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How worried should we be about Omicron, the new coronavirus variant?
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How worried should we be about Omicron, the new coronavirus variant?

Since South African authorities announced the arrival of a new coronavirus variant that contains an unusually large number of mutations, countries around the world have mobilized by putting into place travel restrictions and precautionary measures. There is much that’s still unknown about this variant, Omicron. While scientists are gathering more information, the public wants to…MORE

FDA advisers vote to recommend authorization of a pill to treat Covid-19
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FDA advisers vote to recommend authorization of a pill to treat Covid-19

Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted 13-10 Tuesday to recommend emergency use authorization of a pill made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to help treat Covid-19. Members of the FDA’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee were split in their vote to recommend molnupiravir, which can reduce the risk someone will progress to severe…MORE

Omicron vs. Delta: More mutations don’t necessarily make a meaner Covid-19 virus
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Omicron vs. Delta: More mutations don’t necessarily make a meaner Covid-19 virus

The new Omicron variant of coronavirus, with its many mutations and seemingly quick spread in South Africa, is worrying scientists and government officials. But doctors want to remind Americans that they’re already facing a pretty formidable coronavirus variant, and that’s Delta. Delta managed to take over the entire United States in a matter of weeks…MORE

Get booster shots as soon as you can, health experts say, as Omicron’s spread collides with the relentless Delta variant
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Get booster shots as soon as you can, health experts say, as Omicron’s spread collides with the relentless Delta variant

Health experts are doubling down on pleas for all eligible American to get vaccinated — and boosted — against Covid-19 as the Omicron and Delta variants spread. Less than two weeks after Omicron was first identified by South African scientists, it’s already become the dominant variant in that country. It’s too early to tell whether…MORE

All vaccinated adults should get a Covid-19 booster shot because of the Omicron variant, CDC says
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All vaccinated adults should get a Covid-19 booster shot because of the Omicron variant, CDC says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened recommendations for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine Monday, saying all adults should get boosted six months after the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s or Moderna’s vaccine or two months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It’s a slight but significant tweak to the wording of…MORE

Coronavirus variants: Here’s what we know
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Coronavirus variants: Here’s what we know

Omicron, the newest coronavirus variant, is also the quickest to be labeled a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization because of its seemingly fast spread in South Africa and its many troubling mutations. Its emergence has already led to travel restrictions, high-level government meetings and promises by vaccine makers to start working on…MORE

Americans face at least 2 weeks of uncertainty as scientists work to answer 3 key questions about the new Omicron variant
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Americans face at least 2 weeks of uncertainty as scientists work to answer 3 key questions about the new Omicron variant

Americans face at least two weeks of uncertainty before major questions may get answered about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Health experts urge the public to be cautious and patient as scientists try to find out if Omicron — deemed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization — is more transmissible and…MORE

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