Don’t Blame Monkeys for Monkeypox, W.H.O. Says After Attacks

The outbreak is centered on humans, not animals, health officials said, after a report that some monkeys were harmed in São Paulo, Brazil, out of fear of transmission, according to local authorities.

#animals, #brazil, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #monkeypox, #monkeys-and-apes, #rodents, #united-states, #viruses, #world-health-organization

As Monkeypox Spreads, U.S. Plans to Declare a Health Emergency

The designation will free up emergency funds and lift some bureaucratic hurdles, but many experts fear containment may no longer be possible.

#epidemics, #health-and-human-services-department, #monkeypox, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

In Monkeypox, Gay Men Confront a Crisis With Echoes of the Past

Monkeypox has sparked frustration and anxiety among gay and bisexual men in New York, who remember mistakes and discrimination during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

#act-up, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #epidemics, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #manhattan-nyc, #monkeypox, #viruses, #world-health-organization

What to Know About the Marburg Virus Disease

Two people infected with the virus died in Ghana last month, though no other cases were found, experts said. The disease’s fatality rate is high.

#bats, #disease-rates, #ghana, #marburg-virus, #world-health-organization

Monkeypox Catches New York City Off Guard (Again)

Long lines for vaccines. Testing is slowed. Antivirals are held up. Treatment is easier for the privileged. Sound familiar?

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #adams-eric-l, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fire-island-ny, #food-and-drug-administration, #hells-kitchen-manhattan-ny, #michael-donnelly, #monkeypox, #new-york-city, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Shanghai Wrestles With Psychological Scars From Lockdown

The lockdown fueled anxiety, fear and depression among the city’s residents. Experts have warned that the mental health impact of the confinement will be long-lasting.

#anxiety-and-stress, #beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #world-health-organization

How Worried Should We Be About Monkeypox?

What are the origins and symptoms of the virus, and what is America’s plan to try to contain the outbreak?

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C.D.C. Dismisses Airborne Transmission of Monkeypox. Some Experts Disagree.

The virus “is not known to linger in the air,” agency officials said. But the research is far from definitive.

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What Is Monkeypox?

There have been dozens of cases reported in recent weeks among populations not typically vulnerable to the disease.

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Seeking Covid Pills, Poor Nations Fear Repeat of AIDS Crisis

The antiviral pills, plentiful in the United States, are scarce overseas. Health groups and the White House want to expand access but face obstacles that evoke the H.I.V. epidemic.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #income-inequality, #molnupiravir-drug, #paxlovid-drug, #tests-medical, #united-states-international-relations, #world-health-organization

Death Toll During Pandemic Far Exceeds Totals Reported by Countries, W.H.O. Says

Nearly 15 million more people died during the first two years of the pandemic than would have been expected during normal times, the organization found. The previous count of virus deaths, from countries’ reporting, was six million.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #world-health-organization

Enough About Climate Change. Air Pollution Is Killing Us Now.

The best reason to stop burning fossil fuels is that air pollution is a threat to our health.

#air-pollution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #public-health-service-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #united-states, #world-health-organization

India Is Stalling the W.H.O.’s Efforts to Make Global Covid Death Toll Public

The agency has calculated that 15 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, far more than earlier estimates, but has yet to release those numbers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #india, #medicine-and-health, #modi-narendra, #research, #statistics, #united-nations, #world-health-organization

China’s Push to Isolate Taiwan Demands U.S. Action, Report Says

Chinese officials are ramping up a campaign to force United Nations agencies, governments, companies and even schools to say Taiwan is a part of China.

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Europe’s rising caseloads could foreshadow a second Omicron surge in the U.S.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #europe, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states, #world-health-organization

The Covid-19 Pandemic Didn’t Have to be This Way

Different choices that were available and plausible could have been made at several crucial turning points.

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As Fighting Gets Closer, a Kyiv Hospital Treats the War’s Atrocities

As Russian bombings have grown more indiscriminate, hospitals in Ukraine have become perilous places to work.

#civilian-casualties, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #world-health-organization

African Countries Gaining Control of Covid Vaccine Supplies

Since January, the countries have been able to request the Covid vaccines they need from the W.H.O. directly, and in what quantity and when.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covax, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Global cases are dropping, but the W.H.O. is watching an Omicron subvariant.

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What Would Covid Being Endemic Mean For Travel?

A growing call to consider the coronavirus a permanent fixture in our lives is resonating among travel operators. But that would not necessarily mean the virus is no longer dangerous.

#advertising-and-marketing, #airlines-for-america, #booking-com, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #denmark, #expedia-inc, #fauci-anthony-s, #frederiksen-mette, #great-britain, #international-air-transport-assn, #johnson-boris, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #united-states-travel-assn, #world-health-organization

Omicron Offers Hope Pandemic Could Stabilize, W.H.O. Official Says.

The rapid spread of the variant means far more people will have some immunity, at least for now, which might bode well this year for highly vaccinated countries in Europe.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #kluge-hans, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

The Omicron Shift in Europe: Pandemic or Endemic?

A number of governments have changed their approaches to the coronavirus to one that is more like how we treat the flu. Public health experts say it’s too soon to make that call.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #great-britain, #italy, #politics-and-government, #spain, #world-health-organization

Over Half of Europe Could Be Infected With Coronavirus Soon, W.H.O. Says

The agency cautioned against treating the virus like the seasonal flu, since much remains unknown, particularly regarding the severity in areas with lower vaccination rates.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #eastern-europe, #europe, #kluge-hans, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Five People in the U.S. Died From Rabies in 2021, the Highest Number in a Decade

Three of the deaths involved direct contact with bats, the C.D.C. said.

