U.S. COVID-19 cases increased threefold over past month

People queue to be tested for COVID-19 in Times Square, as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comWASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – Health officials are considering extending the eligibility for a second COVID-19 vaccine booster dose…

Share this:

Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants, large study finds

Author of the article: The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions made in previous studies that it was more transmissible but less severe, a large study https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-1601788/v1 in the United States has found. “We found that the risks of hospitalization and mortality were nearly identical between…

Share this:

Covid-19: China confronts dilemma of lockdown in Beijing as cases hit record high

Chinese authorities are seriously considering imposing a lockdown in Beijing as confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country’s capital topped 100 on Wednesday. But after a much-criticised month-long lockdown in Shanghai, such an option could have a very high economic and political cost. At least 113 people have been infected with Covid-19 in China’s capital, health authorities…

Share this:

Over 50% of U.S. Population Has Contracted COVID-19, CDC Says

Half of the U.S. population has been infected with COVID-19, including 75% of children and adolescents, CDC officials announced on Tuesday. From December 2021 to February 2022, during the Omicron wave in the U.S., overall seroprevalence increased from 33.5% to 57.7%, reported Kristie Clarke, MD, of the CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, and colleagues in…

Share this:

Unvaccinated People Increase Risk Of Covid Infection Among Vaccinated, Study Finds

Topline Unvaccinated people threaten the safety of vaccinated people even with high levels of immunization against Covid-19, according to a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), countering a popular narrative that vaccination is purely is a matter of individual choice and supporting policies requiring the shots. Unvaccinated people pose an increased risk…

Share this:

Teens Made Up Larger Share of Suicides Early in the Pandemic, Study Finds

Adolescent suicides made up a larger share of suicides at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to prepandemic years, according to data from 14 states. In 2020, individuals ages 10-19 comprised a significantly higher proportion of total suicides versus the prepandemic period of 2015-2019 (6.5% vs 5.9%, respectively), a relative 10% increase, reported Marie-Laure…

Share this:

Covid death toll rises in China as authorities warn of ‘grim’ situation

Shanghai reported 39 Covid deaths Sunday, its highest daily toll despite weeks of lockdowns, while China’s capital Beijing warned of a “grim” situation with rising infections.  The world’s second-largest economy has been struggling to stamp out its worst outbreak in two years with a playbook of harsh lockdowns and mass testing as it sticks to…

Share this:

Anti-Covid Pill Coming To All U.S. Pharmacies Under Reported Biden Plan

Topline The Biden Administration is working on a plan to make Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid available across the U.S. following shortages of the lifesaving drug, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing an unnamed administration official. Containers of Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral medication. Fabian Sommer/picture alliance via Getty Images Key Facts The Biden Administration will announce next week…

Share this:

COVID-19 third leading cause of death again in 2021

People visit Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg’s “In America: Remember”, a memorial for Americans who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the national death toll nears 700,000, next to the Washington Monument in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis REFILE – CORRECTING FULL NAMERegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comApril 22 (Reuters) -…

Share this:

Fourth Pfizer Dose Averts Most Severe COVID Outcomes in Older Adults

A fourth dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provided modest protection against infection in older adults, as well as greater protection against more severe outcomes, real-world data from Israel showed. In a cohort of 182,122 matched pairs of adults ages 60 and up, relative vaccine effectiveness ranged from 52% against asymptomatic infection to 76% against…

Share this: