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1/19/2022

U.S. passes latest grim milestone of the pandemic: 800,000 COVID-19 deaths



Ahead of Omicron, COVID hospitalizations are rising in 37 states



What is a COVID-19 variant and how do they form?



The big reason Omicron could still 'significantly prolong the pandemic'



Pfizer says its booster blocks Omicron



Fauci says effects of Omicron may be less severe



White House blames Republicans for prolonging the pandemic



What we know about Omicron so far, according to an infectious disease specialist



'Americans seem to have become numb to Delta': Omicron is coming, but older variant is still driving infections



Biden unveils 'winter plan' for fighting Omicron variant



Pelosi: Government shutdown would be due to 'anti-vax' Republicans



Spreading rapidly in Europe, Omicron variant sparks a wave of new restrictions



1st confirmed U.S. case of Omicron variant detected in California



Omicron variant shows need for rapid COVID tests



Biden: We won't fight Omicron with lockdowns



'We're all frustrated': Biden addresses COVID-exhausted nation



GOP congressman under fire for comparing COVID restrictions to Nazi policies



Omicron much weaker coronavirus variant than Delta, new study says — but some still urge caution



Despite prediction Omicron could infect half of Europe, residents bristle at new vaccine mandates



CDC director debunks viral falsehood about COVID deaths



Fauci accuses Rand Paul of playing politics with pandemic, fomenting violence



U.S. sets new COVID hospitalization record, signaling Omicron surge could be less mild than experts hoped



Numerous lawmakers test positive for COVID amid Omicron surge



What is 'flurona' and should you be worried? A doctor breaks it down.



'We are playing with fire': European health officials blast CDC's revised COVID isolation guidelines



What the latest science says about how — and when — the Omicron surge will end



Officials: Variant found in France no reason to worry



'We want schools to be open,' White House says as Chicago cancels classes



CDC sticks with new COVID isolation guidelines despite criticism



Biden tries to rally COVID-weary nation: 'We're all tired and frustrated'



Fresh round of school closures tests Biden's promise



CDC: 'Avoid cruise travel, regardless of vaccination status'



CDC director defends new COVID guidelines reducing isolation period



Fauci: 'Dangerous' to assume Omicron's apparent mildness means the end of the pandemic is in sight



Biden pledges 500 million free rapid tests to fight Omicron. Experts say it's not enough.



What you should know about holiday gatherings in the age of Omicron



'A huge improvement': CDC endorses testing to keep kids in school



What we now know about the Omicron variant



What to do if you're exposed to someone with COVID-19



An explosion of likely Omicron cases at Cornell shows what's next for the U.S.



Fauci: 'No need' for Omicron-specific booster



Europe sounds the alarm over exponential growth of Omicron variant



Poll: As Omicron looms, a growing number of Trump voters oppose even 'encouraging' vaccination



4 signs Omicron may soon peak in the U.S.



Calif. medical workers fight to bridge the Latino COVID-19 vaccination gap



The campaign to ban gas stoves is heating up



Newsom takes aim at DeSantis: 'We'd have 40,000 more Californians dead if we took his approach'



Supreme Court blocks Biden's COVID rules for businesses



Doctors defend Fauci from Republican attacks 'motivated by partisan politics'



Congressman apologizes for comparing COVID policies to Nazi Germany



Poor sleep linked to weight gain in 2-year smartphone sleep tracking study


Not sleeping enough or getting a bad night's sleep over and over makes it hard to control your appetite. And that sets you up for all sorts of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

What is an EUA, and what does it have to do with how quickly we get a coronavirus vaccine?


With talk of the possible availability of a vaccine candidate heating up, you might have heard the term Emergency Use Authorization -- or EUA -- all over the news lately. But what is it exactly, and how does it apply to vaccines?

Some college towns grapple with Covid-19 after students return for fall semester


While many colleges and universities are offering classes online, that hasn't necessarily stopped students from gathering. And now some college towns are grappling with outbreaks of Covid-19 as the start of the fall semester complicates local responses to the pandemic.

AstraZeneca's Oxford vaccine trial to resume, the university says


The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial, halted last week after an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers, will resume, the University of Oxford announced Saturday.

Covid-19 school closings linked to increase in depression and suicide, study finds


Primary school students in China experienced more depressive symptoms and made more suicide attempts after schools closed for the pandemic, a new study found.

One of the leading coronavirus vaccine trials is currently paused. Prominent vaccine researchers tell CNN that's unusual


Vaccine clinical trials are notoriously difficult to conduct.

My lifelong Muppets obsession helped me explain the pandemic to my preschooler


Growing up with "Sesame Street" in the early 1980s, I found pieces of myself in Cookie Monster's sweet tooth, Big Bird's gentleness and in Grover, who was outgoing and always willing to help others, even though he made a lot of hilarious mistakes.

How to reboot your workout routine: Let's set the foundation


After time off from exercising, it's understandable if you're having a hard time getting motivated. You may even feel a bit bad, but I'm here to say it's important to go easy on yourself.

Wildfire smoke and your health: Do you need to worry?


Wildfires have broken out across the United States on an unprecedented scale, with 77 large complexes of fires engulfing 3 million acres in a matter of weeks.

Fauci says normal life may not be back until the end of 2021


Dr. Anthony Fauci said it could be the end of 2021 before life gets back to how it was before Covid-19.

Most Americans probably won't be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine until mid-2021, CDC director says


A wedding in Maine is linked to 176 Covid-19 cases and the deaths of seven people who didn't attend the celebration, demonstrating just how easily and quickly the virus can spread at social gatherings, public health experts say.

Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US



Trump knew testing Covid-19 vaccines would take months, Woodward book shows


President Donald Trump knew back in the spring that it would probably take a year to develop a coronavirus vaccine, according to interviews with journalist Bob Woodward.

What you need to know about coronavirus today


More than half a million children in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

ICUs are nearing capacity in this French city. And it's only September


Dealing with the first wave was like a sprint, the second will be more like a marathon.

Crowded parties and coronavirus concerns keep high schoolers from returning to the classroom


Overcrowded parties have forced several high schools to go back to online learning in hopes of staving off Covid-19 outbreaks.

NIH 'very concerned' about serious side effect in AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial


The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage, even as the National Institutes of Health has launched an investigation of the case.

CDC study finds coronavirus rarely kills children, but minorities at higher risk


Children and teens from minority groups are disproportionately hit by coronavirus, just as older adults are, according to the findings of a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A 9-year-old who's been battling coronavirus for 6 months says the illness is a big deal


Eli Lipman, 9, and his father have been battling the impact of Covid-19 since March, and he said life as a "long hauler" isn't easy.

How to help siblings get along better


Sibling rivalry is often taken as an unexamined fact of family life -- as much a part of parenting as potty training or bedtime stories.

Here's why a vaccine will not stop the Covid-19 pandemic right away


Dr. Umair Shah remembers the last mass vaccination campaign the US waged.

Unpopular teens could be at higher risk of heart conditions later in life, study suggests


Many of us hope to escape who we were in high school -- particularly if you were last in line to be picked in gym class -- but a growing body of research suggests that how popular you are in adolescence has a link with psychological and physical health decades later.

These immunocompromised college students felt isolated when the fall semester began. So they did something about it


At first, Cameron Lynch thought she would need prepared questions for the group to discuss in their first Zoom call.

Italian airport gets world's first five-star anti-Covid award


Travelers eager to fly again may want to consider Italy as their next destination.

Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy may harm childhood development, study finds


A mother's depression and anxiety from conception through the first year of the baby's life is associated with negative developmental outcomes through adolescence, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

How to sleep better — kids and grown-ups alike


Like many moms, Sofia Axelrod found the lack of sleep really hard after giving birth. But unlike many moms, she refused to accept that the exhaustion was inevitable.

We're in a She-cession



Americans need to 'hunker down' this fall and winter as Covid-19 pandemic will likely worsen, Fauci says


Nearly 30 US states are reporting downward trends in Covid-19 cases, but the pandemic will likely worsen again, according to the country's leading infectious disease expert.

Sex gets complicated during the pandemic


When the pandemic hit, couples found themselves worrying about getting sick, losing income, teaching their children at home while working full time (or worrying full time about sending them to school).

Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here's how to tame your sweet tooth


Cakes, cookies, pie.

Omicron: India aims to avoid 'pandemic roulette'


A virology institute boss says India will see a third wave "depending on how warmly we invite it".

The Nigerian woman whose life changed when she visited a leprosy colony


A Nigerian woman living in the US never imagined that leprosy still existed in her home country.

PM announces end to Plan B Covid measures


Various restrictions in England, including the recommendation to work from home, will be lifted.

Team GB gymnasts join defibrillator campaign


Becky and Ellie Downie have joined a defibrillator campaign after their brother suffered a cardiac arrest.

Covid-19: Cases falling in UK cautiously good news - epidemiologist


Epidemiologist Professor Mike Tildesley says we could be seeing the Omicron wave turning around.

Covid vaccine: Your concerns answered


BBC Reality Check answers your vaccine concerns - from pregnancy fears to production speed.

Key moments: Dr Anthony Fauci and the pandemic


After a viral hot mic moment, here's how Fauci's frustration has been building for the last two years.

Covid: Face mask rules and Covid passes to end in England


Working from home guidance is also ending as England reverts to "Plan A", Boris Johnson says.

Tonga tsunami: Health warnings over toxic volcanic ash and sulphur


People are being advised to remain indoors to escape the dangerous ash and gases in the air.

Exercise addicts urged to build in rest days


A mental health charity is concerned some people are overdoing it to cope with stress and anxiety.

Hong Kong seizes hamsters from pet store for mass cull


A pet shop outbreak in "zero Covid" Hong Kong will result in the euthanasia of 2,000 small mammals.

US Supreme Court blocks Biden's workplace vaccine mandate


The ruling marks a major blow to a central pillar of the White House's strategy for tackling Covid-19.

Covid: Quebec to impose health tax on unvaccinated Canadians


The unvaccinated represent 15% of the population, but over half of all hospital admissions.

Covid: 'Fussy eaters' could have smell and taste disorder


Experts write a guide on a taste and smell disorder, which they say can go undiagnosed in children.

Covid: Chile starts fourth vaccine dose amid rise in cases


The country is the first in Latin America to offer a fourth dose, as Omicron fuels a surge in cases.

Should bad science be censored on social media?


A Royal Society report recommends against censoring scientific misinformation online.

Three ethical issues around pig heart transplants


A pig's heart has been used in a human transplant operation - what are the questions to consider?

What went wrong with vaccinating the world?


Why developed countries have a surplus of vaccines while low-income ones are still struggling to battle Covid.

Covid-19 vaccine: Why are some athletes so reluctant to get the jab?


Although still an exception, vaccine hesitancy cases like the tennis star Novak Djokovic, show that athletes are not immune to disinformation, experts say.

Omicron: What can we learn from South Africa's experience so far?


We can learn some things from what's happening in South Africa, but there are also uncertainties.

On the front line as Afghan children battle malnutrition and measles


The BBC reports from a hospital in remote Ghor province which is struggling to cope.

Covid: WHO warns pandemic not over amid Europe case records


France reports nearly half a million new daily cases, with records also broken in Italy and Denmark.

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