#bats, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #deaths-fatalities, #rabies, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Spurred by Omicron, Europe Sets Covid Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

Spurred by Omicron, Europe Is Setting Coronavirus Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

Omicron Wave Heads for U.K., but It’s Not Clear How Bad It’ll Be

Britain could be a bellwether of what other countries will see from the new coronavirus variant. Officials say Omicron could account for most cases within weeks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #national-health-service, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Early Omicron Reports Say Illness May Be Less Severe

Researchers in South Africa, where the variant is spreading quickly, say it may cause less serious Covid cases than other forms of the virus, but it is unclear whether that will hold true.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #research, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Millions More People Got Access to Clean Water. Can They Drink It?

The U.N. pledged to halve the proportion of the world without access to clean drinking water by 2015.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #diarrhea, #internal-open-access, #water, #wells, #world-health-organization

W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

As wealthy countries react to the new Omicron virus variant with travel bans and booster shots, the World Health Organization scolded them, calling the steps ineffective and unfair.

#africa, #california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #europe, #great-britain, #guterres-antonio, #income-inequality, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #travel-warnings, #world-health-organization

Omicron is Here. Will We Use Our New Covid Drugs Wisely?

The world must not repeat history by making Covid-19 drugs inaccessible. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #molnupiravir-drug, #world-health-organization

W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty.

They agreed to set up an intergovernmental negotiating body that is to meet no later than March to begin negotiating an international agreement intended to ensure a more coherent and equitable response to future pandemics.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #treaties, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known

With evidence growing that a worrisome new coronavirus variant is highly contagious, health officials issued warnings that vulnerable people should not travel.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #europe, #south-africa, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

How 2 Flights to Europe May Have Spurred Spread of New Variant

A confounding array of Covid rules and lax enforcement of mask wearing may have sent on infected passengers on two KLM flights from South Africa to “who knows where.”

#airlines-and-airplanes, #amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #klm-royal-dutch-airlines, #netherlands, #schiphol-airport, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

Intense research into the new coronavirus variant first identified in southern Africa, has just begun. World leaders have urged people not to panic — and to get vaccinated, if they can.

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World Omicron Fight Hindered by Fragmented Response

Almost two years into the pandemic, finger-pointing, lack of coordination, sparse information and fear are once again influencing policy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

How Did the New Variant Get Its Name?

The World Health Organization began naming the variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigma.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #greek-language, #omicron, #south-africa, #world-health-organization

Omicron Variant Prompts Travel Bans and Batters World Markets

Scientists do not yet know how dangerous the new Omicron variant is, but its many mutations set off alarms, lowering hopes of putting the pandemic in the past.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #europe, #south-africa, #travel-warnings, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

New ‘Omicron’ Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines May Still Work

The Omicron variant carries worrisome mutations that may let it evade antibodies, scientists said. But it will take more research to know how it fares against vaccinated people.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

Austria Imposes Lockdown and Mandatory Vaccination Amid Covid Surge

Austria leads in imposing tough new rules, as Europe fights resistance to vaccines and restrictions. Soon, a German official warned, almost everyone will be “vaccinated, recovered or dead.”

#austria, #belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-party-of-austria, #germany, #merkel-angela, #spahn-jens, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

First Known Covid Case Was Vendor at Wuhan Market, Scientist Claims

A new review of early Covid-19 cases in the journal Science will revive, though certainly not settle, the debate over how the pandemic began.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-institute-of-virology-china, #your-feed-science

Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Austria took the hardest line yet on Monday, beginning a lockdown aimed exclusively at those who are not inoculated, part of a pattern to make life harder for resisters.

#austria, #bulgaria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #di-maio-luigi, #disease-rates, #eastern-europe, #europe, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #greece, #italy, #johnson-boris, #latvia, #politics-and-government, #portugal, #quarantines, #romania, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #schallenberg-alexander-1969, #slovenia, #spain, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

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In U.S.-China Competition, Taiwan’s Voice Must Be Heeded

Many outsiders are weighing in on what should be done about and on behalf of Taiwan. Few, though, are listening to what Taiwan is saying.

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Taliban Allow Polio Vaccine Program to Restart in Afghanistan

Taliban leaders also agreed to allow women to be frontline workers for the effort, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

#measles, #poliomyelitis, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

W.H.O. Will Announce New Team to Study Coronavirus Origins

“This new group can do all the fancy footwork it wants, but China’s not going to cooperate,” one expert said.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #research, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

A New Malaria Vaccine Marks a Critical Moment for Africa

A new malaria vaccine should inspire even further Africa-based science.

#africa, #malaria, #preventive-medicine, #senegal, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

As International Travel Returns, Confusion Over Coronavirus Vaccines Reigns

Fragmented rules about which vaccines will be accepted and what documentation is needed, as well as a lack of compatibility between vaccine apps, have left many travelers frustrated.

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Africans Welcome New Malaria Vaccine. But Is It a ‘Game Changer’?

The arsenal of weapons to use against malaria, which kills hundreds of thousands of people annually, just grew bigger.

#ghana, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #kenya, #kisumu-kenya, #malaria, #malawi, #senegal, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

A ‘Historical Event’: W.H.O. Approves the First Malaria Vaccine

The disease kills about 500,000 people each year, about half of them children in Africa.

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