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COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox.... Read more»

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Flu down in Arizona for second year; reason may be as plain as the mask on your face

Arizona flu cases are down sharply for the second year in a row, a decline that health experts are attributing to the health and safety precautions that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

Todo lo que hay que saber sobre omicron y las otras variantes del coronavirus

Una nueva variante de coronavirus surgió durante el fin de semana de Acción de Gracias; por ahora, esto es lo que sabemos y no sabemos sobre Omicron y otras variantes de coronavirus.... Read more»

Omicron and other coronavirus variants: What you need to know

Americans, already weary of a pandemic nearly two years long, were dealt a new blow during the Thanksgiving weekend: a new coronavirus variant had emerged - for now, here’s what we know, and don’t know, about Omicron and other coronavirus variants.... Read more»

A virus evolution expert explains what researchers know – and what they don’t – about the Omicron variant

Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and researchers are studying various aspects of the COVID-19 virus, including its spillover into animals.... Read more»

Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

Despite a rebound, routine childhood immunization rates are still lower than in 2019 and disparities in rates between racial and economic groups -particularly for Black children- have been exacerbated. Child health experts hope to boost those rates with a focus on well-child visits.... Read more»

As Arizona COVID cases rise, officials push vaccinations and masks for the holidays

As hospitalizations rise and the holidays approach, health officials concerned about a new wave of infections are urging Arizonans to take preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza. ... Read more»

Científicos dicen que una píldora diaria para tratar COVID estaría a meses de distancia

Una familia de Seattle, Washington juega un papel en el desarrollo de unas pastillas diarias que pueden combatir los síntomas de COVID temprano después de una diagnóstico positivo y también limitar la transmisión del virus. ... Read more»

Masks can reduce risk of Valley fever, Arizona experts say

Arizona has recorded more than 6,800 cases of Valley fever so far this year, according to July data from the Arizona Department of Health Services - and cases have steadily climbed every year since 2016 - but one way to protect yourself is by wearing your mask.... Read more»

Viral posts misrepresent CDC announcement on COVID-19 PCR test

Scientists consider PCR tests a highly reliable tool for diagnosing COVID-19, but social media posts are misrepresenting a recent CDC announcement regarding the eventual discontinuation of its own test, falsely claiming the government has conceded that PCR tests aren’t reliable.... Read more»

A year after COVID, WHO says virus likely to become endemic

Experts with the United Nations’ health agency said the novel coronavirus likely will become endemic even with the advent of vaccines. They also said humanity needs to prepare for the possibility of an even worse future pandemic.... Read more»

Ducey urges flu shots to keep Az hospitals from being overwhelmed

State officials Monday laid out a plan for “aggressively” combating the upcoming influenza season as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, with the first step being to urge people to get a flu shot as soon as possible.... Read more»

Arizona public health officials are preparing for the flu in a COVID world

The start of flu season isn't generally until October, but public health officials are already preparing for a different kind of response and public outreach campaign than in previous years in advance of what the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said could be the "worst fall" in history. ... Read more»

Why coronavirus testing takes so long: a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with giant commercial labs jumping into the effort, drive-up testing sites established in some places and new types of tests approved under emergency rules set by the Food and Drug Administration.... Read more»

Trump hypes potential COVID-19 cures, evidence so far is slim

President Donald Trump has enthusiastically pushed the use of two malaria drugs — one in combination with an antibiotic — to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But there is currently only limited evidence to suggest the drugs are effective against the new virus.... Read more»

Pima County child dies of H1N1 flu

A child in Pima County died of the flu last month, in a case unrelated to COVID-19, officials said Wednesday.... Read more»

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