- Experts predicted a winter surge of COVID-19. Why haven’t we seen … – 90.5 WESA: Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, vice chair of family medicine at Allegheny Health Network, noticed that in 2021, the number of COVID-19 patients in her hospital rounds decreased significantly compared to the previous two years. Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department also showed that there was little to no increase in severe coronavirus illness or fatalities during the winter holidays.
- The New Republic has Long COVID all wrong | Here are the facts – Public Herald: A group of over 200 journalists, researchers, physicians, physical therapists, mental health providers, and people living with Long Covid, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), and other infection-associated illnesses point out inaccuracies in Natalie Shure’s December 8, 2022 column, “We Might Have Long Covid All Wrong.”
- The covid-19 virus gets into the brain – what does it do there? – New Scientist: The coronavirus that causes covid-19 has been found to have neurological symptoms, ranging from headaches and brain fog to strokes and paralysis. Evidence is mounting that the virus can directly affect the brain, leading to potential treatments.
- Health officials: Latest COVID variant spreading quickly, not as … – KPLC: Experts are warning people about the XBB 1.5 COVID variant, which is more transmissible than other variants. It is important to take precautions such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands to help prevent the spread of this variant. Older people or those with pre-existing conditions are likely to experience more severe effects.
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 The FDA has withdrawn emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld due to its ineffectiveness against the Omicron variants now dominating the US.