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary said...
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Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into Brazil

There are fears the decision will reserve the gains made by a successful vaccination campaignCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Brazilian government has been accused of seeking to turn the South American country into a paradise for unvaccinated tourists after it shunned calls – including from its own health regulator – to demand proof of vaccination from visitors.The decision – announced on Tuesday by the health minister, Marcelo Queiroga – sparked anger in a nation ...
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Covid news: UK reports 51,342 new infections; vaccines protect against new variant – as it happened

Latest figures come amid concern over spread of Omicron variant; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestFinnish PM apologises for staying out clubbing despite Covid exposureWhy is there a row in the UK about Boris Johnson and Christmas parties?Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into BrazilModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Cov...
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UK Covid live: Boris Johnson announces plan B restrictions, including work from home and tighter mask rules

Latest updates: PM brings in stricter Covid restrictions to combat spread of Omicron variantFull story: PM triggers plan B Covid measures in EnglandAllegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party videoJohnson ‘apologises unreservedly’ over Christmas party videoThree Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestDowning Street sources are saying this morning that “no decisions have been made” on a move to plan B. But, frankly, an FT story carries more credibility in the Westmin...
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UK Covid live: Met police will not investigate No 10 Christmas party allegations

Latest updates: Scotland Yard cites ‘absence of evidence’, as PM triggers plan B Covid restrictionsFull story: PM triggers plan B Covid measures in EnglandAllegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party videoJohnson ‘apologises unreservedly’ over Christmas party videoThree Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestDowning Street sources are saying this morning that “no decisions have been made” on a move to plan B. But, frankly, an FT story carries more credibility in the ...
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Scientists find ‘stealth’ version of Omicron not identifiable with PCR test

Researchers fear new Covid variant could spread unnoticed because rough means of flagging up cases does not workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have identified a “stealth” version of the Omicron variant which cannot be detected with the routine tests that public health officials are using to track its spread around the world.The stealth variant has many mutations in common with standard Omicron, but it lacks a particular genetic change that allows lab-based...
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No 10 faces Tory and public backlash over Christmas party video

Sajid Javid pulls out of interviews amid anger over footage of aides joking about party during lockdownPressure on Johnson over No 10 Christmas party – politics liveSajid Javid, the health secretary, pulled out of Wednesday morning’s broadcast interviews after a video emerged showing No 10 aides laughing about a Christmas party during Covid restrictions, as the government faced a furious Tory and public backlash against their behaviour.No ministers were available to be interviewed on the BBC, Sk...
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