Covid live news: Canada confirms two cases of Omicron variant; WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open

Both cases are recent arrivals from Nigeria;UN agency ’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans;G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variantAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron ’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a dayif it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University mathematicians, Reuters reports.In the report by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the mathematicians said China could not afford to lift travel restrictions without more efficient vaccinations or specific treatments.Continue reading...
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As the fast-spreading variant has blanketed the country, known cases and hospitalizations have surged, and officials warn of tough weeks ahead.
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One reader ’s experience of the effects on family members of the conspiracy theories surrounding vaccinationsI read David Green ’sletter on anti-vaxxers (12 January) and empathised with theletter written in response (13 January). The week before Christmas my dad died of Covid. The intensive care consultant couldn ’t have been clearer that, in her opinion, if he had been vaccinated he would not have developed Covid pneumonia to the severity that he did.He died very frightened and asking his family to come and be with him, and we couldn ’t. The experience traumatised my sister so badly that she was ho...
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Pfizer says its recently approved Paxlovid drug has almost 90% success in preventing severe illness if taken soon after infectionThe recent decision by regulators to approve the antiviral agent Paxlovid for use in the UK adds a formidable new weapon to the arsenal of treatments for Covid-19. Pfizer says the drug has almost 90% success in preventing severe illness in vulnerable adults if taken soon after infection occurs. Paxlovid is one of a growing repertoire of antiviral medicines – which also includes Merck’s agent Molnurpiravir – that can be given to people who have contracted the disease. Crucially, ...
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AbstractThe first case of coronavirus illness was discovered in Wuhan, China, in January 2020 and quickly spread worldwide within the next couple of months. The condition was initially only linked with respiratory disorders. After the evolution of various variants of the SARS-CoV-2, the critical impact of the virus spread to multiple organs and soon, neurological disorder manifestations started to appear in the infected patients. The review is focused on the manifestation of various neurological disorders linked with both the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Disorders such as cytokine release syndrome,...
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ConclusionsThyrotoxicosis can occur after SARS-CoV-2 vaccination probably related to silent thyroiditis.
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They could face more staff shortages, and workers and facilities could feel caught between opposing state and federal policies.
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Cases seem to be subsiding in states with high vaccination rates, but observers are reluctant to make firm predictionsIn February 2021, Dr Craig Spencer wrote in a Mediumpost that he was as “eager as anyone to see the end of this pandemic. Thankfully, that may be in sight”.“Covid cases and hospitalizations are dropping,” wrote Spencer, director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “Vaccines are getting into arms. So, what happens next?”Continue reading...
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The stunning Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna drew upon long-buried discoveries made in the hopes of ending past epidemics.
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In COVID-19 clinical update #97, Daniel Griffin covers immunity after infection recognized by CDC, outcomes before and after Omicron, infectious viral load in Delta vs Omicron, PCR vs rapid antigen tests, booster interval shortened to 5 months, risk factors for severe outcomes in vaccinated, cross-reactive memory T cells, vaccine effectiveness vs MIS-C, and Rivaroxiban for […]
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