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Covid infections rise 20% in England as new Omicron variants spread

Covid-19 infections continue to surge across the UK, with the number of people in England estimated to have the virus jumping 20 per cent to 1.3mn in the past week, according to the latest official survey. The rapid spread of infections is driven by new Omicron subvariants and has raised the virus’s prevalence in the […]

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NHS scam warning: Patients having personal details stolen from Omicron texts

One person received the message yesterday (Saturday) at 2.35am, and remarked that “so many people must have been scammed through this” owing to its convincingness. Christine Bovill, a singer, received one at 5.38am on Saturday “asking for card details”, while another said their son had received one last week. The two numbers have collectively had […]

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Did you catch Delta or Omicron? The Covid variant 50% more likely to cause long Covid

Long Covid is the prolonged experiencing of symptoms of coronavirus. According to figures from the ONS (Office for National Statistics), around two million people in the UK have the disease. Meanwhile, a team from King’s College London has been looking into whether the risk of long Covid declined with a change in variants and the […]

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Concerns grow over the spread of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 – symptoms to spot

While the new research is of concern, this does not mean the UK is in the same position it was in early-2020. As a whole, the population has a large degree of immunity with relatively high vaccination rates and two years of exposure to the virus. What this means is a return to restrictions is […]

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‘Ferocious’ Omicron outbreak in Beijing sparks closures and mass testing

Beijing is facing a “ferocious” outbreak of Covid-19, officials warned, after they shuttered public venues and reintroduced mass testing mandates less than a week after the city eased restrictions. An outbreak at a popular 24-hour bar in the Chinese capital’s usually bustling Chaoyang district has infected more than 200 people and forced more than 6,000 […]

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We Can’t Keep Getting The Same Formula in COVID-19 Booster Shots, Says Immunologist

Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines means having had three or four doses of the same shot at this point. Current boosters are the same formulations as the first authorized shots, based on the original strain of the coronavirus that emerged in late 2019. They do still protect against severe COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths. […]

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Covid: Risk of reinfection ‘eight times’ higher with Omicron than Delta – two key symptoms

The Office for National Statistics yesterday confirmed that reinfections from coronavirus are eight times higher with Omicron than Delta. In other words, the risk of COVID-19 re-infection was approximately eight times higher in the period when the Omicron variants were most common, compared with when the Delta variant was more common. The body also confirmed […]

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Coronavirus: Two types of Omicron classed as variants of concern – symptoms

In common with every virus, COVID-19 mutates. COVID-19 is a mutation of the coronavirus, the same one that caused the SARS outbreak in 2003. The hope is COVID-19 will continue to mutate in a favourable way to become less infectious and less transmissible. However, this isn’t certain as scientists raise the alert level on two […]

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Covid symptoms: Omicron sub-variants circulating in UK – ‘signs to look out for’

“The worst scenario would be a new variant appearing that is both more virulent and capable of evading our immune system due to excessive mutation.” Kinane cautioned this is “not an impossible scenario”, which is why he believes the UK “needs to retain testing and sequencing capacity”. In regards to Omicron BA.4 and BA.5, there […]

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Evaluating SARS-CoV-2 infection risk in indoor environments

In a recent study under review at the Scientific Reports journal and posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers evaluated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection risk for indoor scenarios. Study: Transmissibility of coronavirus and its variants from infected subjects in indoor environments. Image Credit: Elizaveta Galitckaia / Shutterstock Background Apart from super […]