The new BA.4.6 COVID variant is becoming a deja vu nightmare

The new BA.4.6 COVID variant is becoming a deja vu nightmare

The world has developed strong immunity in the nine months since the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus became dominant, leading to a record wave of infections. This immunity to vaccines and past infections helps reduce hospitalizations and deaths even as Omicron’s offspring – a succession of sub-variants – have become dominant, one after another. … Read more

The new BA.4.6 COVID variant is becoming a deja vu nightmare

The new BA.4.6 COVID variant is becoming a deja vu nightmare

The world has developed strong immunity in the nine months since the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus became dominant, leading to a record wave of infections. This immunity to vaccines and past infections helps reduce hospitalizations and deaths even as Omicron’s offspring – a succession of sub-variants – have become dominant, one after another. … Read more

Polio detected in New York sewage, suggesting virus is circulating

Polio detected in New York sewage, suggesting virus is circulating

NEW YORK (AP) — The virus that causes polio has been found in New York City’s sewage in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the United States for a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday. The presence of poliovirus in the city’s sewage suggests likely local … Read more

Summary of Guidelines for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

Summary of Guidelines for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Monitor community levels of COVID-19 to guide COVID-19 prevention efforts. People can use information about the current level of impact of COVID-19 on their community to decide which prevention behaviors to use and when (at all times or at specific times), based on their own risk of serious illness and that of … Read more

Summary of Guidelines for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

Summary of Guidelines for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Monitor community levels of COVID-19 to guide COVID-19 prevention efforts. People can use information about the current level of impact of COVID-19 on their community to decide which prevention behaviors to use and when (at all times or at specific times), based on their own risk of serious illness and that of … Read more

Summary of Guidelines for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

Summary of Guidelines for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Monitor community levels of COVID-19 to guide COVID-19 prevention efforts. People can use information about the current level of impact of COVID-19 on their community to decide which prevention behaviors to use and when (at all times or at specific times), based on their own risk of serious illness and that of … Read more

what we know and what we don’t know, according to experts

what we know and what we don’t know, according to experts

We’ve entered the third year of the pandemic, and experts still know very little about the long Covid, including how to cure its symptoms. On July 20-21, the Global Virus Network hosted the first-ever conference devoted solely to the science of long Covid. There, scientists spoke openly about what is known about the mysterious condition … Read more

what we know and what we don’t know, according to experts

what we know and what we don’t know, according to experts

We’ve entered the third year of the pandemic, and experts still know very little about the long Covid, including how to cure its symptoms. On July 20-21, the Global Virus Network hosted the first-ever conference devoted solely to the science of long Covid. There, scientists spoke openly about what is known about the mysterious condition … Read more

New wearable device tests for current and past COVID infections within two hours

New wearable device tests for current and past COVID infections within two hours

A group of Boston researchers have designed a postcard-sized test that can detect both SARS-CoV-2 infection and the presence of antibodies following recent infection, providing a two-in-one punch that can both diagnose active COVID cases (including specifying which variant is responsible), as well as how well a person might be protected from future infections, thanks … Read more

Scientists fear we’re not ready for a nightmarish new COVID variant

Scientists fear we’re not ready for a nightmarish new COVID variant

A wave of COVID infections caused by the BA.5 subvariant has peaked. Around the world, daily new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the decline. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus is almost certainly here to stay. Another wave is almost inevitable as new variants and sub-variants mutate, compete for dominance and find new routes of transmission. … Read more