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Omicron Cases are Slowing Down in the US

Referring the recent results of wastewater samples analysis from 83 cities, the CIDRAP writes “latest surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant may have already peaked in major urban areas but is on the rise in rural communities”. “In the Twin Cities, Minnesota Public Radio reports that Omicron cases likely peaked on Jan […]

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Boosters Shot Provide Best Protection Against Omicron

According to a new study by the US centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when Delta variant was most prevalent in the US prior vaccine and natural immunity through prior infection provided the most protection, the CNN Health writes. “During May–November 2021, case and hospitalization rates were highest among persons who were unvaccinated without […]

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Scientists Expect Worrisome Omicron Variants

A recent AP News headline reads Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, referring to scientists’ warning that “omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world.” The general logic appears that every infection provides the virus (Omicron) to multiply and mutate. Every infection provides a chance […]

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Covid Spikes Reported in Minnesota Colleges

According to Star Tribune, Omicron variants cases among students attending Minnesota colleges including at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. “Nearly 1 in 4 University of Minnesota students who tested for COVID-19 at the Twin Cities campus’ clinic from Jan. 6-13 were positive, according to data published Friday showing 253 positive student and employee […]

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Too Soon to Tell When This Covid Pandemic Ends

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical advisor said during a virtual panel at the Davos economic forum, that “It is an open question whether it will be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for” write the Washington Post. “I would hope that that’s the case. But that would only be the case […]

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Mayo Model: Omicron Peaks Next Week in MN

Referring to prediction by Mayo Clinic’s Covid 19 model, Star Tribune writes Minnesota’s rapid spread of Omicron variant would peak by next week and gradually starts declining. “In Minnesota, all we’re seeing are things going up and up and up, but around the country there are a lot of places where it’s going down and […]

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CDC Updates Masks Guidelines

Because of the high transmissibility and rapid spread of the Omicron variant, there have been calls to upgrade our face masks to respirator grades. On Friday Jan 14, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidelines to include types of masks and respirators, which states: “Masks are made to contain […]

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Omicron Variant Will Just Find About Everybody

The rapidly spreading Omicron variant is dominating news media headlines across the globe putting pressures on hospitals and healthcare workers. According to the Washington Post, the Omicron variant detected only in November has already overtaken Delta variant across the globe. Citing the CDC data the Post writes that the center “estimated that omicron was 98 […]

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At-Home Rapid Covid Tests – How Accurate Are They?

As the Omicron variant spreads like a “wildfire” around the globe, Covid testing facilities are reportedly facing increased pressure due to high testing demands. However, there have been some questions how accurate they are? and whether they detect Omicron variant? Dr. Emily Volk, president of the College of American Pathologists, told PBS News “The bottom […]

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CDC is Reconsidering Better Masks Against Omicron

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly considering reconsidering guidance for better quality masks to fight against the Omicron variant. The Washington Post writes “CDC is considering updatingits mask guidance to recommend that people opt for the highly protective N95 or KN95 masks worn by health-care personnel,if they can do so […]