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Daily News Pulse for January 04, 2023

Summary: China has criticized other countries’ COVID-19 travel restrictions, calling them "politically motivated" and saying they are "discriminatory." China has begun to reopen after shutting down due to the pandemic.
  • COVID-19: World Scrambles on China Travel Policies – Foreign Policy: China has criticized other countries’ COVID-19 travel restrictions, calling them “politically motivated” and saying they are “discriminatory.” China has begun to reopen after shutting down due to the pandemic. Israel’s national security minister has come under fire for comments he made about the country’s Arab citizens. A new study has found a link between climate change and an increase in domestic violence.
  • Long Covid: Here’s what we know so far – Sciencenorway: The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has released a new summary of research on the long-term effects following a Covid-19 infection. The most common symptoms are changes in taste and smell, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. Problems with concentration and memory are more common among those who have had Covid than in the general population.
  • Long COVID Clinical Trials May Offer Shortcut to New Treatments – WebMD: With no proven treatments for long COVID, millions of Americans may be wondering whether it’s worth it to try something they’ve never considered before: a clinical trial. Dozens of clinical trials are already underway or starting soon, many of which are aided by $1.5 billion in funding from the National Institutes of Health. But it may take years for these trials to prove which drugs, devices, and behavioral therapies are safe and effective.
  • EEOC: Company settles ADA suit over refusing remote work for … – HR Dive: COVID-19 may have changed how teleworking is viewed as an accommodation under the ADA, but the ADA’s principles are still intact. An employer doesn’t have to automatically grant an employee’s accommodation request to continue teleworking if the employer can effectively address the need with another accommodation.
  • B.C. officials report 5 cases of new COVID-19 subvariant that’s spreading rapidly in U.S. – CBC.ca: B.C. health officials are watching a new, likely more transmissible Omicron subvariant that is spreading south of the border. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the XBB 1.5 subvariant accounts for more than 40 per cent of new cases in the country, having caused 1.3 per cent of new cases only a month ago. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says XBB 1.5 was identified in about five people in B.C. before Christmas, and she expects that number to rise.
  • What we know about XBB.1.5, the dominant COVID variant in the US – Fox 56 News: The U.S. has a new dominant COVID variant, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. XBB.1.5 makes up roughly 40% of U.S. COVID cases, the CDC reports. It is most prevalent in the Northeast, making up about 75% of COVID cases from Maine south to New York and New Jersey.
  • New COVID Variant XBB.1.5: What It Is, Symptoms and What You Should Know – NBC Chicago: A new COVID variant, XBB.1.5, is beginning to take hold in the U.S. It is a highly contagious “recombinant” variant that spawned from two different BA.2 variants, and is related to the XBB variant, which was previously behind a COVID surge in Singapore.

Daily News Pulse for January 29, 2023

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.

Daily Research Pulse for January 29, 2023

Summary: One study analyzed the frequency of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 co-infections, as well as the differences in the course of disease in patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in relation to flu vaccination status in a cohort of 19,850 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Spain.

Daily News Pulse for January 28, 2023

Summary: Scientists have found that 36% of students and faculty at George Washington University have a history of COVID-19 reported symptoms consistent with long COVID. Vaccinations may be linked to lower post-COVID-19 risk factors, but more research is needed. A new study from INSPIRE found that half of COVID-positive patients and one-quarter of those who tested negative had at least one symptom at three months follow-up.

Daily Research Pulse for January 28, 2023

Summary: One study examined the impact of COVID-19 on access to general practice care in Ireland by conducting an online survey of 670 adult patients of Irish general practices. Another study looked at the effectiveness of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine among urban underserved Hispanic/Latino populations.

Daily News Pulse for January 27, 2023

Summary: The FDA has voted to update all Covid-19 vaccines to contain the same ingredients as the two-strain shots used as booster doses. Studies have shown that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can cross the blood-brain barrier, leading to cognitive impairment and inflammation. CDC data shows that COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have stabilized after a small surge around the holidays, but there is still uncertainty about long COVID.