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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 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 19: Biden Gets It Wrong, The Pandemic Isn’t Over, Mandatory Masking in Australia

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 19: Biden Gets It Wrong, The Pandemic Isn’t Over, Mandatory Masking in Australia

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 893rd day of the pandemic.
“I can’t believe it.  Are you sure the war is over,” a puzzled and skeptical sounding Major Hochstetter (portrayed by Howard Caine) says to someone he believes is a German general but is really Corporal Peter Newkirk (Richard Dawson), in episode 83 of “Hogan’s Heroes,” “War …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 16: New Vaccine Could Outsmart Variants, Severe Flu Season Predicted

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 16: New Vaccine Could Outsmart Variants, Severe Flu Season Predicted

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 890th day of the pandemic.
We’re not done with new ideas for Covid vaccines quite yet.  While recent innovations have included vaccines that are delivered like nose drops or nasal sprays, at least one scientist is taking a totally different approach.
An immunologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch reported that …

Amtrak Cancels Virtually All Train Service Outside of Northeast Corridor as Rail Strike Looms

Amtrak Cancels Virtually All Train Service Outside of Northeast Corridor as Rail Strike Looms

Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, said late Wednesday that it will cancel all passenger train service starting Thursday, with the exception of trains in the Northeast Corridor.
The move is being taken in preparation for a nationwide freight rail strike that could start as early as Friday.  While Amtrak workers aren’t going on strike, some 95% of its route network operates on lines owned …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 8: Updated Vaccines Become Available, New York State Lifts Transit Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 8: Updated Vaccines Become Available, New York State Lifts Transit Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 882nd day of the pandemic.
New York State lifted its widely ignored mask mandate for public transit on Wednesday, but it left in place a mandate for face coverings in all health-care settings including physicians’ offices and hospitals as well as in all adult-care facilities including nursing homes.
The move came as …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 28: Theft of Covid Relief Funds Greatest Fraud in U.S. History, Germany Expects ‘Epidemic Conditions’

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 28: Theft of Covid Relief Funds Greatest Fraud in U.S. History, Germany Expects ‘Epidemic Conditions’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 871st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, the misuse of Covid relief funds may turn out to be the one of the largest fraud cases in U.S. history, Germany expects “epidemic conditions” this winter, and Washington, D.C. will require all pupils 12 and older to be vaccinated against …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Twitter Labeled Fact-Based Covid Info as Misinformation, Death Toll in U.K. Doubles

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Twitter Labeled Fact-Based Covid Info as Misinformation, Death Toll in U.K. Doubles

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 868th day of the pandemic.
In what sounds like something from a George Orwell novel, we now know that Twitter, one of the world’s major social media companies, repeatedly labeled factual information about the novel coronavirus and pandemic as misinformation.
This practice, as it were, left researchers, scientists, doctors, and health officials …