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Red alert: New Zealand prepares for thousands of Omicron cases a day with community spread

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says Omicron is now circulating but ‘we’ll do everything that we can to slow the spread’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingOmicron has breached New Zealand’s borders and started spreading, Jacinda Ardern has said, meaning the entire country will be placed on the highest level of restrictions.The prime minister on Sunday said the country would try to slow the spread of Omicron but it was expected New Zealand would reach 1,000 cases a day in the comi...
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Daily Covid infections in UK less than half recorded two weeks ago

UK detects 76,807 new cases in the past 24 hours, suggesting Omicron wave has spikedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK detected 76,807 new Covid infections in the past 24 hours, a 54% drop on the 176,191 cases detected two weeks ago as the record-breaking Omicron wave appears to have spiked.The UK reported a further 297 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test on Saturday, 3% up on the 287 deaths reported last Saturday. Over 177,000 people in the UK hav...
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Early evidence suggests Omicron infection could give people 'superimmunity' against future coronavirus variants, but experts warn COVID-19 is still unpredictable

A stock image of a man receiving a vaccination in his arm.Getty Images The combination of vaccination and immunity from natural infection produces strong protection, data suggest. Most data we have is from the time when Delta was dominant, but emerging evidence suggests the same could be true for Omicron. Exposure to Omicron and other variants may diversify the immune response to any strain of the virus. As people rack up boosters and breakthroughs, immunity has become a complicated buzzword ...
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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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Striking new data shows vaccines have protected New Yorkers very well against Omicron so far

A graph shows cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in NYC. Recent data may be incomplete.NYC Health Data from New York City's Department of Health shows vaccinated people largely avoided Omicron. When COVID-19 cases spiked in early January, unvaccinated people were far more likely to get sick. Most people who have been hospitalized or died of COVID-19 were not vaccinated. The arrival of the Omicron variant created a sense of unease for most New Yorkers. But according to recent data from N...
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Weekend reading: where the wild things are

What caught my eye this week. T he speculative stock sell-off I flagged up at the start of December has started to chip away at the markets more widely. The US Nasdaq index is more than 10% 14% off its highs. Several mega-cap tech shares – a big chunk of the US indices, and hence a meaningful stake in global tracker funds – are down about the same, too. Microsoft and Meta (née Facebook) are 10-20% off their highs. The biggest, Apple, is getting there. And ‘FANG’ stock Netfli...
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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...
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China's claim of a Beijing office worker getting infected with Omicron through Canadian mail is 'extraordinary,' Canada's health minister says

China has struggled with its COVID-zero policy in recent months, as fresh outbreaks emerge across the nation and Omicron cases surface in its biggest cities.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Canada's health minister called a claim that Omicron could be spread through mail "extraordinary." China said a Beijing resident was infected with Omicron after they handled a document sent from Canada. The country is now disinfecting international packages and told citizens to order less overseas mail. On Mo...
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Real-world data shows boosters work against Omicron, offering 'remarkable' protection against hospitalization for at least 3 months

A Thai healthcare worker receives a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine.Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Boosters offer "remarkable" protection against hospitalization with Omicron. Real-world data suggests they're 89% effective against hospitalization for at least three months. Hospitalization rates for unvaccinated Americans over 55 were 44 times higher than for boosted people. Boosters offer strong protection against Omicron hospitalizations, real-world data from...
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Analysis: The news about Omicron isn't as good as it may seem

Omicron is causing a tsunami, not a wave, of infections in the United States. We've learned a lot about this coronavirus variant since it was identified less than two months ago. We know that Omicron is highly transmissible and now accounts for nearly all new Covid cases, having pushed Delta into the background. Omicron causes far less severe disease than Delta, especially among people who are fully vaccinated and boosted. And it appears that the current spike in Covid-19 cases driven by Omicron...
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Analysis: Don't underestimate Omicron -- especially if you're unvaccinated

Omicron is causing a tsunami, not a wave, of infections in the United States. We've learned a lot about this coronavirus variant since it was identified less than two months ago. We know that Omicron is highly transmissible and now accounts for nearly all new Covid cases, having pushed Delta into the background. Omicron causes far less severe disease than Delta, especially among people who are fully vaccinated and boosted. And it appears that the current spike in Covid-19 cases driven by Omicron...
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Sub-Saharan Africa children show higher Covid-19 death rate than elsewhere

Infants younger than one year in Africa have nearly five times the risk of death than those aged 15 to 19 years after contracting the virus The post Sub-Saharan Africa children show higher Covid-19 death rate than elsewhere appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Apartment dwellers say they've had a hard time registering to get their 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Here's what to do about it.

