Tuesday, March 28, 2023 5:23 AM ET


Covid-19 testing centres to close from today but people with symptoms should still 'stay home'

Covid-19 will be treated similarly to other respiratory illnesses due to impact of vaccines and naturally acquired immunity

Irish Times - Health - 20 minutes ago

Lyft to pick up new CEO amid deepening post-pandemic losses

Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer are relinquishing their leadership roles to... - Business - 8 hours ago

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses should you have by now?

Here is a summary of the current COVID-19 vaccination guidelines from NACI, for both children and adults who are at increased risk of serious illness and those who are not.

CTV News - Top Stories - 13 hours ago

Covid-19 testing to no longer be recommended for vast majority of people

Rise in virus cases coincides with increased number of patients on trolleys

Irish Times - Top Stories - 13 hours ago

Column: Trump rips DeSantis on COVID and education — and for once he's telling the truth

Taking aim at Ron DeSantis, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump scored direct hits on the pandemic and education.

Los Angeles Times - Business - 14 hours ago

3 things I've learned since living through the pandemic

In the past three years, we’ve experienced widespread human loss, skyrocketing mental health issues, the miraculous development of vaccines and the permanence of COVID in our lives. Through these traumas and trials, I’ve identify three ways that the pandemic experience has changed me, for better and for worse.

Stars and Stripes - Top Stories - 14 hours ago

Maryland ranked 5th in nation for fewest COVID-19 deaths per capita

Maryland ranked fifth in the nation for having the fewest COVID-19 deaths per capita in a comprehensive study on variations in pandemic policies and behaviors between states published Thursday in The Lancet.

The Baltimore Sun - Health - 17 hours ago

At-risk groups offered spring Covid vaccine booster

The latest rollout will begin with care home residents, before being extended to over 75s.

BBC News - Health - 22 hours ago

Biden tried to have it both ways on COVID-19, but that strategy could soon end

The federal emergency over COVID-19 will end on May 11 and with it, one of President Joe Biden's most potent political issues.

Washington Examiner - Politics - 23 hours ago

Do You Need Another COVID Booster? Here's What Experts Say.

Are you still protected if you got the bivalent booster in the fall? Can you get another shot? Here's what to know.

Huffington Post - Health - 23 hours ago

Gimpo-China flights recover to pre-pandemic levels

The number of flights between Gimpo International Airport and Chinese destinations has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, according to the Korea Airports Corp. (KAC), Monday. The airport operator said the total weekly flights between Gimpo and the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai returned to 56 as of Sunday, after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Korea Times - Top Stories - 1 day ago

COVID-19 pandemic amplifies worries about obesity

Lots of folks gained their COVID weight during the housebound months of the pandemic, and now those extra pounds are weighing heavy on many, a new survey shows.

UPI - Health - 1 day ago

Delhi logs 153 fresh COVID-19 cases, positivity rate jumps to 9.13%

Delhi reported 139 cases with a positivity rate of 4.98 per cent on Saturday. It saw 152 cases with a positivity rate of 6.66 per cent on Friday and 117 cases with a positivity rate of 4.95 per cent on Thursday

First Post - Health - 1 day ago

Clark County COVID-19 case rate dips this week - Free

The Clark County COVID-19 case rate decreased slightly this week, with a seven-day case rate, measuring new cases per 100,000 people, of 35.7 Thursday, down from 38.5 March 16.

The Columbian - Health - 1 day ago

More surgeries being scheduled, but not enough to clear pandemic backlog, nationwide data suggests - Lauren Pelley - Health - | March 24 - |

Canadians continued to face longer wait times for joint replacements and an array of cancer surgeries as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, a new report shows, putting further pressure on hospitals and provincial governments to tackle the backlogs — all while the country grapples with a health-care staffing crisis and an aging population.

CBC News - Health - 1 day ago

How a coalition founded during the pandemic is helping small L.A. art organizations thrive

The LAVA Coalition, developed during the pandemic, announces grants for small arts groups. Plus: the Hammer's new spaces, in our weekly arts newsletter

Los Angeles Times - Entertainment - 3 days ago

Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for U.S. government workers

The White House is defending President Biden’s order that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 after a federal appeals court blocked it.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 3 days ago

Advocate Health Care shifting to optional masking policies as COVID-19 cases remain low in Illinois

The shift marks the first easing of masking requirements at the health system since the pandemic hit more than three years ago

Chicago Tribune - Business - 3 days ago

Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected arguments that Biden, as the nation’s chief executive, has the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation to require that employees be vaccinated.

Orlando Sentinel - US News - 3 days ago

Ontario to get rid of temporary paid sick days, lift some COVID measures in LTC homes

Ontario says high vaccination rates among nursing home residents and staff have led the chief medical officer of health to begin easing some measures

The Globe and Mail - Top Stories - 3 days ago

Appeals court rules against Biden vaccine mandate, citing end of COVID-19 pandemic

The Biden administration's order for federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 was blocked by a federal appeals court Thursday, with the ruling instructing parties to consider the White House's announcement that the pandemic emergency is coming to an end.

Washington Examiner - Health - 3 days ago

Pfizer's Covid drug Paxlovid may reduce the risk of long Covid, study says

People who took Pfizer's antiviral treatment Paxlovid shortly after infection saw a 26% lower risk of long Covid compared with those who didn't, the study said.

