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    (CNN)Since South African authorities announced the arrival of a new coronavirus variant that contains an unusually large number of mutations, countries around the world have mobilized by putting into place travel restrictions and precautionary measures.There is much that's still unknown about this variant, Omicron. While scientists are gathering more information, the public wants to know how worried they should be. Is the alarm around Omicron warranted? What's already known, and what are the key pieces of information still to be researched? Are there things we can do to prepare for it? I discussed all of this with our expert, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is also author of a new book, "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health," and the mother of two young kids. CNN: What raised alarms for scientists about Omicron, compared to other variants? Read MoreDr. Leana Wen: With new variants, there are three key questions to ask. First,...
    On Monday, Fox Nation host Lara Hogan ignorantly compared America’s top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, the evil Nazi doctor at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. During Fox News Primetime, Logan said: Dr. Fauci, this is what people say to me, that he doesn’t represent science to them. He represents Joseph Mengele. Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the second World War and in the concentration camps. And I am talking about people all across the world are saying this because the response from Covid, what it has done to countries everywhere, what it has done to civil liberties, the suicide rates, the poverty, it has obliterated economies. Fauci is deserving of criticism. He has been misleading on the subject of gain-of-function research; opposed, though he later reversed, President Donald Trump restricting travel from China at the start of the pandemic; used his position, which is supposed to be apolitical, to insert himself into political squabbles with the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). But Fauci playing politics is not remotely close to...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. A new variant named omicron (B.1.1.529) was reported by researchers in South Africa on Nov. 24, 2021, and designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization two days later. Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Article continues after advertisement The omicron variant has 50 mutations overall, with 32 mutations on the spike protein alone. The spike protein – which forms protruding knobs on the outside of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – helps the virus adhere to cells so that it can gain entry. It is also the protein that all three vaccines currently available in the U.S. use to induce protective antibodies. For comparison, the delta variant has nine mutations. The larger number of mutations in the omicron variant may...
    Left-wing media figures like NBC News anchor Charles Todd appear very concerned about the new coronavirus omicron variant discovered in Botswana – but not chiefly because it may or may not be extensively hazardous, the panel on "The Five" discussed Monday. On Sunday, Todd suggested President Biden should use the emergence of the new variant to "push back on all this vaccine misinformation from Republicans" and to try to use his political stature to take control of the vaccine mitigation narrative. On ABC's "Good Morning America," one pundit said the new variant poses a "challenge – particularly on the economic front – heading into an election year for the Biden administration, which is critical and could spell trouble." "The Five" host Jesse Watters remarked that the media is panicking over the wrong thing. Instead of analyzing the new variant's potential effect on the United States' current statistics, they're worried about their friend in the White House. "[Could be] trouble for Biden, but not for the people who could get sick," he said, paraphrasing the pundits. President Joe Biden points...
    (CNN)The naming of the new coronavirus variant Omicron is causing some confusion. Since May the World Health Organization has been using letters of the Greek alphabet, in order, to name coronavirus variants. Delta was the most dominant one, followed by eight others -- including Epsilon, Iota and Lambda -- that so far have mostly fizzled out.So after a new variant with the unwieldy scientific name of B.1.1.529 was discovered last week in South Africa, observers might have expected the WHO to name it after the next Greek letter on the list: Nu. But the health agency skipped Nu, along with the letter after that -- Xi -- and instead went straight to Omicron -- the 15th letter in the Greek alphabet. The Greek alphabet has 24 letters. "Nu is too easily confounded with 'new' and Xi was not used because it is a common surname," the organization explained in an emailed statement to CNN. Read More"And WHO best practices for naming new diseases suggest 'avoiding causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.' "Though pronounced differently,...
    Florida is continuing to report the lowest rate of daily coronavirus cases per capita in the nation, and the figure dropped even lower over the holiday weekend. According to the New York Times’ coronavirus tracker, last updated November 29, Florida is reporting just three cases of the virus per 100,000 — the lowest in the nation. That is down from the six per capita reported Friday. Overall, the Sunshine State is reporting a daily average of 681 cases, representing a 53 percent drop over the past two weeks. Notably, hospitalizations in the state have also dropped by 11 percent in the same time frame.  This is significant, as Florida came under constant scrutiny from the establishment media and left-wing politicians over the course of the pandemic, namely for refusing to embrace extended lockdowns or even a mask mandate. Notably, Florida never once had a statewide mask mandate in place. Illinois for comparison, is currently under another statewide mask mandate, yet it is reporting a daily average of 4,661 cases, or 37 per 100,000, representing an increase of 45 percent in the...
