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The US probably has 2,000 Omicron cases already, according to 'dirty math' from a COVID expert who often advises the White House

The Public Health Company cofounder and CEO Dr. Charity Dean.The Public Health Company The CDC says Omicron is not in the US yet. But Dr. Charity Dean, a former top health official in California, who warned about the spread of COVID-19 in the US early on in the pandemic and long before federal experts did, says there's no way that's true. "Our case ascertainment rate is zero," Dean said, but she has "no doubt that there are in fact cases here." Dr. Charity Dean has a solid track recor...
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The World Health Organization is advising people over 60 not to travel amid spread of Omicron variant

Passengers gather near Delta airline's counter as they check-in their luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., May 23, 2021.Reuters/Carlos Barria The World Health Organization advised people over 60 and those with comorbidities to postpone travel. While they advised people to take caution, the agency said blanket travel bans won't address Omicron spread. They designated Omicron a "variant of concern" and said it could possibly be more tra...
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Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
Tags: UK, Science, News, White House, Africa, US, Trends, Eu, Analysis, Public Health, South Africa, Netherlands, Delta, Who, Biden, Anthony Fauci


NIH director Francis Collins says there's 'reason to be pretty optimistic' vaccines will be effective against the Omicron variant

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.MSNBC NIH head says there's reason to be "optimistic" that COVID-19 vaccines would work against Omicron. Collins urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get their boosters. The Omicron variant first emerged in South Africa where it has rapidly spread.  There is "reason to be pretty optimistic" that the available COVID-19 vaccines will be effective against the new Omicron variant of the virus, National Institutes of ...
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What does appearance of Omicron variant mean for the double-vaccinated?

We find out how much protection Covid vaccines may offer amid speculation new variant could be more resistantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of Omicron has prompted widespread speculation that it may be more resistant to Covid-19 vaccines than existing variants, including Delta. But what does that mean for the average double-vaccinated person?All the vaccines currently available in the UK work by training the immune system against the coronavirus spike p...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus


What does appearance of Omicron mean for the double-jabbed?

We find out how much protection Covid vaccines may offer amid speculation new variant could be more resistantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of Omicron has prompted widespread speculation that it may be more resistant to Covid-19 vaccines than existing variants, including Delta. But what does that mean for the average double-vaccinated person?All the vaccines currently available in the UK work by training the immune system against the coronavirus spike p...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus


The Omicron variant has a 'record' number of mutations that may hinder vaccine effectiveness, NIH director says

NIH Director Francis Collins during a November 28, 2021, appearance on "Fox News Sunday."Fox News/Fox News Sunday NIH Director Francis Collins said Sunday that the Omicron variant could present challenges to existing vaccines. The new variant has a "record" number of mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that attaches to human cells, he said. He added that people should still get the current vaccines and boosters. The newly discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus has a "...
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How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar

A new variant identified in southern Africa is causing global panic – but its real impact will be shown by the data scientists are racing to establishProf Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of EdinburghCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron, the name of the new Covid-19 variant that is sending worrying signals from southern Africa, sounds like something from Transformers. It has caused panic across the world, among governments, the public...
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The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial

This time we’ve acted quickly. But there are still lessons to learn• • See all our coronavirus coverageScientists have always warned that the biggest risk to the UK at this stage of the pandemic is the emergence of a more infectious, virulent and vaccine-resistant variant of the virus. It remains to be seen whether Omicron, the new variant of concern identified by the World Health Organization last week is that.But the structure of Omicron – the number of concerning mutations in its spike prote...
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The new coronavirus variant Omicron raises red flags among scientists — but there are more mysteries than answers about its public threat

A healthcare worker collects a swab from Bronwen Cook for a PCR test against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before traveling to London, at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26, 2021.REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham The WHO labeled a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, a "variant of concern" on Friday. The B.1.1.529 variant contains hallmarks of being more transmissible or dangerous than other strains. But scientists have just begun to examine Omicron's th...
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A new coronavirus variant called 'Omicron' is now a 'variant of concern,' the WHO said

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images The WHO named a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, a "variant of concern." Public-health experts worry its large number of mutations may pose a high risk of reinfection. Cases have been reported so far in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium. The World Health Organization designat...
Tags: Science, News, US, International, Trends, South Africa, Delta, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Breaking, Omicron, Coronavirus, Michele Spatari


