As the United States enters respiratory virus season and health officials roll out updated COVID-19 vaccines, a new COVID variant HV.1 has emerged and is currently sweeping the country.The new omicron subvariant has rapidly overtaken other strains, including EG.5 aka Eris, to become the dominant variant in the U.S. As of late October, HV.1 is responsible for more than a quarter of all COVID-19 cases, and health officials are monitoring the new variant amid concerns of a winter COVID-19 surge.
Source: New COVID Variant HV.1: What To Know About Symptoms
In a January 14 update to its mask guidance page, the CDC recommends the use of N95 or KN95 respirators over surgical masks or homemade cloth masks. The change comes amid a continuing surge of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
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As a general guideline, the World Health Organization (WHO) is no longer recommending booster shots for people in low and medium priority groups — which includes healthy adults up to the age of 59 in most countries — provided they have been vaccinated and have received at least one booster.The reason is that the benefit of additional boosters is “marginal” and so is the impact on public health, the organization says.
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The COVID inquiry is possibly the most sophisticated and wide-ranging blame game that has ever played out in British politics. That said, the great benefit of public inquiries, as opposed to parliamentary scrutiny, is that their breadth allows for an exploration of issues in a way that promotes “cool thinking” (balanced, reflective, evidence-based) over “hot rhetoric” (aggressive, adversarial, emotive).
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Ady Barkan, a progressive activist and attorney who used his years-long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to call for the protection and expansion of public health care coverage, died on Wednesday. He was 39.
Source: Ady Barkan, Activist Who Used His Illness To Advance Progressive Causes, Dies At 39 | HuffPost Latest News
A new study led by researchers at the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science has found that, between 2021 and 2022, COVID-19 was a leading cause of death in children and young people
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SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause lasting damage to energy production by mitochondria in many organs of the body.
Source: SARS-CoV-2 can cause lasting damage to cells’ energy production
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director signed off on the recommendation that all Americans aged 6 months and older receive the updated COVID booster on Tuesday amid rising cases and hospitalizations across the country.
Source: CDC recommends new COVID booster for all Americans over 6 months amid rising cases, hospitalizations – ABC News
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What to consider this fall and winter when it comes to vaccinating for COVID-19, seasonal flu, and RSV..
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