    President Joe Biden said Monday that coronavirus lockdowns were off the table “for now” as Americans face the emergence of the new omicron variant. When asked by a reporter if coronavirus shutdowns were “off the table” Biden replied, “Yes, for now.” The president said the difference between now and the original coronavirus lockdowns was the successful production and distribution of coronavirus vaccines. “If people are vaccinated and wear their masks, there’s no need for the lockdown,” he said. Biden said he would announce later in the week his strategy to fight the new variant, “not with shutdowns or lockdowns but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more.” He urged every American adult to get their coronavirus vaccine booster to help fight the new variant, even though it is unclear how much protection the vaccine would provide. “Dr. Fauci believes that the current vaccines provide at least some protection against the new variant and the booster strengthen [sic] that protection significantly,” Biden said. The president said his team was already working on contingency plans to update the vaccines to protect...
    Blue Michigan, led by famed lockdowner Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), has the highest coronavirus case rate in the nation, with the peak spiking at 59 percent in the last two weeks as other states such as Florida see record low numbers. According to the New York Times’ coronavirus data tracker, Michigan is reporting a daily average of 8,457 cases, or 85 per 100,000. That represents a 59 percent increase over the last 14 days. In that same time frame, hospitalizations in the state jumped 41 percent, reporting a daily average of 4,092 hospitalizations.  Whitmer stood as one of the most prominent pro-lockdown figures throughout the pandemic, extending restrictions well into summer 2021. What is more, she sought police enforcement of her unconstitutional rules, actively seeking the “assistance of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police on a plan to urge Michigan residents to call law enforcement on alleged order violators,” as Breitbart News reported in June.  People demonstrate during the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized “Operation Haircut” in Lansing, Michigan on May 20, 2020. The group opposes...
    The recent discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has upended the outlook for a pandemic that already was expected to get worse over the winter. But it will probably take weeks before scientists truly understand whether Omicron — declared a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization on Friday, two days after South Africa announced its detection — will end up being as significant as the Delta variant. “It will take approximately two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transmissibility, severity and other characteristics of the variant,” the White House said in a statement Sunday after President Biden met with his COVID-19 response team. The statement said that Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor for the pandemic, “continues to believe that existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of COVID.” Fauci also reiterated that booster shots for fully vaccinated individuals provide the strongest available protection from COVID. Not all variants of concern end up becoming a big deal. Two — Beta, first identified in South Africa,...
    MADRID — Spain has imposed a 10-day mandatory quarantine for visitors coming from seven southern African countries, where omicron, a new coronavirus variant, was first been identified. Spain’s move comes as more and more countries are imposing travel restrictions, even though much remains unknown about omicron. The mandatory isolation affects travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe who arrive in Spain directly or with stopovers in other countries. Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said that more than 200 nationals who were in the region and whose flights have been cancelled will be brought back to Spain on flights that are still operating to parts of Europe. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — 13 omicron cases discovered in Portuguese soccer club — AP explains what is known and not known about the new COVID-19 variant — Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year — Why WHO skipped ‘nu,’ ‘xi’ for new COVID variant — See all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic ___ TOKYO — Japan announced Monday it will suspend entry of all...
    (CNN)Federal health officials are bracing for the first cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to be detected in the US and say there are likely far more cases worldwide than is currently known. Officials briefed President Joe Biden for approximately 45 minutes Sunday on the new variant, with a heavy dose of caution about what's still unknown. Biden on Monday will provide a public update following a third briefing on the Omicron variant and plans to tell the American people directly what the government does and doesn't know, according to a person familiar with the remarks. Biden's speech will be more of a reassurance not to panic as scientists evaluate the threat than a specific update on the variant itself. He's expected to push Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and promote booster shots for those who are already full vaccinated.Biden's team told him it will likely take one to two weeks to know more about the variant, including whether antibodies handle it effectively. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently sequencing coronavirus genomes and working...
    LONDON — Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there is evidence of local transmission of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus after the country reported its first six cases. She told a news conference that not all the cases in Scotland had links to recent travel, adding that this suggests “there might already be some community transmission of this variant in Scotland.” The new cases takes the U.K.’s total to nine after three cases were identified in England over the weekend. The arrival of the variant on British shores prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tighten restrictions on mask-wearing and testing of international arrivals to England. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — 13 omicron cases discovered in Portuguese soccer club — AP explains what is known and not known about the new COVID-19 variant — Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year — Why WHO skipped ‘nu,’ ‘xi’ for new COVID variant — See all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic ___ ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister said a big vaccination campaign against coronavirus will be...
    LONDON (AP) — The Scottish government announces 6 new cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the UK total to 9. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it is suspending entry of foreign visitors from around the world as new coronavirus variant spreads. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020 promised at least ten times he would “shut down the virus.” But as fresh variants have emerged since Biden assumed office in January, the president has failed to shut down the Chinese coronavirus. The New York Times acknowledged last week the United States has suffered more coronavirus deaths under Biden than under former President Donald Trump, despite vaccine availability. SUPERCUT: Biden repeatedly promised to “shut down the virus.” SPOILER ALERT: He failed.pic.twitter.com/Yhffn1GXls — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 15, 2021 The fears of a fresh variant impacting the United States caused NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday to slam Biden for campaigning on “taming” the virus while “prematurely declaring independence” from the virus in July. “Ultimately, this is also a political problem,” Chuck noted. “President Biden ran on taming the pandemic. And he prematurely declared independence from the virus back in July”: On Friday the world awakened to a new variant, dubbed the “Biden variant,” which spawned from South Africa. The variant has so far reached at least two other continents, Australia and Europe. “The two passengers...
