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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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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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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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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...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Trends, South Africa, News UK, Delta, World Health Organization, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Omicron, Coronavirus, Michele Spatari, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Getty Images South Africa


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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64 of 150 guests tested positive for Omicron after a high school lunch in Denmark, the latest in a string of spreading events

A COVID-19 test at O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa, one of the first places where Omicron was identified, on November 28, 2021.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images 64 of 150 people tested positive for Omicron after a Christmas lunch, authorities told Insider. More than 1,000 more were potentially exposed after the November 27 event, Danish officials said.  It is not yet clear how transmissible Omicron is or whether it causes more severe symptoms. Sixty-four people tested positi...
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Fauci says early data on the Omicron variant is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is

Dr. Anthony Fauci.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that South Africa's initial data on Omicron is "a bit encouraging." However, the top US medical doctor said it's too early to determine if the new variant is less deadly than Delta. Boosters were "critical" for the US to handle both variants, Fauci said. Early data from South Africa on the new Omicron coronavirus variant is "encouraging," Dr. Anthony Fauci has said.However, it's too early to tell if...
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Omicron proves we’re not in control of Covid – only global action can stop this pandemic

If we keep allowing this virus to spread through unvaccinated populations, the next variant could be even more deadlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s almost two years since we first heard of Covid-19, and a year since the first Covid vaccines were rolled out. Yet this staggering progress is being squandered. We have drifted for months now, with richer countries, taking a very blinkered domestic focus, lulled into thinking that the worst of the pandemic was behind ...
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A corporate Christmas party turned into the biggest Omicron 'super spreader event' outside South Africa, with up to 60 people infected

A student at Holtet high school in Oslo receives the first dose of Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 in the school's auditorium on September 7, 2021.Heiko Junge/Getty Images In Norway, a Christmas party turned into an Omicron "super spreader event," with up to 60 possible infections. The outbreak is the biggest outside South Africa, where researchers first detected the new coronavirus variant. At least one person who attended the party had recently returned from South Africa. A corporate Ch...
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Fauci says Biden travel ban on African countries should be rolled back 'as quickly as possible'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, delivers an update on the Omicron COVID-19 variant during the daily press briefing at the White House on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC.Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images On Monday, the US restricted travel from eight countries in southern Africa due to the new variant. South Africa had an existing surveillance system for viral diseases that helped i...
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Biden requires health insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests amid growing concern over the Omicron variant

A woman gets a COVID-19 swab test at the Utah County Health Department in Salt Lake City on November 20, 2020.George Frey/Getty Images Biden on Thursday required health insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests. Those who aren't covered by private insurance can find free tests at health centers, Biden said. The policy comes amid growing concern over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. President Joe Biden announced Thursday that health insurers must pay for at-home COVID-19 ...
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The Omicron variant has landed in the US: California just reported its first case

Passengers gather near Delta Air Lines' counter as they check their luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 23, 2021.Reuters/Carlos Barria The Omicron variant is officially in the US after California reported its first case. Public-health experts predicted last week that Omicron was already spreading in the US. The variant shows signs of being more transmissible or dangerous than other coronavirus strains. The US reported its first case of ...
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Covid-19 variants may not evolve to be less dangerous, says Neil Ferguson

Senior UK scientist says extent of threat posed by Omicron will not be clear until end of year Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Imperial College London, told MPs on Wednesday th...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Health policy, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


Covid-19 variants ‘may not evolve to pose less danger over time’

Omicron impact unclear as yet warn UK’s Prof Ferguson and Nervtag group, urging ministers to act ‘early and robustly’ to curb transmission Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Impe...
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Older, unvaccinated people should delay travel, says WHO, as Omicron restrictions spread

US, Japan and Singapore tighten rules for travellers but WHO says ‘blanket bans’ won’t contain the new Covid strainFollow updates in the pandemic hereSee all our coronavirus coverage hereThe World Health Organization has said those not fully vaccinated who are vulnerable to Covid-19, including over-60s, should delay travel to areas with community transmission, as more countries imposed curbs to combat the spread of the new Omicron variant.The moves came as the WHO said “blanket bans” would not c...
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Dr. Oz is running for US Senate in Pennsylvania. Here are 8 times he's made false or baseless medical claims.

