SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 02.16.2022

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Vaccine Related Information:

Pfizer and FDA pull back from plan to expedite review of Covid-19 vaccine in young children
https://www.statnews.com/2022/02/11/pfizer-and-fda-pull-back-from-plan-to-expedite-review-of-covid-19-vaccine-in-young-children/

CDC study: Booster effectiveness wanes after 4 months, but still significant
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/593896-cdc-study-booster-effectiveness-wanes-after-4-months-but-immunity-still

Why Covid-19 vaccines are a freaking miracle
https://www.statnews.com/2022/02/14/why-covid-19-vaccines-are-a-freaking-miracle/

Vaccine scientists have been chasing variants. Now, they’re seeking a universal coronavirus vaccine.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/02/14/universal-covid-vaccine/

With vaccination rate still lagging, ex-FDA chief urges U.S. to target underserved communities
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-NG45MFR73RC6PI3R6B4O2IVP6E

Shionogi and hospital to research development of nasal COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/02/10/national/science-health/shionogi-nasal-covid19-vaccine/

COVID-19 booster effectiveness starts to wane after four months, says CDC study –
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used electronic health record and health information exchange data from the 10-state VISION Network. https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/covid-19-booster-effectiveness-starts-wane-after-four-months-says-cdc-study

Harm to AstraZeneca jab’s reputation ‘probably killed thousands’ Scientist who
worked on jab criticises ‘bad behaviour’ by scientists and politicians who damaged reputation of Covid vaccine
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/07/doubts-cast-over-astrazeneca-jab-probably-killed-thousands-covid-vaccine

Nasal Spray Booster Keeps COVID-19 at Bay
https://www.hhmi.org/news/nasal-spray-booster-keeps-covid-19-bay 

 

 

Testing:

CVS, Walgreens remove limits on at-home COVID-19 tests
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/593033-cvs-walgreens-remove-limits-on-at-home-covid-

 

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

‘Natural Immunity’ Holds Up Against Severe Omicron Cases in Qatar Study —
“Robust” protection from previous infection against hospitalization, death by reinfection
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/97108
study link: “Protection against the Omicron Variant from Previous SARS-CoV-2 Infection”
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2200133

COVID Brain Changes Show Parallels With Alzheimer’s Disease —
Findings may point to potential mechanism for brain fog in people with long COVID
https://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/generalneurology/97034

Alzheimer’s-like signaling in brains of COVID-19 patients
https://alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/alz.12558

A monoclonal antibody drug from Eli Lilly that has promise against Omicron gets emergency authorization.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/11/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/monoclonal-antibody-treatment-emergency-authorization

Some long Covid sufferers try to exercise but end up feeling worse.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/14/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/some-long-covid-sufferers-try-to-exercise-but-end-up-feeling-worse

New research points to vagus nerve damage as reason for long COVID – study –
The study suggested that SARS-CoV-2 mediated vagus nerve dysfunction (VND)
could be responsible for many of the symptoms of Post-COVID-19 syndrome, also known as long COVID.
https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-696452

An undiscovered coronavirus? The mystery of the ‘Russian flu.’
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/15/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/an-undiscovered-coronavirus-the-mystery-of-the-russian-flu

Omicron’s Surprising Anatomy Explains Why It Is Wildly Contagious
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/omicrons-surprising-anatomy-explains-why-it-is-wildly-contagious/

Was a 19th Century Global Pandemic a Case of COVID 1.0? — Medical
historians suspect Russian flu was caused by a coronavirus and holds lessons for today
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/97198

Poop sleuths discover mysterious COVID in California’s sewage
https://www.dailynews.com/2022/02/07/poop-sleuths-discover-mysterious-coronavirus-in-californias-sewage/

Evidence That Pandemic Worsened Kids’ Mental Health Piles Up —
Mental health visits increased in 2020, especially among teen girls, Canadian study finds
https://www.medpagetoday.com/psychiatry/generalpsychiatry/97049 

The future of the pandemic is looking clearer as we learn more about infection
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2022/02/07/npr-the-future-of-the-pandemic-is-looking-clearer-as-we-learn-more-about-infection

Covid-recovered patients are seeing a huge rise in heart-related issues –
Experts are shocked by the tremendous rise in cardiovascular events long after the body clears the virus
https://www.salon.com/2022/02/15/recovered-patients-are-seeing-a-huge-rise-in-heart-issues/

Hamsters can transmit Covid to humans, data suggests Research confirms
a pet shop was the likely source of the recent Delta variant outbreak in Hong Kong
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/08/hamsters-can-transmit-covid-to-humans-data-suggests

WHO says new omicron BA.2 subvariant will rise globally, but scientists don’t know if it can reinfect people
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/08/who-says-omicron-bapoint2-subvariant-will-rise-globally.html

 

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

The world surpasses 400 million known coronavirus cases and confronts how to live with Covid.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/08/world/covid-test-vaccine-cases/400-million-covid-cases

Latest on COVID in MN: Pandemic path brightens as cases, hospital needs fall
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2022/02/09/latest-on-covid-in-mn

