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COVID lawsuits push doctors to provide substandard care

An appeals court ruling last week blocked a court order that could have required a Wisconsin hospital to go against its own protocols and provide a COVID-19 patient with a widely discredited and ineffective treatment.... Read more»

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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»

Biden echoes concern about Omicron variant of coronavirus as global cases rise

Days after the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus led parts of the world, including the United States, to close their borders to South Africa and neighboring countries, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to the public Monday in defense of the emerging travel restrictions. ... Read more»

FDA expected to greenlight mix-and-match COVID boosters

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to let Americans mix and match booster shots as all are relatively effective at boosting immunity regardless of patients’ original vaccinations, the New York Times reported, saying that the agency may make it official later this week. ... Read more»

UN health agency slams richer nations over COVID-19 booster shots

With much of the world still unvaccinated, the World Health Organization said it is immoral for richer countries to start offering COVID-19 booster shots to their populations. - the same day that the United States said it will recommend booster vaccine shots against declining immunity.... Read more»

Delta force: What makes the COVID-19 variant different, and dangerous

After a brief period of decline, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in the United States and experts say the Delta variant, originating in India and now deemed to be as contagious as the chickenpox, is to blame. ... Read more»

'Don’t you work with old people?': Many elder-care workers still refuse to get COVID-19 vaccine

As the Delta variant brings a new spike in coronavirus numbers across the nation, only 59% of staff at the nation’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are fully or partially vaccinated - with eight states reporting an average rate of less than half.... Read more»

Violent phase in pandemic hits as protests break out around globe

The coronavirus pandemic is entering an unruly and violent phase as protests against mandatory vaccines break out in vaccine-rich Western countries and anger mounts in poorer countries where vaccines are only trickling in. ... Read more»

WHO warns delta strain poses global risk

The head of the World Health Organization on Friday warned the highly contagious Delta strain of the coronavirus - which first emerged in India last October and has since been found in Arizona - poses a serious risk, prompting new travel restrictions and raising alarms around the world.... Read more»

FactCheck: Misinformation about WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine guidance for children

Contrary to online claims, the World Health Organization advisory group has concluded that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine “is suitable for use by people aged 12 years and above,” and is specifically recommending it for children ages 12 to 15 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19. ... Read more»


The facts – and gaps – on the origin of the coronavirus

Consideration of the so-called coronavirus lab leak hypothesis has seemingly gained momentum, yet the default answer for most scientists is that the virus probably made the jump to humans from bats directly or, more likely, through one or more intermediate mammals.... Read more»

What is 'brain fog,' and why are COVID-19 long-haulers more susceptible?

COVID-19 "long-haulers" – patients who had the disease and recovered but still can’t “get going” as they did before falling ill -- are some of the most at-risk for "brain fog."... Read more»

Coronavirus vaccines remain effective against variants

So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been effective against variants of the coronavirus, and social media claims blaming vaccination for an impending variant “disaster” are hypothetical predictions that ignore life-saving benefits of the vaccines.... Read more»

What to know about Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccines (so far)

What differences are there between the available vaccines and does it matter which one I get? Public health officials across the nation and Arizona have a simple answer: The first one a person should get is the best vaccine.... Read more»

Biden takes oath of office with troops on guard & towering challenges ahead

Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden's victory.... 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»

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