    SWITZERLAND has banned all Brits from entering the country in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus. Sajid Javid yesterday confirmed two cases of the Omicron Covid variant have been reported in the UK. 2Visitors walk at a Christmas market, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, on the Sechselaeutenplatz square in Zurich, SwitzerlandCredit: Reuters 2 So far cases of the deadly Omicron Covid variant have appeared in Britain, Australia, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Israel. WHO first reported the new strain earlier this week after a case was reported in South Africa earlier this month, later calling it a "variant of concern," and that early evidence "suggests an increased risk of reinfection." The new strain reportedly has a high number of mutations in the virus’ spike protein. Now Switzerland has said only Swiss nationals and permanent residents can enter in a massive blow to Brit’s Christmas getaway plans. Swiss travellers from Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi will also need to present a negative COVID-19...
    Prof. Wolfgang Preiser, Stellenbosch University; Cathrine Scheepers, University of the Witwatersrand; Jinal Bhiman, National Institute for Communicable Diseases; Marietjie Venter, University of Pretoria, and Tulio de Oliveira, University of KwaZulu-Natal Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread. In late 2020, the network detected a new virus lineage, 501Y.V2, which later became known as the beta variant. Now a new SARS-CoV-2 variant has been identified – B.1.1.529. The World Health Organisation has declared it a variant of concern, and assigned it the name Omicron. To help us understand more, The Conversation Africa’s Ozayr Patel asked scientists to share what they know. What’s the science behind the search?Hunting for variants requires a concerted effort. South Africa and the UK were the first big countries to implement nationwide genomic surveillance efforts for SARS-CoV-2 as early as April 2020. Variant hunting, as exciting as that sounds, is performed through whole genome sequencing of samples that have tested positive...
    (CNN)Dutch health authorities are investigating whether 61 people traveling from South Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday were infected with the new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant known as Omicron.The World Health Organization (WHO) said late on Friday that early evidence suggest the Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, could pose an increased risk of reinfection and said that some of the mutations detected on the variant were concerning. The variant has so far been found in Botswana, Hong Kong and Belgium. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Friday there was a "high to very high" risk the new variant would spread in Europe.GGD Kennemerland, the municipal health service responsible for the Amsterdam Schiphol airport, said the positive test results would be examined as soon as possible. Those who tested positive were sent into isolation at a nearby hotel, the Dutch authorities added.The discovery of the new variant has sparked fears around the world. A number of countries have imposed travel bans and the global markets plunged.Travel doors slam shut as new Covid...
    Your best bet against COVID remains vaccination + prudent precautions Mitchell S Jackson/Runner’s world: Twelve Minutes and a Life Ahmaud Arbery went out for a jog and was gunned down in the street. How running fails Black America Let me acknowledge that I am one of the rarest of Americans, one otherwise known as a Black Oregonian. As such, I feel compelled to share a truth about my home state: It’s white. I’m talking banned-Blacks-in-its-state-constitution white. At the time that Bowerman was inspiring Eugene residents to trot miles around their neighborhoods in sweatpants and running shoes, Eugene was a stark 97 percent white. One could argue that the overwhelming whiteness of jogging today may be, in part, a product of Eugene’s demographics. But if we’re keeping it 100, the monolithic character of running can be credited to the ways in which it’s been marketed and to the systemic forces that have placed it somewhere on a continuum between impractical extravagance and unaffordable hazard for scores of people who ain’t white. Let’s not forget about everything else. There’s other news and...
