US health experts warn of triple threat of flu, COVID, RSV

       

People make their way through Times Square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Manhattan, New York City, US, May 07, 2021. (EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS) LOS ANGELES / WASHINGTON / NEW YORK – Respiratory viruses are spreading at high levels in the United States as temperatures begin to drop, causing the surge of pediatric cases across the country. Your old vaccine or your previous …

Fauci: Long COVID an ‘insidious’ public health emergency

       

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci testifies during a US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on stopping the spread of Monkeypox, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Sept 14, 2022. (STEFANI REYNOLDS / AFP) LONDON – Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, warned against prematurely declaring victory over the pandemic, not only due to short-term needs …

1.4m Canadian adults report prolonged COVID-19 symptoms

       

A United States-bound passenger walks in Toronto Pearson Airport's Terminal 3, days before new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing protocols to enter the US come into effect, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Dec 3, 2021. (CHRIS HELGREN / REUTERS) OTTAWA / MOSCOW / NEW YORK – About 1.4 million Canadian adults indicated they had symptoms at least three months after a positive COVID-19 test or suspected infection, …

US study: COVID-19 raises risk of long-term brain injury

       

Medical workers treat patients in the COVID-19 ward at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare system campus and medical center in West Roxbury, Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2022. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP) CHICAGO / GENEVA / SANTIAGO – People who had COVID-19 are at higher risk for a host of brain injuries a year later compared with people who were never infected by …

WHO ‘strongly advises against’ use of two COVID treatments

       

A picture taken on May 8, 2021 shows a sign of the World Health Organization at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) LONDON / OTTAWA / PARIS  – Two COVID-19 antibody therapies are no longer recommended by the World Health Organization, on the basis that Omicron and the variant's latest offshoots have likely rendered them obsolete. …

Report: Americans to pay for COVID-19 vaccines, treatments

       

A 6 year-old child is comforted by her mother as she receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by a medical assistant at the Child Health Associates office in Novi, Michigan on Nov 3, 2021. (JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) WASHINGTON / COPENHAGEN – Americans will have to pay for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as soon as in January 2023, as US Congress has …

WHO Europe urges countries to take long COVID seriously

       

This July 3, 2020 photo, shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) COPENHAGEN – At least 17 million people in the World Health Organization European Region experienced the post-COVID-19 condition, or long COVID, in the first two years of the pandemic, said a statement from …

Virus’ shadow keeps millions jobless in US

       

Long COVID extends pandemic's effect, with $170b in lost wages, report finds Between 2 and 4 million people in the United States can't work because of the long-term debilitating effects of COVID-19, costing the economy up to $170 billion a year in lost wages, according to a report. The report by the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington was done in January and released in …

Johns Hopkins: Global COVID cases surpass 600m

       

Masked patrons wait to order at a food stand inside Grand Central Market on July 13, 2022, in Los Angeles. (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP) NEW YORK – Global COVID-19 cases topped 600 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global case count amounted to 600,449,934, with 6,485,233 deaths worldwide, as of 8:20 pm local time (0020 GMT on Sunday), showed …

Johns Hopkins University: Global COVID cases top 600m

       

Masked patrons wait to order at a food stand inside Grand Central Market on July 13, 2022, in Los Angeles. (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP) NEW YORK – Global COVID-19 cases topped 600 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global case count amounted to 600,449,934, with 6,485,233 deaths worldwide, as of 8:20 pm local time (0020 GMT on Sunday), showed …

‘Living with COVID’: Where the pandemic could go next

       

People wear face masks as they commute during the morning rush hour in Tokyo, July 22, 2022. (SHUJI KAJIYAMA / AP) LONDON/CHICAGO – As the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists are warning weary governments and populations alike to brace for more waves of COVID-19. In the United States alone, there could be up to a million infections a …

Biden says he is ‘doing well,’ working after COVID infection

       

In this image provided by the White House, President Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., on the phone from the Treaty Room in the residence of the White House on July 21, 2022, in Washington. Biden says he's "doing great" after testing positive for COVID-19. (ADAM SCHULTZ / THE WHITE HOUSE VIA AP) WASHINGTON – Joe Biden, the oldest person ever to serve …