- After COVID-19, Vicksburg’s churches see slow rise in attendance … – Vicksburg Post: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches had to find creative ways to continue meeting the spiritual needs of their congregations. This included using the internet and other technologies to reach parishioners. As the pandemic has run its course, churches have slowly started to reopen and are now holding in-person services again.
- Three years on, how COVID-19 has changed health care – WJCT NEWS: Eugene A. Woods, CEO of Advocate Health, speaks with Michel Martin about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed health care in the U.S. since its arrival three years ago.
- China says 80% of population have had Covid-19, as millions travel for Lunar New Year – CNN: Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, claimed that 80% of the people in China have been infected with Covid-19. He made this statement amid concerns that the Lunar New Year travel rush could cause a second wave of infections, but he said this was unlikely due to the high rate of infection.
- Long Covid could be more severe, have longer impact than estimated, says research – WION: A new research has found that the impact of long Covid or post-Covid conditions is more severe than previously thought. The researchers have called for more study and upkeep for patients with symptoms of long Covid, as there is a lack of data and research on diagnosis and treatment.
- Illinois woman gets probation in disabled son’s 2020 death – Danbury News Times: In September 2021, a Moline woman pleaded guilty to criminal abuse or neglect of a person with a disability in the death of her son in November 2020. The prosecutor sought the maximum sentence of 14 years, citing her “horrible lack of action” and noting that her son weighed only 38 pounds when he died. The woman claimed she was filled with fear and panic due to the spread of COVID-19.
- Tennesseans seek to move on from COVID, even as a new variant … – Chattanooga Times Free Press: The XBB.1.5 variant has recently been detected in Tennessee. This variant is more contagious than the omicron variant, but does not appear to make people sicker. The Tennessee Department of Health is monitoring the virus and its variants closely.
- CDC talking to airlines about wastewater testing in planes – NBC News: The CDC is talking to airlines about the possibility of testing for the coronavirus in sewage from planes. This would expand their current surveillance program which tests international travelers for Covid on a volunteer basis. The U.S. has been monitoring for the coronavirus in wastewater since September 2020, but mainly from households or buildings, not airports or planes.
- Health experts still learning about omicron subvariant, now dominant in Northeast – The Hill: The XBB.1.5 subvariant of the omicron variant of COVID-19 is becoming more prevalent in some parts of the US and is believed to be more transmissible than previous mutations. The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral treatments like Paxlovid and molnupiravir are still believed to be effective at treating the strain, though they may not be as effective when compared to previous mutations.
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.