- CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine but says people should still get boosted – CNN: The CDC has identified a possible safety issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but it is unlikely to represent a true risk. They continue to recommend people stay up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccines, and have conducted a rapid response analysis of the signal that seniors who got an bivalent booster might be more likely to have ischemic strokes within.
- CDC Exploring Possible But Unlikely Link Between Covid-19 Bivalent Booster And Strokes – Forbes: The CDC and FDA have identified a possible link between Pfizer-BioNTech’s bivalent Covid-19 vaccine and ischemic strokes in people over 65, but are not recommending any changes to vaccine distribution. 15.9% of Americans aged 5 and older have received an updated booster dose. These shots contain mRNA from both the original strain of Covid-19 and a variant strain.
- Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations – Nature.com: This article reviews two studies on the persistence of somatic symptoms after COVID-19 in the Netherlands and a study on post-COVID conditions among adult COVID-19 survivors in the United States. It also reviews a systematic review and meta-analysis on fatigue and cognitive impairment in post-COVID-19 syndrome. The article provides an overview of the findings from these studies and discusses their implications for understanding the long-term effects of COVID-19.
- NYC Issues Plea as ‘Most Transmissible Form of COVID-19 We Know of to Date’ Spreads – NBC New York: New York City health officials have warned of the highly contagious XBB.1.5 variant, which is now responsible for 73% of all COVID cases sequenced in the city. Omicron and its descendants are the only variants of concern currently in circulation.
- ‘Most transmissible’ COVID variant linked to 73% of NYC cases – Spectrum News NY1: The NYC Health Department has reported that XBB.1.5, a highly transmissible new omicron subvariant of COVID-19, accounts for more than 70% of the city’s cases. It may be more likely to infect people who have been vaccinated or previously had COVID-19 compared to prior variants, but it is not yet known if it causes more severe disease. Getting the vaccine is still the best way to protect against COVID-19.
- COVID XBB.1.5 symptoms are more…: Experts sound caution on new Covid variant | Mint – Mint: The XBB.1.5 sub-variant of COVID-19 has spread quickly and makes up 40.5% of all cases in the US. It is 63 times less likely to be neutralised by existing antibodies than the BA.2 subvariant and 49 times more resistant than the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. Symptoms of XBB.1.5 seem to be more cold-like than flu-like, especially in people who have been vaccinated or have had COVID before.
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.