Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 14: New Variant BA.6 Present in Almost 10% of U.S. Cases, 17 Million Have Long Covid in Europe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 14: New Variant BA.6 Present in Almost 10% of U.S. Cases, 17 Million Have Long Covid in Europe

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 888th day of the pandemic.
If you test positive for Covid, you might want to consider flushing your nose twice a day with a saline solution.  A study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta found that doing so would drastically reduce the possibility of hospitalization or death.
If you …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 13: Telehealth Fraud Cost Medicare $128 Million, Some Workers Resist a Return to the Office

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 13: Telehealth Fraud Cost Medicare $128 Million, Some Workers Resist a Return to the Office

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 887th day of the pandemic.
On Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she will not renew the state’s Covid-19 state of emergency when it expires on Monday.  The move comes amid falling case numbers as well as rising criticism of keeping the order in place.
Ten states, however, still have …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 12: Covid Reducing U.S. Workforce by 500,000, 66 Million Now Under Lockdown in China

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 12: Covid Reducing U.S. Workforce by 500,000, 66 Million Now Under Lockdown in China

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 886th day of the pandemic.
A study published at the start of September found that coronavirus mRNA vaccines produced a mucosal antibody response in people with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, the response was minimal in those who were not previously infected with the virus, the study’s authors noted.
The primary author of …

Lingering Virus May Cause Long Covid

There may be some good news on the puzzling Long Covid front.  Based on recent research, scientists believe that post-acute sequelae, PASC or Long Covid in the vernacular, may be caused when SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid – remains in the body.
Noting that the diagnosis of post-acute sequelae of Covid-19 poses an ongoing medical challenge, the researchers looked for biomarkers in plasma in PASC and Covid-19 patients.  They …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 885th day of the pandemic.
There may be some good news on the puzzling Long Covid front.  Based on recent research, scientists believe that post-acute sequelae, PASC or Long Covid in the vernacular, may be caused when SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid – remains in the body.
Noting that the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 10: New York’s Clumsy Subway Mask Guidance, Xinjian Residents’ Lockdown Woes

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 10: New York’s Clumsy Subway Mask Guidance, Xinjian Residents’  Lockdown Woes

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 884th day of the pandemic.
New York City, in dropping the mask requirement on public transit, introduced new signage explaining the change in policy.  While I’ll leave my thoughts that the policy change was short-sighted in many respects, my objection is to the misinformation depicted on the new signage.
Earlier versions of …

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 …