COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

(AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States — just like the persistent reality of gun violence that kills tens of thousands of people every year. Americans have … Continue reading COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

Scientists identify new gene differences in severe COVID patients

Scientists have pinpointed 16 new genetic variants in people who developed severe COVID-19 in a large study published on Monday that could help researchers develop treatments for very sick patients. The results suggest that people with severe COVID have genes that predispose them to one of two problems: failure to limit the ability of the virus to make copies of itself, or excessive inflammation and … Continue reading Scientists identify new gene differences in severe COVID patients

Queen cancels virtual engagements as she is still experiencing mild Covid symptoms

( CNN.com ) London (CNN)Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II canceled her planned virtual engagements on Tuesday as she continues to suffer from mild Covid-19 symptoms, Buckingham Palace has said. The palace announced Sunday that the 95-year-old monarch had contracted the virus. “As Her Majesty is still experiencing mild cold-like symptoms she has decided not to undertake her planned virtual engagements today, but will continue with light duties,” the palace … Continue reading Queen cancels virtual engagements as she is still experiencing mild Covid symptoms

CDC adds Japan and Israel to ‘very high’ COVID risk category, warns travelers to ‘avoid’ 130+ countries

( USAToday.com ) Federal health officials are warning Americans to avoid Japan, Israel and more than 130 other countries – regardless of vaccination status – because of high counts of COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved Japan, Israel, Cuba, Armenia, Libya, Oman and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to its level 4 category, the highest travel health notice tier, for their “very … Continue reading CDC adds Japan and Israel to ‘very high’ COVID risk category, warns travelers to ‘avoid’ 130+ countries

The Biden administration sets a Jan. 4 vaccination deadline for private sector workers.

NYTimes.com The Biden administration said on Thursday that large companies have until Jan. 4 to ensure that their workforces are fully vaccinated under a sweeping new coronavirus health measure that will cover 84 million private sector workers. The plan was first announced in September by President Biden, who directed the Labor Department to invoke its emergency powers over the safety of workplaces to require businesses with … Continue reading The Biden administration sets a Jan. 4 vaccination deadline for private sector workers.

Australia won’t welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

CANBERRA, Australia — Foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year, the prime minister said Tuesday as he outlined plans for lifting some of the toughest and longest COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by any democracy. The country will instead prioritize the return of skilled migrants and students after it hits Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s benchmark for reopening its external borders: the full … Continue reading Australia won’t welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022