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What we know and don’t know about the Omicron variant
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What we know and don’t know about the Omicron variant

A new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant first identified by South African scientists has prompted a fresh round of travel restrictions across the world and raised concern about what may be next in the pandemic. The strain, named Omicron, was designated Friday as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, which said…MORE

Feds are sending doctors and nurses to Michigan as Covid-19 cases rise
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Feds are sending doctors and nurses to Michigan as Covid-19 cases rise

With Michigan’s Covid-19 case and hospitalization numbers hovering near all-time highs, the federal government will send doctors, nurses and others to support certain hospitals, the state health department said Wednesday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had asked for help, and the federal government agreed to “send two medical teams to local hospitals to relieve doctors and nurses…MORE

Newly discovered Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 is ‘red flag’ but US needs to learn more, Fauci says
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Newly discovered Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 is ‘red flag’ but US needs to learn more, Fauci says

The United States is working to quickly learn more about the newly identified coronavirus variant B.1.1.529, which was first identified in South Africa. South Africa’s health minister announced Thursday the discovery of the variant, which appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. Then on Friday, the World Health Organization designated the variant…MORE

This is why you can’t find rapid at-home Covid tests in America
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This is why you can’t find rapid at-home Covid tests in America

While developing a rapid test that detects the coronavirus in someone’s saliva, Blink Science, a Florida-based startup, heard something startling: The Food and Drug Administration had more than 3,000 emergency use authorization applications and didn’t have the resources to get through them. “We want to try to avoid the EUA quagmire,” said Peb Hendrix, the…MORE

Why you might be happier if you don’t buy anything in Cyber Week
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Why you might be happier if you don’t buy anything in Cyber Week

I delight in finding the perfect gift for a loved one and experience joy in thoughtful personal purchases. But I bristle against spending for the sake of spending, especially for manufactured “holidays” like Black Friday. Decisions about dollars are complicated. “The consumer dilemma is the idea that the planet clearly needs us to reduce our…MORE

Why you might be happier if you don’t buy anything on Black Friday
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Why you might be happier if you don’t buy anything on Black Friday

I delight in finding the perfect gift for a loved one and experience joy in thoughtful personal purchases. But I bristle against spending for the sake of spending, especially for manufactured “holidays” like Black Friday. Decisions about dollars are complicated. “The consumer dilemma is the idea that the planet clearly needs us to reduce our…MORE

Children and teens are less likely to need Covid-19 boosters, Fauci says. Here’s why
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Children and teens are less likely to need Covid-19 boosters, Fauci says. Here’s why

Now that the United States has rolled out Covid-19 booster shots for all fully vaccinated adults, some parents have been wondering if or when their vaccinated teenagers might need to get a booster dose of vaccine — and researchers are working to have an answer soon. Currently, a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna…MORE

Reinfection from Covid-19 is rare, severe disease is even rarer, a study of people in Qatar finds
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Reinfection from Covid-19 is rare, severe disease is even rarer, a study of people in Qatar finds

When people got reinfected with Covid-19, their odds of ending up in the hospital or dying were 90% lower than an initial Covid-19 infection, according to a new study. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that there were few confirmed reinfections among 353,326 people who got Covid-19 in Qatar,…MORE

WHO urges countries to consider the benefits of vaccinating children against Covid-19, but prioritize sharing shots globally first
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WHO urges countries to consider the benefits of vaccinating children against Covid-19, but prioritize sharing shots globally first

In a new interim statement, the World Health Organization on Wednesday called for nations to consider the benefits of vaccinating children and adolescents against Covid-19 — but to prioritize sharing vaccines globally before proceeding to vaccinate children. “Countries should consider the individual and population benefits of immunising children and adolescents in their specific epidemiological and…MORE

Question of the Day

Nov 29

Q: 10-percent of pet owners say they have one of these at home for their pet… A: First-aid kit

Nov 24

Q: Nearly 40% of adults say they plan to do this at the Thanksgiving table this year? A: Wear Stretchy Pants

Nov 23

Q: A new survey asked what’s the item you’re mostly likely to forget to buy for Thanksgiving dinner. The number item was cranberry sauce. What was the least forgotten item?   A: Alcohol.