- Boston’s COVID-19 Numbers Show Promising Trends, But Risk of … – Boston.gov: The Boston Public Health Commission is reminding residents that the risk for getting COVID-19 remains and that individuals need to get their bivalent booster to avoid severe infection and hospitalization. Daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have decreased over the past week and two weeks, and the CDC has moved Suffolk County back down in its risk assessment. Everyone should mask indoors, test before and after large indoor gatherings, and stay home when ill.
- Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State’s Progress … – ny.gov: Governor Hochul is urging New Yorkers to stay up to date on vaccines and practice proper hygiene to protect against respiratory illnesses, as well as test before gatherings or travel. If positive, talk to a doctor about treatment options.
- FDA proposes shift to annual COVID-19 booster shots for most Americans – PBS NewsHour: The FDA has proposed a simplified approach to future COVID-19 vaccinations, allowing most adults and children to get a single shot once a year. This would make it easier for Americans to keep track of their shots and boost uptake of the vaccine.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Can it work for long COVID? – KTRK-TV: Patients with long COVID are turning to hyperbaric oxygen chambers as a medical treatment, even though it hasn’t been approved by the FDA. Amanda Ballenger, a patient, was desperate enough to try it and has seen promising results.
- Struggling with mystery symptoms, long COVID sufferers want answers – The Baltimore Banner: Rachel Ledney Odom was hospitalized for a week due to COVID-19 symptoms, and still feels sick today. She is struggling to get the help she needs from friends, family, and doctors, and is looking for better support in her recovery.
- Employment of people with disabilities reached new levels in 2022, outperforming their peers without disabilities – Phys.org: In 2022, employment of people with disabilities reached beyond pre-COVID-19 and pre-Great Recession levels, while those without disabilities have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels. This is a remarkable and historic time for the employment of people with disabilities.
- ESPN Sued Over COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – SHRM: Employees who were fired for declining to get vaccinated when mandates were proliferating are now suing. Courts will likely view these cases differently depending on the judge and jurisdiction. Challenges to vaccine mandates have seen little to no success, but religious and disability accommodation challenges are dependent on the specific situation.
- Doctors seek to understand long COVID – NewsNation Now: The CDC reports that 1 in 5 COVID patients have developed long COVID, a collection of symptoms that can last for months or years. Dr. Mario Castro of the Kansas University Medical Center says new data could help researchers and physicians understand long COVID, which can cause fatigue, brain fog, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, sleep problems, digestive problems, joint pain, and more.
- Symptoms of new Orthrus Covid variant that could ‘take over’ as dominant strain in Britain – Coventry Live: A new Covid strain, called Orthrus or CH.1.1., has been identified as a likely contender to become the most dominant across the UK. It is part of the Omicron variant and may already account for up to 23% of all Covid cases in England. This strain is primed to take over from the current dominant strain, BQ.1, and in the first week of 2023, England, Scotland and Wales recorded more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases.
- Covid 19: NZ’s ‘variant soup’ keeps getting messier – Newstalk ZB: The Ministry of Health reported 13,880 new community cases of Covid-19 in the past week, with 79 virus-related deaths. 242 people are in hospital and seven in ICU. The dead ranged from ages under 10 to over 70.
- What to know about COVID variant XBB.1.5 – WFMYNews2.com: Three years after the pandemic began, a new variant of COVID-19, XBB.1.5, is on the rise. Cone Health tracks hospitalizations to monitor the severity of the virus in the community. Symptoms of COVID-19 usually appear around 5-6 days after exposure and side effects of the vaccine include soreness at the injection site.
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.