Belgium records Europe's first case of the new coronavirus variant spreading in southern Africa

A coronavirus vaccine vial.Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Belgium recorded its first case of the new coronavirus variant seen spreading in southern Africa, its health minister said Friday.Frank Vandenbroucke announced that the B1.1.529 variant was found in an unvaccinated traveler who entered Belgium and tested positive on November 22, De Morgen reported."Caution is necessary, but don't panic," Vandenbroucke said, Het Laatste Nieuws reported.Previous cases had been restricted to South Africa,...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, UK, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, European Union, South Africa, Delta, Belgium, Alexandra Ma, Botswana South Africa, De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws


What do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?

UK places South Africa on red travel list over B.1.1.529 variant picked up by scientists in countrySouth Africa to be put on England’s travel red listSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat is the new variant and why is it a concern?Scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 and are working to understand its potential implications. About 50 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.B.1.1.529 has a very unusual constellation of mutations, whic...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Science, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Botswana, Coronavirus, South Africa Hong Kong, countrySouth Africa


UK suspending flights from 6 African countries over new coronavirus variant fears: 'Our scientists are deeply concerned'

Britain's Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.Andrew Matthews/Pool/Reuters A new coronavirus variant has been identified in Botswana and South Africa. Dubbed "B.1.1.529," it has many mutations, concerning scientists and the World Health Organization. The UK instituted travel restrictions on Thursday for six African countries following the news.  The United Kingdom has added six African countries to its "red" travel list and temporarily suspended flights over concerns about a new ...
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Scientists are closely tracking a COVID-19 variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Scientists are closely tracking a coronavirus variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Germans will be 'vaccinated, recovered, or dead' by the end of the winter, the health minister warned amid a COVID-19 surge

100-year-old Heinz Jacoby receives a coronavirus vaccination from doctor Anna Häring-Haj Kheder in Bochum, Germany, September 30 2021.Roland Weihrauch/picture alliance via Getty Germans will be "vaccinated, recovered, or dead" by the end of the winter, the health minister said. COVID-19 cases have surged in Germany. Neighboring Austria has imposed a lockdown and a vaccine mandate. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needed tougher COVID-19 measures, per Reuters. By the end of the win...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Trends, Austria, Vienna, German, Healthcare, Delta, Merkel, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University


Is Delta the last Covid ‘super variant’?

The Delta variant was first detected a year ago and is now dominant across the globe. Scientists are concerned that a new strain could supersede it Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEvery week, a group of epidemiologists across the north-east of the United States joins a Zoom call entirely devoted to discussing the latest hints of new Covid-19 variants being reported around the world.“It’s like the weather report,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Coronavirus, William Hanage


COVID-19 increases the risk of stillbirth for pregnant women — 65% of whom still aren't vaccinated

A pregnant woman wears a mask while waiting in line at a food pantry in Waltham, Massachusetts, on May 7, 2020.Charles Krupa/AP Photo COVID-19 increases the risk of stillbirth among pregnant women, a new CDC report found. Around 1.3% of babies born to women with COVID-19 were stillborn from March 2020 to September 2021. As of this month, 65% of US pregnant women aren't fully vaccinated. The data has been clear for some time: Pregnant women are at increased risk of developing severe COVID-...
Tags: Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, Pregnancy, US, Trends, Delta, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Waltham Massachusetts, Charles Krupa, Stillbirth, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


The Delta variant was detected on 99.7% of sequenced tests worldwide in the past 60 days

A man receives a COVID-19 nasal swab test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.Mario Tama/Getty Images Of almost 800,000 sequences collected in the last 60 days, 99.7% were Delta, a WHO report said.  Delta is highly infectious and has mutations that help it avoid the immune response. It was first detected in India in October 2020 and has since spread to at least 166 countries. The Delta variant was detected on 99.7% of nearly 800,000 diagnostic tests sequ...
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A scientist tracking the coronavirus predicts it will keep mutating to avoid the immune response — but at a slower rate than before

A nurse practitioner administers COVID-19 tests in the parking lot at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA under a tent during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug 13 2020David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The virus causing COVID-19 probably isn't finished mutating, a scientist tracking it said. Mutations might happen less often than before but could help the virus avoid the immune reponse, he said. The virus has been mutating at a slower rate since October 2020, Trevor Bedford, o...
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New York City and 3 states offer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, bypassing CDC guidance

