SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 01.18.2022

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Vaccine Related Information:

The world won’t be able to boost its way out of the coronavirus pandemic –
Israel and Chile move ahead with fourth doses as experts question sustainability of strategy.
https://www.politico.eu/article/western-countries-booster-covid-vaccine-pandemic/

South Korea approves Novavax coronavirus vaccine
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01/12/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-OQUSYF3T7BGMLDDW45Y54YKP4Q

Why Cuba’s extraordinary Covid vaccine success could provide the best hope for low-income countries
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/13/why-cubas-extraordinary-covid-vaccine-success-could-provide-the-best-hope-for-the-global-south.html

 

 

Testing:

Stop using these at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, FDA warns – The administration
cautioned that the tests had a high risk of false results, which could lead to further spread of COVID-19.
https://www.today.com/health/health/stop-using-home-covid-19-antigen-tests-fda-warns-rcna12224

Stop Using LuSys Laboratories COVID-19 Tests: FDA Safety Communication
https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/stop-using-lusys-laboratories-covid-19-tests-fda-safety-communication#falseresults

US website to order free Covid-19 tests is up and running
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-18-22/index.html?utm_source=trendbar

Biden Administration to Give Schools Millions of Free Virus Tests The move aims to help keep schools open.
As countries race to keep up with the Omicron variant, many are relying on self-administered antigen tests
rather than P.C.R. testing, which has long been considered the gold standard.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/12/world/omicron-covid-testing-vaccines

Rapid coronavirus tests are hard to find — unless you work for Google or play in the NBA
The omicron variant and a surge of cases are exposing just how unequal access to coronavirus testing is in the U.S. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/01/13/covid-tests-google-biden/

Where to order free covid tests
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/14/politics/free-home-covid-19-tests-wellness/index.html

Swab Nose, Throat, or Both for COVID-19 Rapid Tests?
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20220111/nose-throat-covid-test

 

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists warn
https://www.startribune.com/expect-more-worrisome-variants-after-omicron-scientists-say/600136175/

Expect another Omicron wave in early summer, Sage says
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/14/expect-another-covid-omicron-wave-in-early-summer-sage-says

Omicron now accounts for 99.5% of US Covid-19 infections
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-18-22/index.html?utm_source=trendbar

90% of omicron cases in Okinawa show mild to no symptoms
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/01/11/national/omicron-okinawa/

“More on the Morbidity Risk of Omicron: “Like a Chess Grandmaster Playing Against Schoolboys”
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/01/more-on-the-morbidity-risk-of-omicron-like-a-chess-grandmaster-playing-against-schoolboys.html#comment-3662841

Professor from Oldham makes discovery that could help create early treatment Covid spray
https://www.theoldhamtimes.co.uk/news/19847810.professor-oldham-makes-discovery-help-create-early-treatment-covid-spray/

A different nasal spray: “Breakthrough Study: Nasal Spray Protects Against All COVID-19 Variants”
https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/covid-nasal-spray-protects/2022/01/14/id/1052452/

study link: “Intranasal inhibitor blocks omicron and other variants of SARS-CoV-2”
https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-1196079/v1

Does Cannabis really protect humans from COVID? Experts weigh in on recent science
https://fortune.com/2022/01/14/cannabis-covid-science-experts-weigh-in/

Scientists: Cannabis Can Prevent COVID-19 Infection – Acids extracted from cannabis plants
blocked COVID-19 infection in human cells in lab tests, a new peer-reviewed study shows.
https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3v3ax/scientists-cannabis-can-prevent-covid-19-infection

study link: “Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants”
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35007072/

Possible Achilles’ Heel Discovered for Respiratory Viruses – Like COVID-19 – That Hijack Immune Mechanisms
https://scitechdaily.com/possible-achilles-heel-discovered-for-respiratory-viruses-like-covid-19-that-hijack-immune-mechanisms/

Am I asymptomatic, or do I just really not want to have Covid-19? A guide.
– Asymptomatic means you really, truly have no symptoms.
https://www.vox.com/22883820/am-i-asymptomatic-covid-symptoms-isolation-quarantine

Are Some Vaccine Side Effects Just in Our Heads? — Meta-analysis finds
that substantial proportion of placebo recipients claimed side effects, too
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/96728

Active epidemiological investigation on SARS-CoV-2 infection caused by
Omicron variant (Pango lineage B.1.1.529) in Japan: preliminary report on infectious period
https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/en/2019-ncov-e/10884-covid19-66-en.html

