People Can Contract COVID-19 Even at Outdoor Gatherings

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In past years COVID-19 has been less likely to be contracted while outdoors, however, the new strains don’t play by the same rules. Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says this is most likely due to the power of the new variants and subvariants. The hardest hit groups in America […]

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Receives FDA EUA for Ages 12 to 17

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Novamax Inc. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted its COVID-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, emergency usage authorization (EUA) for youth ages 12 to 17 on Friday. Last month, the company received emergency approval for adults 18 and older. FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. said: “Authorizing an additional COVID-19 vaccine expands the available options […]

New Study Suggests Booster Shots Are Important

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A new study suggests that it is important to receive the COVID-19 booster shot to help stave off major infection. The new Omicron subvariant has proven to be able to evade the body’s immune response to previous infection or the vaccine. This is why getting a booster is important, say scientists. Doing so generates enough […]

Omicron Subvariant Becomes Dominant in the US

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A new omicron subvariant (BA.5) has become dominant in the United States. As of Saturday, the subvariant accounts for roughly 54% of the nation’s COVID-19 infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Omicron’s subvariant BA.4 makes up 17% more of the country’s infections. COVID-19 has been a pain for humankind since […]

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 Subvariants Have Become Dominant in the U.S.

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COVID-19 is still spreading, and there‚Äôs no sign of it letting up soon. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this pandemic has not passed unnoticed by the various branches of intelligence services worldwide. Recent reports from Russia and other Eastern Bloc countries suggest that something far more sinister than influenza may be happening. Although details remain sparse, what has […]

Experts Say More People Test Negative for COVID Before Popping Positive

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People are testing negative for COVID-19 multiple times before popping positive, according to Chicago’s Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. This is most likely due to the newer subvariants and the rise in vaccination numbers. Dr. Arwady acknowledged that experts believe happens “especially if people are fully vaccinated and or if they’ve had […]

Omicron Subvariants Escape Antibody Responses

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New data shows that the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses among those who have had COVID-19 and people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School are the ones to release the alarming data. Experts still expect COVID-19 vaccines to […]

What to Do After Testing Positive for COVID-19

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COVID cases have gone up across Illinois in the last few months. As of Thursday, 19 counties in total were at high-risk. Last week, there were only 15 counties, according to the CDC. However, some areas in Chicago that were at high-risk the previous week have come down to a medium risk level. Cases of […]

The Impact of COVID

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COVID was first discovered on Dec. 12, 2019, in Wuhan, Hubei Providence, China. It is a virus that can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. The most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all coronaviruses is estimated to have originated in about 8,000 BCE. Some models place the common ancestor as […]

COVID-19 Cases Are on the Rise in Illinois

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Over the past week, Chicago and the state of Illinois have seen a 20% rise in COVID-19 cases. For several months, these cases had dropped. However, the Delta Variant surge over the summertime caused an increase in cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health has released data showing 2,561 new COVID-19 cases each day over […]