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Japan ready to expand virus restrictions as infections surge

Japan ready to expand virus restrictions as infections surge

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a pedestrian crossing Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Tokyo. Japan’s government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people. Credit: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko Japan’s government is preparing social restrictions in …

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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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Study: A single-cell atlas reveals shared and distinct immune responses and metabolism during SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 infections. Image Credit: Design_Cells / Shutterstock

Similarities and dissimilarities in immune responses and metabolism in SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 infections

Among the various viral diseases, two of the most prevalent viruses that have affected millions of lives are severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1). The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, has infected more than 319 million individuals and claimed more than 5.52 million lives worldwide. According to …

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Study: COVID-19 vaccination breakthrough infections in a real-world setting: Using community reporters to evaluate vaccine effectiveness. Image Credit: Srarn Artrattanakul / Shutterstock.com

COVID-19 vaccination breakthrough infections in a real-world setting

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), all of which have been found to be safe and highly efficacious in preventing symptomatic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections. Study: COVID-19 vaccination breakthrough infections in a real-world setting: Using community reporters to evaluate vaccine …

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Dramatic fall in hospital admissions for child infections during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Dramatic fall in hospital admissions for child infections during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain During the first year or so of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were dramatic reductions in hospital admissions for common and severe childhood infections in England, most likely due to social distancing measures, school and workplace closures, and travel restrictions, finds a study published by The BMJ today. While many of these …

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Infections could surge 6 times higher due to omicron

Infections could surge 6 times higher due to omicron

People celebrate the New Year in Nikolskaya street near an empty Red Square due to pandemic restrictions during New Year celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. Russia’s state coronavirus task force has registered a total of about 10.5 million confirmed infections and 308,860 deaths, but the state statistics agency that uses broader criteria …

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Study: BNT162b2 post-exposure-prophylaxis against COVID-19. Image Credit: Rido/Shutterstock

Impact of post-exposure BNT162b2 prophylaxis against SARS-CoV-2 infections

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers determined evidence for post-exposure vaccination in reducing the mortality rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Researchers concluded that post-exposure prophylaxis successfully decreased severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-associated death rates.  Study: BNT162b2 post-exposure-prophylaxis against COVID-19. Image Credit: Rido/Shutterstock Background Several drugs such …

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Canada's first case of Brazilian virus strain detected

Israel will see 2-4 million COVID infections in current wave: PM

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Israel could see up to nearly 40 percent of the population infected by coronavirus during the current wave, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday, as testing facilities nationwide buckled. “Data presented at the cabinet meeting indicates that here, in Israel, between two to four million citizens in total will be infected …

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Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests can help slow the spread of COVID-19

Rapid tests play a crucial role in curbing COVID-19 infections, especially as people gather for the holidays

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain As winter begins and the holidays are in full swing, the COVID-19 pandemic has entered another worrying phase. Emergence of the omicron variant, along with increasing rates of infections, have left many people unsure about their holiday plans. On Dec. 2, 2021, President Joe Biden outlined a series of actions to …

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New projects aim to identify new solutions to combat antimicrobial-resistant infections

New projects aim to identify new solutions to combat antimicrobial-resistant infections

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will lead projects aimed at identifying new solutions to help prevent antimicrobial-resistant infections and their spread. They are among scientists from nearly 30 organizations in 50 countries awarded a total of $22 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for efforts to combat …

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