(When) to Boost or Not to Boost, That Is the Question — Countless complex questions remain
https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/96658

study from that article: “Correlation between Immunologic Responses to a Recombinant
Glycoprotein 120 Vaccine and Incidence of HIV-1 Infection in a Phase 3 HIV-1 Preventive Vaccine Trial”
https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/191/5/666/1234985

Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID
https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/polish-scientists-find-gene-that-doubles-risk-serious-covid-2022-01-13/

Nearly 1 in 10 People with COVID Are Still Infectious 10 Days Later
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/nearly-1-in-10-people-with-covid-are-still-infectious-10-days-later

study link: ” Persistence of clinically relevant levels of SARS-CoV2 envelope gene subgenomic
RNAs in non-immunocompromised individuals”
https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(21)01206-6/fulltext

How Long Are You Contagious With COVID? More Than 10 Days for Some, Small Study Suggests
https://www.newsweek.com/how-long-contagious-covid-10-days-study-omicron-cdc-1669372

Research Shows 1 in 10 People May Still Be Infectious for COVID After 10 Days
https://scitechdaily.com/research-shows-1-in-10-people-may-still-be-infectious-for-covid-after-10-days/

 

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

China says tickets for Winter Olympics will not be sold to general public due to Covid-19
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/17/sport/winter-olympics-china-tickets-covid-19-spt-intl/index.html

Beijing locks down office building with workers still inside after single Omicron case detected
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/17/china/beijing-omicron-olympics-mic-intl-hnk/index.html

CDC’s suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/17/health/cdc-guidance-out-of-touch/index.html

Paris police orders masks to be worn in outdoor markets and other crowded areas
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-17-22/index.html

Germany sees record Covid-19 incidence rate, as ICU admissions decrease
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-17-22/index.html

Travelers to Hawaii may soon need a Covid booster to avoid isolation period
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-17-22/index.html

India reports more than 250,000 Covid-19 cases for fifth day in a row
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-17-22/index.html

L.A. County sees highest COVID death rate in 10 months
https://ktla.com/news/local-news/l-a-county-sees-highest-covid-death-rate-in-10-months/

New York records about 22,000 new Covid-19 cases, down by 75% since peak on Jan. 7
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-18-22/index.html?utm_source=trendbar

Sweden Introduces New Covid-19 Rules: ‘The Situation Requires It’
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2022/01/10/sweden-introduces-new-covid-19-rules-the-situation-requires-it/?sh=a2fa4e4505eb

Sweden current numbers, Jan 11 18.5k 7-day ave:
https://i.postimg.cc/TPmb14St/Sweden-Covid-20220112.png

German current numbers, Jan 11 52.8k 7-day ave, no idea why there was Peak Nov 28 58.0k, then dip Dec 29 27.6k
https://i.postimg.cc/G3j597n3/German-Covid-20220112.png

CDC forecast predicts more than 62,000 Covid-19 deaths in the US in the next four weeks
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-12-22/index.html

Omicron wreaks havoc across California prison facilities as staff cases surge
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/11/omicron-covid-california-prisons-staff-cases-surge-us

A full month in, here’s how San Francisco’s omicron surge is unfolding
https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/San-Francisco-omicron-COVID-hospitalizations-ICU-16766431.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-CP-Spotlight

Coronavirus digest: Germany daily cases hit record levels – Germany has reported more
than 80,000 daily cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic and has bought
5 million unused vaccine doses from Romania. DW has the latest.
https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-digest-germany-daily-cases-hit-record-levels/a-60394417

MN: Twin Cities tightening COVID bar, restaurant rules as cases climb
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2022/01/12/twin-cities-to-require-vaccine-or-negative-test-for-restaurants-and-bars

ER director at LA hospital says he and his staff are ‘100% broken and in complete disaster mode’ –
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County reported 40,452 new COVID cases and another 39 deaths.
https://abc7.com/los-angeles-covid-19-omicron-surge-eric-snyder/11461734/

 

 

All Other Covid News:

Covid loses 90% of ability to infect within 20 minutes in air – study
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/11/covid-loses-90-of-ability-to-infect-within-five-minutes-in-air-study

Google tells anyone coming into the office to take weekly Covid tests amid omicron surge
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/google-tells-anyone-coming-into-the-office-to-take-weekly-covid-tests.html

Oakland Students Call for Strike Next Week Over School Safety
https://oaklandvoices.us/2022/01/15/oakland-students-call-for-strike-next-week-over-school-safety/