CNBC - Health - 3 days ago

Rand Paul says he wouldn't give his children Covid vaccinations over myocarditis concerns

“I think the risks of the vaccine are greater than the risks of the disease. The risks of the disease are almost non-existent," Paul, R-Ky., told The Hill.

NBC News - Health - 3 days ago

Final Covid-19 data shows infections in England highest since start of year

The coronavirus infection survey is ending after nearly three years.

Evening Standard - Health - 3 days ago

Court blocks Covid vaccine mandate for U.S. government workers

The appeals court rejected arguments that Biden, as the nation’s chief executive, has the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation to require employees be vaccinated.

NBC News - Health - 3 days ago

San Diego Unified schools still lack full-time counselors and nurses three years into the pandemic

If elementary schools want a counselor more than two days a week, they have to buy more days using their own money.

The San Diego Union-Tribune - Health - 3 days ago

Pakistan continues to report uptick in coronavirus cases

The number of coronavirus patients is increasing continuously across Pakistan, with the virus affecting at least 150 people in the last 24 hours.According to the National Institute of Health, 4,194...

International The News - Health - 4 days ago

Another way in which COVID craziness harmed us: Too many disinfectants

The public in the spring of 2020 got a lot of bad advice. Famously, then-President Donald Trump made weird comments that kind of sounded like he wanted to inject bleach into people. But even before that, public health authorities were telling us to disinfect our groceries, and plenty of folks did it.

Washington Examiner - Health - 4 days ago

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach wants to help those who suffer from serious side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach wants to help those who suffer from serious side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines. For those affected, this is a long overdue step.

Deutsche Welle - Science - 4 days ago

Center Stage's Latina artistic director faced a racial reckoning, a pandemic and a boardroom revolt in tumultuous tenure

The offstage drama at Baltimore Center Stage, which included a mass resignation of board members and withdrawn donations, mirrors the ongoing tensions around diversity, equity and inclusion that theaters are struggling with nationwide.

The Baltimore Sun - Entertainment - 4 days ago

Boris Johnson should quit as MP, says Covid bereaved daughter

‘He thinks the rules don’t apply to him – he denigrates our parliamentary system,’ says professor forced by lockdown to stay away from her family

Independent UK - Politics - 4 days ago

WHO warns of 'fake news' after Elon Musk pandemic treaty tweet

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation on Thursday warned against fake news after Twitter boss Elon Musk tweeted that countries should not cede authority to WHO amid negotiations over a new...

International The News - Health - 4 days ago

COVID left some with damaged immune response, study finds -- Scientists found a "major reduction" in a part of T cell responses in people who were infected before being vaccinated.

Scientists found a "major reduction" in a part of T cell responses in people who were infected before being vaccinated.

CBS News - Science - 4 days ago

COVID-19 vaccines do not affect a woman's menstrual cycle, study finds

The study revealed that catching the virus can lead to some changes in a woman's period. But vaccines do not cause disruption for most.

Sky News - Top Stories - 4 days ago

How New York State is really assessing and addressing COVID learning loss and student achievement

Much has been written recently about student testing and COVID’s impact on learning loss. News stories have looked at the decline in test scores on the NAEP exam (National Assessment of Educational Progress), the state Education Department’s purported plans to “make it easier to pass” the state assessments in mathematics and English language arts, and the importance of spending all of the federal funds allotted to New York’s schools for COVID recovery efforts.

New York Daily News - Opinion - 5 days ago

Moderna faces backlash for quadrupling Covid vaccine price

NEW YORK: Moderna’s chief executive on Wednesday defended the US company’s plan to quadruple the price of its lifesaving Covid vaccine to as much as $130 per dose as soon as government...

International The News - Health - 5 days ago

Moderna CEO brazenly defends 400% COVID shot price hike, downplays NIH's role

Sen. Sanders accused the company of an "unprecedented level of corporate greed."

Ars Technica - Science - 5 days ago

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel defends fivefold price hike of Covid vaccine

Bernie Sanders pressed Stephane Bancel during the Senate hearing to make a commitment that Moderna will not increase the vaccine's list price to $130.

CNBC - Health - 5 days ago

YMCA Central Florida debuts first new facility in 20 years despite pandemic woes

The 31,000-square-feet, $17-million Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA debuted Wednesday in Orlando's new Packing District.

Orlando Sentinel - US News - 5 days ago

Watch: Moderna CEO testifies before Senate on Covid vaccine price hike

The Boston biotech company plans to charge $130 per dose once the vaccination program moves to the private market as early as this fall.

CNBC - Health - 5 days ago

Djokovic unrepentant after missing US events over COVID vaccine

Serbia's Novak Djokovic expressed that although he had no misgivings about his absence from the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments due to his COVID-19...

Daily Sabah - Sports - 5 days ago

Novak Djokovic To Miss Miami Open Over Lack Of Covid Vaccination

Novak Djokovic will not play at the Miami Open after failing to receive a waiver to enter the United States despite not being vaccinated for Covid-19

NDTV - Sports - 6 days ago

Superbug fungus cases rose dramatically during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. cases of a dangerous fungus tripled over just three years, and more than half of states have now reported it, according to a new study.

