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There’s a new COVID variant on the CDC’s radar: Here’s what we know

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The BA.4.6 subvariant of COVID-19 is the newest “variant of concern.” It is present in at least four states that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tracking. Here’s what you need to know. What is BA.4.6.? BA.4.6. is a spinoff of the BA.4 subvariant of the coronavirus’ omicron variant. It had been “circulating for […]

4th COVID-19 vaccine effectively protects elderly against Omicron -study

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The fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine is effective in protecting the elderly against the Omicron variant and lowers their risk of death by 72% compared to those who received only three doses, according to a new study conducted by Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in collaboration with the Health Ministry. […]

Another 6,529 COVID Cases Reported in LA County

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Another 6,529 COVID-19 infections were reported in Los Angeles County in the lastest data, along with nine more deaths. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals increased by 32 people to 779, according to the latest state figures. Of those patients, 77 were being treated in intensive care, up from 68 […]

Experts predict an omicron wave this summer. Here are the symptoms to look out for

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks indoors and in public spaces if the COVID-19 community levels are high as two new omicron variants gain momentum and are on the path to becoming the dominant strains. Driving the news: The health agency’s data shows that these COVID-19 subvariants, BA.4 and […]

Drug companies sidestepping the WHO’s technology transfer hub in Africa

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Pharmaceutical company Moderna announced on 7 March 2022 that it would develop a site in Kenya to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines. The company holds much of the key intellectual property relating to the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Due to their higher efficacy, mRNA vaccines are the preferred option in developed countries. They account for 92% of […]

Artificial intelligence may be the only way researchers can solve the perplexing puzzle of Long COVID. It ’s already categorizing patients and even identifying them

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Long COVID may be too big a problem for humans to solve—alone, at least. Increasingly, researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to help them sort through the electronic medical records of millions of long-COVID patients in hopes of better understanding the enigmatic condition with hundreds of potential symptoms. In some cases, A.I. is helping patients: […]

Omicron Hit Rural America Harder Than Cities

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The omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2021 and early 2022 spread like a grass fire in America’s densely populated cities but led to higher rates of death in rural counties where vaccinations are lagging. The latest study by the University of Cincinnati, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, revealed striking disparities in health care […]