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Radek Mica/Getty Images California, Colorado, New Mexico, and New York City are telling healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults. The guidance bypasses the CDC's current restrictions on booster shots. Public-health experts remain divided on whether boosters are necessary for everyone. Any adult who wants a COVID-19 booster shot at least six months after they're fully vaccinated can get one in three states, plus New York Cit...
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2 states offer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, bypassing CDC guidance

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. Radek Mica/Getty Images California and Colorado are telling healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults. The guidance bypasses the CDC's current restrictions on booster shots. Public-health experts remain divided on whether boosters are necessary for everyone. California's public health department took COVID-19 booster shot recommendations into its own hands Thursday when it directed healthcare providers to give boosters t...
Tags: Europe, Post, Science, News, Colorado, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Israel, Trends, Public Health, Delta, World Health Organization, Philadelphia, Pfizer, Biden


Unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 caused by the infectious Delta variant than those who've had 2 shots, real-world data from Texas suggests

Woman receives her second Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site at a senior center on March 29 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty Images Unvaccinated people are 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 caused by Delta than vaccinated people, new data suggests. Vaccines prevented death across all age groups, real-world data from the Texas study found. It adds to data from multiple countries showing vaccines stop severe COVID-19 caused by Delta. Unvaccinated people are...
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Unvaccinated people are at least 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 caused by the infectious Delta variant than those who've had 2 shots, real-world data suggests

Woman receives her second Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site at a senior center on March 29 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty Images Unvaccinated people are 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 caused by Delta than vaccinated people, new data suggests. Vaccines prevented death across all age groups, real-world data from the Texas study found. It adds to data from multiple countries showing vaccines stop severe COVID-19 caused by Delta. Unvaccinated people are...
Tags: Health, Texas, Science, News, Australia, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, New South Wales, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, San Antonio Texas, Texas Department of State Health Services, Johns Hopkins University, CDC Texas


Chinese city offers cash for clues as Covid outbreak declared a ‘people’s war’

Authorities announced the 100,000 yuan ($15,640) rewards for residents in Heihei, saying illegal hunting or crossing the border should be reportedSee all our coronavirus coverageResidents of a Chinese city bordering Russia have been offered major cash rewards for tips on the continuing Delta outbreak, with local officials declaring a “people’s war” on the virus.Authorities announced the 100,000 yuan ($15,640) rewards for residents in Heihei, in the north-eastern Heilongjiang Province, as its tot...
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See some of the first 5- to 11-year-old kids get their COVID-19 vaccines

Benjamin Hayes, age 5, at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. Children’s National Hospital The CDC signed off on a low dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young kids. Five- to 11-year-olds can now get vaccinated through their pediatricians. Vaccinations kicked off in Washington, DC, where some young kids got their first shots as soon as the authorization went through. Kids ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Gilberto Talley, age 1...
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Biden's sweeping vaccine rules requiring shots or regular testing will take effect from January 4, White House says

President Joe Biden. Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images The Biden administration's vaccine rules will kick in on January 4, the White House said. Two rules will cover about 101 million workers in the US government and private companies. Employees of firms with more than 100 staff will have to be fully vaccinated, or take weekly tests. The White House announced on Thursday that the Biden administration rule that will require vast swathes of the population to be fully...
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One chart shows how well Pfizer's lower-dose vaccine works to protect kids aged 5-11 from COVID

A 6 year old child receives Pfizer's low-dose COVID-19 Vaccine in Hartford, Connecticut on November 2, 2021. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images Pfizer's low-dose vaccine for kids 5-11 is now both authorized and recommended for use in the US. Pharmacies and doctor's offices nationwide should start carrying shots for kids in the coming days. A chart presented to CDC advisors shows how well Pfizer's vaccine prevents symptomatic COVID-19 in this age group. Pfizer's low-d...
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Smaller needle, lower dose, fewer side effects, same benefit: What to know about the newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine for kids

A boy receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Clalit Healthcare Services in the Israeli city of Holon near Tel Aviv on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images With CDC green light, kids ages 5 to 11 are eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Children will get 10-microgram shots - one-third of the dose given to adults and teens. Pediatricians will be heavily involved in giving the vaccines to kids. Five- to 11-year-olds are now eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, ...
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