The Columbian - Health - 6 days ago

COVID-19 origins: Why the State Department's testimony to Congress is crucial to finding answers

Expect more details—and more controversy—coming soon on the Chinese origins of COVID-19 as a House select committee continues its investigation. While many in government in early 2020 immediately began pushing the narrative that the coronavirus came from nature, several scientists and the U.S. State Department had serious doubts and pointed to the large amount of circumstantial evidence that the virus originated in a Chinese lab.

Washington Examiner - Health - 6 days ago

Bill Gates Plots a Global Pandemic Prison State

Commentary An epic disaster like the COVID response, one might suppose, should inspire some humility and rethinking on ...

Epoch Times - Opinion - 6 days ago

Ignoring experts, China's sudden zero-COVID exit cost lives

Health experts proposed a gradual end to anti-virus controls, but China dropped restrictions with no preparations for the chaotic aftermath.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 6 days ago

Biden signs bill to declassify information on COVID origins

The bipartisan bill directs the federal government to declassify as much intelligence as possible related to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Los Angeles Times - Politics - 7 days ago

Florida's reported COVID-19 cases, deaths fall over last two weeks

The Florida Department of Health's biweekly report indicates reduced spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 7 days ago

Second Opinion - Why Canada avoided a severe winter COVID wave - Adam Miller - Health - | March 18 - |

Canada has managed to avoid a severe COVID-19 wave this winter despite a total lack of public health restrictions, a busy indoor holiday season and a rapidly mutating virus that is still very much circulating in the population.

CBC News - Health - 7 days ago

COVID politics leave a Florida public hospital shaken

An internal review last month found that Sarasota Memorial, one of Florida's largest public hospitals, did far better than some of its competitors in saving COVID patients’ lives. But that did little to quell detractors, whose campaign against the hospital has not relented.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 7 days ago

Novak Djokovic denied COVID-19 vaccine exemption, will not compete at Miami Open

World No. 1-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic will not compete at the Miami Open next week after having his COVID-19 vaccine exemption denied.

Fox News - Sports - 9 days ago

Newly available COVID-19 origins data could point to raccoon dogs in Wuhan market, study says - Health - | March 17

International scientists who examined previously unavailable genetic data from samples collected at a market in China close to where the first human cases of COVID-19 were detected say they found new suggestions the pandemic may have originated from animals, not a lab.

CBC News - Health - 10 days ago

WHO calls on China to release data linking Covid origin to Wuhan animal samples

The World Health Organization said new data linking the virus to animal samples at China's Wuhan Market provides more clues about the Covid pandemic's origins.

CNBC - Health - 10 days ago

New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market

Scientists have found raccoon dog DNA commingled with the coronavirus in samples from the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan in early 2020.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 10 days ago

New genetic data suggests COVID originated from raccoon dogs: 'Strongest evidence to support animal origins' so far

Previously unavailable genetic data suggests the COVID pandemic originated from animals, not in a lab, in what some experts are calling “by far the strongest evidence to support animal origins.”

New York Daily News - Top Stories - 10 days ago

England to end pre-departure COVID-19 test rule for arrivals from China

LONDON: The British government said it would end the requirement for people flying from mainland China to England to provide proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test from April 5. From Friday (Mar 17), the UK Health Security Agency’s voluntary, on-arrival testing programme of travellers arriving f

Channel NewsAsia - World - 10 days ago

COVID-19 pill Paxlovid moves closer to full FDA approval

The panel of Food and Drug Administration experts agreed Thursday that the drug is safe and effective for preventing severe COVID-19 in adults with health risks.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 11 days ago

Operators of upscale L.A. care facility charged in 14 COVID-19 deaths

Thirteen residents and a nurse died during a COVID-19 outbreak at Silverado Beverly Place in the spring of 2020.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 11 days ago

Spike in gonorrhoea cases post-pandemic prompts warning from health agency

Number of people catching ‘the clap’ in the first nine months of 2022 was more than a fifth higher than the same period in 2019

Telegraph UK - Health - 11 days ago

China reopens to tourists after COVID-19 shutdown

The country closed its borders three and a half years ago to contain the spread of COVID-19, but last month Beijing declared victory over the pandemic. Now visitors have begun to arrive, and the first Chinese nationals are preparing to go abroad.

Deutsche Welle - Business - 12 days ago

FDA authorizes Pfizer's Covid omicron booster as 4th shot for kids under 5

The FDA authorized Pfizer's omicron booster shot for kids younger than five who were previously vaccinated with three doses of the company's original shot.

CNBC - Health - 12 days ago

As food aid program winds down, another piece of the COVID-era safety net gets snipped away

People who've received expanded food benefits for the past three years face the program's end, even as food prices remain sky-high.

Boston Globe - Business - 12 days ago

Bulgaria leads group opposing Pfizer COVID vaccine supply conditions

Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary have demanded that the European Commission renegotiate the conditions for the supply of COVID vaccines manufactured by Pfizer. The health ministers of the four countries tabled a joint request during an EU Council meeting on 14 March.

Euractiv - Health - 12 days ago

Ombudsman rips into Israel's bungled indigenous COVID vaccine

State comptroller accuses Institute for Biological Research of providing inaccurate information regarding the progress and expenses of vaccine development and withholding true figures

YNET News - Science - 13 days ago

COVID-19: No evidence of mental health 'tsunami'

A new study suggests the pandemic had a minimal effect on depression and anxiety symptoms in the general population — contrary to earlier observations.

