Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 24: Europe’s Cases Treble, Tests Utilizing Nasal and Throat Swabs Are More Accurate, Says New Research

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 24: Europe’s Cases Treble, Tests Utilizing Nasal and Throat Swabs Are More Accurate, Says New Research

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 836th day of the pandemic.
If your city or town is at high risk for community transmission of Covid, you are no alone,
The number of U.S. counties meeting the CDC’s high-risk threshold for Covid spread rose another 18% over the last week and is up 102% over the last two.  The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 23: The Virus That Came to Dinner, Biden’s Recovery, Chinese Says Its Vaccines Are Safe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 23: The Virus That Came to Dinner, Biden’s Recovery, Chinese Says Its Vaccines Are Safe

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 835th day of the pandemic.
“The Man Who Came to Dinner” is a play (and subsequent film) about an acerbic radio personality, Sheridan Whiteside, who, shortly before the Christmas holidays, falls and breaks his hip on ice upon arriving for a dinner engagement at the Stanleys, a prominent Ohio family.  Whiteside …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 22: Biden’s Positive Covid Test, Mask Mandate to Return to Los Angeles

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 22: Biden’s Positive Covid Test, Mask Mandate to Return to Los Angeles

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 834th day of the pandemic.
As the coronavirus pummels the world for the third summer in a row, bringing case figures and hospitalizations to their highest levels in months, President Joseph Biden tested positive for Covid on Thursday, a stark reminder that the pandemic isn’t quite done with us yet.
Biden wasn’t …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 21: Why My Crystal Ball Was Wrong About Covid, U.S. Creates New Agency for Pandemic Preparedness

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 21: Why My Crystal Ball Was Wrong About Covid, U.S. Creates New Agency for Pandemic Preparedness

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 833rd day of the pandemic.
The United States recorded over 200,000 new coronavirus infections on Thursday for the first time since February 8 of this year, when that figure was 228,349 and new cases were on the decline as the omicron surge waned.
My crystal ball has clearly been off.
What’s remarkable is …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 20: Cases in China Hit Two-Month High, CDC Advisors Approve Novavax non-mRNA Vaccine

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 20: Cases in China Hit Two-Month High, CDC Advisors Approve Novavax non-mRNA Vaccine

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 832nd day of the pandemic.
In Australia, a woman who has a Ph.D. but claimed to be a medical doctor used her title to write over a thousand exemption letters for 1,000 Australian dollars ($639) each that allowed people to avoid coronavirus tests and vaccine mandates.
Maria Carmela Pau pled guilty to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 19: Fauci to ‘Almost Certainly’ Retire by January 2025, WHO Warns Europe of Surge

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 19: Fauci to ‘Almost Certainly’ Retire by January 2025, WHO Warns Europe of Surge

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 831st day of the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would “almost certainly” retire by January 2025, the end of President Joseph Biden’s first term in office.
“I am not going to be on this job forever, but I can tell …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 18: Temperatures and Covid Cases Rise, Lockdown in Chinese Resort

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 18: Temperatures and Covid Cases Rise, Lockdown in Chinese Resort

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 830th day of the pandemic.
As temperatures rise to unprecedented levels in parts of Europe and the United States, coronavirus infections are rising in 40 of 50 states in the union. The increase is particularly evident in the West, Great Plains, and Midwest.
The problem scientists and local officials must confront is …