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Covid-19

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Sewage from planes is a key Covid tracking tool, reports say, as CDC talks to airlines about wastewater testing

Analyzing airplane sewage could help scientists track new Covid variants entering the U.S., or identify novel pathogens.
Zach Wu, a wastewater control inspector examines sewage samples that are sent to labs to analyze for any detection of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oakland, Calif. on July 14, 2020.
Zach Wu, a wastewater control inspector examines sewage samples that are sent to labs to analyze for any detection of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oakland, Calif. on July 14, 2020.

FDA advisers raise doubts about moving to yearly Covid boosters 

The agency this week proposed adopting a yearly approach to Covid vaccinations. Its advisory committee said Thursday there are still too many unknowns.
A Clinic Administers Fourth Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine Booster
A Clinic Administers Fourth Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine Booster

China says Covid deaths and severe cases have fallen over 70 percent since peak

A prominent government scientist said 80% of China’s 1.4 billion population had already been infected.
China's Hospitals Under Pressure Due To COVID-19
China's Hospitals Under Pressure Due To COVID-19

North Korea locks down capital city over ‘respiratory illness’

A government notice announcing a five-day lockdown in Pyongyang cited rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness but made no mention of Covid-19.
FILE- An official of the Hygienic and Anti-epidemic Center in Phyongchon District disinfect the corridor of a building in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 5, 2021. The Korean Central News Agency said Thursday, May 12, 2022, tests from an unspecified number of people in the capital Pyongyang confirmed that they were infected with the omicron variant.
FILE- An official of the Hygienic and Anti-epidemic Center in Phyongchon District disinfect the corridor of a building in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 5, 2021. The Korean Central News Agency said Thursday, May 12, 2022, tests from an unspecified number of people in the capital Pyongyang confirmed that they were infected with the omicron variant.

Updated Covid boosters cut the infection risk from XBB.1.5 subvariant by nearly half, CDC finds

The report provides the first data on how the updated shots fare against the predominant strain in the U.S.
A health worker administers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 8, 2022.
A health worker administers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 8, 2022.

Could getting Covid raise cholesterol?

Two recent studies show a link between Covid and higher cholesterol levels in the following year.
Blood draw equipment for cholesterol testing
Blood draw equipment for cholesterol testing

FDA proposes making the Covid vaccine a yearly shot, similar to the flu vaccine

The agency's proposal would allow most people to get the latest booster shot, regardless of whether they had received the primary series of the vaccine.
Medical professional prepares Covid-19 booster shot
Medical professional prepares Covid-19 booster shot

Chinese hospitals creak under the strain of a huge Covid outbreak

More than 60,000 people have died since “zero-Covid” rules were abruptly lifted in December, official figures show, and many more deaths are feared.
Chinas health care system has been struggling to cope with a surge of COVID-19 infections since the government ended nearly three years of tough zero COVID controls.
Chinas health care system has been struggling to cope with a surge of COVID-19 infections since the government ended nearly three years of tough zero COVID controls.

China reports 60,000 Covid-related deaths, says peak has passed

China stopped reporting data on Covid-19 deaths and infections after abruptly lifting anti-virus controls in early December despite a surge in infections that began in October.
A nurse works as elderly patients with COVID symptoms receive intravenous drips in a hospital.
A nurse works as elderly patients with COVID symptoms receive intravenous drips in a hospital.

David Kessler, top health official for Covid vaccines, to leave Biden administration

Kessler has served as chief science officer in the administration's coronavirus response since January 2021, playing a key role in the rollout of Covid vaccines.
Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID-19 response team, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021.
Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID-19 response team, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Satellite images hint at Covid outbreak's true toll in China

Social media users have questioned the government’s reporting, pointing to the recent deaths of prominent artists, scientists and academics.
Tongzhou Funeral House in Beijing.
Tongzhou Funeral House in Beijing.