Deutsche Welle - Science - 13 days ago

Long covid symptoms 'linked to face blindness'

‘It was as if my dad’s voice came out of a stranger’s face,’ says portrait artist studied by researchers

Independent UK - Science - 14 days ago

COVID-19 fears persist for San Diegans with weakened immune systems. A new Scripps study aims to lower their risk

Scripps Research study aims to identify who has virus through better testing and to get them treated quickly

The San Diego Union-Tribune - Top Stories - 14 days ago

COVID test requirement lifted for travelers from China to US

A requirement that travelers to the U.S. from China present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flights expired Friday after more than two months as cases in China have fallen.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 15 days ago

Finding COVID-19's origins is a moral imperative: WHO's Tedros

GENEVA: Discovering the origins of COVID-19 is a moral imperative and all hypotheses must be explored, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said, in his strongest comments yet that the UN body remains committed to finding how the virus arose. A US agency was reported by the Wall Street Journal t

Channel NewsAsia - World - 15 days ago

COVID hospitalizations among older Americans causing concern: 'Worry about your granny' December 11, 2022

COVID-related hospitalizations in the United States are up 30% over the last two weeks, with older patients accounting for many of those cases, the CDC says.

New York Daily News - Health - 16 days ago

Confidence in cruising: Travel picking up despite lingering COVID concerns

Cruise travel is picking up again, but COVID-19 can still be an issue on ships, with some vessels and some cruise lines worse than others.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 16 days ago

COVID-19 pandemic three years later: Has the coronavirus won?

On the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, most people have resumed their normal lives thanks to a wall of immunity built from infections and vaccines.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 16 days ago

Commentary: As COVID-19 turns 3, 'all hazards' approach needed to prepare for the next pandemic

The world may not be able to predict when the next global pandemic might hit, but we can always better prepare for it with an “all hazards” approach, says International SOS’ Dr Chan Yanjun.

Channel NewsAsia - World - 17 days ago

CDC, FDA send letter to Florida's Surgeon General warning he is endangering lives with COVID vaccine risk advice

U.S. public health agencies have sent a letter to Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo warning that his fueling of vaccine hesitancy is harming the public, particularly Florida seniors.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 17 days ago

House votes to declassify information about origins of COVID-19

The House has voted unanimously Friday to declassify U.S. intelligence information about the origins of COVID-19, a sweeping show of bipartisan support.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 17 days ago

'An Elephant Sitting On My Chest': How It Feels To Live With Long COVID

In their own words, COVID long-haulers share details on the grueling physical symptoms of the condition.

Huffington Post - Health - 17 days ago

Fatigue, cough and brain fog. For many in L.A. County, long COVID limited daily life

Most L.A. County residents who had long COVID reported symptoms severe enough to limit daily activities weeks after they were infected, a survey found.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 17 days ago

US House unanimously backs COVID-19 origins information declassification

WASHINGTON: The United States House of Representatives voted unanimously on Friday (Mar 10) to require Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to declassify information on the origins of COVID-19, increasing pressure on President Joe Biden's administration to allow its release. The vote was 419 to 0

Channel NewsAsia - World - 17 days ago

The coronavirus has infected New York City's rats. Why that's bad news for people

Rats living in New York City's sewer system can catch the virus that causes COVID-19. Could they incubate new variants and spread them to people?

Los Angeles Times - US News - 17 days ago

How To Find A Therapist Who Helps With Long COVID

The chronic condition now affects millions of people around the world, and it's taking a toll on their mental health.

Huffington Post - Health - 18 days ago

Newsom tests positive for COVID-19, his second infection since pandemic began

Gov. Gavin Newsom has mild symptoms and plans to work remotely for at least five days, his spokesman said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune - Politics - 19 days ago

Opinion: I called for more research on the COVID 'lab leak theory.' Here's what I found out

Contrary to conclusions by the Department of Energy and the FBI, the science on the pandemic's origins stacks up in favor of a jump from animals to humans.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 19 days ago

5 Long COVID Myths We Need To Stop Believing

If you don't think the condition is a big deal, you haven't been paying attention.

Huffington Post - Health - 19 days ago

U.S. to relax COVID testing rules for travelers from China as early as Friday

The U.S. is preparing to relax COVID-19 testing restrictions for travelers from China as soon as Friday, people familiar with the matter say.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 19 days ago

Pandemic food benefits are ending for millions of Californians. Now what?

California families will no longer receive extra CalFresh benefits given during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 21 days ago

Scientists hope viruses hiding out in patients hold answers to long COVID

Scientists are exploring whether some of the most infectious coronavirus variants came from chronically infected individuals with weakened immune systems.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 21 days ago

How are Maryland COVID cases, vaccinations and other metrics trending? Here are the numbers. [GRAPHICS]

View visualizations of Maryland COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, testing, positivity rate and vaccinations.

The Baltimore Sun - Health - 21 days ago

Florida COVID-19 cases up, hospitalizations down over last two weeks

The Florida Department of Health's biweekly report indicates slowing spread of COVID-19 across the state, though hundreds continue to die.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 21 days ago

The Most Common Long COVID Symptoms Doctors Are Seeing Right Now

The condition can affect your cardiovascular system, neurological system, respiratory system and more.

