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Here's how long people with COVID-19 may remain contagious, according to the best available data

People clear the virus at different speeds so the length of time infected varies.Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images UK health officials estimated the impact of different isolation periods on COVID-19 infectiousness. Five days from symptoms or a positive test, 31% of people with COVID-19 were contagious, they said. Testing negative on rapid tests on days 5 and 6 cut the risk of being infectious to 7%, they said. It's a critical question that has played on the minds of ind...
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One chart shows how well vaccines and boosters protect against severe Omicron compared to Delta

Jolanta Gawlik, left, gives Juliana Cepeda the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New York.Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Booster shots appear to be at least 90% effective against hospitalization for Delta and Omicron. But Omicron poses a greater challenge to vaccine protection, according to two new CDC studies. Omicron increased the odds that vaccinated or boosted people would get infected relative to Delta. COVID-19 booster shots were effective at preventing hospitalization and death before Omicron started...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Delta, Oakland California, New York Mark Lennihan, Juan Perez, Carlos Ramirez, Omicron, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Hospitalizations


2 charts show how Omicron symptoms differ from Delta and past coronavirus variants

Girl takes test after getting COVID-19 symptoms on January 4.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram/Getty Images Sore throats and runny noses are increasingly common in vaccinated people with Omicron. But Omicron patients report fewer instances of fever, cough, and loss of taste or smell. The charts below show which Omicron symptoms are most common, and how they compare to prior variants. Almost as soon as Omicron started spreading, doctors noticed slight differences in the...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, News, San Francisco, Trends, Connecticut, Delta, Symptoms, Oakland California, Moreno, Yale School of Medicine, Juan Perez, Brandenburg Germany, Jorge Moreno, Carlos Ramirez


Half of COVID-19 patients in NYC hospitals were admitted for something else — a sign of milder Omicron cases in vaccinated people

New York City had more than 5,000 COVID-19 hospital admissions as of January 3, official data show.Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty New York reported more than 11,500 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday — close to a record high. More than 40% of those patients, and half of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City, were admitted for an unrelated issue. Doctors still caution that COVID-19 can worsen outcomes for all hospitalized patients.  New York is approaching a record high number of COVID-19 h...
Tags: New York, Science, News, New York City, US, Trends, Manhattan, Brown University School of Public Health, Jha, Ashish Jha, Shayanne Gal, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, BI Graphics, UK Health Security Agency


Other countries struck by Omicron kept their death tolls low. The US is looking different.

A person gets a COVID-19 vaccination on January 7, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama/Getty Images Countries where Omicron surged early have seen a relatively low burden of deaths so far. Lower population age or high vaccination coverage likely helped keep the death toll low.  But early data suggests that the situation may be different in the US, experts warn. It has been over four weeks since Omicron started hitting South Africa, Denmark, and the UK.In spite of the number of infectio...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, US, Trends, Chicago, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, News UK, Denmark, Fox News, University of Cambridge, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Hunter, US Food and Drug Administration


A step-by-step guide to swabbing your throat for COVID-19, which may help detect Omicron on rapid tests

How to swab your throat the right way for a COVID-19 at-home test kit.Shayanne Gal/Insider Swabbing your nose and throat could help detect COVID-19 on rapid tests, some disease experts say. To collect a throat sample, stick out your tongue, find your tonsils, and swab back and forth. Swab your throat before your nose! Wash your hands and refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes before performing the swab. A throat swab, if done properly, might just be the difference between a "positive"...
Tags: UK, Science, News, US, Trends, South Africa, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, University College London, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Throat, Shayanne Gal, Coronavirus, Covid-19 testing, BI Graphics, Andy Pekosz


The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder who went from being a Silicon Valley star to being found guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy

Elizabeth Holmes leaves after a hearing at a federal court in San Jose, California, on July 17, 2019.Reuters/Stephen Lam Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford at 19 to start Theranos and grew its value to $9 billion. Later, technology flaws were exposed, and Theranos and Holmes were charged with "massive fraud." On Monday, Holmes was found guilty on 4 of 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy, which could send her to prison for decades. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
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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...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Trends, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, University Of Southern California, Don, Wu, Mina, MICHAEL MINA, Zoe, Spector, Palos Verdes Estates California, Tim Spector


