Face coverings remain optional in newest COVID-19 spike, but doctors encourage people to put on masks again
After a welcome lull in new COVID-19 cases in March following the winter omicron surge, cases are once again spiking, another uptick in the seemingly endless cycle of the pandemic’s virus spread.chicagotribune.com
What Is the ‘Quad’ and Should China Fear It?
As the White House tries to demonstrate that the war in Ukraine hasn’t distracted America from pressing priorities in Asia, the Biden administration is once again looking to “the Quad.” The informal grouping brings together the US, Japan, India and Australia in an alliance of democracies with shared economic and security interests that span the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The point is to maintain a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” but the unstated priority is countering China’s growing power, which rankles the leadership in Beijing. The Quad has its critics, who question the group’s sometimes-ambiguous goals and ask how effective it can be given that some members are wary of provoking China. Still, it’s set to become more relevant as US-China tensions persist and Russia’s invasion of its neighbor sharpens Western security alliances.washingtonpost.com
China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation
China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a Chinese pharmaceutical company, Fosun Pharma, reached an agreement to distribute — and eventually manufacture — the mRNA vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech. It still has not been cleared in mainland China, despite being authorized for use by separate authorities in Hong Kong and Macao.news.yahoo.com
Nearly 44,500 San Marcos residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Nearly 44,500 San Marcos residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.As of DSHS’ most recent zip-code specific report[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Beijing extends work-from-home order as COVID-19 cases rise
Beijing extended orders for workers and students to stay home and ordered additional mass testing Monday as cases of COVID-19 rose in the Chinese capital. Numerous residential compounds in the city have restricted movement in and out, although conditions remain far less severe than in Shanghai, where millions of citizens have been under varying degrees of lockdown for two months. Beijing on Monday reported an uptick in new cases to 99, up from a previous daily average of around 50.news.yahoo.com
North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress
North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a decaying economy. The outbreak has caused concern about serious tragedies in the poor, isolated country with one of the world’s worst health care systems and a high tolerance for civilian suffering. Experts say North Korea is almost certainly downplaying the true scale of the viral spread, including a strangely small death toll, to soften the political blow on Kim as he navigates the toughest moment in his decade of rule.news.yahoo.com
Hays County records 272 new COVID-19 cases in weekly report
The Hays County Local Health Department recorded 272 COVID-19 cases during its weekly report as the positivity rate rose to nearly 14%.The county also reported a 112.8 weekly case rate per 100,000, a [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
What rising COVID indicators mean for Houston, and answers from a sleep expert (May 19, 2022) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: What rising COVID-19 cases and viral loads in wastewater mean for Houston, a local sleep expert answers your questions, and we discuss what is considered "Texas cuisine."houstonpublicmedia.org
Man in Japan gambles COVID town funds mistakenly sent to him
The money was supposed to be COVID-19 assistance for low-income households in a small Japanese town, but police say it was mistakenly wired to a bank account of a resident who refused to return it and spent most of it on online gamblingwashingtonpost.com
How COVID-19 can affect your heart health
When COVID-19 first emerged, it was thought to be a respiratory disease primarily affecting the lungs. But as time went on and its list of symptoms reported grew longer, scientists learned that the disease can also impact other organs, including the heart.news.yahoo.com
Francona back managing Guardians following COVID-19 outbreak
Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has cleared health and safety protocols and returned to the team after missing four games with COVID-19. Francona will be back for Wednesday's game against Cincinnati along with bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Hitting analyst Justin Toole is also back with the Guardians, who have dealt with two separate outbreaks in recent weeks.news.yahoo.com
Officials say more areas of US may see mask recommendations
COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States – and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking. Increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are putting more of the country under guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that call for masking and other infection precautions. “(But) prior increases of infections, in different waves of infection, have demonstrated that this travels across the country,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said at a White House briefing with reporters.news.yahoo.com
Watch live: U.S. health officials hold Covid briefing as cases and hospitalizations soar again
Dr. Ashish Jha will lead the briefing for the first time in his role as the White House Covid-19 response coordinator. White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will provide updates as usual. Hospitalizations have also increased 18% over the past week with about 3,000 people admitted with Covid every day on average, according to CDC data. With infections and hospitalizations rising, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer booster doses for children ages 5 to 11 this week. The FDA could authorize Covid vaccines for children under age 5, the only group left in the U.S. not eligible, as soon as next month.cnbc.com
Even as COVID cases rise, mask mandates stay shelved
As mask mandates and vaccination rules kept falling across the U.S., infections from the latest COVID variants have been quietly taking hold in some places, sparking concern among public health officials but stirring a muted response from pretty much everyone else.
San Jacinto College offers adult learners chance to finish with ‘Last Step Scholarship’
Adult learners who had to put their educational goal on hold because of COVID-19, a family issue, or for other reasons, can now take that last step and complete their certificate or degree with tuition, books and class materials covered at San Jacinto College with the Last Step Scholarship. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, they can move into a good-paying position and the career of their dreams.
Mixed messages on pandemic, face masks a source anxiety for some
Elizabeth McIngvale, Director at McLean OCD Institute Houston, joins KPRC 2′s Owen Conflenti and Lisa Hernandez on KPRC 2+ to discuss the anxieties some people suffer while trying to navigate mixed messaging about face masks and COVID-19.
Gov. Abbott to allocate $435 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds to Teacher Retirement System of Texas to offset insurance premium increases
Gov. Greg Abbott, alongside other state leaders, announced the allocation of $435 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to offset healthcare costs related to COVID-19, according to a release.