- Savannah Guthrie Tests Positive for COVID-19 During Live TODAY Broadcast: Savannah Guthrie tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 28, prompting her to leave TODAY during the morning broadcast. Sheinelle Jones gave an update to viewers at the end of the show’s 8 o’clock hour, wishing Savannah a speedy recovery. This was Guthrie’s second positive test for COVID.
- No One Really Knows How Much COVID Is Silently Spreading … Again – The Atlantic: In the early days of the pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 was found to be a silent spreader, transmitting from people who were not actively sick. This led to a change in guidance for masking, testing, and isolating. Despite this, enthusiasm for these measures has decreased over time, leading to a resurgence of the virus.
- FBI director accuses China of trying to ‘thwart and obfuscate’ Covid origin probe – NBC News: FBI Director Chris Wray said that the Chinese government has been trying to prevent the U.S. and other countries from investigating the origins of the coronavirus, and that the FBI believes it likely originated from a lab incident in Wuhan.
- Fired worker sues KCCI; cites Iowa law limiting COVID vaccine mandates: A former KCCI ad executive has refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to his Christian beliefs, despite Hearst Corp., the owner of KCCI, requiring all employees to get vaccinated.
- What we know about the origin of covid-19, and what remains a mystery: In May 2021, President Biden asked intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of the virus, but they were unable to reach a consensus. Most favored the natural spillover theory, but critics pointed out that investigators did not find any virus-infected animals that could have been the source of the outbreak. The report also raised questions about safety protocols at a Wuhan laboratory.
- Study shows COVID, flu dual vaccinations could impact case numbers – Denver7: A new study has found that dual vaccinations for COVID-19 and the flu have reduced the number of flu cases in the US, with the exception of New Mexico, Washington D.C., and New York City. Dr. Shay Xie from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida believes that this is an effective way to protect the public from both viruses.
- Covid-19 vaccination can curb the effect of long COVID on patients’ social, professional, and …: A study suggests that vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 may lessen the severity and duration of long COVID, as well as its impact on social, professional, and family life. Around 1 in 10 people who have been infected with the virus will develop long COVID, with common symptoms including fatigue, brain fog, headache, muscle and joint pains, and breathlessness.
- Covid Lab Leak Theory: Some Government Agencies Believe It—Here’s Why Most Scientists Don’t: Scientists and public health officials say the evidence points to Covid-19 naturally emerging from animals at a food market in Wuhan, China. Politicians and some government agencies continue to contend the pandemic started as a leak from the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, despite evidence-based research that has withstood a tough peer review.
- Study: COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy Protects Infants Against Infection, Hospital …: A new study has found that two doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy are highly effective against infection with the Delta variant and moderately effective against the Omicron variant. Vaccination during pregnancy is also linked to a lower risk of hospital admission in infants under 6 months of age, with greatest protection when a mother receives a second vaccine dose in the later stages of pregnancy and a third (booster) dose.
- Study shows benefits of getting vaccinated against both COVID and flu – Scripps News: A new study finds that getting both a COVID-19 and flu vaccination reduces infections. This is evidenced by the low levels of flu activity nationally, with the exceptions of New Mexico, Washington D.C., and New York City. According to Dr. Shay Xie, an assistant professor of public health, this is an important way to protect the public in the coming years.
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.