Huffington Post - Health - 21 days ago

'Two-faced' Hancock 'was like a headless chicken' during COVID jab drive

The former boss of the COVID vaccines taskforce Dr Clive Dix is the latest to take a swipe at the former health secretary, as leaked WhatsApp messages Mr Hancock sent at the height of the pandemic continue to be published by The Daily Telegraph.

Sky News - Top Stories - 22 days ago

These People Lost Their Hearing After COVID Months Ago. They Still Haven't Fully Recovered.

There’s no definitive proof that COVID is causing hearing loss, but based on what researchers know about other viruses’ effects on the auditory system, it’s not an unreasonable connection to make.

BuzzFeed News - Science - 23 days ago

California to alter COVID rules in healthcare settings: Masks and vaccinations not required

Among the changes announced by the California Department of Public Health will be the end of the statewide mask mandate in healthcare and other indoor high-risk settings — including correctional facilities and homeless shelters — beginning April 3.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 24 days ago

Biden pushes for $1.6 billion to fund pandemic fraud measures

The Biden administration is starting a push to get Congress to fund measures to help prosecute fraud in government COVID-19 pandemic relief programs.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 25 days ago

Misplaced breathing tube contributed to death of UK's first known child COVID victim

The Brixton schoolboy's immediate family members were not able to attend his funeral in April 2020 as they were self-isolating after some of his siblings contracted COVID symptoms.

Sky News - Top Stories - 25 days ago

Opinion: California gave up on mandating COVID vaccines for schoolchildren. Here's why that's wise

Gov. Newsom, the Legislature and the courts have ensured the COVID vaccine won't be required for California K-12 students. The science supports them.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 25 days ago

Dr. Anthony Fauci Responds to COVID-19 Wuhan Lab Leak Report

Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing renewed attacks from conservatives after the FBI director says he believes "the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan."

Inside Edition - Health - 26 days ago

COVID-19 conspiracies soar after latest report on origins

COVID-19′s origins remain hazy. Three years after the start of the pandemic, it’s still unclear whether the coronavirus that causes the disease leaked from a lab or spread to humans from an animal.

Orlando Sentinel - Health - 26 days ago

'Hancock should give his I'm A Celeb fee back': Daughter of COVID victim angry at testing claims

The former health secretary has been accused of ignoring advice to test all people entering care homes during the first lockdown in 2020 - something he has denied.

Sky News - Top Stories - 26 days ago

Hancock accused of rejecting care home COVID testing advice - after 'ghoulish' leak of messages

The then health secretary expressed concerns that expanding care home testing could get in the way of the 100,000 daily COVID test target, according to a newspaper report.

Sky News - Top Stories - 26 days ago

Abcarian: Mask mandates? COVID origins? Why are we still having these debates?

We may never have a definitive answer to COVID's origins. Reserve your anger for the way the Trump administration bungled its response to the disease.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 26 days ago

Essential Politics: Energy Department endorses a once-fringe COVID-19 theory

The U.S. Energy Department has reportedly concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic likely stemmed from a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 26 days ago

L.A. County's COVID-19 emergency will end March 31

Los Angeles County will end its COVID emergency declaration at the end of March, becoming the latest region to do so amid improving pandemic conditions.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 27 days ago

California's COVID emergency is ending. How will it change your life?

California's 3-year-old COVID-19 state of emergency will lift Tuesday — a development that reflects the dawn of a next, hopeful phase of the pandemic.

Los Angeles Times - Science - 27 days ago

China says it's been 'open and transparent' on COVID origins

China says it's been 'open and transparent' about the origins of COVID-19 as questions about how the pandemic began are back in the spotlight.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 27 days ago

Hong Kong will lift its mask mandate Wednesday, its last major COVID restriction

Hong Kong will lift its mask mandate Wednesday, ending the last major social restriction that the city imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 27 days ago

Column: Contrary to latest claims, there's still not a speck of evidence that COVID escaped from a Chinese lab

The Wall Street Journal tries to revive the lab leak theory on COVID's origins as a gift to the GOP, but it's still nonsense.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

COVID-19 pandemic most likely began with a lab leak, U.S. Department of Energy says

The U.S. Department of Energy has assessed with “low confidence” in that the COVID-19 pandemic began with a lab leak, according to a person familiar with a new government report.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

COVID-19 May Have Come From Wuhan Lab Leak, US Energy Department Says

The U.S. Department of Energy has now joined the FBI in its belief that COVID-19 likely began as a leak, though sources have reportedly clarified that COVID-19 is still not believed to be a result of a Chinese bioweapon.

Inside Edition - Politics - 1 month ago

Energy Department suggests lab leak started COVID pandemic in new 'low-confidence' report

The Energy Department's conclusion clashed with other U.S. government agency investigations.

New York Daily News - Top Stories - 1 month ago

Column: COVID deniers claim a new study says mask mandates don't work. They should try reading it

Bret Stephens and other conservatives are hawking a new study that supposedly says mask mandates are useless. Anyone who actually reads it will draw the opposite conclusion.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

Millions of U.S. workers are still missing as the pandemic recedes. Where did they go?

