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Ringo Starr Tests Positive, Axes Tour Dates

82-year-old former Beatle wants to get back on the road as soon as possible, rep says

(Newser) - Ringo Starr has become the latest star brought down by COVID—but the 82-year-old former Beatle hopes to get back on the road soon, a spokesperson says. Two US shows with his All-Starr band over the weekend were scrapped because Starr was feeling ill, and five more dates in Canada...

Shania's Reference to 'Air' in New Song Is Revealing

Singer, 57, says in Netflix documentary it's about her life-threatening bout with COVID

(Newser) - A new Shania Twain documentary, Not Just a Girl, debuted over the summer on Netflix , and one portion is now gaining traction. The film tracks the 57-year-old Canadian singer and songwriter as she puts together her sixth album, and the BBC describes one of the songs on it—"What...

Canada Is Dropping COVID Rules at Border

Health minister says this doesn't mean the pandemic has ended

(Newser) - While cautioning that the pandemic isn't over in Canada, the federal government nonetheless will no longer require people entering the country to show proof of coronavirus vaccination—or meet any of the other COVID conditions that have been in place. The health minister said new variants being brought in...

After Queen's Funeral, Another Queen Has COVID

Denmark's Queen Margrethe tested positive the day after London funeral

(Newser) - Denmark's Queen Margrethe II tested positive for COVID-19 the day after she attended Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral in London, the palace says. The 82-year-old, who became Europe's longest-serving monarch after the death of the British queen, was one of around 2,000 guests at the Westminster...

Biden Says 'the Pandemic Is Over'
Biden Says
'Pandemic
Is Over'
'60 minutes' interview

Biden Says 'Pandemic Is Over'

And more from president's '60 Minutes' interview

(Newser) - President Biden appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night in what the AP refers to as a "rare" interview, discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the raid on former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, among other things. His declaration on the state of the pandemic in the US was fairly bold:...

Bus Taking People to COVID Quarantine Crashes, Killing 27

Tragedy sparked outrage in China

(Newser) - A bus reportedly taking 47 people to COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed before dawn Sunday, killing 27 and injuring 20 others, media said. The bus overturned on an expressway in Guizhou province, a brief statement from the Sandu county police said, without mentioning any connection to quarantine. The injured...

For First Time Since 2019, Oktoberfest Taps Its Kegs

German beer fest in Munich was canceled in 2020, 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - The beer is flowing at Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest for the first time since 2019. With three knocks of a hammer and the traditional cry of "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"), Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg at noon local...

WHO Chief: End of Pandemic Is in Sight

Weekly deaths hit lowest level since March 2020

(Newser) - The end of the pandemic is in sight and the world has never been in a better position to stop COVID-19, the chief of the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Reuters describes Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' remarks as his most optimistic since March 2020, when the UN health agency first declared...

For Long COVID Sufferers, Brain Fog Is Devastating
Brain Fog Isn't a Fog.
It's Something Far Worse
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Brain Fog Isn't a Fog. It's Something Far Worse

Executive-function impairments make life exceedingly difficult for long COVID sufferers

(Newser) - You've heard about "brain fog" in relation to COVID, but likely not like this. Writing for the Atlantic , Ed Yong delves into the symptom that plagues some long COVID sufferers, and plagues might be too soft a word. As one primary-care specialist from the University of Oxford puts...

Researchers Reveal 'Devastating' COVID Consequence for Kids

It's estimated that 10.5M children lost parent, caregiver to disease during pandemic

(Newser) - Last year, numbers emerged showing an estimated 5.2 million children had lost a parent or caregiver to COVID through October. Now, a "heartbreaking" update on that toll, per a new global study that finds almost 8 million kids 18 and under were left grieving one or both parents...

'Nation's Report Card' Offers 'Sobering' Pandemic Update

Kids' math, reading scores took an unprecedented hit over the past 2 years

(Newser) - It's undisputed that kids had a rough time of it during the pandemic. Now, results from national tests show just how rough, at least in terms of how their academic skills have suffered. The "nation's report card"—ie, the National Assessment of Educational Progress—was released...

Coming Soon to Americans' Arms: a New Bivalent Booster

This one also targets omicron versions BA.4 and BA.5

(Newser) - The US on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today's most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days. The move by the FDA tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna. Until now, COVID-19 vaccines have targeted the original...

Millions Aren't Able to Work Because of Long COVID

The Brookings Institution is out with a new report

(Newser) - "Long COVID definitely affects the ability to remain employed," a doctor with Mount Sinai Health System tells the Wall Street Journal . It's an anecdotal statement that's backed up by new numbers. The paper cites a Brookings Institution report released Wednesday that refines its assessment of long...

US Suspends 26 Flights in Spat With China

DoT says US airlines were treated unfairly under COVID agreement

(Newser) - The US government is suspending 26 flights by Chinese airlines from the United States to China in a dispute over anti-virus controls after Beijing suspended flights by American carriers. The Department of Transportation on Thursday complained Beijing violated an air travel agreement and treated airlines unfairly under a system that...

Man Who Threatened Doctor Over Vaccines Gets 6 Months

Texas man referenced his '12-gauge' in message to COVID vaccine advocate Dr. Leana Wen

(Newser) - Update: A Texas man who who threatened a prominent Maryland doctor over her COVID vaccine advocacy has been sentenced to six months in federal prison. Scott Eli Harris, 52, pleaded guilty in February to threatening former Baltimore health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. His message to her included racist remarks. "...

COVID Interrupts Jill Biden's Vacation
First Lady Leaving
COVID Isolation
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First Lady Leaving COVID Isolation

Jill Biden tests negative

(Newser) - Update: The first lady is COVID-free again. Jill Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus and will leave isolation in South Carolina, per the AP . The 71-year-old tested positive last week but had only mild symptoms. She now plans to join her husband at their Delaware beach house, her office...

Critics Fault Facebook Move on RFK Jr.'s Group: 'Too Late'

Children's Health Defense anti-vax nonprofit also booted off Instagram

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has already been personally kicked off of Instagram. Now the social media platform—along with Facebook, also owned by Meta—has booted Kennedy's nonprofit, too, for repeatedly breaching rules on spreading misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines, and other pandemic health measures. The two platforms this week...

Health Officials Tried to Lock Everyone In an Ikea. Then, Chaos

Patrons bust out of Shanghai store after lockdown due to customer's close contact with COVID patient

(Newser) - Usually when it's closing time at a store, patrons calmly make their final purchases and exit. The scene was a bit more chaotic over the weekend at an Ikea in Shanghai after health authorities tried to lock everyone inside following a coronavirus report tied to one of the customers....

Good News: N. Korea Declares Victory Over COVID
Good News: N. Korea
Says It Has Defeated COVID
THE RUNDOWN

Good News: N. Korea Says It Has Defeated COVID

Sister says Kim Jong Un was 'seriously ill'

(Newser) - North Korea has declared a resounding victory over COVID-19—but experts are as skeptical of the claim as they were over the country's claims to have no cases before an outbreak of "fever" spread "explosively" starting in late April. The New York Times reports that according to...

Among America's Youngest, a COVID Vaccine 'Logjam'

Just 4% to 5% of kids have gotten their shots; pediatricians are now trying to break the 'logjam'

(Newser) - Nearly two months ago, the CDC recommended that all kids from 6 months old up to 5 years—more than 17 million children across the nation—get vaccinated against COVID-19, guidance echoed by the American Medical Association . But since June 18, when the CDC gave the official OK for children...

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