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Caught the first Omicron wave? Study says you can still catch the latest variant

People infected with the earliest version of the Omicron variant of coronavirus at the start of the year could be reinfected with later versions of Omicron, as new findings suggest that even being vaccinated and boosted may not provide protection.

A city of 650,000 had zero COVID deaths until Sunday. Omicron’s most transmissible subvariant yet finally overtook its defenses

Macau, a semiautonomous region off the coast of southern China known for its casinos, recorded its first-ever deaths from COVID-19 after two elderly people with underlying conditions—a 100-year-old and a 94-year-old—succumbed to the disease on Sunday. The deaths break Macau’s streak of being one of the only cities on earth to not record a death from COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out two and a half years ago and went on to kill 6.3 million people around the world. Globally, 1,500 people are still dying from COVID-19 daily.

Warning as Omicron subvariant cases surge in Australia

An Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 that can evade vaccine immunity is on the rise in Victoria, with authorities warning it is on track to be the state’s major strain in line with virus spread in NSW and Queensland.

Traces of BA.4/BA.5 in Victoria’s metro and regional wastewater have “risen significantly in recent weeks, indicating increasing transmission”, says Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Australia’s 10,000 deaths and the paradox of ‘Covid normal’

The country has fared better than others – but those on the frontline are still wrestling with the agony of the coronavirus pandemic

In August 2020, staff at the Menarock Rosehill aged care facility in Melbourne told Kam Atkins that his 92-year-old mother had contracted Covid and was very unwell.

'Increasing pressure' nationally to return to masks amid worsening COVID wave

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer says there is “increasing pressure” nationally to return a mask mandate.

There were 34,931 new COVID cases reported in the past 24 hours and COVID-related deaths across the nation had steadily increased over recent months, with the daily death count reaching its highest level since February.

Covid is rising again in the UK - should we worry?

You’d be forgiven for letting out a weary sigh. There’s so much going on from Ukraine to the rising cost of everything – and now Covid is rearing its ugly head again.

The latest statistics show the number of people infected in the UK has more than doubled since the start of June with around 2.3 million people testing positive. You probably know someone who’s had it.

We Need to Talk About Long COVID

A Personal Perspective: The impact of long COVID is significant.

It’s summertime and the living is easy… or, at least easier than it has been for the past two years. As a global society, we are weary of lockdowns and lonely for lost companionship. We are fed up with this pandemic and all the restrictions that go with it. Chronic uncertainty, grief, and stress have left us threadbare and gasping for normality. Reconnecting with friends and family is on tap, masks are off, and it seems like all the world is on vacation.

We Might Be Looking At COVID “Seasons” For Years To Come

“I know everybody wants great news, that we can be done with COVID and everything’s gonna be fine, but that’s not really true.”

The latest high-profile poster child for a COVID superspreader event was the playdate of the powerful — the storied Gridiron dinner in Washington, DC, that infected New York’s mayor, the US attorney general, and at least 70 others this month.

How to Travel Safely During a Pandemic

Nowadays, it’s crucial to make sure you’re travelling safely during a pandemic. With the COVID pandemic continuing, government policies are constantly changing.

One of the most important things is to do your research before you go anywhere. Make sure you know what the local guidelines are and follow them closely.

This May Be the COVID Variant Scientists Are Dreading

A brand new subvariant is starting to surge, and there are signs this one can dodge our immunity.

COVID-19 cases are increasing again in the United Kingdom, potentially signalling a future surge in infections in the United States and other countries.

People who caught Covid in first wave get ‘no immune boost’ from Omicron

Study of triple vaccinated people also says Omicron infection does little to reduce chance of catching variant again

People who caught Covid during the first wave of the pandemic get no boost to their immune response if they subsequently catch Omicron, a study of triple vaccinated people reports.

Omicron BA.5: No one is fully protected

There’s a new omicron subvariant taking over: BA.5. Scientists expect it will soon be responsible for most COVID-19 infections. But how dangerous is it? And what protection can vaccines offer?

Due to the global increase in coronavirus cases caused by the BA.5 subvariant, the World Health Organization (WHO) currently classifies it as a “variant of concern.” Experts at Germany’s top health agency have warned that infections will likely increase this summer.