    Hosts of The View are grateful for a president this Thanksgiving, and — surprise — it's not former President Donald Trump . Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Sara Haines praised President Joe Biden on Wednesday. They listed each accomplishment they were grateful for, from infrastructure to coronavirus relief. "I don't want to bore people with the list, but the list is long," Behar said. THE VIEW CO-HOST BLAMES HARRIS'S LOW APPROVAL ON PEOPLE WANTING TO 'COME DOWN ON THE WOMAN' She mentioned his signing of the infrastructure bill, a coronavirus relief plan, the "little bit messy" ending of the War in Afghanistan, canceling student loan debt for people with disabilities, returning the United States to the Paris climate accord, and lower unemployment rates. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Hostin complimented Biden's "positive" address Tuesday on the holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic and supply chain crisis. Goldberg didn't let the conversation end without a jab at Trump. "Forget him." News The View Joe Biden Thanksgiving Joy Behar Sunny Hostin Whoopi Goldberg
    COVID is leaving a trail of patients who suffer debilitating symptoms every day - such as exhaustion and body aches. Millions of people worldwide have recovered from Covid, but are still sick. 5Here is everything you need to know about flying to Morocco right nowCredit: Alamy 5Long Covid is a condition that has struck down millions after overcoming CovidCredit: Getty The condition has been dubbed as "long-Covid", most commonly causing chronic fatigue and physical pain. Over two million adults in England may have the condition, studies have claimed. The chances of having long-term symptoms do not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first had the coronavirus. But there does seem to be some risk factors - including being a woman, aged 35 to 69, having obesity or an underlying health condition, living in a poor area or working in healthcare. A top doctor has previously said long Covid may be worse in patients who had mild symptoms. Experts have warned that as the number of individuals infected with coronavirus worldwide rises, so...
    DELTA may have mutated itself into self extinction, scientists claim. The Covid variant has sprouted a number of “children” - scientifically called lineages - that share similar characteristics. 1Delta may have mutated so much it has self-destructed, experts sayCredit: Alamy It is the most dominant type of coronavirus globally, first believed to have caused chaos in India in late 2020.  Delta was already far more transmissible than the original “Wuhan” strain of the virus. And other variations of Delta have shown to cause less symptoms, carry immune-escaping mutations, or be even more fast-spreading. But now, it's possible it’s mutated too much and has “self-destructed”, according to experts in Japan, where the virus has slowed. The East-Asian nation saw its largest Covid wave in the late summer, with cases peaking around 23,000 a day in August. But the wave came to an abrupt standstill and has almost completely fizzled out, with no more than 140 cases a day. The nation’s capital Tokyo, the world’s largest city home to 40 million people, recorded just six new cases on Monday. A team...
    NEW YORK -- New York is continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in November as the holiday season approaches, according to the latest state data released Saturday.Nearly 6,100 people a day are now testing positive for COVID-19 in New York - up 22% from roughly 5,000 for the seven days through Nov. 11.That's the highest seven-day average since mid-April.Meanwhile, the latest federal data show more then two-thirds of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated."There is one simple solution to ensure New Yorkers can enjoy a safe holiday season - get vaccinated if you haven't already and get a booster shot if you have," Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a Saturday statement.The vast majority of the state's 62 counties are seeing sharp upticks in new COVID-19 positives: from a 32% increase in cases over the seven days through Thursday on Long Island, to a 37% increase in Niagara County in western New York.And hospitals in New York reported 2,249 confirmed COVID-19 patients as of Friday, up 20% from the previous Friday.Hospitalization rates are flat in some communities including...
    A report on the United Kingdom’s response to the Chinese coronavirus crisis has found that the government was “underprepared” for such a pandemic, stating that there were no “detailed plans” to deal with a coronavirus outbreak. The National Audit Office (NAO) – the UK’s independent spending watchdog – found that the British government did not have the structures in place to effectively deal with an emergency such as the one brought on by the Wuhan virus. The report states that the government failed to set out an overarching level of risk that they were willing to accept within pandemic scenarios. Additionally, the report found that the level of risk the government found acceptable was inconsistent, shifting early on in the pandemic. The NAO wrote: “Like many other governments across the world, the UK government was underprepared for a pandemic like COVID-19. It will need to learn lessons from its preparations for and handling of whole-system risks, which will include making judgements on what level of preparations is appropriate.” “The UK government and devolved administrations, along with the emergency services and other...
    There are a few big changes coming to D.C. on Monday, starting with the lifting of the indoor mask mandate. The city will also change how it reports COVID-19 data. D.C. is taking a new posture in the pandemic, DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said during a news conference Tuesday. “We want to be able to help people understand the long-term strategies for monitoring infectious diseases that we expect will likely be endemic, and always present in our community, sort of the same way that influenza is,” Nesbitt said. Starting Monday, health data will be presented differently on coronavirus.dc.gov to focus on the rate of community transmission, so residents can assess their own risk. The rate of transmission will be presented both in the daily and weekly seven-day rolling average. “This is similar to what we use for flu. For flu, we use different categories to say minimal, low, moderate, high,” Nesbitt said when describing how the city explains the level of the disease in the community. The site will lose tabs like “Reopen D.C.”, because the city is...
    Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Wednesday announced she will finally give individuals the right within Washington, DC, to remove masks in some circumstances. “Rather than the government telling you what you need to do to keep safe, you will evaluate risk and act accordingly,” Bowser proudly announced. Though masks will still be required on the Metro and buses, government buildings, and public schools, District residents have presumably been granted the right to exercise at gyms and eat at restaurants without a mask starting November 22, the Washington Post reported. “We are encouraged by the numbers that have opted into vaccination now, some of them encouraged by mandates,” she added, “There may even be an increase in cases … but what we haven’t seen is an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. That is the promise of vaccination.” According to the Post’s coronavirus death tracker, there has been a seven-day average of zero deaths from the virus since November 6. If you have a child who is 5 or older, take them to get vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/LMzUbRRZ83 — Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) November 16,...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is planning new restrictions on unvaccinated people in an effort to tame the latest surge of coronavirus infections that has caused a “critical” situation in the country’s hospitals, the prime minister said Tuesday. Prime Minister Eduard Heger said his government will vote Thursday on the latest proposals by an advisory group of medical experts that will be effective for three weeks. Among the proposed measures, people who have not been vaccinated will be banned from all non-essential stores, shopping malls, gyms, pools and hotels. They also won’t be allowed to attend any mass public gatherings like sports events. “The situation in hospitals is critical,” Heger said, adding that some hospitals are already at their limit for COVID-19 patients in their intensive care units and have been transferring new patients to other facilities. Unvaccinated people will be able to get into their workplaces with negative virus tests. If the situation doesn’t get any better in the next three weeks, the government is ready to impose even more restrictions, the prime minister said. He urged unvaccinated...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands recorded its highest weekly number of positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days, and lawmakers discussed legislation as cases continued to soar Tuesday to limit unvaccinated people from using the country’s COVID pass system. The country’s public health institute reported Tuesday that the number of positive tests rose by 44% to 110,558, the highest weekly total since the pandemic began. Hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients rose 12% and admissions to intensive care units by 3%, it said. The institute said 173 people died of COVID-19 during the past week, bringing the Netherlands’ death toll in the pandemic to 18,785. Cases rose sharply among children ages 4-12 years, most of whom have yet to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have been cleared for use in children ages 12 to 17 in Europe; the European Medicines Agency is evaluating whether to authorize them for 5 to 11 year olds. A new partial lockdown came into force Saturday across the Netherlands, with bars, restaurants and supermarkets ordered to...
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said 'of course' former President Donald Trump could have done more to prevent and end the January 6 Capitol attack.   Christie sat down for an interview on Axios on HBO, which aired Sunday, and talked about his falling out with Trump, who he had been friends with for 20 years.  'Well he said the election was stolen and it wasn't,' Christie said. 'Then January 6 happened as well.'          Christie said he was 'desperate' to reach Trump on the day of the attack and corresponded with Kellyanne Conway to strategize on how to get Trump to denounce the violence. 'I tried to call him… to give him advice on what I thought he needed to be doing to stop the violence,' Christie said during an hour-long interview with Axios' Mike Allen at his New Jersey home. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said 'of course' former President Donald Trump could have done more to prevent and end the January 6 Capitol attack Christie's book 'Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and...
    Chris Christie said Donald Trump called him when they were both in the hospital with COVID-19 asking the former New Jersey governor not reveal he got the infection from the then-president. 'Are you gonna say you got it from me?' Trump asked when calling from Walter Reed Medical Center in October 2020, Christie revealed in his book, according to an excerpt published in The New York Times Monday. Christie and Trump both came down with coronavirus after the 'superspreader' event in the White House Rose Garden after Amy Coney Barrett was selected to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The reception included some of the biggest names in government at the time and while it was held outside, very few masks were seen being worn. Several people who attended the event and were seen mingling with Trump also were infected with coronavirus – including Christie. The former Republican governor was hospitalized in New Jersey the day after Trump was moved to Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland for treatment. He wrote about his priest visiting him in the hospital...
              moreby Ross Pomeroy   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the national public health agency of the United States, so it made sense that during a once-in-a-century pandemic the agency would be given a leading role. With that leadership, however, came limelight. And in so many ways during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC, under the spotlight, undeniably flopped. In his recently published book, Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb critiqued numerous aspects of the worldwide response to COVID-19. Many CDC actions garnered forceful rebukes. While Gottlieb recognizes that a lot of talented, smart, and dedicated individuals work within the CDC, he says it’s hard to deny that the respected governmental agency failed in a lot of vital respects. Here are six of them: 1. The CDC Failed to Make a Reliable COVID-19 Test. Of all the collective institutional failures during the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was almost certainly the worst. Very early on in 2020, the CDC was tasked with creating and disseminating a diagnostic...
    The school mask mandate in New York State can only be lifted after parents “do the right thing” and vaccinate their children, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) suggested this week. Interim guidance for in-person instruction, issued June 7, 2021, states that masks should be required in school facilities, requiring them to be “worn by all individuals in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including but not limited to hallways, school offices, restrooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc.” While masks are not required outdoors, schools may choose to require them in such scenarios.  Currently, there is no end in sight for the school mask mandate. Rather, Hochul is placing the burden on the parents, suggesting the they must get their children vaccinated if they want to return to a state of maskless, pre-pandemic normalcy.  “If parents do the right thing all over the state, get their kids vaccinated. There will come a time when there’s no reason to wear a mask, that every child is safe. But we need compliance,” she said during an appearance on WNYW’s Good Day New York this week. “And in some communities...
