Belgium confirms case of new, heavily mutated Covid variant
Belgium has confirmed a case of the new, heavily mutated variant of the virus that causes Covid-19, according to one of the country's leading virologists. Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute, said a sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529 variant in a traveler who returned from Egypt on Nov. 11. Belgium is home to the capital of the European Union in Brussels. The variant was first detected in a small number of samples in South Africa, according to the World Health Organization. There were also reports on Friday morning that cases had been found in Israel and Hong Kong.cnbc.com
State troopers accused of making fake vaccination cards resign after colleagues turn them in
Authorities said Shawn Sommers, Raymond Witkowski and David Pfindel “are suspected of having varying roles in the creation of fraudulent covid-19 vaccination cards, which may be a violation of federal law.”washingtonpost.com
Malaysian students invent device that makes ocean water drinkable for ‘sea nomads’
An invention that could provide clean drinking water to "sea nomads" — communities living near the ocean — has earned three Malaysian students a spot to compete at the James Dyson Awards, an annual competition that recognizes young design engineers with inventive solutions to real-world problems. Malaysia's best: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) sophomores Bennie Beh Hue May, Loo Xin Yang and Yap Chun Yoon won the top prize of 10,000 Malaysian Ringgit ($2,400) in Malaysia’s search for its official entry to the international design competition, MalayMail reported.news.yahoo.com
Covid-19 live updates Alabama has ‘negative’ ICU beds free as U.S. hospitals struggle with surge of cases
The virus has mutated. The delta variant is rampant. Some elements of immunity may be gradually waning for people who got shots many months ago. New research studies in the United States, Israel, Britain and Qatar have shown a partial erosion in the effectiveness of vaccines against mild to moderate infections. Immunocompromised people are winding up hospitalized despite being vaccinated.washingtonpost.com
A man died in West Africa of a virus that causes internal bleeding and organ failure. The WHO says it has the potential to 'spread far and wide.'
The Guinea health authorities are tracing the close contacts of a man who died of the Marburg virus, which can be passed to humans from fruit bats.news.yahoo.com
Virus infections surging in Africa's vulnerable rural areas
A new surge of the coronavirus is finally penetrating Africa’s rural areas, where most people on the continent live, spreading to areas that once had been seen as safe havens from infections that hit cities particularly hardwashingtonpost.com
UN urges action to end AIDS, saying COVID-19 hurt progress
The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a declaration calling for urgent action to end AIDS by 2030, noting “with alarm” that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and pushed access to AIDS medicines, treatments and diagnosis further off track.
‘We have to protect our clientele’: Some Houston employers strongly encouraging staff to get COVID-19 vaccine
HOUSTON – With all adults in Texas now able to sign up for the COVID vaccine, many employers are coming up with plans to encourage their employees to get vaccinated. We are 22,000-square-feet and it’s just we have to protect everybody.”For now, at the Rice Village salon, it’s not a mandate for employees to get the vaccine, but they are strongly encouraging it. We have to protect our clientele and we have to protect our business. AdWe’ve checked with several local businesses and most, for now, said they are strongly encouraging their employees to get vaccinated, but not requiring it at this time. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office said the Mayor is doing the same thing; encouraging municipal employees to get the vaccine, but not requiring it.
Will the coronavirus ever go away?
Will the coronavirus ever go away? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)WASHINGTON – Will the coronavirus ever go away? But many experts believe it’s likely the disease will eventually ease from a crisis to a nuisance like the common cold. The only virus that’s ever been eradicated from the human population is smallpox. __The AP is answering your questions about the coronavirus in this series.
Viruses thrive at colder temperatures, local medical expert says
HOUSTON – With cold temperatures headed to the Greater Houston area, a local medical professional asked people to continue to exercise precautions indoors. She noted viruses thrive in colder temperatures. She said the cold weather contributes to a recipe for concern when it comes to spreading viruses. “Most respiratory viruses are able to infect you better at lower temperatures,” Yancey said. We do not want to see another surge in the spring because of these variants,” Yancey said.
