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China media say foreign parcels suspected in new infections

China media say foreign parcels suspected in new infections

Workers and residents stand near a nuclei test station in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. The first reported case of the omicron variant has prompted stepped-up measures in Beijing, just weeks before it hosts the Winter Olympic Games. Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan Chinese state media report parcels mailed from overseas may have spread …

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Denmark lifts COVID restrictions, opens many public venues

Denmark lifts COVID restrictions, opens many public venues

Poeple queue to enter the art museum ARoS, in Aarhus, Denmark, May 19, 2020. Denmark has lifted a number of coronavirus restrictions and allowed the reopening of certain venues despite the spread of the omicron variant in the country. Cinemas, zoos, museums and theaters were among the places that could open their doors Sunday, Jan. …

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No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

Parliament members attend a session of questions to the Government at the French National Assembly in Paris, Jan. 4, 2022. France’s parliament is voting Sunday on a bill that would exclude unvaccinated people from restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and other venues, the central measure of government efforts to protect hospitals amid record numbers of …

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Beijing shopper's lone omicron case draws national attention

Beijing shopper’s lone omicron case draws national attention

A man gets a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a mobile coronavirus testing facility outside a commercial office buildings in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Beijing’s first reported case of the omicron variant has prompted stepped-up measures in the nation’s capital, just weeks before it hosts the Winter Olympic Games. Credit: AP Photo/Andy …

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Australians are living longer due to lockdowns

Australians are living longer due to lockdowns

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Pandemic restrictions have led to longer life expectancy for Australians, a new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found. A silver lining to seemingly endless days in lockdown is that Australians’ life expectancy jumped in 2020. Instead of the expected average annual increase in longevity of 0.09–0.14 years seen …

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What's the latest on monoclonal antibody therapies to treat COVID-19?

What’s the latest on monoclonal antibody therapies to treat COVID-19?

Credit: Mayo Clinic As COVID-19 continues to evolve and mutate quickly, so do treatment options. While the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are vaccinations and booster vaccinations, several authorized treatments and preventive drugs, including monoclonal antibody therapies, are used to treat patients at different stages. Monoclonal antibody therapies are laboratory-produced proteins created …

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Hospital attendance not associated with increased risk of COVID transmission

Hospital attendance not associated with increased risk of COVID transmission

Credit: CC0 Public Domain These results follow from an analysis of asymptomatic, positive COVID-19 cases in cancer patients during the outbreak of the alpha variant, between December 2020 and February 2021. The new study, led by Professor Mieke Van Hemelrijck of the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences, analyzed data from cancer patients who were …

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Omicron slamming S. American hospitals as workers fall ill

Omicron slamming S. American hospitals as workers fall ill

A health worker applies a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a community health center in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Brasilia started the COVID-19 vaccination of children between ages 5 and 11. Credit: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres The coronavirus’ omicron variant starting to barrel across South America is pressuring hospitals whose employees are …

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Canada health authority approves Pfizer's anti-COVID pill

Canada health authority approves Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Canada’s health authority said Monday it has approved Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill, Paxlovid, for adults at high risk of progressing to serious disease. The oral treatment was approved after an “expedited review,” Health Canada said in a statement on its website, adding that it would continue to monitor its safety and effectiveness. …

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Additional antibodies may protect against COVID

Additional antibodies may protect against COVID

Figure 1. Convalescent patient plasma reduces Spike-monocyte interaction. (A) Biotinylated Spike protein was conjugated to fluorescent (APC) streptavidin microspheres and was opsonized with three convalescent patient plasma concentrations (1%, 0.1%, and 0.01%). The beads were then mixed with THP-1 cells at a ratio of 2:1, and the association was measured using flow cytometry. Cells that had …

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