- Covid-19: Morocco bans flights from China – Africanews English: Morocco is banning travelers from China to try to prevent more coronavirus infections. The ban starts on January 3 and will last until further notice. China had a lot of coronavirus cases in December, but most of the cases since then have been mild.
- Autopsies Show COVID-19 Virus in Brain and Elsewhere in Body – Neuroscience News: The study found that the SAR-CoV-2 virus spread throughout the body—including into the brain—and that it lingered for almost eight months.
- Long Covid changed these two men’s lives – but there’s hope at innovative group – Chronicle Live: Two Newcastle men have found relief from their long-term Covid symptoms by attending a weekly exercise class. The class is for people with long-term Covid symptoms and is helping them to gradually build back their health.
- Kaiser Nurse Alleges Wrongful Delay in Return to Work Post-COVID – KFI AM 640: A Kaiser Foundation Hospitals nurse is suing the company, alleging management was slow in helping her get back to work for most of 2021 after she contracted the coronavirus from a Kaiser doctor the year before and sought accommodations.
- education discrimination complaints surge in US schools – Axios: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights logged nearly 19,000 discrimination complaints from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022, more than double the previous year, the New York Times reports. The majority of complaints allege discrimination against students with disabilities, race or sex, officials say.
- US data shows new COVID variant XBB.1.5 is surging through the country: Where has it come from? – Marca English: A new variant of COVID-19, called XBB.1.5, is surging in the United States. This variant is accounting for 41 percent of confirmed cases. The XBB.1.5 variant has gained traction over the festive season, with families travelling and gathering together. This variant was first reported in mid-November.
- Are Vaccines Fueling New Covid Variants? – WSJ – The Wall Street Journal: Public-health experts are concerned about a new Omicron variant, XBB, that is spreading quickly across the Northeast U.S. Some studies suggest XBB is as different from the original Covid strain from Wuhan as the 2003 SARS virus. It isn’t clear that XBB is more lethal than other variants, but it can evade antibodies from prior infection and vaccines as well as existing monoclonal antibody treatments. There is also evidence that repeated vaccinations may make people more susceptible to XBB and could be fueling the virus’s rapid evolution.
- ‘More transmissible’ COVID variant spreading fast in CT – Greenwich Time: The variant of COVID-19, XBB.1.5, is present in more than 75 percent of samples tested in the United States. This variant is more resistant to antibodies than earlier variants and may cause another surge of infections.
Summary: Governor John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19 and is working from home. The 7-day average of new cases in Delaware is 135, with 158 hospitalizations. A new study has found that 71% of people with long COVID required medical treatment or were unable to work for six months or more. The FDA has withdrawn emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld due to its ineffectiveness against the Omicron variants now dominating the US.