UK ‘looking carefully’ at Indian coronavirus variant – Fox News

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday told reporters the U.K. was “looking carefully” at a circulating coronavirus variant first detected in India, as public health officials work to better characterize the strain. A reporter questioned Johnson over the variant, given news Public Health England (PHE) Friday escalated the strain to a “variant of concern” following an uptick in cases and “evidence of community transmission.” COLORADO IDENTIFIES INDIAN CORONAVIRUS VARIANT IN AT LEAST 5 RESIDENTS “What we’re doing there is making sure that we are absolutely ruthless in the surge…

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CDC official who issued early warnings about the threat of Covid will resign – CNBC

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Director Nancy Messonnier speaks during a press conference today at the Department of Health and Human Services on the coordinated public health response to the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV), January 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the health expert who was among the first to sound alarms about the threat posed to the U.S. by the coronavirus, is resigning from her role at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency’s director confirmed Friday. Messonnier “leaves behind a strong…

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People are getting ‘COVID nails,’ and one expert says the unusual lines could be as useful as an antibody test to prove previous infection – Yahoo News

So-called ‘COVID nails’ Tim Spector/ZOE A horizontal line across the nail could be a sign of a previous COVID-19. If “COVID nails” were an infection marker it could be as useful as an antibody test, Prof Spector said. The lines can happen on the fingers or toes and are harmless. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Odd-looking nails could be a sign of previous coronavirus infection, a top UK scientist has said. Horizontal lines across the nail that appear several months after catching coronavirus can happen in both fingers…

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Senior CDC official who met Trump’s wrath for raising alarm about coronavirus to resign – The Washington Post

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Britain labels coronavirus “variant of concern” linked to travel from India – Reuters UK

British health officials on Friday labelled a coronavirus variant first found in India a “variant of concern” due to evidence it spreads more easily, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the situation needed careful handling. Public Health England designated variant B.1.617.2, one of three variants identified in India that has spread to Britain, a variant of concern. Surge testing was being carried out in areas where evidence indicates community spread. read more Cases of the B.1.617.2 variant increased to 520 from 202 over the last week, PHE said, mainly in…

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A Small Brazilian Town Is Beating Covid-19 Through a Unique Experiment – The Wall Street Journal

SERRANA, Brazil—This town of 45,000 people in southeastern Brazil has been at the center of a unique experiment for the past three months: vaccinate nearly every adult against Covid-19 and see what happens. In recent weeks, after most of the adults here got their second dose, Covid-19 cases and deaths plunged and life has started to return to normal as the pandemic continues to rage across Brazil. In the heart of Serrana, children squealed with laughter as they chased each other across the main square, while groups of friends—many unmasked…

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Colorado identifies Indian coronavirus variant in at least 5 residents – Fox News

Health officials in Colorado have identified five cases of a coronavirus variant first discovered in India. The cases involve five females in Mesa County who are all from different households, according to a news release posted Thursday.  Officials said all individuals are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and that the cases were identified through the sequencing of test samples. The variant, identified as B.1.617.2, is considered a “variant of interest (VOI).”  A VOI has a specific genetic marker that has been associated with changes to receptor…

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New Study Says U.S. Covid Death Toll Is Actually 900,000, Far Higher Than Reported – Slate

It’s always been near certain that the U.S., along with every other nation, has severely undercounted the number of coronavirus cases and deaths attributed to the virus. The speed and scale of the pandemic made getting an accurate reading of its impact a challenge, but, as of Friday, the numbers in the U.S. currently stand at more than 32 million reported cases resulting in 580,000 deaths. Those numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins are grim, but a new analysis by researchers at the University of Washington puts the death toll in…

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Colleagues Silent On CDC Retaliation Against ‘Superstar’ Scientist – The Federalist

None of the 10 doctors on the committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control on COVID-19 vaccines would say if they support the CDC removing a world-leading scientist from that committee for opposing a pause that may have spooked Americans off COVID vaccination. The Federalist contacted all of the committee’s members for comment on the CDC’s decision that could affect the integrity and public perception of the committee’s work, as well as Americans’ willingness to accept COVID vaccines, a current pressing concern for the public health agency. None was…

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Gift cards for COVID vaccine? Fresno County to offer incentives to get more residents vaccinated – KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A surge in the summer. That’s what Fresno County public health officials are worried about as they see a sharp increase in COVID-19 variants, and fewer people wanting to get vaccinated. The county’s health officer, Dr. Rais Vohra, says the county has a little over 300 confirmed variant cases, which is a dramatic increase from the 50 the department reported last week. The majority of them seem to be California variants, but they also have cases with strains from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. “These…

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