Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 10: Why More Airline Flights Are Being Cancelled, Boomerang Attack Update

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 10: Why More Airline Flights Are Being Cancelled, Boomerang Attack Update

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 853rd day of the pandemic.
It’s clear that millions of people are beginning to act as if the coronavirus pandemic is over, which is of course simply not the case, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the airline industry, where it isn’t at all uncommon for a flight to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 8: Fauci Warns of ‘Trouble’ for the Unvaccinated with BA.5, Biden Exits Isolation

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 8: Fauci Warns of ‘Trouble’ for the Unvaccinated with BA.5, Biden Exits Isolation

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 851st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of “trouble” for the unvaccinated with BA.5, President Biden finally was cleared to leave isolation, and the Covid March to Remember took place.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 5: Man Sentenced to Prison in Attack on Asian Family He Blamed for Covid, Mysteries of N.Y.C. Wastewater, and Today’s Statistics

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 5: Man Sentenced to Prison in Attack on Asian Family He Blamed for Covid, Mysteries of N.Y.C. Wastewater, and Today’s Statistics

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 848th day of the pandemic.
If you are weary of pandemic-related headlines, it may be refreshing to see that polio is back in the news again.
Last month, a non-vaccinated man in Rockland County, New York, tested positive for the virus, suffered partial paralysis, and had to be hospitalized.  Subsequent tests of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 4: Hospitalizations Quadruple Since April, More Countries Hit 20 Million Mark in Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 4: Hospitalizations Quadruple Since April, More Countries Hit 20 Million Mark in Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 847th day of the pandemic.
Although I’ve been writing a daily brief about the pandemic since before it was classified a pandemic, I’m not immune to the scope of human tragedy I report on a daily basis.   There were days when I cried, especially in the earlier months, and there were …

Germany to Bring Back Mask Mandate in October

Germany to Bring Back Mask Mandate in October

Germany will reinstitute its face mask mandate on planes and long-distance trains come fall.
Officials expect daily case figures to dramatically increase in colder months.
The mandate, which will go into effect in October, was announced by Gesundheitsminister Karl Lauterbach.
“Germany should be better prepared for the next coronavirus winter than in previous years,” said  Lauterbach, adding that the country plans  a vaccination campaign with new vaccines that will target the omicron subvariants.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 3: Death Toll in U.S. Remains High, Euro 2022 Women’s Championship Was Likely a Superspreader

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 3: Death Toll in U.S. Remains High, Euro 2022 Women’s Championship Was Likely a Superspreader

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 846th day of the pandemic.
Remember the first Covid superspreader?
It was the annual management meeting held by Biogen, a multinational biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Despite headlines and expert warnings of the “novel coronavirus,” many meetings went on.  This one was held in February 2020.
A few days later, in early March, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – August 2: The Day Midnight Came Early, Apple Drops Face Mask Requirement

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – August 2: The Day Midnight Came Early, Apple Drops Face Mask Requirement

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 845th day of the pandemic.
It’s been noted by many that time has both sped up and slowed down during the pandemic.
Now we have some scientific evidence of this.
June 29 was the shortest day on our planet since the 1960s, the time when scientists began measuring the earth’s rotation using atomic …