- Delaware Gov. John Carney tests positive for COVID-19 – CBS News: Delaware Governor John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and will work from home. The 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Delaware is currently at 135, with 158 hospitalizations due to the virus.
- Long Covid cripples millions, best protection is vaccination, say experts – Business Standard: 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. 18% of patients had still not returned to work after a year, and it is estimated that 10% of the 651 million Covid-19 cases worldwide have long Covid.
- WHO urges nations to address gaps in leprosy services, accelerate efforts towards achieving zero infection – Devdiscourse: The WHO has urged countries in the South East Asia region and globally to address gaps in leprosy services disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate efforts towards zero leprosy infection, disease, disability, and stigma.
- New Omicron strain XBB.1.5 shows COVID virus is still evolving – The Columbus Dispatch: The SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved through natural selection, with its first gene sequence designated as “alpha”. This single-stranded gene structure has allowed it to quickly acquire new genetic material, illustrating the importance of understanding the forces of evolution.
- FDA Withdraws Authorization for COVID Drug Evusheld – WebMD: The FDA has withdrawn emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld because it is not effective against the Omicron variants now dominating the U.S. The FDA authorized the drug in December 2021, before the Omicron variants began circulating, but they are now responsible for more than 90% of current COVID infections in the U.S.
Daily News Pulse for March 13, 2023
Summary: Princeton students have seen an overall improvement in course satisfaction since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, many people are still wearing masks despite the government’s easing of guidelines.