Fauci: TOO EARLY to tell if Omicron will lead the globe into Covid's ENDEMIC phase
Team Rising debates the future of the pandemic, and whether Omicron will be the last variant. About Rising: Rising is a weekday morning show with bipartisan hosts that breaks the mold of morning TV by taking viewers inside the halls of Washington power like never before. The show leans into the day's political cycle with cutting edge analysis from DC insiders who can predict what is going to happen. It also sets the day's political agenda by breaking exclusive news with a team of scoop-driven reporters and demanding answers during interviews with the country's most important political newsmakers. Follow Rising on social media: Website: Hill.TV Facebook: facebook.com/HillTVLive/ Instagram: @HillTVLive Twitter: @HillTVLivenews.yahoo.com
President Biden: ‘What’s Mitch for?’
On Wednesday, President Biden held a press conference, defending the track record of the White House during his first year in office. He said that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been clear about doing anything to prevent Biden from being a success. But Biden questioned what Mitch stands for himself.news.yahoo.com
CDC report finds prior infection provided strong protection against COVID-19 in 2021, but experts warn it's 'playing with dynamite' to get sick on purpose
Though vaccination was superior to prior infection during the Alpha wave, the Delta variant changed that, according to new CDC data.news.yahoo.com
Omicron slows in parts of U.S. as other states struggle
Places in the U.S. that were hit first with the Omicron wave are now seeing a slowdown in case numbers, but other parts of the country continue to struggle to handle the surge. CBS News' Michael George reports, and then Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, joins Elaine Quijano on "Red and Blue" with more on the impact in schools, the rollout of free at-home tests, and why CDC guidance keeps changing.news.yahoo.com
Why Omicron Is More Likely to Kill Americans
ShutterstockThe new Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is continuing its march around the planet. It’s now the dominant lineage in the United States, much of South America and Europe, and many Asian countries.The new variant is a nasty one. But some countries have weathered Omicron without registering any significant increase in severe illness or death. Cases go way up. Serious cases don’t. Singapore and South Africa are great examples.But other countries—the United States, for one—haven’tnews.yahoo.com
Dangerous storms bring snow, ice and wind to Northeast after hitting Southeast
Officials are warning drivers to stay off the slick roads in the Northeast as a powerful winter storm makes its way up from the South. Hundreds of accidents and massive power outages are being blamed on the storm.news.yahoo.com
Festival of fire: horses run through fire at Spain's 'Las Luminarias' festival
In the central Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares, horsemen ride through a bonfire for the the traditional religious festival of "Las Luminarias". The festival is held in honour of San Antonio Abad, patron saint of animals, and the ritual of riding through fire is mant to purify and protect the animal.news.yahoo.com
Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron
Experts are warning that subsequent COVID-19 variants are likely to come after Omicron, AP reports.Why it matters: The warnings come as there's no guarantee that subsequent variants "will cause milder illness or that existing vaccines will work against them," underscoring the need for widespread vaccination, AP writes. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe chance of the virus mutating increases with every infection, raising concernews.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.
At-home COVID tests may be less sensitive to omicron, but they’re still useful tools, FDA says
Dr. Anthony Fauci is encouraging people to continue to use at-home COVID-19 antigen tests after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the tests may be less sensitive at detecting the omicron variant.
Orange County mayor swipes at Gov. DeSantis over COVID response, says testing sites are overwhelmed
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said county COVID-19 testing sites have been flooded with demand amid a wave of new infections and blamed a lack of response from Gov. Ron DeSantis, in part, for the sites being overwhelmed.
Omicron casts a new shadow over economy’s pandemic recovery
Just as Americans and Europeans were eagerly awaiting their most normal holiday season in a couple of years, the omicron variant has unleashed a fresh round of fear and uncertainty — for travelers, shoppers, party-goers and their economies as a whole.
President Biden pledges 500M free virus tests to counter omicron
President Joe Biden has announced plans to deliver 500 million free COVID-19 tests to Americans, increase support for hospitals and expand the availability of vaccines to confront a winter surge of coronavirus cases driven by the fast-spreading omicron variant.