Millions of workers are still missing from the labor force three years after COVID-19 surfaced. Economists are trying to determine where they went.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

Israeli-Canadian startup has high hopes for COVID-busting nasal spray

SaNOtize says their nitric oxide spray, called Enovid, has been proven to effectively prevent, treat and shorten the course of a COVID-19 infection; research shows the spray reduces COVID by 94% in 24 hours, and 99% in 48 hours

YNET News - Science - 1 month ago

COVID-19 deaths top 100,000 in California: 'Nobody ... anticipated this toll'

Even in a time of plentiful vaccines and therapeutics, California is still tallying more than 20 COVID-19 deaths every day, on average.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

California says it can no longer afford aid for COVID testing, vaccinations for migrants

Gov. Gavin Newsom is winding down state assistance for healthcare services to migrants seeking asylum. He’s lobbying the Biden administration to increase aid along the state’s southern border.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

China says 200 million treated for COVID since November, pandemic 'decisively' beaten

China says more than 200 million of its citizens have been treated for COVID-19 since it began lifting strict containment measures in November.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

What happens to COVID vaccines and drugs authorized for emergency use when health emergency ends?

A pandemic allows the Food and Drug Administration to authorize vaccines and drugs for emergency use, even after the health emergency ends.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

Brutality detailed in Alex Murdaugh case; 2 jurors get COVID

Two jurors in the double murder trial of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh... - World - 1 month ago

The pandemic took a harsh toll on teen girls' mental health, CDC says

The pandemic took a harsh toll on U.S. teen girls’ mental health, with almost 60% reporting feelings of persistent sadness or hopelessness

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

After surviving COVID-19, formerly incarcerated people tackle trauma through dance

Suchi Branfman has been collecting COVID-19 data from California prisons since the beginning of the pandemic. Now those numbers have culminated in a show.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

With COVID emergency ending, will I have to pay for tests?

Most health plans regulated by the California Department of Managed Health Care will be required to continue paying for at-home COVID test kits.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

How the US anti-vaccine disinformation on COVID-19 is appropriated in China

Without verifying the content, China propagandists and spokespersons cited American far-right disinformation spreader, Project Veritas, and urged the U.S. to investigate into Pfizer's role in engineering the COVID-19 virus.

Global Voices - Health - 1 month ago

President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

President Biden has informed Congress that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normality.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 1 month ago

FDA revokes authorization for key anti-COVID drug, a blow for vulnerable Americans

Evusheld was designed to protect immunocompromised people from serious cases of COVID-19, but the latest Omicron variants have rendered the drug useless.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

Law aimed at doctors who spread COVID-19 misinformation is put on hold by judge

The judge granted a preliminary injunction on the grounds that the scientific consensus about COVID-19 is still evolving, making the law difficult to enforce.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

FDA's advisors back plan to simplify COVID-19 vaccinations

The U.S. is poised to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in the country's public health strategy.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

Nevada's New Governor Vilified Lobbyist's Influence in COVID Lab Scandal, Then Asked Him to Help With Budget

Gov. Joe Lombardo once called his predecessor’s support of an error-prone COVID-19 testing lab the “biggest scandal in our history” but then brought in the lobbyist who pulled strings to get that lab licensed to help prepare his state budget.

ProPublica - Politics - 2 months ago

The FDA Is Considering A New Plan To Make COVID Vaccines A Lot More Like Your Annual Flu Shot

In a decision that could come this week, the FDA is looking to step away from the confusing array of COVID shots and boosters that are currently recommended and create an easier-to-understand schedule.

BuzzFeed News - Science - 2 months ago

FDA proposes once-a-year COVID-19 shots for most Americans

The new plan would make COVID-19 inoculations more like the annual flu shot, saving Americans from having to keep track of how many shots they’ve received.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

Once-a-year COVID shots proposed

U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot.

Chicago Tribune - Health - 2 months ago

Fewer Medi-Cal patients got crucial treatment for hepatitis C amid pandemic

Hepatitis C can be cured in most cases with a few months of medication. The number of Medi-Cal patients getting the treatment dropped during the pandemic.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

Editorial: The Reality of China's Pandemic and the CCP's Demise

The pandemic is spreading like wildfire again across China. Since December, an estimated 900 million people in China ...

Epoch Times - Opinion - 2 months ago

Texas jobless rate drops below 4% for first time since pandemic

The state has set a record for the number of employed people for 14 consecutive months,...

Houston Chronicle - Business - 2 months ago

A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

In Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. Medical examiner data shows that an increasing number of these deaths are the result of COVID-19.

ProPublica - Health - 2 months ago

How scientists trained computers to forecast COVID-19 outbreaks weeks ahead

Using machine learning, scientists have trained computers to comb the internet and recognize the early signs of a COVID-19 surge up to 6 weeks in advance.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

From 37 to 60,000: China's official COVID-19 death toll data remains opaque

...there are a total of 35,519 hospitals, the 60,000 figure implies that, on average, there was fewer than two COVID-related death per hospital between December 8 and January 12.

Global Voices - Health - 2 months ago

Why was the major COVID-19 drug Paxlovid delisted from China's medical insurance scheme?

The Chinese poor will not be able to access the WHO-recommended "life-saving" COVID-19 drug after delisting Paxlovid from China's basic medical insurance scheme. But online patriots are backing the decision.

