- Germany to require rapid COVID-19 test for travellers from China – Reuters UK: Germany is changing its entry rules for travellers from China and will in future require at least a rapid coronavirus test to enter the country. There will also be random checks upon entry for any coronavirus variants as well as expanded monitoring of wastewater.
- European Union urges pre-flight COVID-19 tests on passengers from China – PBS NewsHour: The European Union has “strongly encouraged” its member states to impose pre-departure COVID-19 testing of passengers from China. This move is likely to upset Beijing and has already been criticized by the global airline industry.
- Five things to know about Long Covid and chronic fatigue syndrome – Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: A new study shows that people who took the antiviral drug nirmatrelvir shortly after becoming sick with COVID-19 were 26% less likely to develop Long Covid.
- Erie School Board member Jay Breneman fights long COVID – GoErie.com: Jay Breneman, 40, contracted COVID-19 in March and still suffers from long COVID six months later. He has trouble standing and his heart rate often spikes, leading him to worry about a heart attack. Breneman is one of many people affected by long COVID.
- Maine Voices: Remote work is not a solution for all individuals with … – Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel: Since the pandemic began, employment for people with disabilities has reportedly jumped 25%, accompanied by a decline in joblessness from 12.3% in 2020 to 5.8% in 2022. The gains are attributed largely to a raging pandemic, a shortage of nondisabled workers and wider acceptance of remote work.
- KU Common Book author talks disability culture, systemic injustices – The University Daily Kansan: Author Alice Wong sees her book, “Disability Visibility,” as a stepping stone for people to get into disability culture. In a recent email, Wong said college campuses are a prime space for young people to become politically aware and active. “Disability Visibility” can be a tool to help people understand how ableism, the discrimination of people with disabilities, is present in society.
- New COVID variant XBB.1.5 is on track to become dominant in the U.S., and experts are worried – Fortune: The new subvariant of COVID-19 is the most transmissible yet, but there is no evidence that it will cause illness worse than other variants. The WHO’s main concern with the variant is its ability to quickly spread.
Daily News Pulse for April 05, 2023
Summary: The domestic box office is close to reaching pre-pandemic levels, with mid-budget films helping to bring moviegoers back. Research has found that diabetes is a major factor in the severity of COVID-19 cases. The US government is planning to authorize booster doses of the vaccine for high-risk populations.