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Common Symptoms of Latest COVID-19 Surge, As Told By Front-line Workers
As new patients flood hospital rooms and fill up hospital beds, frontline workers have identified the common symptoms of the latest surge, a huge chunk of which is made up of Omicron. Their observations support initial evidence that vaccinations and boosters can make a huge difference in how COVID-19 affects the body — they make it a hundred-fold less severe and less fatal.
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What You Can Do if Those Around You Are Not Wearing Masks
We have a role to play to help stop COVID-19 once and for all — and it’s not just to abide by safety measures. Part of our duty is to ensure that others do so too. According to Oregon Health and Science University associate professor, Dr. Esther Choo, we should speak up when we see people around us not wearing masks or abiding by health and safety protocols.
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Experts Say Antiviral Treatments Can Defend Against Omicron
Omicron is suspected to have developed more than 30 mutations in spike protein, which means that monoclonal antibodies that target spike proteins in COVID-19 to affect its ability to infect human cells will not cut it. Luckily, experts at Harvard University, after thorough research and examination, recognized that current anti-viral pills that mess with the virus’ genome structure may be able to defend against Omicron.
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New York Returns Statewide Mask Mandate Effective Until January 15
One of the States spearheading initial efforts to curb the spread of Omicron is New York, with Governor Kathy Hochul announcing a state-wide mask mandate, heeding to the WHO’s advice to bring back mask-wearing amid the new variant’s spread.
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Pfizer Board Member Predicts That COVID-19 Can End in the U.S. By January 2022
Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb revealed to CNBC that he predicts the COVID-19 pandemic will be over in the U.S. by January 2022. His hopes can be attributed to the proposed vaccine requirements that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking to implement by January 4.
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