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...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, US Food and Drug Administration, EUA, Ute Grabowsky Photothek, Hilary Brueck, Shayanne Gal, Coronavirus, Covid-19 Vaccine


One chart shows the most common COVID-19 booster side effects from Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J's vaccines

A Thai healthcare worker receives a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine in Bangkok on August 9, 2021.Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Side effects from COVID-19 booster shots generally resemble those after a second dose. Fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches are common after both. But two shots of J&J's vaccine yield fewer side effects than three shots of Pfizer or Moderna. See more stories on Insider's business page. Second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines g...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Bangkok, Booster, Johnson Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, US National Institutes of Health, J&J, Moderna


As the pandemic raged, at least 75 lawmakers bought and sold stock in companies that make COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and tests

Rebecca Zisser/Insider AFP via Getty Images; Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty; Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call; Marie Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call; Skye Gould/Insider At least 75 federal lawmakers held shares of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or Pfizer in 2020. Lawmakers' holding stock in these companies has prompted ethical concerns. Several other lawmakers traded shares of companies with a direct stake in the pandemic. Dozens of Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hi...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Minnesota, Congress, Kentucky, Oregon, Finance, US, West Virginia, Trends, Markets, Joe Biden, Getty Images, New Jersey, House Of Representatives


22 Democrats hailed as environmental champions have personally pumped money into companies that rely on fossil fuels

Rebecca Zisser/Insider iStock, Rebecca Zisser/Insider Democrats who have key roles shaping energy policy also invest in energy companies. They reported holding or trading shares of Exxon Mobil, Dominion Energy, and Chevron, among others. The lawmakers often get accolades for their voting records on green issues. Nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers with gold-star ratings from a major environmental advocacy group have personal financial ties to fossil-fuel giants and petroleum-focused en...
Tags: Energy, Florida, Politics, Science, News, Congress, Senate, Environment, Trends, Markets, Exxon Mobil, Pennsylvania, Democrats, Fossil Fuels, Tennessee, House


The longest lunar eclipse this century will happen early Friday morning. Here's how to see it.

The moon enters the maximum eclipse in Glastonbury, England, on September 28, 2015. Matt Cardy/Getty Images A near-total lunar eclipse will occur early Friday morning, with prime visibility in North America. It will last 3 hours and 28 minutes - the longest partial lunar eclipse this century, NASA predicts. Here's how to see the rare event, when up to 97% of the moon will look red. The longest lunar eclipse of this century is coming this week.During the early hours of Friday morning, ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Space, Science, News, Mexico, Africa, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Canada, Moon, Middle East, South America, North America


The longest lunar eclipse this century will happen in 2 weeks. Here's how to see it.

The moon enters the maximum eclipse in Glastonbury, England, on September 28, 2015. Matt Cardy/Getty Images A near-total lunar eclipse will occur on November 19, with prime visibility in North America. It will last 3 hours and 28 minutes - the longest partial lunar eclipse this century, NASA predicts. Here's how to see the rare event, when up to 97% of the moon will look red. The longest lunar eclipse of this century comes in two weeks.During the early hours of November 19, Earth will...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Space, Science, News, Mexico, Africa, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Canada, Moon, Middle East, South America, North America


CDC green-lights Pfizer's lower-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5-11

Bridgette Melo, 5, holds the hand of her father, Jim Melo, during her inoculation of one of two reduced 10 microgram doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a trial at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on September 28. Shawn Rocco/Duke University/Handout via REUTERS An expert panel to the CDC voted unanimously Tuesday to offer a low-dose version of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 in the US. The vaccine is the same product that adults and teens receive, ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Atlanta, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Durham North Carolina, Daly, Duke University, Kaiser Family Foundation, Children s Healthcare


CDC advisors green-light Pfizer's lower-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5-11

