Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 5: The Problem With Home Testing, ‘Extraordinary’ Number of Cases in England

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 5: The Problem With Home Testing, ‘Extraordinary’ Number of Cases in England

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 817th day of the pandemic.
When first introduced, home testing for Covid seemed to be a panacea.  Patients could find out instantly if they were positive for the virus, although negative test resultss may not be quite as accurate.  The problem is that the overwhelming majority of positive home test results …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 4: BA.5 Surge Is Here, U.K. Release New List of Top Symptoms

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 4: BA.5 Surge Is Here, U.K. Release New List of Top Symptoms

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 816th day of the pandemic.
In the United States, today is the third Fourth of July, or Independence Day, to take place since the start of the pandemic.
Last year, Americans, most notably among them President Joseph Biden, had hopes of declaring independence from the coronavirus.  Instead of a return to normalcy, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 2: California Covid Levels As High As Ever, China Loosens Some Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 2: California Covid Levels As High As Ever, China Loosens Some Travel Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 814th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
UNITED STATES
The pandemic is far from over, at least according to data from regional wastewater plants in California. The levels of Covid are currently as high in the state’s wastewater as they were during …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 1: North Korea Says ‘Alien Things’ Brought Covid, N.Y.C. Widens Paxlovid Distribution

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 1: North Korea Says ‘Alien Things’ Brought Covid, N.Y.C. Widens Paxlovid Distribution

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 813th day of the pandemic.
Please do not assume that I inadvertently wandered into Ripley’s Believe It or Not but North Korean officials on Friday suggested that SARS-COV-2 had entered the country on foreign objects from South Korea, specifically “alien things,” that its citizens had touched.
The hermit kingdom did not directly …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 30: Dr. Fauci’s Covid Rebound, China Sticks to ‘Zero Covid’

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 30: Dr. Fauci’s Covid Rebound, China Sticks to ‘Zero Covid’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 812th day of the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, reported that he had Covid with “very minimal symptoms” on June 15, but, as his symptoms worsened, he began a five-day course of Paxlovid, after which he felt “quite well.”
That didn’t last long.  He did test negative …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 29: FDA Advisors Recommend Updating Vaccine for Variants, A Surge in Hong Kong

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 29: FDA Advisors Recommend Updating Vaccine for Variants, A Surge in Hong Kong

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 811th day of the pandemic.
The next dose of vaccine that you receive may have been reengineered to attack new subvariants of the omicron variant.
A panel of expert advisors recommended on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration move to authorize updated coronavirus vaccine booster shots that target some form or …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 810th day of the pandemic.
Britain is in yet another wave of Covid cases, its third major wave this year.
The country’s Office for National Statistics released an updated Infection Survey that shows that approximately 17 million people were estimated to have become infected in the week ending June 18, a 23% …