New study finds omicron no less severe than earlier variants, and not just more transmissible

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School among others has found that the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is just as severe as earlier variants, and not more transmissible but no less severe, as previously thought. The study was based on the records of 130,000 COVID patients in Massachusetts … Read more

Omicron caused spike in deaths in vaccinated people, analysis finds, though unvaccinated remain most at risk

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 that has swept across the US since late last year has taken a grimmer toll than earlier variants, including in people who were vaccinated and even had booster shots. That’s according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, … Read more

CDC study highlights speed with which omicron variant infected Americans, and WHO warns testing is still crucial

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting just how many Americans have been infected with COVID-19, and how significantly the number has increased since the arrival of the highly infectious omicron variant late last year. The report published on Tuesday found case numbers were particularly striking in children, with three … Read more

Officials: Nearly 200 cases of mystery liver disease

European health officials say they have not found a link between cases of a mysterious liver disease outbreak in children ByThe Associated Press April 26, 2022, 11:49 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article STOCKHOLM — European health officials said Tuesday that they have not found a link between cases … Read more

Hundreds of birds found dead, likely from avian flu, at Illinois lake

CHICAGO — Avian flu has likely killed hundreds of double-crested cormorants nesting at Baker’s Lake near Barrington. Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor said this is the largest outbreak of disease in wild birds he’s seen in Cook County. “I’ve never seen anything like this since I started working here 41 years ago,” said Anchor, of the … Read more

2 bird flu cases confirmed in US zoos as virus spreads

Two cases of bird flu have been confirmed in US zoos, but officials said they won’t order widespread euthanasia of zoo birds the way they have on farms By JOSH FUNK Associated Press April 14, 2022, 7:33 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article OMAHA, Neb. — Two cases of … Read more

What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far?

Scientists say an extra-contagious version of the omicron variant is spreading globally, but it doesn’t seem to cause more severe disease By VICTORIA MILKO AP Science Writer April 12, 2022, 11:08 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far? It’s an extra-contagious … Read more

Musk says Tesla will build vehicle designed to be a robotaxi

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will build an electric vehicle dedicated for use as a robotaxi ByThe Associated Press April 8, 2022, 6:27 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article AUSTIN, Texas — Tesla will build a vehicle dedicated for use as a robotaxi, and it will start … Read more

Malaysia races to find 3 European divers, family optimistic

A plane, fishermen and and jet skiers have joined an expanded search entering a third day for three Europeans, including two teenagers, who disappeared while diving off a southern Malaysian island ByThe Associated Press April 8, 2022, 11:46 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A … Read more

Car rams Russian Embassy gate in Romania, driver dead

Police in the Romanian capital say a car carrying containers of flammable materials has crashed into the gate of the Russian Embassy, ​​bursting into flames and killing the driver By STEPHEN McGRATH Associated Press April 6, 2022, 12:52 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BUCHAREST, Romania — A car … Read more