    Former President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro confirmed that he remains unvaccinated, saying the COVID-19 vaccine should be reserved for 'people who need it.'  Navarro sat down with Yahoo News for an interview promoting his new book, In Trump Time, A Journal of America's Plague Year - and shared his vaccination status.  'I had the chance to get it early,' the 72-year-old Navarro said of the coronavirus vaccine. 'I went on my exit medical interview, I was at Walter Reed, I told them, 'Look, we got few supplies, give it to people who need it.'  'Vaccinate who need it, the elderly and people with comorbidities,' he continued. 'But you don't jab a 6-year-old. You don't jab a professional athlete. That's insane.'  Former President Donald Trump's (left) trade adviser Peter Navarro (right) confirmed in an interview with Yahoo News that he remains unvaccinated, saying the COVID-19 vaccine should be reserved for 'people who need it'  In Trump Time: My Journal of America's Plague, by former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro came out earlier this month Navarro was an eccentric figure...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Everyone over the age of 18 in Norway will be offered a booster shot of coronavirus vaccine, the country’s prime minister said Friday, adding that unvaccinated health care personnel should be tested twice a week and must wear face masks. “Vaccination is the most important protection we have against coronavirus. The infection will be among us for several years to come, and there is a lot we can do together to prevent the virus from spreading,” Jonas Gahr Stoere said. The move comes amid a surge in coronavirus infections across Europe in recent weeks. Across Western Europe, a region with relatively high vaccination rates and good health care systems but where lockdown measures are largely a thing of the past, infections are again going up. Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol said the booster shot “could contribute to better protection against disease and to fewer people passing on the infection.” An unvaccinated person who lives with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 must be tested “every day with a self-test or every other day with...
    President Biden’s approval rating on his handling of the Chinese coronavirus is now underwater, a YouGov/Economist survey released this week found. The survey asked respondents,” Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling COVID-19?” His approval on the coronavirus is currently underwater, as 44 percent approve and 46 disapprove — a net negative rating of two percent.  Of those who disapprove 34 percent “strongly” disapprove, while 22 percent “strongly” approve.  A majority of independents, 51 percent, disapprove of his handling of the coronavirus, and of those, 40 percent “strongly” disapprove. Eighty-one percent of Republicans disapprove, while 81 percent of Democrats approve.  While Biden’s general approval rating has dropped across the board in recent months, the drop in his handling of the coronavirus is significant, as it suggests Americans are not satisfied with his overreaching edicts and mandates.  In September, Biden announced his decision to direct the Occupational Safety and Public Health (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS), forcing employers with over 100 employees to implement vaccine mandates or vigorous testing requirements. OSHA released the...
    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not backing down from his ideas about the coronavirus vaccines and is now saying that the “hate” he has faced will not deter him. After appearing on the Pat McAfee Show last week to tell America exactly where he stands on the coronavirus vaccines and why Rodgers was beset by angry leftists all over again because he is reluctant to take any of the coronavirus vaccines. Despite the onslaught by the left-wing press, Rodgers now says he remains undeterred in the course he has chosen for his treatment plan. On Tuesday, Rodgers once again spoke with McAfee and said that he is standing by his decisions. “Hate isn’t going to bring us out of this pandemic, and I’m not gonna hate on anybody who has said things about me,” he exclaimed. Watch: "Hate isnt going to bring us out of this pandemic & Im not gonna hate on anybody who has said things about me. Everybody is entitled to their opinion & I will always believe that" ~@AaronRodgers12#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/p05RgbkocF — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow)...
    Welcome to the Wednesday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about the NFL fining Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Joe Rogan is stepping up the defend the Green Bay quarterback, Georgia is still number one in the playoff rankings, Cal/USC has been postponed because of COVID-19, Texas assistant Bo Davis gets caught on leaked video tearing into players, Charles Barkley rips social media, college basketball is underway and “Squid Game” season two is happening. Let’s jump in. TOPICS: Aaron Rodgers Learns His Punishment From The NFL For Breaking COVID-19 Protocols. Is It Fair? ‘F**king Smart’: Joe Rogan Praises Aaron Rodgers With Comments That Will Make The Media Melt Down The New College Football Playoff Rankings Are Out. Does Number Two Surprise You? A Major College Football Game Has Been Postponed Because Of Coronavirus ‘Motherfu**kers’: Texas Coach Gets Caught On Leaked Video Tearing Into The Longhorns In Brutal Fashion Charles Barkley Rips Social Media, And Everyone Needs To Hear His Comments The College Basketball Season Officially Starts Tuesday. Here’s What Fans Need...
