Covid: Is there a limit to how much worse variants can get?

The coronavirus has changed and changed again, getting more transmissible each time. Source link

Covid: WHO renames UK and other variants with Greek letters

“No country should be stigmatised for detecting and reporting variants,” the WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove, tweeted. She also called for “robust surveillance” of variants, and for the sharing of scientific data to help stop the spread. Source link

COVID Vaccines Protect Against Top Variants, WHO Says

May 21, 2021 — The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States and Europe offer protection against the four main coronavirus variants known to exist, a World Health Organization official says. “All COVID-19 virus variants that have emerged so far do respond to the available approved vaccines,” WHO European Regional Director… Continue reading COVID Vaccines Protect Against Top Variants, WHO Says

Cases in Children Helping the Surge of COVID Variants

Michael Osterholm, PhD, director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Hospital Association, Lansing, MI Ruth Lynfield, MD, State Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health, Saint Paul, MN Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, Senior Public Health Physician, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Ann Arbor,… Continue reading Cases in Children Helping the Surge of COVID Variants

COVID Variants Detected in Animals, May Find Hosts in Mice

March 25, 2021 — The new coronavirus variants are not just problems for humans. New research shows they can also infect animals, and for the first time, variants have been able to infect mice, a development that may complicate efforts to rein in the global spread of the virus. In addition, two new… Continue reading COVID Variants Detected in Animals, May Find Hosts in Mice

Variants of Variants Seen In COVID-Ravaged Brazil

March 24, 2021 — The unchecked spread of the more contagious coronavirus variants in Brazil appears to have created even more dangerous versions of the virus that causes COVID-19. A team of researchers from Fiocruz, a large public health research lab run by Brazil’s Ministry of Health, documented the changes. Their findings were recently… Continue reading Variants of Variants Seen In COVID-Ravaged Brazil

CDC, WHO Create Threat Levels for COVID Variants

Michael Diamond, MD, PhD, associate director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri CDC, SARS-CoV2 Variants, updated March 16, 2021 WHO, Weekly Epidemiological Report, February 25, 2021 WHO, Weekly Epidemiological Report, March 16, 2021 Public Health England, Variants of Concern or Under Investigation, Updated March 15, 2021… Continue reading CDC, WHO Create Threat Levels for COVID Variants

British Columbia update on COVID-19 – February 23, 2021

In Victoria, Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix provide an update on the province’s response to … source

Covid variants: What happens when a virus mutates?

Surge testing is being used in parts of the UK to help control the spread of new variants from Brazil and South Africa. The Kent variant is now the most commonly found strain of Covid-19 in the UK and it’s more easily spread than the first variant, which arrived in Spring 2020. Scientists are looking… Continue reading Covid variants: What happens when a virus mutates?

Covid-19: New vaccines for variants to be fast-tracked

Rapid approval without lengthy tests can happen if new vaccines are needed to fight variants, say regulators. Source link