This May Be the COVID Variant Scientists Are Dreading
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyCOVID-19 cases are increasing again in the United Kingdom, potentially signaling a future surge in infections in the United States and other countries.A pair of new subvariants of the dominant Omicron variant—BA.4 and BA.5—appear to be driving the uptick in cases in the U.K. Worryingly, these subvariants seem to partially dodge antibodies from past infection or vaccination, making them more transmissible than other forms of the SARS-CoV-news.yahoo.com
Studies: Getting sick from omicron protects vaccinated better than second booster
Study: Getting sick from Omicron protects the vaccinated better than a booster For those who are vaccinated and boosted but contract the novel coronavirus, the natural protection the infection provides is much more potent than getting a second booster shot, two recent studies seem to show. (Naeblys/Getty Images/iStockphoto)For those who are vaccinated and boosted, but contract the COVID-19 omicron variant, the natural protection the infection provides is more potent than getting a second booster shot, two recent studies seem to show. The omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 is spreading quickly in the United States and is responsible for the increase in cases across the country. The study also showed that those who were unvaccinated and caught omicron did not produce the same strong response. The studies, which were published in the medical research archive bioRxiv, also showed that while the protection was potent, it was not long-lasting.wftv.com
Future COVID variants will likely reinfect us multiple times a year, experts say — unless we invest in new vaccines
For more than a year now, the original COVID-19 vaccines have held up remarkably well — even miraculously so — against a Greek alphabet of new variants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta. But now experts say something is changing. Since the start of 2022, the initial version of Omicron, known as BA.1, has been spinning off new sublineages — BA.2, BA.2.12.1, BA.4, BA.5 — at an alarming pace.news.yahoo.com
FDA clears second COVID booster for adults 50 and over
Millions of Americans 50 and older are now eligible to receive another booster shot, after the Food and Drug Administration authorized a new round of COVID-19 vaccines for those who want them. But there are questions about both the effectiveness and who will pay for the optional shots. Senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang has the latest.news.yahoo.com
Omicron subvariant BA.2 will soon dominate in the U.S: Here’s what you need to know about it.
An Omicron subvariant, known as BA.2 is estimated to become dominant in the U.S. in the coming weeks. BA.2 is at least 30% more transmissible than its cousin BA.1, and it has been driving new COVID-19 surges in the U.K. and other European countries.news.yahoo.com
How China's soaring COVID numbers put the rest of the world at risk
China is by far the world’s biggest COVID powder keg — and it might be on the verge of exploding. Not since the earliest days of the pandemic has the most populous country on the planet ever reported more than about 200 coronavirus cases per day — dizzying evidence of the blunt, even brutal, effectiveness of Beijing’s “zero COVID” strategy, which requires strict mass lockdowns at the first flicker of an outbreak.news.yahoo.com
WHO: Record weekly jump in COVID-19 cases but fewer deaths
The World Health Organization says a record 9_5 million COVID-19 cases were tallied over the last week as the omicron variant of the coronavirus swept the planet, a 71% increase from the previous 7-day period that the U_N_ health agency likened to a “tsunami.”.
Florida governor calls on feds for more COVID antibody doses
Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the federal government Monday to allow states to directly purchase monoclonal antibody treatments from companies, saying the state is ready to open new monoclonal antibody treatment sites but is waiting on treatments.