Global Voices - Health - 2 months ago

Even after mild cases of COVID, long COVID symptoms can linger for a year or more

Mild cases of COVID-19 can cause patients to suffer long COVID symptoms, and a new study finds that some of those symptoms can linger for more than a year.

Los Angeles Times - Health - 2 months ago

China falls into a chaos amid a Tsunami-scale winter COVID-19 outbreak

Many countries have announced new travel restrictions on travellers from greater Chinese regions due to inadequate sharing of epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data.

Global Voices - Health - 2 months ago

Medicare Keeps Spending More on COVID-19 Testing. Fraud and Overspending Are Partly Why.

Medicare’s COVID-19 testing costs reached over $2 billion in 2022. The growing costs concern some experts, who say financial incentives and a lack of regulation early in the pandemic led to fraud and overspending.

ProPublica - Health - 2 months ago

Stress, lockdowns, depression: The COVID class of 2023 is...

They’ve faced lockdowns, a mental health crisis and the dawn of climate change. What...

San Francisco Chronicle - Opinion - 3 months ago

Surge in remote working due to COVID fuels record employment for people with disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic's silver lining for people with disabilities: a lot more remote work opportunities. Will it last?

Los Angeles Times - Health - 3 months ago

China faces a rough road to ending its zero-COVID policies

Under the zero-COVID policy, public resources have been spent on PCR tests, building quarantine facilities, propaganda, and controlling people's movement rather than vaccinations or improving medical infrastructures.

Global Voices - Health - 3 months ago

Rare street protests across China: Is Xi Jinping's zero-COVID policy turning people against their government?

Frustration with Xi Jinping's heavily enforced policy of 'Zero-COVID' has turned Chinese people against their government in unprecedented street demonstration now affecting all main cities in a heavily-policed state

Global Voices - World - 3 months ago

China's zero-COVID policy sparks rare country-wide protests

"...I am the one who jumped from the highrise; I am the victim trapped in the fire. If I am not there yet, I will be the next one."

Global Voices - Health - 3 months ago

People In China Are Demanding The End Of Strict COVID Restrictions After 10 People Died In A Fire

Protests and vigils have been reported in multiple cities and universities — a mass public movement that’s rare for China.

BuzzFeed News - World - 4 months ago

Researchers find majority of long Covid patients are women

Researchers believe differences in immune responses could explain gender gap

Independent UK - Health - 5 months ago

The COVID-19 Booster's Public Relations Problem

With a new coronavirus booster rolling out, a leading expert on vaccines explains how public health leaders have struggled to set expectations for the COVID-19 vaccine and convey clearly who benefits from each additional shot.

ProPublica - Health - 6 months ago

No, The Pandemic Isn't Really Over. Here's Why.

“Whether or not the pandemic part of this is over is irrelevant. COVID is here to stay.”

BuzzFeed News - Science - 6 months ago

First Lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID-19

First Lady Jill Biden is out of isolation after testing negative twice from COVID-19, her office said Sunday.

New York Daily News - Health - 7 months ago

These Tweets Show Just How Mad Public Health Experts Are About The CDC's New COVID Guidelines

The CDC recently relaxed its COVID guidelines involving quarantines, screening tests, and social distancing. That’s a terrible idea, some experts say, given that over 400 people die from the disease every day.

BuzzFeed News - Science - 7 months ago

First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has 'mild' symptoms

First Lady Jill Biden is isolating after a positive PCR test for COVID-19, her office announced Tuesday.

New York Daily News - Health - 7 months ago

Not Mentioned in Cuomo's Coronavirus Book: How Many Nursing Home Residents Died in New York

Cuomo’s new book on leadership, published as the pandemic continues to ravage America, touts his willingness to speak hard truths about the pandemic. Why then has he still not said how many nursing home residents perished on his watch?

ProPublica - Health - 7 months ago

How Misinformation About COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Took Root Early On and Why It Won't Go Away

Before coronavirus vaccines were even released, a disinformation campaign used a moment of national and personal vulnerability to prey on those who were pregnant or who planned to become pregnant.

ProPublica - Health - 7 months ago

"God, No, Not Another Case." COVID-Related Stillbirths Didn't Have to Happen.

A lack of testing data and government guidance led many to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, unwittingly increasing their chances of a stillbirth.

ProPublica - Health - 7 months ago

COVID cases up almost 18% worldwide as omicron variants run rampant

While vaccinations have greatly cut down on hospitalizations and deaths, COVID cases are on the rise again around the world.

New York Daily News - Health - 8 months ago

How do we memorialize the pandemic? -- As the United States neared its one millionth COVID-19 related death, artists, architects, and community leaders are calling for a permanent memorial to honor all those touched by COVID. Globe Opinion asked several artists for their vision of what a COVID memorial could look like.

As the United States nears its one millionth COVID-19 related death, artists, architects, and community leaders are calling for a permanent memorial to honor all those touched by COVID. Globe Opinion asked several artists for their vision of what a COVID memorial could look like.

Boston Globe - Opinion - 9 months ago

FDA authorizes 1st COVID-19 shots for infants, preschoolers

The Food and Drug Administration's action follows its advisory panel's unanimous...