A resident displays an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021Matt Rourke/AP Photo The US Postal Service launched a website Tuesday where people can order 4 free COVID-19 tests. Some people living in apartments or other multiple-family residences had trouble ordering. Here are tips to try if you haven't been able to place an order yet. Americans can now order free COVID-19 test kits from the federal government, but a lot of people are having trouble getting ...
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Omicron is a 'different beast' in kids, but it doesn't seem more dangerous, disease experts say

Mark Barsoun helps his son Jordan Barsoun, 4, with the swab for a rapid COVID-19 test at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images The US recorded nearly 1 million child COVID-19 cases last week — its highest-ever weekly count. Omicron has made pediatric cases more prevalent, but it doesn't appear to be more virulent in kids. Doctors have detected unique symptoms, including croup ...
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School brings in cops to teach during COVID-19 staffing shortage

The town of Moore is the seventh-largest municipality in the state of Oklahoma, with a little under 60,000 residents. Like a lot of places in this pandemic nation, the town has been struggling with school staffing thanks to the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19. — Read the rest
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CDC report finds prior infection provided strong protection against COVID-19 in 2021, but experts warn it's 'playing with dynamite' to get sick on purpose

Clinicians work on intubating a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 10, 2021.Mario Tama/Getty Images A new report from the CDC shows how vaccine-induced protection against COVID-19 changed during the Delta wave. Prior infections and vaccinations both provided good immunity against Delta, but infections had a slight edge. Still, vaccination remains the safest strategy for developing protection against COVID-19 to avoid the risks of...
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Can Sundance Survive COVID? Festival Director Tabitha Jackson Opens Up About the Tough Decision to Go All-Virtual

Early this month, Sundance Film Festival director Tabitha Jackson made a decision that she had been assiduously trying to avoid. She did not want a repeat of what happened in 2021 when the Park City festival was forced to go virtual in the face of the raging coronavirus. At the time, Jackson gathered a group […]
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Q4 2021 Major U.S. Hotel Sales Survey | By Daniel Lesser

During 2021, vaccines and booster shots paved the way for a brief return to some semblance of normalcy, however as we enter 2022 the nearly two-year global health crisis is not over. Since the end of November, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has surged, bringing record high daily counts of infection resulting in many companies further delaying their longawaited return-to-office. Staffing shortages and the global supply chain challenges continue to wreak havoc on businesses and Omicron has...
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Weibo users are backing Beijing's claim that it received Omicron via Canadian mail, saying an 'ugly nation' sent them 'poison'

China has been beset by a series of COVID-19 outbreaks as it struggles to rid its lands of the virus completely, and now it's questioning if a document sent from Canada is the source of an Omicron outbreak in Beijing.Ma Jian/VCG via Getty Images Chinese social media users are supporting a claim that Beijing received Omicron through a package from Canada. Some have even gone as far as to say that Canada "deliberately poisoned" the document. The claim comes as China named Canada its least f...
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The Biden administration is buying 1 billion rapid COVID-19 test kits to give Americans for free — here's how to get one

A resident displays an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021AP Photo/Matt Rourke The Biden administration is buying 1 billion at-home COVID-19 test kits to give Americans for free. The US Postal Service on Tuesday launched a website, in beta form, where people can order COVID-19 tests. The administration will also require insurers to reimburse rapid test kits starting on January 15. The Biden administration is purchasing 1 billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests...
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Oil prices surge to a 7-year high on the back of supply disruption fears and surging demand

Tetra Images - Dan Bannister/Getty Images Brent and WTI oil prices on Tuesday hit their highest levels since October 2014.  Brent reached past $88 a barrel following an attack in Abu Dhabi that resulted in three deaths.  OPEC left its 2022 outlook for oil demand unchanged at 4.2 million barrels per day.  Oil prices surpassed their highest levels since 2014 on Tuesday in the wake of a deadly oil  tanker attack in the Middle East that stoked supply concerns in a global market that's seeing ...
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It's too soon to tell if Omicron's spread will help end Covid-19's pandemic phase, Fauci says, but he's hopeful