Russia is in the midst of a huge Omicron-driven surge.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/11/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/russia-is-in-the-midst-of-a-huge-omicron-driven-surge

Ontario will no longer require people show proof of vaccination to enter any indoor spaces.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/14/world/canada/doug-ford-announcement-ontario.html

Washington, D.C., will drop its indoor mask and vaccine mandates.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/14/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/washington-dc-will-drop-its-indoor-mask-and-vaccine-mandates

A remote island nation confronts its first confirmed coronavirus case.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/13/world/cook-islands-covid.html

Swamped by a fifth wave, Hong Kong ends mandatory hospitalizations for covid infections
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-BRDJ2OFSB5GUFGNAXFC36VKRZM

Germany looks to loosen stricter COVID-19 measures – German leaders are preparing
to ease anti-pandemic measures as the country eyes an end to the omicron wave,
according to reports. A proposed three-step plan would gradually lift most restrictions by March 20.
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-looks-to-loosen-stricter-covid-19-measures/a-60769896

Next Covid strain could kill many more, warn scientists ahead of England restrictions ending
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/12/scientists-plead-caution-covid-restrictions-lifted-england

Coronavirus cases inside the Olympic ‘loop’ drop to almost zero.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/15/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine#an-undiscovered-coronavirus-the-mystery-of-the-russian-flu

Japan records highest daily death toll of pandemic;
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/15/covid-live-south-korea-record-cook-islands-first-case-coronavirus-latest-news

Cases more than double in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, WHO warns
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/15/covid-live-south-korea-record-cook-islands-first-case-coronavirus-latest-news

Vaccine effective in Minnesota, but omicron presents a challenge The second week of January
saw more COVID-19 deaths among the vaccinated, but risks remained higher in those who were not.
https://www.startribune.com/vaccine-effectiveness-dented-in-minnesotas-omicron-wave/600146666/

UK ministers press ahead with plan to wind down Covid testing
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/feb/14/uk-ministers-press-ahead-with-plan-to-wind-down-covid-testing

Spain and UK Give a Masterclass on Why Both Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Should Fear Vaccine Passports
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/02/the-uks-national-health-service-gives-a-masterclass-on-one-of-the-big-dangers-of-vaccine-passports.html

Chinese city locked down and reportedly sealed off after Omicron breakout The Chinese
city of Baise in #Guangxi (population 3.57 million) has been locked down because of a #Covid outbreak,
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/06/covid-live-cases-pandemic-coronavirus-omicron-latest-news

Indonesia to tighten COVID-19 curbs as infections climb
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesia-bans-foreign-tourist-arrivals-jakarta-airport-covid-19-spikes-2022-02-07/

“California indoor mask mandate will end next week, but questions linger”
https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/California-lifts-indoor-mask-mandate-when-omicron-16839715.php

“Hong Kong’s ‘zero-covid’ policy buckles under the onslaught of omicron – but authorities just won’t let it go”
https://www.yahoo.com/news/hong-kongs-zero-covid-policy-103326034.html\

Infections and hospitalizations are falling in the U.S., but unevenly.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/10/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/infections-and-hospitalizations-are-falling-in-the-us-but-unevenly

Eager for visitors, the Philippines reopens to international tourists.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/world/asia/philippines-reopens-tourists.html

 

 

All Other Covid News:

Prince Charles isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 – A message on the royal’s official Twitter page said Charles tested positive on Thursday morning. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/10/prince-charles-isolating-testing-positive-covid-00007704

Camilla tests positive for COVID days after Prince Charles’ reinfection
https://nypost.com/2022/02/14/camilla-gets-covid-after-prince-charles-reinfection/

Almost 1 in 3 Older Adults Develop New Medical Conditions After COVID-19 Infection
https://scitechdaily.com/almost-1-in-3-older-adults-develop-new-medical-conditions-after-covid-19-infection/

A Canadian judge has frozen access to donations for the trucker convoy protest
https://www.npr.org/2022/02/10/1080022827/a-canadian-judge-has-frozen-access-to-donations-for-the-trucker-convoy-protest

Court grants injunction to Canadian city to end blockade at critical bridge to US
https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/11/americas/canada-truckers-protests-covid-friday/index.html

What’s happening with the Canadian trucker convoy? Here’s what you need to know –
The once-narrow protest, dubbed the “Freedom Convoy,” has spiraled into a broader movement of the far-right.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/14/canadian-truckers-block-bridge-strike-protests-00008620

Trudeau Weighs Invoking Emergencies Act to End Protests
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/14/world/canada-protests-news

Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act against ‘Freedom Convoy’ trucker protest
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/02/14/canada-ottawa-trucker-protests-bridge/

11 Arrested as Cops Find Cache of Weapons in ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protests
https://www.thedailybeast.com/canadian-police-arrest-11-find-cache-of-weapons-in-freedom-convoy-protests

Canadian police make arrests amid ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests and seize fuel, vehicles
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/07/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-7HYNOHZNQJEXNJAWZUGZHNFZOM