Houston Chronicle - US News - 9 months ago

US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test...

Houston Chronicle - US News - 9 months ago

Pfizer pledges $120M to produce oral COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid at Michigan factory

Pfizer is sinking $120 million into a Michigan factory to drastically increase its production and supply of its oral COVID-19 treatment, the pharmaceutical company announced Monday.

New York Daily News - Health - 9 months ago

Wastewater tests indicate rise in COVID-19 throughout...

Recent tests show COVID-19 levels spiking across the city. Talk about a crappy way to...

Houston Chronicle - US News - 9 months ago

"Similar to Times of War": The Staggering Toll of COVID-19 on Filipino Health Care Workers

One of every four Filipinos in the New York-New Jersey area is employed in the health care industry. With at least 30 worker deaths and many more family members lost to the coronavirus, a community at the epicenter of the pandemic has been left reeling.

ProPublica - Health - 10 months ago

Pfizer says three doses of its vaccine provides 'strong' immunity against COVID for kids 6 months to 5 years old

Three doses of a child-size Pfizer vaccine is not just safe but effective for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old, the company said Monday.

New York Daily News - Health - 10 months ago

Round 3 of free at-home COVID tests now available from Biden administration

“As the highly transmissible subvariants of omicron drive a rise in cases in parts of the country, free and accessible tests will help slow the spread of the virus,” the White House said in its announcement.

New York Daily News - Health - 10 months ago

COVID-19 booster should be considered part of full vaccination: medical experts

A rise in COVID cases, fueled by a slew of more-transmissible variants, is drawing attention to the importance of booster shots for avoiding severe illness and death.

New York Daily News - Health - 10 months ago

Look Up Nursing Home Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

Now, users can quickly compare staff COVID-19 vaccination and booster rates across states and between nursing homes.

ProPublica - Health - 11 months ago

Unverified claims that a popular herbal medication prevents COVID-19 triggers online backlash in China

While Shanghai residents are struggling with food shortages, they have an abundant supply of “Lianhua Qingwen”.

Global Voices - Science - 11 months ago

WHO tracking 'a few dozen' cases of two new COVID-19 variants

The World Health Organization is keeping an eye on two new strains of COVID-19 that have popped up around the world.

New York Daily News - Health - 11 months ago

Fourth COVID shot will be 'necessary,' says Pfizer CEO

COVID-19 shots could soon become an annual item on your to-do list.

New York Daily News - Health - 1 year ago

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tests positive for COVID-19

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has caught COVID-19, just days after one of his children.

New York Daily News - Health - 1 year ago

Joe Rogan defends podcast after Spotify's COVID-19 misinformation crackdown – 'Interesting conversations with people that have differing opinions'

Joe Rogan is sorry “if I pissed you off” by spreading COVID-19 misinformation and blamed his massive popularity on just how far that misinformation spread.

New York Daily News - Health - 1 year ago

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle threaten Spotify over COVID-19 misinformation without mentioning Joe Rogan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have “concerns” about how Spotify has allowed and promoted the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on its platform.

New York Daily News - Health - 1 year ago

Czech singer Hana Horka dies after catching COVID-19 intentionally and avoiding vaccine

Hana Horka, 57, died two days after posting on social media that she had tested positive.

New York Daily News - Health - 1 year ago

How to apply for unemployment benefits if you are out of work during Illinois' COVID-19 shutdown

Workers laid off temporarily — and even parents caring for children home from school — can qualify for unemployment benefits under the state’s recently adopted emergency rules.

Chicago Sun-Times - Business - 1 year ago

Here's Why Rapid COVID Tests Are So Expensive and Hard to Find

Months-long silences. Mysterious rejections. Here’s what's behind the shortages of a critical tool for ending the pandemic.

ProPublica - Health - 1 year ago

A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.

Non-COVID patients are paying a price as the delta variant and low-vaccination rates overwhelm hospitals across the country. “Wait times can now be measured in days,” said an expert.

ProPublica - Health - 1 year ago

The Chicago Housing Authority Was Slow to Protect Residents During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Internal communications show CHA officials waited weeks before hastily drawing up plans that could reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure for staff and residents.

ProPublica - Health - 1 year ago

Americans spent less in July as COVID-19 cases surged

The spread of the delta variant of Covid may have changed our spending habits.

Houston Chronicle - Technology - 1 year ago

Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do

Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control.

ProPublica - Health - 1 year ago

Texans Recovering From COVID-19 Needed Oxygen. Then the Power Went Out.

After COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked, the number of Texans dependent on home oxygen equipment was at “an all-time high” when a winter storm overwhelmed the state’s power grid in February, leaving many struggling for air.

ProPublica - Health - 2 years ago

Leaked Documents Show How China's Army of Paid Internet Trolls Helped Censor the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus spread in China, the government stage-managed what appeared on the domestic internet to make the virus look less severe and the authorities more capable, according to thousands of…

ProPublica - Technology - 2 years ago

The Family Court Judge Who Threatened a Mother With Contempt of Court for Getting Her Child a COVID-19 Test

Ohio juvenile court Judge Timothy Grendell thought coronavirus precautions were overblown, and made sure people knew it. In one case he forbade a mother from getting her children tested for COVID-19. Then, one of them had to go to the emergency room.

ProPublica - Health - 2 years ago