Coronavirus

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 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 25: More Airlines May Fail in Wake of Pandemic, Bill Gates Wants to Curb Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 25: More Airlines May Fail in Wake of Pandemic, Bill Gates Wants to Curb Infectious Diseases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 899th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Bill Gates wants to use his foundation to end infectious disease, the CEO of Pfizer tested positive for Covid, and New York State unveiled a Long Covid website.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 22: Better Indoor Air Quality Will Fight Covid, U.K. Expects Record Cases in the Fall

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 22: Better Indoor Air Quality Will Fight Covid, U.K. Expects Record Cases in the Fall

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 896th day of the pandemic.
There’s something that can be done to reduce the spread of Covid that is unlikely to elicit wacky conspiracy theories and will come with myriad other benefits as well.
Improving air quality and ventilation in public indoor places such as schools will dramatically reduce the spread of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 21: Biden Walks Back ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Comment, October is Ideal Month for Covid Boosters

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 21: Biden Walks Back ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Comment, October is Ideal Month for Covid Boosters

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 895th day of the pandemic.
October appears to be the ideal window for getting a Covid-19 booster shot and that’s because the protection from the new bivalent booster shots from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna will last through the expected wave of new coronavirus cases in the fall and winter.
White House coronavirus coordinator …