    The idea of a once-mild virus might mutate into a deadly pathogen is a staple of science fiction, and a common fear since the dawn of the pandemic. Many of the SARS-CoV-2 virus' relatives, genetically similar viruses like SARS and MERS, have far higher mortality rates compared to the novel coronavirus, which hovers around 2 percent. Though higher than other seasonal viruses like the flu, COVID-19's mortality rate is just low enough to avoid the serious, civilization-threatening social disruptions that a more deadly pandemic might cause. Now, as widespread vaccine adoption is slowly winding down the pandemic, fears of further mutation threaten our return to normal. Yet are such fears founded? And just how likely is it for SARS-CoV-2 to mutate into something deadlier? The answer hinges on a deeper understanding of how viruses mutate. RNA viruses like SARS-CoV-2 are, of course, always mutating; every replication in a hosts' cells create a moment for a chance mutation to emerge. While viruses are technically not alive, it is their nature to mutate and evolve as they infect hosts' cells and replicate;...
    Aaron Rodgers has no regrets about discussing being unvaccinated. The Green Bay Packers quarterback made serious waves after talking with Pat McAfee this past Friday about being unvaccinated, and people were not happy at all with the interview. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Aaron Rodgers says he’s listening to Joe Rogan’s advice on how to battle COVID-19 and he’s also taking Ivermectin. Prepare for media heads to explode. pic.twitter.com/DXjGJrwif6 — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 5, 2021 Well, he’s not backing down. He spoke with McAfee again Tuesday and said that he stands by what he said Friday, and added, “Hate isn’t going to bring us out of this pandemic and I’m not gonna hate on anybody who has said things about me.” You can watch him explain the situation below. “Hate isn’t going to bring us out of this pandemic & I’m not gonna hate on anybody who has said things about me. Everybody is entitled to their opinion & I will always believe that” ~@AaronRodgers12#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/p05RgbkocF — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November...
    Welcome to the Monday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Aaron Rodgers breaking his silence on being unvaccinated, the Packers QB loses a major endorsement deal after his Pat McAfee interview, Jordan Love struggles mightily against the Chiefs in his first career start, fans chant “F**k Joe Biden” during UFC 268, “Let’s Go Brandon” banner flies over Georgia/Missouri game, Raiders player Damon Arnette appears to threaten to kill someone, Wisconsin earns a massive win over Rutgers and “Yellowstone” returns with a bang. Let’s jump in! TOPICS: ‘Crosshairs Of The Woke Mob’: Aaron Rodgers Drops The Hammer On People Criticizing Him For Being Unvaccinated Aaron Rodgers Loses Major Endorsement Deal After Speaking Out About Being Unvaccinated. Here’s What We Know Aaron Rodgers’ Replacement Looks Horrible. Should Packers Fans Start Panicking? UFC Fans Thunderously Chant ‘F**k Joe Biden’ Massive ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Banner Flies Over Major College Football Game ‘I Will Kill You Ni**a’: NFL Player Appears To Threaten To Kill Someone In Incredibly Disturbing Video Wisconsin Earns A Massive Win, And David...
    (CNN) — Covid-19 is here to stay. It’s highly unlikely that the United States, let alone the world, will be able to completely eliminate the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. READ MORE: Now Is The Perfect Time To Adopt A PetBut there will come a day when it’s no longer a pandemic, when cases are no longer out of control and hospitals aren’t at great risk of overflowing with patients. Many experts predict the spread of coronavirus will look and feel more like seasonal influenza. What’s less clear is how and when that will happen. “There’s not even a measurement to say that something is an epidemic or pandemic. All of this is in the eye of the beholder — and that’s part of the issue,” Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan and acting chair of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, told CNN. “So, all of this is not based on rules. It’s based typically on what you have to do to control the outbreak,” Monto said....
    (CNN)Covid-19 is here to stay.It's highly unlikely that the United States, let alone the world, will be able to completely eliminate the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. But there will come a day when it's no longer a pandemic, when cases are no longer out of control and hospitals aren't at great risk of overflowing with patients. Many experts predict the spread of coronavirus will look and feel more like seasonal influenza. What's less clear is how and when that will happen. Fewer Covid-19 hospitalizations, more vaccinations show US may be turning corner in pandemic but experts warn: Were still in two Americas"There's not even a measurement to say that something is an epidemic or pandemic. All of this is in the eye of the beholder -- and that's part of the issue," Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan and acting chair of the US Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, told CNN.Read More"So, all of this is not based on rules. It's based typically on what you have to...
                      by Andrew Trunsky  COVID-19 is taking a back seat when it comes to the economy, education and more, recent polls show. In a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, only about 12% of American adults surveyed said they would list public health issues, which include COVID-19, as a top priority, below economic issues like the job market and inflation. The poll also showed 73% of respondents saying political leaders should focus on growing jobs and the economy and two-thirds of voters, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, agreeing that “inflation is a very big concern for me.” “When [Americans] look around they see other problems that need to be addressed,” Nicholas Valentino, a political scientist at the University of Michigan, told Reuters, adding that many were experiencing pandemic fatigue after almost two years. “They see job listings everywhere. They’re waiting in long lines at the grocery stores. They’re waiting for things to be delivered because the supply chain is slow.” Similar results were also apparent from the results of the Virginia governor’s race. Just...