COVID-19 vaccines cards at the Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bern Township, Pennsylvania on January 29, 2021. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images An expert panel to the CDC voted Tuesday to offer a low-dose version of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 in the US. The vaccine is the same product that adults and teens receive, but a smaller size. Doctors and nurses at the meeting stressed kids shouldn't die from vaccine-preventable diseases...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Atlanta, Public Health, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Daly, Kaiser Family Foundation, Children s Healthcare, KFF, Matthew Daley


How a US government program advocated using nuclear explosions for construction, farming radioactive crops, and blasting holes in the moon

Atoms for Peace. U.S. Department of Energy; Los Alamos National Laboratory; U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration; Atomic Energy Commission; Samantha Lee/Insider A 50s US campaign called "Atoms for Peace" sought to bolster the reputation of nuclear weapons. It lasted for decades and encompassed schemes to use nukes to excavate highways and frack for gas. One expert called the campaign "propaganda" to cover up US nuclear proliferation. In 1963, nuclear experts h...
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People are flocking to Colorado for the great outdoors, but air pollution is leading to more days when residents are stuck inside

Marianne Ayala/Insider With mild winters, plenty of open space, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, it's easy to see why Colorado is one of the fastest-growing states in the US."We were tired of having to spend nine winter months indoors without the sun," Ashley O'Connor, who moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2015, told Insider. "We like to joke that we traded skyscrapers for mountains."O'Connor and her husband are hardly alone. According to census data, Colorado ...
Tags: Outdoors, Science, News, Climate Change, Colorado, California, Oregon, US, Trends, Earth, Chicago, West, Air Pollution, Wildfires, Epa, Connor


One chart shows the most common COVID-19 booster side effects from Pfizer, Moderna, J&J's vaccines

A Thai healthcare worker receives a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine in Bangkok on August 9, 2021. Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Side effects from COVID-19 booster shots generally resemble those after a second dose. Fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches are common after both. But two shots of J&J's vaccine yields fewer side effects than three shots of Pfizer or Moderna. See more stories on Insider's business page. Second and third doses of COVID-19 vacci...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Bangkok, Booster, Johnson Johnson, Food and Drug Administration FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, J&J, Moderna, Skye Gould


The fall equinox is on Wednesday. A simple animation shows what equinoxes are and why they mark the change of season.

An illustration of earth during an equinox. Shayanne Gal/Business Insider The fall equinox happens at 3:21 p.m. ET on Wednesday. During an equinox, both halves of the Earth experience an equal 12 hours of sunlight and darkness. A planetary scientist created an animation that shows how the planet's tilt creates equinoxes. See more stories on Insider's business page. The fall equinox comes this Wednesday at 3:21 p.m. ET.The day heralds the start of autumn in the northern hemisphere, ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Equinox, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Donoghue, Solstice, James O Donoghue, Shayanne Gal, BI Graphics, Aylin Woodward Morgan McFall Johnsen, James O Donoghue Earth


The companies polluting the planet have spent millions to make you think carpooling and recycling will save us

Marianne Ayala/Insider Plastics companies spent millions to kickstart recycling programs, and it helped them avoid bans. Decades later, fossil-fuel interests spend millions to promote carpooling and reducing energy use. Activists and researchers say this individual-action narrative distracts from the biggest polluters. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ben Franta is trying to collect every climate-related ad the oil and gas industry has ever produced.Franta, who is pursuing...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Climate Change, Stanford, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Trends, ExxonMobil, Philippines, Fossil Fuels, New Jersey, Shanghai, New Orleans, Recycling


The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder who is now on trial for fraud

Elizabeth Holmes leaves after a hearing at a federal court in San Jose, California, on July 17, 2019. Reuters/Stephen Lam Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford at 19 to start Theranos, and grew its value to $9 billion. Later, technology flaws were exposed, and Theranos and Holmes were charged with "massive fraud." Jury selection for Holmes' fraud trial began Tuesday. She could face up to 20 years in prison. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2014, blood-test...
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As denying climate change becomes impossible, fossil-fuel interests pivot to 'carbon shaming'

Marianne Ayala/Insider Fossil-fuel interests no longer bother denying that climate change is real. So they've pivoted to new tactics, including painting climate advocates as hypocrites. Drawing attention to advocates' non-eco-friendly habits undermines their credibility and distracts from policy changes. See more stories on Insider's business page. After Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that climate change and mental health are two of the "most important issues facing the world...
Tags: Post, New York Post, UK, New York, Hollywood, Science, London, News, Obama, Climate Change, Colorado, Abc, France, New York City, Environment, Stephen King


The pandemic end game isn't here yet. But if we play our cards right, things will start getting better in 2023.