Clergy, doctors and activists take on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and access in Black and Latino communities: ‘Don’t underestimate the fear’
“The virus will continue to decimate Black and brown communities if it goes unchecked, and the vaccine is the one way we can stem this tide,” says Peek, an internist, bioethicist and health disparities researcher at the University of Chicago. “The tool that we have to do so is one that people are afraid of because of the years of injustice that these communities, that our communities have had to endure because of structural racism.”chicagotribune.com
'I cry every day': Virus hits French nursing homes anew
Medical personnel of a nursing home awaiting French Health Minister Olivier Veran in Clamart, south of Paris, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Virus pressure is mounting at French nursing homes, where more than 400 people with the virus have died in the past week. “I cry every day,” said Patricia Deliry, 81, whose daughter usually provides daily assistance at her Paris care home but has been kept away for the past two weeks as part of the home's virus protection efforts. Germany launched a similar antigen test effort at nursing homes this week. France is currently under a new partial lockdown as overall virus hospitalizations and deaths have risen sharply in recent weeks, but nursing homes are allowed to stay open if they take precautions.
Trust Index: Will masks go away after the election?
A lot of this election has been focused on the pandemic but the virus itself doesn’t identify with a political party. In fact, the virus can cause severe complications in any age group, although the most harm is often to the elderly and chronically ill.KPRC 2 wanted to debunk one myth that’s been thrown around: Masks will go away after the election. So, in any county with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, people must wear masks with few exceptions. Although many elements of the pandemic have been politicized, of all the doctors and hospital CEOs interviewed by KPRC 2 Health Reporter Haley Hernandez, none of them anticipate mask orders going away after the election. “It’s not going to go away and God willing we’ll get a vaccine soon.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 6,980 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 35 new deaths reported as statewide positivity rate hits 8%
The government’s top infectious diseases expert is cautioning that the U.S. will have to deal with “a whole lot of hurt” in the weeks ahead due to surging coronavirus cases. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments in a Washington Post interview take issue with President Donald Trump’s frequent assertion that the nation is “rounding the turn” on the virus.chicagotribune.com
US declares emergency, new entry restrictions due to virus
WASHINGTON – The United States has declared a public health emergency because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also announced that President Donald Trump will temporarily bar entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals believed to be a risk of transmitting the virus. The new restrictions begin Sunday afternoon. Americans returning from Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine. Others returning from elsewhere in China will be allowed to self-monitor their condition for a similar period.
WHO declares coronavirus outbreak sparked in China as global health emergency
BEIJING (AP) – The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has been exported to more than a dozen countries as a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week. Eighteen other countries have since reported cases, as scientists race to understand how exactly the virus is spreading and how severe it is. Outbreak specialists worry that the spread of new viruses from patients to health workers can signal the virus is becoming adapted to human transmission. There have been cases reported of the infectious virus spreading to others in a household or workplace in China and elsewhere. In comparison, the SARS virus killed about 10% of people who caught it.
CDC to screen at three US airports for signs of new deadly virus from China
WUHAN, China – More than 100 staffers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are being deployed to three US airports to check passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, for fever and other symptoms of a mysterious new virus that's killed two and infected dozens in China, the CDC announced Friday. The CDC took these steps after travelers from Wuhan recently arrived in Thailand and Japan infected with the new virus. He added that much more common illnesses, such as the flu, are "much bigger threats" to Americans than the new virus from China. To learn more about this new virus, health authorities are taking a close look at SARS. SARS did spread person to person through close contact such as kissing, sharing utensils or talking to someone within 3 feet.
WHO warns Zika virus could infect millions worldwide
The number of Americans infected with the Zika virus is growing. At least 31 cases are now reported in 11 states and Washington D.C. Scientists say the virus is spreading at an explosive rate in Central and South America. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports.cbsnews.com
Child respiratory virus rapidly sweeping across country
Child respiratory virus rapidly sweeping across country Eight states have confirmed cases of Enterovirus 68. Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University, discusses the spread of the virus with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.cbsnews.com
Rare respiratory virus hits children in 12 states
Rare respiratory virus hits children in 12 states Enterovirus 68, a dangerous strain of the common cold, is infecting children from Kansas to Georgia. The virus has hospitalized hundreds of kids over the past few weeks. Dean Reynolds reports from Chicago.cbsnews.com
Heartbleed virus: Changing your password may not eliminate risk
Heartbleed virus: Changing your password may not eliminate risk Changing your password may not be enough to protect yourself from the Heartbleed virus. Information security experts warn that Heartbleed is bigger than first thought. As Mark Albert reports, there is more you can do to protect your personal information from hackers.cbsnews.com