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Fast, cheap test can detect COVID-19 virus's genome without need for PCR

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new test for COVID-19 that combines the speed of over-the-counter antigen tests with the accuracy of PCR tests that are processed in medical labs and hospitals.

Genetics

Analysis reveals rare respiratory disease PCD is more common than previously thought

A large data analysis led by Indiana University School of Medicine Professor Benjamin Gaston, MD, shows a rare respiratory disease called primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is more common than previously thought.

Medications

FDA may limit use of two COVID antibody treatments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may soon curtail the use of two monoclonal antibody treatments that do not appear to work against the highly contagious Omicron variant.

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Microbiome therapeutic beats placebo for recurrent C. difficile

(HealthDay)—An investigational microbiome therapeutic composed of purified Firmicutes spores, SER-109, is superior to placebo for treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection, according to a study published ...

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Why the omicron variant causes less severe disease

The SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant causes less severe disease than Delta although it is better at escaping immune protection by vaccinations and previous infections. The reasons for this have so far remained elusive.

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To reduce COVID-19 risk, individual distancing makes a difference

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into 2022 and vaccination campaigns continue across the world, individual health behaviors are still a key factor in the risk of COVID-19 diagnosis, according to a new USC study.

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Local mask policy matters when it comes to public health

Local mask policies are strong influencers on mask-wearing behavior, according to new research from Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Resolve to Save Lives.

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How do I tell a fake N95 or KN95 mask from a real one?

In the face of the highly infectious omicron variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance for the general public this month. The new recommendations emphasize that properly fitted ...

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Video: Researcher discusses drug resistance in COVID-19

Yang Wang, MD, Ph.D., professor of medicine and deputy director of product discovery at MassBiologics of UMass Chan Medical School, leads a team of scientists working to discover and develop antibody-based medicines for infectious ...

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Italy says Omicron has peaked, cases in decline

Italy appears to have reached a peak in the number of Omicron infections, with cases of the highly contagious variant now on the decline, the country's COVID Emergency chief said Monday.

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Germany keeps COVID restrictions as omicron infections soar

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's 16 state governors decided Monday to keep existing coronavirus restrictions in place and examine how best to use increasingly strained PCR test capacities as the highly contagious omicron ...

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S. Korea to expand testing, shorten quarantine for omicron

South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.

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Omicron 'sub-variant' throws up new virus questions

Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the COVID-19 virus to determine how its emergence could effect future pandemic spread.

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Russia sets another daily virus record amid omicron surge

New coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high on Sunday, the third consecutive daily record as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads through the country.

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Beijing tests 2 million for coronavirus as Winter Olympics loom

Beijing city officials on Sunday said all two million residents of a neighbourhood where a small cluster of coronavirus cases was detected will be tested, less than two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics.

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Beijing tests 2 million for COVID as Winter Olympics loom

Beijing city officials on Sunday said all two million residents of a neighbourhood where they identified a small cluster of COVID-19 infections will be tested, less than two weeks ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics.

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Russia breaks COVID case record for third day

Russia reported a new daily high of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, breaking its national record for the third day running as the highly contagious Omicron variants spurs surging infections.

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New Zealand adds new COVID restrictions as omicron spreads

New Zealanders are set to face new COVID-19 restrictions after nine cases of the omicron variant were detected in a single family that flew to Auckland for a wedding earlier this month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced ...

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China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

The sweeping "zero-tolerance" strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic.

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Russia sees record virus cases second day running

The Russian government on Saturday reported a record number of new coronavirus cases after the Kremlin warned of a looming surge in cases driven by the Omicron variant.

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Study: Omicron evades some but not all monoclonal antibodies

Several, but not all, of the human monoclonal antibodies used clinically to prevent patients from becoming severely ill from COVID-19 may not be protective against the omicron variant now sweeping across the United States, ...

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Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.

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Breakthrough infections spur strong antibody responses 

A recent study looked at the strength, durability and breadth of neutralizing antibody responses generated by breakthrough infections in individuals vaccinated against SARS-CoV2.