    (CNN)The biotechnology company Novavax plans to submit complete data to the US Food and Drug Administration soon for possible emergency use authorization of its coronavirus vaccine, CEO Stanley Erck told CNN in a phone interview Friday."We'll have a file in the US hopefully before the end of the year," Erck said. Novavax says Covid-19 vaccine shows 90.4% overall efficacy in US/Mexico Phase 3 trial If the FDA gives the green light, the first 100 million doses of the protein-based vaccine will be ready to ship following authorization, Erck said.Novavax's vaccine, called NVX-CoV2373, is made using somewhat more conventional methods than the vaccines already authorized for use in the US. It uses small, laboratory-made pieces of the coronavirus to stimulate immunity -- an approach some people may be more familiar or comfortable with."In the US, the primary market I think in 2022 is going to be to supply a vaccine, our normal two-dose regimen, to a lot of people who have been hesitant to get other vaccines," Erck said. "And to provide a booster."Read MoreThe Novavax coronavirus vaccine could be used...
    COVID-19 is taking a back seat when it comes to the economy, education and more, recent polls show. In a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, only about 12% of American adults surveyed said they would list public health issues, which include COVID-19, as a top priority, below economic issues like the job market and inflation. The poll also showed 73% of respondents saying political leaders should focus on growing jobs and the economy and two-thirds of voters, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, agreeing that “inflation is a very big concern for me.” “When [Americans] look around they see other problems that need to be addressed,” Nicholas Valentino, a political scientist at the University of Michigan, told Reuters, adding that many were experiencing pandemic fatigue after almost two years. “They see job listings everywhere. They’re waiting in long lines at the grocery stores. They’re waiting for things to be delivered because the supply chain is slow.” Meat prices at grocery stores has surged over the past year with beef jumping over 12.%, pork by nearly 10% and chicken by over 7.2%...
    LONDON (AP) — UK authorizes Merck’s coronavirus treatment, the first pill shown to be effective at treating COVID-19. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. According to Tom Pelissero, the NFL superstar has tested positive for the virus and that means he won’t play Sunday against the Chiefs. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Sources: #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and is out for Sunday’s game against the #Chiefs. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2021 With Aaron Rodgers out because of COVID-19, Jordan Love will now get the first start of his NFL career. Rodgers informed teammates a few minutes ago of his positive test. Jordan Love will get his first NFL start against Patrick Mahomes on Sunday in Kansas City. https://t.co/VFPucQaT4S — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2021 This is absolutely massive news, and it’s hard to put into words just how big of a deal it is. As far as I can tell, this is by far and away the biggest positive test of the 2021 NFL season. Rodgers is a top 10 player in the league, he’s the face of...
    The debate over whether or not getting vaccinated against the coronavirus should be a choice came into full view Tuesday as the co-hosts of ABC's "The View" clashed over the issue.  While discussing whether the Atlanta Braves needed to change their name and drop their iconic "tomahawk chop" cheer, the conversation shifted toward the pandemic and vaccines.  Guest co-host Michele Tafoya stood firm in her opposition to vaccine mandates as her fellow co-hosts described the decision not to get vaccinated as "selfish." LA COUNTY SHERIFF VILLANUEVA REFUSES TO ENFORCE VACCINE MANDATE AT HIS AGENCY: ‘SEVERELY UNDERSTAFFED’ "Right now when I see this playing out, it reminds me of the pandemic. At this point, this is people doubling down on political loyalty and ideology. You tell me we can’t do it, we will do it louder and more forcefully," co-host Sara Haines said of those opposed to any changes to the Braves. "Well there is a phenomenon of when you try to tell people what to do, or what to take, or what to inject in their bodies, there’s a natural...
    Football without fans in the stadium is simply not the same thing. Following the action on the field is only part of the pleasure of going to a game; breathing in the atmosphere created by the supporters is also important to the experience. Football fans are not spectators. they are active participants. 3Fans of Flamengo cheer on their side against Atletico MineiroCredit: Reuters The mood they create in the stands has a profound effect on what happens on the pitch - for better or for worse. With the coronavirus pandemic now under relative control in Brazil, fans are gradually being allowed to return to the stadiums. It has come at a decisive moment. The league comes to a conclusion in early December. The campaign is now in the final straight, and emotions are running high. There is a built in level of insatisfaction in Brazilian football. The tradition of the game in such a giant country is strongly local - there was no genuinely national championship until 1971, and for years being champion of the local city was seen as...