How to Use Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19

Rapid COVID tests are cost-effective and easy to administer. Follow these steps to learn how to use rapid antigen tests for COVID-19.

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Don’t be complacent, another Covid wave is coming. Here’s how we can manage it

As we move into summer, more than two years since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the words “new wave” are probably the last thing anyone wants to hear. Yet it is true that recent UK data (as well as data from Florida and other places) indicates that sublineages of the Omicron variant, BA.4 and BA.5, are kicking off a new wave of cases. With the pandemic no longer dominating the news in the way it once did, it’s worth taking stock of where we are and what needs to be done.

How being infected with COVID-19 may impact your performance at work

A small Canadian study suggests having had COVID-19 may negatively impact one’s performance at work, even after recovering from the initial illness.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo, found that individuals who contract COVID-19 often experience memory, attention, and concentration problems, and as a result, experience “significantly more” cognitive failures at work following infection.

Coronavirus FAQ: I got COVID. Then I got it again. What's the deal with reinfection?

You got sick with COVID back in January, so you figured you were done with the virus for a while. But then you began feeling a scratchy throat and a runny nose, took a home test just in case — and that second line blazed red once again.

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic

This weekly COVID-19 news roundup brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.

COVID-19 Continues to Cast Shadow on Cruise Industry

Sadly, COVID-19 hasn’t fully released its grip on the cruise industry yet, even as entire fleets continue to return to operations. The mask mandate has returned, at least on one ship.

Holland America Line’s Rotterdam VII departed Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on May 29 on its christening cruise. The naming ceremony is scheduled for the following day in its namesake city, Rotterdam, from where the company’s first-ever voyage departed in October 150 years ago.

COVID-19 Testing for Travel: If, When, Where, and How

It’s the third summer of the pandemic, and by now we know one thing: If you’re traveling, you may need to ponder if, when, where, and how to get a test for COVID-19.

If you’re an American flying to another country, you will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (or documentation of recent recovery from COVID-19) before you can board a plane back to the United States.

Dominant coronavirus mutant contains ghost of pandemic past

The coronavirus mutant that is now dominant in the United States is a member of the omicron family but scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease.

Planning a holiday? What’s the COVID situation in Bali, Fiji, NZ and the UK?

Many of us are considering a long-delayed overseas trip. However, despite what our politicians are telling us, the pandemic is not over yet, and there is always the risk you could catch COVID on holiday or just before you depart.& free shipping over $100!

Tales of Covid-19 reinfection

The top-line news on Covid-19 this week is that about a third of the US population is in an area of high or medium community-level spread. Plus, the US Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for a vaccine booster dose for kids ages 5 to 11 who are fully vaccinated. And the Biden administration is giving out more free Covid-19 tests.

Reducing COVID transmission by 20% could save 2,000 Australian lives this year

Australia’s COVID death toll is rising, yet public health measures to reduce transmission such as mask mandates are largely a thing of the past.

It’s time for governments and the community to consider what measures can be reintroduced to reduce COVID transmission and deaths, particularly during waves of infection.

CDC Recommends Travelers Test for COVID-19 As Close 'As Possible' to Departure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending Americans get tested before a trip as close to their departure as possible for both domestic and international trips.

‘Very strong bookings’: Airlines recovering faster than expected from pandemic

The head of the world’s biggest airline trade body says passenger traffic is recovering faster than expected and predicts that, on average, the industry could now see it return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, a year earlier than previous forecasts.

Biden marks COVID ‘tragic milestone’ in US at global summit

President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to reenergize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus as he led the U.S. in marking the “tragic milestone” of 1 million deaths in America. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned against complacency around the globe.

South Africa facing new surge of COVID-19 cases driven by two Omicron sub-variants

South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts.

For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalizations, but not increases in severe cases and deaths, said Professor Marta Nunes, a researcher at Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

What our blood tells us about COVID-19 antibodies

Two years on from the start of the pandemic, everyone has their own story about COVID-19.

For some, they’re still suffering symptoms months after first being diagnosed while others have never contracted the virus.

In a Today special investigation, a group of various ages were gathered to see what their blood shows about their COVID-19 antibodies.

Can I get the flu jab if I've just had COVID-19? What you need to know about winter with both viruses

Flu season has officially arrived, with Australia already seeing thousands of cases of the virus.