Dr. Mehmet Oz attends a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, July 2, 2019.Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the US' best-known celebrity doctors, is running for US Senate in Pennsylvania.  But his health recommendations are not always supported by scientific evidence. Here are eight times Oz made false, baseless, or misleading scientific claims. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Among Dr. Mehmet Oz's achievements are ten Emmy award...
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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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Japan, Israel, and Morocco ban all foreign travelers from entering over Omicron variant fears

Tokyo International Airport.IamDoctorEgg/Shutterstock.com Japan, Israel and Morocco have all barred foreign travelers from entering the country. It's the most strict measures imposed by nations in response to the newly detected Omicron variant. The new B.1.1.529 variant was labeled a "variant of concern" status by the WHO on Friday. Japan on Monday joined Israel and Morocco in barring foreign travelers from entering the country as nations worldwide make sweeping new travel restrictions ov...
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A couple who visited South Africa were arrested for escaping their quarantine hotel in the Netherlands and trying to flee the country

Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, seen on October 29, 2021.ARTHUR VAN DER KOOIJ/ANP/AFP via Getty Images The couple, a Portuguese woman and a Spanish man, were arrested on a flight departing for Spain. They had recently been in South Africa and were quarantining alongside people with the Omicron variant.  It is not known if the couple had tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID. Police in The Netherlands detained a couple who slipped out of their quarantine hotel after returning from...
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WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
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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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Dr. Fauci says the US could experience a fifth wave in COVID-19 infections as health officials warn about spread of Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Pfizer booster shot would like have approval by September 20.CBS News/Face the Nation Dr. Anthony Fauci said there's a chance the US might experience a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. His warning comes as the new Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has spread to a number of countries.  Fauci said a surge is dependent on whether the US can get its vaccination rates up.  Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that the US might enter a fifth wave as the...
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Moderna says it might release a modified COVID-19 vaccine for the Omicron variant by early 2022

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Rick Bowmer/AP Photo Moderna's chief medical officer said the company could release an updated vaccine by early 2022. News of the vaccine modification comes as the new Omicron variant begins to spread globally. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are also testing vaccine effectiveness at fighting the Omicron variant. Moderna said it might release an updated COVID-19 vaccine to combat the new Omicron variant by early 2022.  "We should know about the abilit...
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Former White House advisor says the US 'would already have modified vaccines' to deal with Omicron variant if Trump were still president

Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images A former White House advisor said new vaccines would already be in place to curb Omicron's spread if Trump were still in office. Omicron might spread easily and be resistant to vaccines because of its many mutations. Vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer have already begun testing their vaccines against Omicron. Former White House advisor Stephen Miller claimed that there would already be updated COVID-19 vaccines to deal with the Omicron variant if Donald Trump...
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Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let’s ensure they don’t regret it | Jeffrey Barrett

The teams in Africa who detected the new Covid genome moved quickly. Their actions should not result in economic loss• • See all our coronavirus coverageOne of the positive experiences during two years of pandemic gloom has been the speed of scientific progress in understanding and treating Covid. Many effective vaccines were launched in less than a year and rapid large-scale trials found a cheap and effective drug, dexamethasone, that saved thousands of lives.The global scientific community ha...
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South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

A passenger looks at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant Omicron.Phill Magakoe/Getty Images South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. The US, UK, and Europe have introduced travel restrictions on southern African countries. "Excellent science ...
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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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Pfizer said an updated version of its COVID-19 vaccine will be 'ready in 100 days' if the new Omicron variant is resistant to its current vaccine

A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at The University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., December 14, 2020.Bryan Woolston/Reuters Pfizer said it can update its COVID-19 vaccine if the Omicron variant is found to be resistant to its current vaccine.  The company said it can update its current vaccine within 100 days.  Pfizer expects to know within two weeks whether the variant is resistant, a spokesperson told Reuters.  Pfize...
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Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant found in the UK connected to 'travel to southern Africa,' official says

A person is tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday November 27, 2021.AP Photo/Jerome Delay Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been discovered in the UK, the country's health secretary said Saturday. The cases are connected to travel from "southern Africa," where the variant was first identified. The World Health Organization labeled the Omicron variant a "variant of concern" on Friday. Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found ...
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The Omicron variant carries a number of genetic mutations that might cause it to spread quickly, even among vaccinated people: report

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 Scientists are concerned about the number of mutations in the new Omicron variant. The mutations might cause the variant to evade antibodies from a previous infection or a vaccine. It's not clear yet whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will pr...
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