Understanding omicron, the new COVID-19 variant

Countries around the world are making preparations against omicron, a new variant of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, omicron’s presence in California was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.…

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WHO Update on Omicron

The FINANCIAL — On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE). This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that…

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Navigating holidays in a pandemic, again

Holiday season 2021 is upon us. Unlike this time a year ago, more than 195 million people in the United States are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 28 million 5- to 11-year-olds can now receive the shots.…

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Do you need a COVID-19 booster shot?

Lower antibody level doesn’t mean less protection from the coronavirus. If you got the COVID-19 shots back in early spring, your antibodies are likely waning. But it’s not something you need to be worried about, according to a new study from the University…

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Long COVID sufferers face physical pain, physician skepticism

Dismissive doctors, inconclusive tests, and an array of debilitating symptoms all too often explained away as signs of mental, rather than physical, distress. That’s been the experience for many patients suffering long COVID, a poorly-defined, long-lasting suite of symptoms affecting millions of…

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Pills could prove COVID game changer

Harvard experts in medical therapeutics say the recent development of pills to treat COVID-19 may turn out to be a pandemic game changer for a simple reason: When it comes to treating the ailment, the earlier the better.…

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Many coronavirus measures date back to the late Middle Ages

Medieval cities were not nearly as filthy as is often thought, discovered historian Janna Coomans. In her recently published book ‘Community, Urban Health and Environment in the Late Medieval Low Countries’, she reveals how late medieval cities in the Low Countries organised…

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Pills could prove COVID game changer

Med School specialists say they may cut hospitalizations, deaths and offer big boost to nations struggling with low vaccination rates. Harvard experts in medical therapeutics say the recent development of pills to treat COVID-19 may turn out to be a pandemic game changer…

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fewer COVID cases and lowest positivity rate of the fall

The FINANCIAL — Number of cases drops; positivity rate reaches all-time low while in session. Nearly 11 weeks into the fall semester at the University of Georgia, reported cases of COVID-19 on campus have dropped significantly and the positivity rate for the university’s…

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