It's still too early to predict -- even pushing three years into the pandemic -- whether the endemic stage of the coronavirus being more manageable is near, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as Covid-19 cases linger Tuesday around the record high and related disruptions continue.
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China's claim of a Beijing man getting infected with Omicron through Canadian mail is 'extraordinary,' Canada's health minister says

China has struggled with its COVID-zero policy in recent months, as fresh outbreaks emerge across the nation and Omicron cases surface in its biggest cities.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Canada's health minister called a claim that Omicron could be spread through mail "extraordinary." China said a Beijing man was infected with Omicron after he handled a document sent from Canada. The country is now disinfecting international packages and told citizens to order less overseas mail. On Monday, C...
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Three major cruise lines just postponed sailings on 18 ships — here are all the cruises that have been canceled amid the Omicron surge

Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship docked in Hong Kong in October 2021.Tyrone Siu/Reuters Norwegian has postponed sailings across 12 cruise ships amid a spike in COVID-19. Two Royal Caribbean Group cruise lines have also paused sailings on six ships. These are all the cruise ships Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity have postponed. Three major cruise lines have canceled sailings on a combined 18 ships as COVID-19 continues to spike around the world amid spread of the...
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China tells citizens to avoid mail from abroad and open packages with gloves, claiming that Omicron is spreading through foreign post

Delivery workers sort parcels at a makeshift logistics station in Beijing, China.REUTERS/Tingshu Wang China is advising people to avoid foreign mail and open packages outside, citing COVID-19 risks. Beijing's disease center said an Omicron infection could have come through international mail. Experts say the virus is unlikely to spread via mail, as it doesn't last long on surfaces. Officials in Beijing are telling people to avoid international mail and to open their packages outdoors ...
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‘I have no intention of getting infected’: understanding Omicron’s severity

Experts on whether getting Covid is inevitable and why, despite claims of ‘mildness’, the variant is highly dangerousLeaders in the US have struck a pessimistic tone about the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant.Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, recently testified before Congress that “most people are going to get Covid”. Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to Joe Biden, has also said that Omicron “​​will ultima...
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Apple is requiring workers receive Covid vaccine boosters as employers start mandating the shots amid the surge in Omicron cases

Apple is requiring employees to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.Angela Weiss/Getty Images Employees must submit proof of COVID-19 boosters or be required to take tests to enter stores and offices from February 15. Unvaccinated retail and corporate employees will have to take frequent tests from January 24. The new policy comes as US employers are grappling with a surge in Omicron cases and postponing office reopenings. Apple will require all corporate and retail employees to get COVID-19 v...
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Apple is requiring workers to get COVID-19 vaccine boosters as employers start mandating the shots amid the surge in Omicron cases

Apple is requiring employees to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.Angela Weiss/Getty Images Eligible Apple employees must get boosted or test to enter stores and offices starting February 15. A memo seen by The Verge also said unvaccinated workers must test often starting January 24. US employers are grappling with a surge in Omicron cases and postponing office reopenings. Apple is requiring all of its corporate and retail employees to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots or submit to frequent...
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More patients are getting COVID-19 during hospital stays. Experts worry it's because infected healthcare workers are sick on the job.

Registered nurse Akiko Gordon works in the ICU at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, California on December 31, 2021.Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC announced looser isolation rules for healthcare workers in December amid staffing shortages. The number of inpatients who contracted COVID-19 during their hospital stays rose shortly afterward. Disease experts worry the CDC policy is fueling in-hospital transmission as infected employees return to ...
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We tried to get free at-home COVID tests on the first day they became available. We were not successful.

"Save your receipt" is what the cashiers told us at Walgreens. Some insurance companies are partnering with "preferred" pharmacies to offer home test kits at no upfront cost.Aria Bendix, Hilary Brueck / Insider On Saturday, insurance companies were slated to start reimbursing at-home COVID-19 test kits — 8 tests per customer per month. We checked out how it worked in California and New York and found many pharmacies didn't have any tests in stock. The 2 stores that had tests didn't re...
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