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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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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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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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Here, the 'COVID numb' are vaxxed, vexed and trying to make it work

Here, the ‘COVID numb’ are vaxxed, vexed and trying to make it work

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain On a recent Friday night at Lake Ridge High School in this suburb south of Arlington, Alex Hawkins sat by himself in the upper reaches of a gymnasium that, in the vernacular of the day, allowed plenty of social distancing. Although not everyone in the gym was wearing a mask, he …

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UK points to lifting of COVID curbs

UK points to lifting of COVID curbs

A colorized scanning electron micrograph of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Credit: NIAID Britain’s government said Sunday it hopes to lift its latest COVID restrictions for England later this month with the Omicron surge of infections apparently fading. Last month, England switched to “Plan B” restrictions, re-imposing guidance to work from home and a requirement for attendees …

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COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries

COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries

A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the COVAX Facility arrives in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday Feb. 25, 2021. The World Health Organization says a U.N.-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many poor countries has now delivered 1 billion doses, but that milestone “is only a reminder of the work that remains” after hoarding and …

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Omicron detected in Beijing as China battles Covid clusters

An Omicron case has been detected in Beijing, officials in the Chinese capital said Saturday, as the country battles multiple outbreaks of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant ahead of the Winter Olympics. The announcement comes a day after the southern city of Zhuhai imposed travel restrictions on residents as a mass testing drive uncovered seven …

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What causes long COVID symptoms? Clues from under the microscope

What causes long COVID symptoms? Clues from under the microscope

The findings may validate some of the symptoms that people with long COVID experience, the authors say. Credit: Shutterstock A team from UNSW’s Kirby Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney have uncovered an immune profile for long COVID, potentially paving the way for tailored treatment for those with ongoing symptoms. Unvaccinated people with long COVID—even …

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Three problems with fines for not reporting positive COVID tests

Three problems with fines for not reporting positive COVID tests

Credit: Shutterstock/The Conversation The NSW government this week decreed that anyone returning a positive COVID-19 reading using a rapid antigen test must report their result (through the Service NSW app or website). Failing to do so can result in a $1,000 fine. The new rule came into effect on January 12 (there will be a …

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When will this COVID wave be over? Four numbers to keep an eye on and why

When will this COVID wave be over? Four numbers to keep an eye on and why

Credit: Shutterstock Before Australia’s recent changes to COVID testing, working out when we reached the peak of cases was, in principal, straightforward. We looked at the numbers of new daily cases, diagnosed via PCR. From there, we worked out a range of other key indicators related to COVID spread, testing and hospitalization—each dependent on those …

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