At the peak of the Omicron wave, Covid killed Black Americans in rural areas at a rate roughly 34 percent higher than it did white people.
The BA.5 surge is a reminder that we need to take precautions to avoid illness, slow the relentless cycle of new variants and minimize the disruption to our daily lives.
The papers, which have not yet been published in scientific journals, suggest that testing just a single type of sample is likely to miss a large share of infections.
There has yet to be a variant the negates the benefits of vaccines.
The Omicron variant is evolving in ways that make it better able to evade the body’s immune defenses. But booster shots still help prevent severe illness.
Even in countries that once took strict measures, the authorities are relying on vaccination and past infections to take the sting out of Omicron subvariants.
100,000 annual deaths may be as good as it gets.
BA.5, a highly transmissible variant, is dominating a surge of new infections. Many health officials say the wave is cause for caution, not alarm.
The subvariants of Omicron are adept at evading immune protection.
Once among the most vigilant, New Yorkers respond to a highly transmissible new wave of Covid cases with the most New York of attitudes.
Even if the country avoids new lockdowns of big cities, question marks over the pandemic and policy direction are dogging efforts to revive growth.
BA.5 has become dominant in the U.S.
The government has greenlit new vaccines to defend against the latest Omicron variants. But the shots won’t arrive until the fall, and cases are rising now.
The national outlook is improving, but as new Omicron subvariants spread fast, a few places are turning to mask orders again.
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The findings indicate that the updated vaccine produced a significantly stronger immune response against Omicron, but it is unclear how it will fare against future versions of the virus.
The spread of the subvariants adds more uncertainty to the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States.
Last year, people 65 and older died from Covid at lower rates than in previous waves. But with Omicron and waning immunity, death rates rose again.
Some people may test positive for the coronavirus for 10 days or longer, but interpreting those results remains difficult, experts said.
The virus has receded from the headlines, but it may continue to cause major problems for some time to come.
The formula shortage came on the heels of this seemingly endless wait.
The requirement to test for Covid before flying to the United States is hated by many travelers and the U.S. travel industry. But the government shows no sign of getting rid of it.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged local leaders and individuals to at least consider returning to wearing masks in indoor public settings.
Scientists and federal health officials are debating plans to pair coronavirus and flu vaccinations in the fall.
The world’s third-largest economy lost momentum in the first three months of the year after the Omicron variant suppressed demand at home.
The spread of the Omicron variant has given scientists an unsettling answer: repeatedly, sometimes within months.
Nearly one million people have died from Covid in the United States. Many of the loved ones they left behind are grieving in a nation that wants to move on.
The prime minister’s rules kept transmission at bay for two years, and by the time the highly infectious Omicron variant hit, the vast majority of New Zealand’s population had been vaccinated.
Officials and some pediatricians worry the backlash against a mandate could keep children out of school.
Studying the coronavirus variants that have faded away could help us prepare for what comes next, scientists say.
The city moved into the medium risk level, known as yellow, as it sees a troubling increase in cases and the mayor weighs bringing back some restrictions.
The spread of two newly discovered subvariants has doctors watching closely.
As the lockdown of Shanghai and outbreaks in Beijing and elsewhere batter the economy, China’s leader keeps a distance from the politically charged issue.
Both antiviral treatments and monoclonal antibodies that treat Covid-19 are available across the city, but some public health experts worry that too few people know how to get them.
The under-5 Covid vaccine should be approved.
But prior infection does not guarantee protection from the virus, officials said, and Americans should still get vaccinated and boosted.
As the authorities in China’s biggest city fight to stamp out an Omicron outbreak, neighbors are turning to one another for support.
China is meddling with free enterprise as it hasn’t in decades. The results are familiar to those old enough to remember: scarcity, and the rise of black markets.
After a federal mandate was struck down, the major carriers said masks would be optional on their domestic flights.
Moscow overreached on Ukraine and Beijing on Covid, and now they’re paying for their hubris.
A sharp increase in new infections triggered the return of indoor mask rules a little more than a month after they were lifted.
Pfizer and BioNTech will soon ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of Covid booster doses for that age group, the companies said.
An increasing reliance on at-home testing and the closings of mass testing sites are making official case counts less reliable, scientists say.
The country’s zero-tolerance policy for coronavirus cases has analysts downgrading China economic growth forecasts.
Cases are rising there, but it’s uncertain if it’s the beginning of a larger surge.
The move comes a little more than a month after the city lifted it.
Republican intransigence could help incubate a new variant.
Having Covid can be a wildly confusing experience. But you can still make a plan to get through the course of illness.