Nearly 1 million child COVID-19 infections reported in past week

Nearly 1 million children have been infected with COVID-19 in the last week according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, four times the rate of the peak increase from last winters. For the week ending January 13, more than 981,000 childhood cases of COVID-19 were reported, a 69% increase over the 580,000 cases reported the … Read more

South Africa study shows boosters failed to block omicron, bolstering case for face masks, distancing and hand washing

A study of some of the early breakthrough cases of COVID-19 caused by the highly infectious omicron variant found that booster injections of mRNA vaccines failed to block that strain, although the infections involved only mild or moderate symptoms, which confirms that they are effective in preventing serious illness and death. The study involved a … Read more

Pacific Islands’ zero-Covid strategies unsustainable, professor says

People wearing face masks at a supermarket in Suva, Fiji, April 23, 2021. Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Countries around the world have seen a spike in Covid-19 cases since the emergence of the highly transmissible omicron variant, with new infections up 20% globally over the past week. But in the Pacific Islands, the … Read more

Researchers highlight COVID-19 neurological symptoms and need for rigorous studies

media advisory Thursday, January 20, 2022 What SARS-CoV-2 was initially identified as a respiratory virus, but it can affect the entire body, including the nervous system. In a new Point of View posted on Sciences, Avindra Nath, MD, clinical director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of … Read more

Canadian restaurant forced to partially close after accepting dog photos as vaccination proof

A Canadian restaurant was ordered to briefly shut down its internal operations after it was discovered accepting photos of dogs as evidence of COVID-19 vaccination. Alberta, where The Granary Kitchen is located, and restaurants are required to obtain proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or a medical exemption from the vaccine from all customers. … Read more

France to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in February

France announced on Thursday that it will implement new restrictions on the novel coronavirus in the country, while easing other restrictions starting in February. French officials said entry to public places such as museums, bars and restaurants will not be allowed for most people who do not show their recent recovery from COVID-19 or evidence … Read more

COVID-19 vaccination does not reduce chances of conception, study suggests

Press release Thursday, January 20, 2022 NIH-funded research shows that the infection can affect male fertility. Vaccination against COVID-19 does not affect the chances of conceiving a child, according to a study of more than 2,000 couples funded by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found no difference in the chances of conception if … Read more

Omicron could be the most transmissible Covid variant we get: experts

It is too early to tell if the omicron variant of Covid will hasten the end of the nearly two-year Covid-19 pandemic. But some experts say that when it comes to contagiousness, omicron might be “the most transmissible virus you can have.” The reason: Due to “evolutionary constraints” on how many mutations and changes the … Read more

Fauci: COVID Vaccines For Kids Under 5 Could Be Approved By Next Month

In news sure to cheer weary parents of young children everywhere, the Food and Drug Administration could approve a COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 as early as next month. White House top medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that the FDA is awaiting data from a trial to determine the proper dose for … Read more

Natural immunity against COVID lowered risk more than vaccines against Delta variant, new study says

Unvaccinated people who had previously contracted COVID-19 were better protected against the Delta variant than those who were only vaccinated, according to a new study published Wednesday by a US health authority. Despite this, “vaccination remains the safest strategy” against the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said when publishing the data. … Read more