Apple Will Reportedly Be Requiring Covid-19 Boosters for Its Store and Corporate Workers –
Employees will be required to show proof that they’ve gotten their booster shot or take an antigen test to enter Apple premises.
https://gizmodo.com/apple-will-reportedly-be-requiring-covid-19-boosters-fo-1848370048

‘Mild COVID’ isn’t always mild: Tips for recovering at home –
“The majority of the treatment … is aimed at relieving symptoms.”
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/mild-covid-mild-tips-recovering-home/story?id=82204649

Europe’s loud, rule-breaking unvaccinated minority are falling out of society
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-17-22/index.html

China blames Omicron cases on package from Canada
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/17/dont-buy-from-abroad-chinese-told-as-covid-threatens-olympics-and-holidays

“Coronavirus: 2,000 hamsters to be culled over fears of first
animal-to-human transmission in Hong Kong, pet store customers ordered into quarantine”
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/3163775/coronavirus-hong-kong-leader-worried-about-community-outbreak

Beijing finds Omicron and claims mail from abroad might be to blame. Experts say that’s very unlikely.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/18/world/omicron-covid-vaccine-tests/china-mail-olympics

Doc Suspended for Anti-Vax Views Sues Hospital — Mary Talley Bowden, MD, wants access to hospital financial records
https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/96732

Flurona: Worrisome but No Need to Panic — Viral co-infection isn’t new, experts say
https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/96609

Decoding what Biden health officials told Congress about Omicron – In contrast to previous
oversight hearings on the administration’s Covid-19 response,
Dems raised sharp questions and complaints on the state of the resurging pandemic.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/11/covid-health-officials-congress-omicron-526950

Fauci: Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody’
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/589344-fauci-omicron-will-infect-just-about-everybody

Exchange between Fauci and GOP Senator with what he thought was a gotcha.
Hot mike catches Fauci calling him a moron
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/01/12/fauci-calls-marshall-moron-financial-disclosures-mh-orig.cnn/video/playlists/top-news-videos/

Minnesota governor will hire over 300 health care professionals to relieve hospital staffing shortages
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-12-22/index.html

NYC schools chancellor says he will speak to students who want remote school option
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-12-22/index.html

Biden administration “actively exploring” and “strongly considering” boosting N95 and K95 mask supply
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-12-22/index.html

Omicron Surge Empties Supermarket Shelves: Food Supply Shortages Are Here to Stay
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/01/omicron-surge-empties-supermarket-shelves-food-supply-shortages-are-here-to-stay.html

W.Va. governor ‘extremely unwell’ after positive COVID-19 test
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/589346-wva-governor-extremely-unwell-after-positive-covid-19-test

Novak Djokovic faces fine or prison for breaking isolation while Covid positive
Star is due to play at Australian Open but faces possibility of deportation
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jan/12/novak-djokovic-faces-fine-or-prison-for-breaking-isolation-while-covid-positive?

U.S. business fears never ending liability from ‘take-home’ COVID-19 lawsuits
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-business-fears-never-ending-liability-take-home-covid-19-lawsuits-2022-01-12

Military medical teams will support the following hospitals, according to the official:
Cleveland Clinic in Ohio
Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn
Rhode Island Hospital in Providence
Henry Ford Hospital outside Detroit
University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque
University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-variant-coronavirus-news-01-13-22/index.html

Biden Under Fire for Resisting Calls to Distribute N95 Masks to All
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/01/biden-under-fire-for-resisting-calls-to-distribute-n95-masks-to-all.html

Is Omicron Peaking? In parts of the Northeast, it seems to be.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/briefing/omicron-peak-us-northeast.html

Glenn Beck says he has COVID-19 for second time
https://thehill.com/media/589571-glenn-beck-says-he-has-covid-19-for-second-time-and-that-the-virus-is-getting-into-my

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for employers
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/589633-supreme-court-blocks-bidens-vaccine-or-test-mandate-for-employers

China’s hard-line COVID-zero response to Omicron could trigger supply-chain chaos
https://fortune.com/2022/01/13/china-omicron-covid-zero-port-shutdown-lockdown-supply-chain/

Global Economy Heading For “Mother Of All” Supply Chain Shocks As China Locks Down Ports
https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/global-economy-heading-mother-all-supply-chain-shocks-china-locks-down-ports

