Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 11: New BQ.1.1 Variant Causes Alarm, Hospitals See Increase in the Flu and Other Viruses

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 11: New BQ.1.1 Variant Causes Alarm, Hospitals See Increase in the Flu and Other Viruses

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 915th day of the pandemic.
Just as the wave of coronavirus infections from the BA.5 sublineage of the omicron variant finally seems to have subsided, new subvariants are already rearing their ugly heads.
The leading contender to cause a new wave of infections and ring alarms is a highly mutated subvariant called …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 10: Sore Throat Now Most Common First Symptom of Virus, Japan Prepares to Reopen to Tourists

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 10: Sore Throat Now Most Common First Symptom of Virus, Japan Prepares to Reopen to Tourists

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 914th day of the pandemic.
The Zoe Health Study, which tracks over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom, reported that the most common SARS-Cov-2 symptom at the present time may very well be a cough, Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London, told Times radio.
Last week, the Office …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 9: BA.2.75 Variant Detected in Los Angeles, Germany to Burn Expired Face Masks

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 9: BA.2.75 Variant Detected in Los Angeles, Germany to Burn Expired Face Masks

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 913th day of the pandemic.
Observant readers of the Morning News Brief are aware that the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States has been in decline, and it’s a trend one hopes will continue
However, the virus has proven itself to be unpredictable and that prompted Dr. Anthony Fauci, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 8: We Are Entering Our Third Pandemic Winter, Covid Complicates China Communist Party Meeting

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 8: We Are Entering Our Third Pandemic Winter, Covid Complicates China Communist Party Meeting

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 912th day of the pandemic.
The United States is now heading into its third pandemic winter.  If that sounds dire, it should.  If winter is coming, a new wave of Covid cases is not far behind.
Over the past few weeks, the number of new daily Covid cases has been slowly declining, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 7: Covid Death Rates Higher Among Republicans, New York Warns of “Aggressive” Flu Outbreak

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 7:  Covid Death Rates Higher Among Republicans, New York Warns of “Aggressive” Flu Outbreak

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 911th day of the pandemic.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, if you’re a Republican, you have a much higher likelyhood of dying from Covid than a Democrat would.
Multiple studies show consistently higher death rates among Republicans than Democrats and three factors seem to be at play …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 6: 80% of Long Covid Sufferers Have Debilitating Conditions, Booster Uptake in U.S. ‘Abysmal’

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 6: 80% of Long Covid Sufferers Have Debilitating Conditions, Booster Uptake in U.S.  ‘Abysmal’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 910th day of the pandemic.
In what may come as a great surprise to many, younger adults are more likely to have and report symptoms of Long Covid than older adults, according to data published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
More troubling is …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 5: People Are Starting to Don Masks… For the Flu, SNL Tackles Anti-Vaxxers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 5: People Are Starting to Don Masks… For the Flu, SNL Tackles Anti-Vaxxers

Good morning. This is Anna Breuer sitting in for Jonathan Spira. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 909th day of the pandemic.
It may take the flu to get some Americans to don face masks again.
A study by the National Foundation for Infectious Disease found that 58% of those surveyed plan to mask at least sometimes during the upcoming flu season, a figure higher …