Children’s immune systems do not develop ‘adaptive’ memory to protect against second time SARS-CoV-2 infection

Children have largely avoided severe COVID-19 symptoms because they have a strong initial ‘innate’ immune reaction that quickly defeats the virus. And now, researchers led by scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have uncovered what this might mean for the immune system. Unlike those of adults, children’s immune systems don’t remember the virus … Read more

CDC urges immunocompromised to take precautions after Evusheld pulled

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urged people with weak immune systems to take extra precautions to avoid Covid after the dominant omicron subvariants knocked out a key antibody treatment. These precautions include wearing a high-quality mask and social distancing when it’s not possible to avoid crowded indoor spaces, according to the … Read more

As Japan moves to downgrade COVID, focus shifts to messaging on risks

With the government announcing on Friday that it will change the legal category of COVID-19 on May 8, there is now increased ambiguity as to how society should approach the pandemic. When exactly should people put on or take off masks? Can children be unmasked everywhere? Should stores and restaurants ditch hand sanitizers and plexiglass … Read more

Information for Persons Who Are Immunocompromised Regarding Prevention and Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the Context of Currently Circulating Omicron Sublineages — United States, January 2023

BOX. Prevention measures against SARS-CoV-2 for persons who are immunocompromised, their household members, and close contacts in the context of currently circulating Omicron sublineages — United States, January 2023 Because Evusheld is not currently authorized for preexposure prophylaxis against SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States, it is important that persons who are moderately to severely … Read more

CDC Study Reports Bivalent Boosters Protect Against COVID-19 Variants | News

A new study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the new bivalent COVID-19 boosters add protection against the new variants of the virus. Another study showed that the bivalent vaccine also protects against severe disease. Wastewater surveillance shows that those variants, XBB and XBB.1.5, make up about 25% … Read more

China looks past Covid as tourist bookings surge for the Lunar New Year

BEIJING — People in China are moving past the pandemic and going out to travel, preliminary data for the Lunar New Year holiday show. “Pent-up demand is being released as many people rush to scenic spots, watch firework shows and crowd into restaurants and hotels,” Nomura’s chief China economist Ting Lu said in a report … Read more

Here’s where mainland Chinese traveled overseas for the Lunar New Year

BEIJING — Travelers from mainland China stuck close to home in Asia during the Lunar New Year, the first holiday after Beijing relaxed its Covid-related border controls. Hong Kong and Macao were the most popular spots, said Trip.com, citing flight bookings on its platform for the first four days of the Lunar New Year. The … Read more

Egypt unveils tombs and sarcophagus in new excavation

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Thursday unveiled dozens of new archaeological discoveries, including two ancient tombs, at a Pharaonic necropolis just outside of the capital Cairo. The artefacts, unearthed during a year-long excavation, were found beneath an ancient stone enclosure near the Saqqara pyramids and date back to the fifth and sixth dynasties of … Read more

Heart-related deaths rose sharply during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports show

The annual pace of Americans dying from cardiovascular-related causes accelerated during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic to the worst it has been since 2015, according to final figures gathered this month by the American Heart Association. In 2020, 928,741 deaths in the US were blamed on cardiovascular issues, like heart disease and stroke … Read more

COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2800 lives, $300M in hospital expenses – CBC News

COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2800 lives, $300M in hospital expensesCBC News Vaccine hesitancy, COVID conspiracies led to thousands of deaths, high cost for health care system, report findsThe Globe and Mail COVID-19 misinformation cost at least 2,800 lives and $300M, new report saysCBC News View Full Coverage on Google News