Largest adult sickle cell center in US reports low rates of COVID-19 infection, mortality

Hospitalization among patients with COVID-19 and SCD.

December 11, 2021 2 min read Source/Disclosures Published by: Source: El Rassi F, et al. Abstract 3105. Presented at: ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition; Dec. 11-14, 2021; Atlanta. Disclosures: El Rassi reports research funding from and/or advisory board roles with bluebird bio, Cyclerion, Global Blood Therapeutics, Novartis and Pfizer. Please see the … Read more

COVID live updates: Epidemiologists hope approval of Pfizer vaccine for children will reduce infection risk before new school year

COVID live updates: Epidemiologists hope approval of Pfizer vaccine for children will reduce infection risk before new school year

Live updatesPinnedToday’s case numbersThis section will be updated throughout the day. If you don’t see your state or territory yet, don’t worry — case numbers often filter in throughout the day.Victoria:New South Wales:Queensland:South Australia:Tasmania:ACT:Western Australia:Northern Territory:15m ago15 minutes agoSun 5 Dec 2021 at 8:59pmBy Bridget JuddDavid Littleproud: State and territory leaders should hold their nerve … Read more

COVID-19: Omicron variant may reduce gap between infection and infectiousness – as UK cases rise to 160 | UK News

Shoppers walk past a message on a hand sanitiser station amid the coronavirus pandemic in Regent Street, London.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 may shorten the window between infection and infectiousness compared to other strains, new analysis by British scientists suggests.The “reduced incubation period” of Omicron, identified by the UK Health and Security Agency, informed the government’s decision on Saturday to introduce pre-departure coronavirus tests for all international arrivals to the UK, according … Read more

COVID-19 survivors have higher risk of death 12 months after infection

COVID-19 survivors have higher risk of death 12 months after infection

Share on PinterestNew research examines the effects of severe COVID-19 a year after the infection. Heath Korvola/Getty ImagesThe negative impact of COVID-19 on patients’ health has been recognized but not yet clearly quantified. Previous research has looked at the effects of the disease at 6 months, and scientists have now explored the impact on overall … Read more

Omicron driving record rate of Covid infection in South African province | Coronavirus

The pace of Covid infections in the South African province of Gauteng is outstripping anything seen in previous waves, and officials say Omicron is now the dominant variant.Angelique Coetzee, the chair of the South African Medical Association, said Omicron’s ability to spread – its R number – was believed to be above 6. The R … Read more

‘Encouraging signs’ but Covid infection rate still high

'Encouraging signs' but Covid infection rate still high

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that while there are encouraging signs that infection rates of Covid-19 have stabilised, this is at a very high level with well over 1,300 cases per 100,000 population on a 14-day incidence rate. It comes as the Department of Health confirmed 3,793 new cases of Covid-19. There … Read more

Severe Covid infection doubles chances of dying in following year – study | Coronavirus

Patients who survive severe Covid are more than twice as likely to die over the following year than those who remain uninfected or experience milder virus symptoms, a study says.The research, published in Frontiers in Medicine, suggests that serious coronavirus infections may significantly damage long-term health, showing the importance of vaccination.The increased risk of dying … Read more

S’pore reports 1,723 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths; weekly infection growth rate at 0.97, Health News & Top Stories

S'pore reports 1,723 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths; weekly infection growth rate at 0.97, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – There were 1,723 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Sunday (Nov 14), down from 2,304 a day earlier, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily report. The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate dipped slightly to 0.97, from 0.98 on Saturday. The number refers to the ratio of community cases in the … Read more

Angela Merkel urges Germans to get Covid vaccines quickly amid high infection rate | Germany

Angela Merkel has called on unvaccinated Germans to get their shots as quickly as possible as the country’s coronavirus infection rate hit the latest in a string of new highs.Germany’s disease control centre said the country’s infection rate had climbed to 277.4 new cases per 100,000 residents over seven days, up from 263.7 the previous … Read more

S’pore reports 3,635 new Covid-19 cases; weekly infection growth rate down to 0.96, Health News & Top Stories

S'pore reports 3,635 new Covid-19 cases; weekly infection growth rate down to 0.96, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate was at 0.96 on Wednesday (Nov 3), down from 1.09 on Tuesday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). This refers to the ratio of community cases in the past week over the week before. A weekly infection growth rate that is more than one shows that the … Read more

Which protects you more against Covid – vaccination or prior infection? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

In the United States, the issue of whether “natural immunity” from prior infection is as good as vaccination is becoming politicised.Fortunately, the Office for National Statistics has released results from a sophisticated analysis of its Covid-19 infection survey that address this issue. Helped by test-and-trace data, it identified respondents’ “infection episodes” and used other data … Read more

Belgium enters fourth COVID-19 infection wave as cases jump

Belgium enters fourth COVID-19 infection wave as cases jump

Shoppers, wearing protective face masks, walk past posters for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre installed inside a supermarket in Brussels, Belgium, August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Bart BiesemansBRUSSELS, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Belgium’s daily COVID-19 cases have jumped to the highest level in almost a year, prompting health experts to say that a fourth wave of … Read more

Covid infection rate in England rises again to one in 60 people | Coronavirus

About one in 60 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to estimates published on Friday.The prevalence of infection was up for a third straight week, having been at about one in 70 the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).At the peak of the second wave in early January, about … Read more

Pet cats killed in Chinese city after COVID infection, triggering social media anger

Pet cats killed in Chinese city after COVID infection, triggering social media anger

BEIJING, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Three pet cats that tested positive for coronavirus were put down in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, state-backed media reported, leading to a social media backlash at what some viewed as overkill in local efforts to contain the virus.The owner of the cats was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. … Read more