Both COVID-19 and influenza are now circulating in the community, and health authorities are pleading with people to get their flu shot to reduce the “life-threatening” risk of having both at the same time.

Here is what you need to know about reducing your risk of catching influenza or the flu/COVID combo — dubbed “flurona” — this winter.

WHO estimates nearly 15 million people died from COVID-19 over past two years

The World Health Organization (WHO) says nearly 15 million people were killed either by COVID-19 or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems during the past two years, more than double the official death toll of just over 5.4 million.

Can we trust rapid COVID tests against BA.2? This is what the experts say

COVID-19 cases have been slowly ticking up in the U.S., with the omicron BA.2 subvariant now the dominant strain in the country. At the same time, rapid at-home antigen tests have become the first choice diagnostic tool for many people who think they might be infected.

New Omicron Variant BA.2.12.1 Now Dominant In New York, Driving Infections; Strain Up 47% Nationwide In Past Week

In February, New York State Health officials identified a small number of new Covid cases related to a new, even more infectious subvariant of Omicron BA.2. Dubbed BA.2.12.1, it made up only 3% of all new cases in the state for that month. Figures released today by the CDC indicate that in the past eight weeks BA.2.12.1 has not only outcompeted BA.2 in terms of growth, but it has now become the dominant variant in the region made up of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The CDC data indicates that BA.12.2 now accounts for 58% of new cases in the region. In New York State, its share is much higher.

What you need to know once you've recovered from COVID-19

It’s a group of Queenslanders who numbered a few thousand in late December but grew into the tens of thousands within weeks: people who have caught and recovered from COVID-19.

For two years, we’ve been hearing about symptoms, testing and quarantine protocol, but what about after you’ve had the virus?

Your questions about flu season and vaccines answered as a COVID winter looms

As the mercury drops and days get shorter, sniffles, sore throat and other classic symptoms of flu typically start rearing their snotty, grotty heads.

But this winter, we’re looking down the barrel of an unusual flu season.

List of Official Covid Symptoms Expanded to Include Sore Throat and Fatigue

The official list of Covid-19 symptoms has been expanded to include nine new signs of illness.

Navigating False Negatives on COVID Rapid Tests

It should be clear by this point that we are in a sixth wave driven by the BA.2 variant. With COVID cases and hospitalizations rising, it still remains somewhat unclear how high they will go and how long it will last. But what is stymying many people this time around and making the whole issue more complicated is the issue of testing.

A new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Australia, the recombinant XE subvariant

Health authorities have confirmed the highly transmissible Omicron XE has made it to Australian shores.

When to take a rapid antigen test and when you need a PCR test explained

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb into the tens of thousands a day and health advice changing, it can be hard to know when to get a test, and which to use.

Feel sick but Covid negative? Here’s why – Full Story podcast

Why is it, in some cases, one member of a household tests positive to Covid-19 while those living with them may develop symptoms yet return negative tests?

What does a faint line on your COVID antigen test mean?

It’s a common scenario for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and spent several days in isolation.

A new COVID-19 variant has been detected in Australia. Here's what we know

A new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Australia, which is a hybrid of two previous strains.

Why Australia’s daily Covid cases are on the rise again

For most of this year, I have decided to not comment further on Covid-19. Given the lack of appetite for truth about the pandemic, I have declined all media requests. There seems to be a dogged determination to pretend everything is okay. Anyone who suggests otherwise is shot down in flames.

Nearly 5 million infected in U.K. as COVID-19 hits record levels

The prevalence of COVID-19 in the U.K. has reached record levels, with about 1 in 13 people estimated to be infected with the virus in the past week, according to the latest figures from Britain’s official statistics agency.

Air Travel After Covid-19: What To Expect When You Fly Now

From all outward appearances, air travel looks like it’s back to normal after Covid-19.

Long COVID is affecting thousands of Canadians. These researchers are racing to understand its risk factors, treatments

Alan Katz has been conducting research on the health-care system for 25 years, but for the most part, few members of the public have ever followed the progress of his scientific studies…

This is no time to stop tracking COVID-19

From the way political leaders in many high-income nations are talking and acting, it would be easy to think that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer worth keeping track of…

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