Coronavirus Live Blog 01.18.2022

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Vaccine Related Information:

The world won’t be able to boost its way out of the coronavirus pandemic –
Israel and Chile move ahead with fourth doses as experts question sustainability of strategy.

South Korea approves Novavax coronavirus vaccine

Why Cuba’s extraordinary Covid vaccine success could provide the best hope for low-income countries




Stop using these at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, FDA warns – The administration
cautioned that the tests had a high risk of false results, which could lead to further spread of COVID-19.

Stop Using LuSys Laboratories COVID-19 Tests: FDA Safety Communication

US website to order free Covid-19 tests is up and running

Biden Administration to Give Schools Millions of Free Virus Tests The move aims to help keep schools open.
As countries race to keep up with the Omicron variant, many are relying on self-administered antigen tests
rather than P.C.R. testing, which has long been considered the gold standard.

Rapid coronavirus tests are hard to find — unless you work for Google or play in the NBA
The omicron variant and a surge of cases are exposing just how unequal access to coronavirus testing is in the U.S.

Where to order free covid tests

Swab Nose, Throat, or Both for COVID-19 Rapid Tests?



Scientific Research & Variants:

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists warn

Expect another Omicron wave in early summer, Sage says

Omicron now accounts for 99.5% of US Covid-19 infections

90% of omicron cases in Okinawa show mild to no symptoms

“More on the Morbidity Risk of Omicron: “Like a Chess Grandmaster Playing Against Schoolboys”

Professor from Oldham makes discovery that could help create early treatment Covid spray

A different nasal spray: “Breakthrough Study: Nasal Spray Protects Against All COVID-19 Variants”

study link: “Intranasal inhibitor blocks omicron and other variants of SARS-CoV-2”

Does Cannabis really protect humans from COVID? Experts weigh in on recent science

Scientists: Cannabis Can Prevent COVID-19 Infection – Acids extracted from cannabis plants
blocked COVID-19 infection in human cells in lab tests, a new peer-reviewed study shows.

study link: “Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants”

Possible Achilles’ Heel Discovered for Respiratory Viruses – Like COVID-19 – That Hijack Immune Mechanisms

Am I asymptomatic, or do I just really not want to have Covid-19? A guide.
– Asymptomatic means you really, truly have no symptoms.

Are Some Vaccine Side Effects Just in Our Heads? — Meta-analysis finds
that substantial proportion of placebo recipients claimed side effects, too

Active epidemiological investigation on SARS-CoV-2 infection caused by
Omicron variant (Pango lineage B.1.1.529) in Japan: preliminary report on infectious period

(When) to Boost or Not to Boost, That Is the Question — Countless complex questions remain

study from that article: “Correlation between Immunologic Responses to a Recombinant
Glycoprotein 120 Vaccine and Incidence of HIV-1 Infection in a Phase 3 HIV-1 Preventive Vaccine Trial”

Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID

Nearly 1 in 10 People with COVID Are Still Infectious 10 Days Later

study link: ” Persistence of clinically relevant levels of SARS-CoV2 envelope gene subgenomic
RNAs in non-immunocompromised individuals”

How Long Are You Contagious With COVID? More Than 10 Days for Some, Small Study Suggests

Research Shows 1 in 10 People May Still Be Infectious for COVID After 10 Days



Outbreaks & Restrictions:

China says tickets for Winter Olympics will not be sold to general public due to Covid-19

Beijing locks down office building with workers still inside after single Omicron case detected

CDC’s suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’

Paris police orders masks to be worn in outdoor markets and other crowded areas

Germany sees record Covid-19 incidence rate, as ICU admissions decrease

Travelers to Hawaii may soon need a Covid booster to avoid isolation period

India reports more than 250,000 Covid-19 cases for fifth day in a row

L.A. County sees highest COVID death rate in 10 months

New York records about 22,000 new Covid-19 cases, down by 75% since peak on Jan. 7

Sweden Introduces New Covid-19 Rules: ‘The Situation Requires It’

Sweden current numbers, Jan 11 18.5k 7-day ave:

German current numbers, Jan 11 52.8k 7-day ave, no idea why there was Peak Nov 28 58.0k, then dip Dec 29 27.6k

CDC forecast predicts more than 62,000 Covid-19 deaths in the US in the next four weeks

Omicron wreaks havoc across California prison facilities as staff cases surge

A full month in, here’s how San Francisco’s omicron surge is unfolding

Coronavirus digest: Germany daily cases hit record levels – Germany has reported more
than 80,000 daily cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic and has bought
5 million unused vaccine doses from Romania. DW has the latest.

MN: Twin Cities tightening COVID bar, restaurant rules as cases climb

ER director at LA hospital says he and his staff are ‘100% broken and in complete disaster mode’ –
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County reported 40,452 new COVID cases and another 39 deaths.



