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Guy Gets Monkeypox... and COVID
Man Gets
Monkeypox ...
and COVID

Man Gets Monkeypox ... and COVID

Meanwhile, experts wonder whether monkeypox will become a new entrenched STD in US

(Newser) - A Bay Area man had the unfortunate luck of being struck with not just one, but both of the illnesses currently making headlines. Mitcho Thompson tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of last month and was experiencing a lot of fatigue from that ... and then he developed red lesions...

President Biden Tests Positive for COVID
President Biden Tests
Positive for COVID
UPDATED

President Biden Tests Positive for COVID

White House says he has mild symptoms

(Newser) - Updated: This summary has been updated throughout, including with comments from the president and his doctor. President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” the White House said , per the AP . White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden has begun taking...

Man Who Sought COVID Aid for 800 Fake Workers Sentenced

California man gets 135 months in federal prison

(Newser) - Between April and June 2020, Los Angeles man Robert Benlevi applied for COVID aid for eight companies he owns, saying they had 100 employees each and business had been affected by the pandemic. But while the companies existed, at least on paper, the employees were fake, which is why Benlevi...

Chinese Authorities Apologize for COVID Break-ins

Authorities broke into homes to disinfect them after residents sent to quarantine

(Newser) - Authorities in southern China apologized for breaking into the homes of people quarantined with suspected COVID-19 cases in the latest example of heavy-handed measures that have sparked a rare public backlash. The state-run Global Times reported Tuesday that 84 homes of people sent into isolation in Guangzhou city’s Liwan...

Chair of Jan. 6 Panel Tests Positive for COVID

But Thursday night's prime-time hearing is still going forward, despite Bennie Thompson's illness

(Newser) - Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee, has tested positive for COVID-19, but the panel will still hold its prime-time hearing on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the panel. Thompson announced Tuesday that he tested positive for the virus on Monday and is experiencing mild symptoms,...

Ex-Ga. Mayor Sentenced for 'Deplorable' Pandemic Crime

Jason Lary gets 57 months behind bars for pocketing COVID relief cash meant for Stonecrest

(Newser) - An "unsavory saga" has come to a conclusion in Georgia, where an ex-mayor is now headed to prison for nearly five years over a COVID relief funds scheme. On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. sentenced Jason Lary to 57 months behind bars for stealing hundreds...

Gambling Hub Hit by First Major COVID Outbreak

Even the casinos are closed in Macau

(Newser) - The Asian gambling center of Macau will close all its casinos for a week starting Monday and largely restrict people to their homes as it tries to stop a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than 1,400 people in the past three weeks. All businesses have been ordered to...

Chuck Schumer Has COVID
Chuck Schumer
Has COVID

Chuck Schumer Has COVID

Senate majority leader experiencing very mild symptoms

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has tested positive for COVID-19 and reports experiencing very mild symptoms, his spokesman said Sunday night. Schumer, 71, is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, spokesman Justin Goodman said in a statement cited by the AP . The New York Democrat will follow federal...

Ballplayer's COVID Lesson: Keep Quiet if You Have Symptoms

Mets pitcher went on the list after a positive test but insists, 'I was never sick'

(Newser) - New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt said Thursday that he "probably won't" inform team and Major League Baseball officials if he feels COVID-19 symptoms in the future. MLB should “just stop testing,” he said, the AP reports. Bassitt was placed on the COVID-19 list on July...

With No Takers for 13.6M Doses, in the Trash They Go

Canada to dump expired AstraZeneca vaccines after they weren't accepted at home or abroad

(Newser) - Canada is going to throw out about 13.6 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine because it couldn't find any takers for them either at home or abroad, per the AP . Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to get 20 million doses of its vaccine, and...

Most Contagious Variants Yet Now Dominating US
These 2 New Variants
Are Extra-Contagious
THE RUNDOWN

These 2 New Variants Are Extra-Contagious

BA.4 and BA.5 are great at evading protections, including from past omicron infections

(Newser) - Two new extra-contagious variants of omicron with transmissibility similar to measles are together dominating COVID-19 cases in the US, leading to talk of new indoor mask mandates. Here's what you need to know:
  • Background: BA.4 was first detected in South Africa in January, while BA.5 was first
...

'It Feels Cautiously Good' on COVID as Summer Hits

Still lots of infections, but deaths are relatively few compared to last fall and winter

(Newser) - The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the US with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations. COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans each day, but it isn't nearly as dangerous as it was last fall and winter. With more Americans shielded...

North Korea: Balloons From South Brought COVID

The claim is very likely false

(Newser) - North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea—a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions over its nuclear program, the AP reports. Activists for years have flown balloons...

Fauci Has COVID
Fauci Is Now
Experiencing
'Rebound' COVID
UPDATED

Fauci Is Now Experiencing 'Rebound' COVID

81-year-old took Paxlovid

(Newser) - Update: Count Anthony Fauci among the victims of so-called "rebound" COVID. The 81-year-old doctor initially experienced "minimal" symptoms when he was infected with the coronavirus, but when they started getting worse, he was prescribed Paxlovid due to his age, the Hill reports. After the five-day course of the...

COVID Vaccines Saved Almost 20M Lives in First Year

That includes 1.9M in the US, researchers say

(Newser) - Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On Dec. 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would...

Long COVID Is Really Long—and Enigmatic

Health experts are flummoxed by diagnosing, treating this type of illness

(Newser) - In her two years of battling COVID-19, Lindsay Polega has been referred to, in order: an immunologist, cardiologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, then the immunologist again. Still, she's dealing with a list of symptoms including chest pain, hypertensive spikes, and hand numbness. Scrolling on her cellphone has caused vertigo, and...

FDA Authorizes COVID Shots for Kids Under 5
CDC Agrees:
Under-5 Shots
Can Begin
updated

CDC Agrees: Under-5 Shots Can Begin

Biden calls final approval of COVID vaccine for young children a relief

(Newser) - Update: "For parents all over the country, this is a day of relief and celebration," President Biden said in a statement Saturday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved COVID vaccinations for children as young as 6 months old. Director Rochelle Walensky gave the final OK...

Days After Biden Meeting, Trudeau Tests Positive

Canadian prime minister spent time with other leaders last week in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Monday that he's tested positive for COVID-19, days after meeting with President Biden in Los Angeles and months after his first bout with the coronavirus. "I'll be following public health guidelines and isolating," the prime minister posted . "I feel...

Unvaccinated Andrew Giuliani Barred From In-Person Debate

TV station won't allow candidate for governor in studio

(Newser) - Andrew Giuliani, a first-time candidate for public office, will not be allowed into a TV studio to join the opening Republican debate in the New York governor's race on Monday because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19. Giuliani said WCBS-TV told him Sunday he'll be barred unless he...

FDA Posts Analysis of Pfizer Shots for Kids Under 5

Says the kid-sized dose appears to be safe and effective

(Newser) - Update: The FDA on Sunday posted its analysis of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5, announcing that the kid-sized doses do appear to be safe and effective. The agency posted a similar analysis of Moderna's vaccine for the youngest age group last week. Next up: Wednesday'...

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