"People feel like, 'Oh, we thought COVID was over.' Well, no. Half the US population is still not vaccinated. And the world is struggling to get vaccinated," the epidemiologist Saskia Popescu told Insider. Samantha Lee/Insider The US hasn't vaccinated enough people to stop the Delta variant from spreading. It's possible that by 2023 things might feel safer again, but only if more people get vaccinated. Insider spoke with experts who said we need to better manage expectation...
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The pandemic endgame isn't here yet. But if we play our cards right, things will start getting better in 2023.

"People feel like, 'Oh, we thought COVID was over.' Well, no. Half the US population is still not vaccinated. And the world is struggling to get vaccinated," the epidemiologist Saskia Popescu told Insider. Samantha Lee/Insider The US hasn't vaccinated enough people to stop the Delta variant from spreading. It's possible that by 2023 things might feel safer again, but only if more people get vaccinated. Insider spoke with experts who said we need to better manage expectation...
Tags: New York, Science, News, Colorado, Cdc, US, America, Trends, Analysis, Afghanistan, Public Health, Pakistan, Iowa, Healthcare, Delta, Upper West Side


The pandemic created a bunch of biotech billionaires. Take our 5-question quiz to see how well you know the pay trends shaping the drug industry.

From left: Stephane Bancel of Moderna, Leonard Schleifer of Regeneron, and Stanley Erck of Novavax. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images; Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images; Novavax; Skye Gould/Insider Several biotech executives became billionaires last year, as the pandemic drove vaccine sales and stock market fervor. How did that wealth trickle down through the industry? See if you can guess what executives and employees earned. This quiz is part of Insider's deep...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Getty Images, Compensation, Healthcare, Pay Gap, Biotech, Sawyer, Pharmaceutical, Novavax, Regeneron, Skye Gould, Stanley Erck, Stéphane Bancel, Salary Data


One chart shows how well COVID-19 vaccines protect you against the Delta variant

Pulmonology physician Catherine Wentowski treats a coronavirus patient at the Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, August 10, 2021. Kathleen Flynn/Reuters The Delta variant is driving a surge in US coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Although Delta can partially evade vaccine-induced antibodies, vaccines work against it. One chart shows how well four vaccines prevent symptomatic Delta infections, severe illness, and death. See more stories on Insider's business pa...
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The 5 most common COVID-19 symptoms based on your vaccination status, in one chart

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Matthew Horwood/Getty COVID-19 symptoms look somewhat different for vaccinated people who get breakthrough cases and unvaccinated people, a study found. Unvaccinated people are more likely to report a fever and persistent cough. They're also more likely to get severely sick and reported more symptoms in total. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant is challenging vaccines more than any coronavirus strain so far...
Tags: UK, England, Science, News, Wales, Cdc, Scotland, US, Trends, Delta, Pfizer, Symptoms, Imperial College London, Los Angeles County, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna


Think of your COVID-19 vaccine as a seatbelt, not impenetrable armor

Marianne Ayala/Insider COVID-19 vaccines aren't perfect, and you can still get sick after you have all your shots. But a vaccinated person's infection will likely be milder, because their body has built up its defenses. Vaccines are a lot like seatbelts: they save lives, but they can't prevent crashes. See more stories on Insider's business page. Vaccines provide a strong disease-fighting advantage. But they don't make you immune to infection.When it comes to COVID-...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, US, Trends, Analysis, Delta, National Institutes of Health, Graham, John Mcdonnell, Baton Rouge, Provincetown Massachusetts, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Vaccine Research Center, Hilary Young, Coronavirus, COVID



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