Why some people still haven’t had COVID

Why some people still haven't had COVID

DENVER, Colo. — The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation found at least 82% of Americans have been infected with COVID-19, but, that means millions of Americans still haven’t been infected. Now, researchers are looking at the science behind those who have stayed healthy. Researchers are calling these people Novids, for never having COVID, and … Read more

WHO renames two monkeypox variants to avoid geographic references

WHO renames two monkeypox variants to avoid geographic references

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Saturday that it renamed variants of the monkeypox virus as it looks to counter concerns about the original naming conventions. “Newly identified viruses, related diseases & virus variants are given names to avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, & minimize the negative … Read more

New BA.4.6 COVID Variant Is Shaping Up to Be a Deja Vu Nightmare

New BA.4.6 COVID Variant Is Shaping Up to Be a Deja Vu Nightmare

The world has built up a lot of immunity in the nine months since the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus became dominant, driving a record wave of infections. That immunity from vaccines and past infection is helping to keep down hospitalizations and deaths even as Omicron’s offspring—a succession of subvariants—have become dominant, one after … Read more

Polio detected in NYC’s sewage, suggesting virus circulating

Polio detected in NYC's sewage, suggesting virus circulating

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

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

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

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Monitoring COVID-19 Community Levels to guide COVID-19 prevention efforts. Persons can use information about the current level of COVID-19 impact on their community to decide which prevention behaviors to use and when (at all times or at specific times), based on their own risk for severe illness and that of members of … Read more

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

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

We’ve entered year three of the pandemic, and experts still know very little about long Covid, including how to cure its symptoms. On July 20th and July 21st, 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 … Read more

New Portable Device Tests for Current and Past COVID Infections Within Two Hours

New Portable 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 a SARS-CoV-2 infection and the presence of antibodies as a result of 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 protected someone might be from future … Read more

Scientists Fear We’re Not Ready for Nightmare New COVID Variant

Scientists Fear We're Not Ready for Nightmare New COVID Variant

A wave of COVID infections caused by the BA.5 subvariant has crested. All over the world, daily new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are going down. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus is almost certainly here to stay. Another wave is all but inevitable as new variants and subvariants mutate, compete for dominance and find new transmission pathways. … Read more

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government declared a public health emergency Thursday to bolster the response to the monkeypoxoutbreak that has infected more than 7,100 Americans. The announcement will free up money and other resources to fight the virus, which may cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the … Read more

Not being up-to-date on Covid vaccines, boosters means trouble

Not being up-to-date on Covid vaccines, boosters means trouble

If you aren’t up-to-date on your Covid vaccines or booster shots, Dr. Anthony Fauci has a stark warning for you: Get those doses now, or prepare for a harsh Covid fall and winter. “If they don’t get vaccinated or they don’t get boosted, they’re going to get into trouble,” Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, … Read more