Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 907th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Germany instituted strict new mask mandates over the weekend, Norwegian Cruise Line ended testing requirements for the non-vaccinated, and Canada ended Covid-related entry requirements for travelers.
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Nine New York State counties are now at “high risk” of Covid transmission and the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 2: New Wave Puts U.K. Hospitals Under Strain, Germany Returns to Masking

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 2: New Wave Puts U.K. Hospitals Under Strain, Germany Returns to Masking

If you’re on the fence as to whether much of the world will get hit by a severe wave of the coronavirus, you only have to look at Britain, which has been a harbinger of the direction of the pandemic.
Today’s report shows that hospitals there are under severe stress from a dramatic increase in cases (see Statistics, below).  Leading doctors are saying that the surge is a “heavy straw on …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 29: New Guidance for Treating Long Covid, Al Roker Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 29: New Guidance for Treating Long Covid, Al Roker Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 903rd day of the pandemic.
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation announced new guidance concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Long Covid.
“When we recognized that Long Covid, this new problem was developing due to the pandemic, we really felt an obligation to come forth and try to address it …

When Will the Pandemic Truly Be Over?

President Biden’s premature statement that the pandemic was over and the White House’s awkward pivot has fueled a discussion of how we will know when the pandemic is over.
Apparently, the fat lady has not yet sung.
I’m an historian by training and degree and, just as when looking for when a paradigm shift took place, the end of the pandemic can only be determined in the rear-view mirror.
There won’t be a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 28: North Korea Starts Mass Vaccination Campaign, Japanese Covid Pill Shows Promise

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 28: North Korea Starts Mass Vaccination Campaign, Japanese Covid Pill Shows Promise

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 902nd day of the pandemic.
President Biden’s premature statement that the pandemic was over and the White House’s awkward pivot has fueled a discussion of how we will know when the pandemic is over.  Apparently, the fat lady has not yet sung.
I’m an historian by training and degree and, just as …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 27: New BA.2.75.2 Variant Can Evade Vaccines, U.K. Sees 30% Increase in Cases in One Week

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 27: New BA.2.75.2 Variant Can Evade Vaccines, U.K. Sees 30% Increase in Cases in One Week

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 901st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, reports indicate that the new BA.2.75.2 sublineage of the omicron variant can evade the protection offered by current vaccines and the United Kingdom is heading towards a fall wave of new cases.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 26: Canada and Hong Kong End Entry Restrictions, Covid in Older Patients May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 26: Canada and Hong Kong End Entry Restrictions, Covid in Older Patients May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 900th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Canada and Hong Kong are ending coronavirus travel restrictions, a study found that older coronavirus patients are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, and German Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz tested positive for the virus.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the …