All Other Covid News:

Covid loses 90% of ability to infect within 20 minutes in air – study

Google tells anyone coming into the office to take weekly Covid tests amid omicron surge

Oakland Students Call for Strike Next Week Over School Safety

Apple Will Reportedly Be Requiring Covid-19 Boosters for Its Store and Corporate Workers –
Employees will be required to show proof that they’ve gotten their booster shot or take an antigen test to enter Apple premises.

‘Mild COVID’ isn’t always mild: Tips for recovering at home –
“The majority of the treatment … is aimed at relieving symptoms.”

Europe’s loud, rule-breaking unvaccinated minority are falling out of society

China blames Omicron cases on package from Canada

“Coronavirus: 2,000 hamsters to be culled over fears of first
animal-to-human transmission in Hong Kong, pet store customers ordered into quarantine”

Beijing finds Omicron and claims mail from abroad might be to blame. Experts say that’s very unlikely.

Doc Suspended for Anti-Vax Views Sues Hospital — Mary Talley Bowden, MD, wants access to hospital financial records

Flurona: Worrisome but No Need to Panic — Viral co-infection isn’t new, experts say

Decoding what Biden health officials told Congress about Omicron – In contrast to previous
oversight hearings on the administration’s Covid-19 response,
Dems raised sharp questions and complaints on the state of the resurging pandemic.

Fauci: Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody’

Exchange between Fauci and GOP Senator with what he thought was a gotcha.
Hot mike catches Fauci calling him a moron

Minnesota governor will hire over 300 health care professionals to relieve hospital staffing shortages

NYC schools chancellor says he will speak to students who want remote school option

Biden administration “actively exploring” and “strongly considering” boosting N95 and K95 mask supply

Omicron Surge Empties Supermarket Shelves: Food Supply Shortages Are Here to Stay

W.Va. governor ‘extremely unwell’ after positive COVID-19 test

Novak Djokovic faces fine or prison for breaking isolation while Covid positive
Star is due to play at Australian Open but faces possibility of deportation

U.S. business fears never ending liability from ‘take-home’ COVID-19 lawsuits

Military medical teams will support the following hospitals, according to the official:
Cleveland Clinic in Ohio
Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn
Rhode Island Hospital in Providence
Henry Ford Hospital outside Detroit
University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque
University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey

Biden Under Fire for Resisting Calls to Distribute N95 Masks to All

Is Omicron Peaking? In parts of the Northeast, it seems to be.

Glenn Beck says he has COVID-19 for second time

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for employers

China’s hard-line COVID-zero response to Omicron could trigger supply-chain chaos

Global Economy Heading For “Mother Of All” Supply Chain Shocks As China Locks Down Ports

CEO: OSU hemp study could change the CBD market – How will OSU’s research on COVID-19 and CBD impact the industry?

Jan 11: United says 3,000 employees have COVID, but its vaccine mandate has saved lives

Jan 13: Delta loses $408 million; 8,000 employees contract Covid over the last four weeks –
The carrier expects to return to profitability in March — when spring break could help fill planes,
especially if coronavirus infections are falling — and for the rest of 2022.

Lake Tahoe Unified closes all schools after 1 in 4 students, staff positive for COVID-19

Quebec’s ‘unvaxxed tax’ has people rushing to get vaccinated

Infant dies after contracting COVID, becomes youngest person to die from the virus in Riverside County

Face masks make people look more attractive, study finds

Woman’s diary goes viral as lockdown in China forces her to stay with blind date

Nebraska Medicine goes to crisis standards of care

More SD schools close due to lack of teachers or students out sick.

Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa revoked again

West Virginia governor says he’s feeling better after his Covid-19 diagnosis and credits vaccine with saving his life

Muted and deferential, the UK’s scientists have failed the pandemic test – Throughout the pandemic,
senior advisers and institutions have failed to challenge a post-truth government. It bodes ill for the climate crisis.

Why You Can’t See The Most Important Omicron Hot Spots In The U.S. On A Map

COVID Vaccines Are a Scientific Feat, but ‘Prevention’ Is a Misnomer — In public messaging, semantics matter

COVID: South Bay Sewage Tests Show Signs of Omicron Decline

from: “SARS-CoV-2 Sewage Monitoring Data”
What people are doing wrong when using at-home COVID tests

Are We Testing for Omicron Wrong? — South African study suggests nasal swabs aren’t the best way

LA County COVID-positive hospital patient number tops 4,000

GE suspends COVID-19 vaccine or test requirement after U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling

Choosing What Mask to Wear Can Be Confusing — The market is full of options … and counterfeits

FEMA administrator announces funds for states that use National Guard troops to help hospitals during spike

Arkansas inmates sue jail, doctor for treating them with ivermectin

Hong Kong’s hotly anticipated Lunar New Year fairs will be canceled for another year

When COVID Pushes Other Conditions Past the ‘Tipping Point’ —
Is the patient hospitalized “for” COVID, “with” COVID, or somewhere in between?

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