N.Y.C. fires 1,430 workers, less than 1 percent of city employees, over a vaccine mandate.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/14/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine/nyc-fires-1430-workers-less-than-1-percent-of-city-employees-over-a-vaccine-mandate

Microsoft to fully reopen Washington state and Bay Area offices this month
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-FTTV6ZHMDRB7PKQF2SI7K5SVZQ

Brussels braced for ‘Freedom Convoy’-inspired protests. Very few showed up.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-S4LSRFHVJRBA7NDCQ4FIL6V3A4

Walmart employees can ditch masks if they’re vaccinated, company says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/14/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-2WBJFBRTNVCDDNV4GCYM3LHAIU

‘The only logical choice’: anti-vaxxers who changed their minds on Covid vaccines
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/14/covid-anti-vaxxers-changed-minds

Republicans call on Biden to end COVID’s public health emergency designation
https://www.npr.org/2022/02/14/1080303338/republicans-call-on-biden-to-end-covids-public-health-emergency-designation

Comparing COVID-19 cases at schools with and without mask mandates
https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/2022/02/14/comparing-covid-19-cases-schools-and-without-mask-mandates/6756790001/

Bird flu detected in Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana as outbreak widens – Wild birds have tested positive for avian flu throughout the East Coast in recent weeks https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/bird-flu-detected-in-kentucky-virginia-indiana-as-outbreak-widens

New Zealand police to start towing protesters’ vehicles as Ardern condemns ‘intimidation and harassment’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/15/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-VXDNHTD3GRHQTBDUXA5V52UH3I

LA could fire unvaxxed officers. This California county is welcoming them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/15/los-angeles-unvaccinated-officers-fired-kern-county-job-california

Pandemic Era Tests May Speed Hepatitis-C Detection A wave of diagnostics ushered in by Covid could help revive flagging efforts to eliminate the disease. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/health/hepatitis-c-test.html

Did So-Called ‘Johns Hopkins Study’ Really Show Lockdowns Were Ineffective Against Covid-19?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2022/02/06/did-so-called-johns-hopkins-study-really-show-lockdowns-were-ineffective-against-covid-19/?sh=523a19f91225

Counting on ‘Endemic’: The Travel Industry Readies for a Potentially New Phase A growing
call to consider the coronavirus a permanent fixture in our lives is resonating among travel operators.
But that would not necessarily mean the virus is no longer dangerous.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/travel/travel-trends-endemic-virus.html

HHS is at ‘high-risk’ of failing to respond to future public health threats, government watchdog says
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/28/politics/hhs-watchdog-failing-future-public-health/index.html

Crystal Cruises ships have reportedly been arrested by authorities in the Bahamas over an unpaid fuel bill
https://news.yahoo.com/crystal-cruises-ships-reportedly-arrested-135308493.html

Covid found in deer
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/one_health/downloads/qa-covid-white-tailed-deer-study.pdf

“The 1918 flu didn’t end in 1918. Here’s what its third year can teach us.”
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-1918-flu-didn-t-end-in-1918-Here-s-what-its-16835617.php

Pfizer expects $54 billion in 2022 sales on Covid vaccine and treatment pill
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/08/covid-pfizer-pfe-earnings-q4-2021.html

‘You will not believe what I’ve just found.’ Inside the ivermectin saga: a hacked password, mysterious websites and faulty data.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/you-will-not-believe-what-ive-just-found-inside-the-ivermectin-saga-a-hacked-password-mysterious-websites-and-faulty-data-11644240013

“Omicron found in NYC deer raises questions about COVID transmission from animals to humans –
About 15% of the 131 deer sampled in NYC positive for antibodies.”
https://abcnews.go.com/US/scientists-find-1st-deer-infected-omicron-variant-york/story?id=82744120

Living with White-tailed Deer in NYC
https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/living-with-white-tailed-deer-in-new-york-city.page

“Americans Are Frustrated With the Pandemic. These Polls Show How Much.”
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Americans-Are-Frustrated-With-the-Pandemic-These-16842324.php

Covid fatigue is making the pandemic worse — and prolonging its end, experts say
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/09/experts-covid-fatigue-is-making-pandemic-worse-prolonging-its-end.html

Mom Urges Vaccination After Getting COVID and Suffering 3 Strokes and a Heart Attack While Pregnant
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/mom-urges-vaccination-getting-covid-172552618.html

US Navy discharges 240 service members for refusing Covid-19 vaccine
https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/09/politics/navy-discharge-military-members-vaccine-mandate/index.html

Statewide mask mandates are disappearing, but should you continue to wear one anyway?
https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/10/health/mask-mandates-best-practices-wellness/index.html

More than half of the world is fully vaccinated, but experts warn inequity persists
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/10/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-BY33CKKPSBHPLDMSIQEEOETKCM

Analysis: The benefits of vaccinating the world are clear. The catch is the price tag.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/10/covid-omicron-variant-live-updates/#link-YHGPBZRCCVBKLGBZ7FWVNUNDKA

There is evidence antihistamines may help treat long covid symptoms
https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-evidence-antihistamines-may-help-treat-long-covid-symptoms

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