CEO: OSU hemp study could change the CBD market – How will OSU’s research on COVID-19 and CBD impact the industry? https://www.koin.com/news/health/coronavirus/ceo-osu-hemp-study-could-change-the-cbd-market/

Jan 11: United says 3,000 employees have COVID, but its vaccine mandate has saved lives
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2022/01/11/1072167424/united-says-3-000-employees-have-covid-but-its-vaccine-mandate-has-saved-lives

Jan 13: Delta loses $408 million; 8,000 employees contract Covid over the last four weeks –
The carrier expects to return to profitability in March — when spring break could help fill planes,
especially if coronavirus infections are falling — and for the rest of 2022.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/delta-loses-408-million-8000-employees-contract-covid-last-four-weeks-rcna12059

Lake Tahoe Unified closes all schools after 1 in 4 students, staff positive for COVID-19
https://www.kcra.com/article/lake-tahoe-unified-closes-schools-due-covid/38760142#

Quebec’s ‘unvaxxed tax’ has people rushing to get vaccinated
https://www.npr.org/2022/01/13/1072775645/quebec-covid-19-unvaccinated-tax

Infant dies after contracting COVID, becomes youngest person to die from the virus in Riverside County
https://ktla.com/news/local-news/infant-dies-after-contracting-covid-19-becoming-youngest-person-to-die-from-the-virus-in-riverside-county/

Face masks make people look more attractive, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/13/face-masks-make-people-look-more-attractive-study-finds

Woman’s diary goes viral as lockdown in China forces her to stay with blind date
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/12/womans-diary-goes-viral-as-lockdown-in-china-forces-her-to-stay-with-blind-date

Nebraska Medicine goes to crisis standards of care
https://www.ketv.com/article/nebraska-medicine-crisis-standards-care-plan/38757463

More SD schools close due to lack of teachers or students out sick.
https://www.keloland.com/news/healthbeat/coronavirus/south-dakota-schools-closing-reinstating-mask-mandates-amid-rising-covid-19-cases

Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa revoked again
https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/novak-djokovic-australia-visa-ruling-01-14-22/index.html

West Virginia governor says he’s feeling better after his Covid-19 diagnosis and credits vaccine with saving his life
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/14/us/west-virginia-governor-improving-covid-diagnosis/index.html

Muted and deferential, the UK’s scientists have failed the pandemic test – Throughout the pandemic,
senior advisers and institutions have failed to challenge a post-truth government. It bodes ill for the climate crisis.
https://www.newstatesman.com/health-science/2022/01/quiet-uncritical-obedient-how-the-uks-scientists-failed-the-pandemic-test

Why You Can’t See The Most Important Omicron Hot Spots In The U.S. On A Map
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-you-cant-see-the-most-important-omicron-hot-spots-in-the-u-s-on-a-map/

COVID Vaccines Are a Scientific Feat, but ‘Prevention’ Is a Misnomer — In public messaging, semantics matter
https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/96680

COVID: South Bay Sewage Tests Show Signs of Omicron Decline
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2022/01/13/covid-south-bay-sewage-tests-show-signs-of-omicron-decline/

from: “SARS-CoV-2 Sewage Monitoring Data” https://covid19.sccgov.org/dashboard-wastewater
What people are doing wrong when using at-home COVID tests
https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/how-to-use-at-home-test-16773005.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-CP-Spotlight

Are We Testing for Omicron Wrong? — South African study suggests nasal swabs aren’t the best way
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/96385

LA County COVID-positive hospital patient number tops 4,000
https://abc7.com/los-angeles-county-covid-coronavirus-hospitalizations/11465762/

GE suspends COVID-19 vaccine or test requirement after U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling
https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/ge-suspends-covid-19-vaccine-or-test-requirement-after-us-supreme-courts-ruling-2022-01-14/

Choosing What Mask to Wear Can Be Confusing — The market is full of options … and counterfeits
https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/96701

FEMA administrator announces funds for states that use National Guard troops to help hospitals during spike
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-D4LBQOPIZ5HWPIN7YAGZ7W7V3Y

Arkansas inmates sue jail, doctor for treating them with ivermectin
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-3UE433PPT5HDVGGFYIYR2OKPCQ

Hong Kong’s hotly anticipated Lunar New Year fairs will be canceled for another year
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-A6PUI5N6FBFYLJFR6BFNSIBVWU

When COVID Pushes Other Conditions Past the ‘Tipping Point’ —
Is the patient hospitalized “for” COVID, “with” COVID, or somewhere in between?
https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/96703

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