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Omicron confirmed in man who attended NYC anime convention

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who attended an anime convention in New York City in late November tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-1… Read more

How San Francisco confirmed the first US omicron case so quickly

SAN FRANCISCO — A UC San Francisco lab that analyzes positive coronavirus test results is a big reason behind the quick identification of the omicron variant in California, the first documented case in the United States. The lab run by Dr. Charles Chiu, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, routinely analyzes positive coronavirus cases in San Francisco for their genomic ... Read more

Did a collision of COVID-19 and HIV forge the omicron variant?

The omicron variant, now present in at least 23 countries around the world, was probably incubated in the body of a person with an immune system battered by HIV or another immune-compromising condition that can cause a prolonged coronavirus infection, according to the South African scientist who detected the fast-spreading genetic mutant. Tulio De Oliveira said the emergence of omicron in a ... Read more


Kids still have a lot of questions about COVID-19. Here are experts’ responses to some of them

Nearly two years after the coronavirus first surfaced, kids continue to wrestle with what the pandemic means for them. Their questions range in tone and urgency, with some seeking more clarity about the vaccines and others wondering why such precautions as mask wearing and social distancing are still necessary even with the proliferation of COVID-19 immunizations. Here are some of the ... Read more

MLB owners lock out players, 1st work stoppage since 1995

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport’s collective bargaining… Read more

New NY health commissioner takes over from embattled Zucker

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's new state health commissioner stepped into the role Wednesday, at a time when COVID-19 hospitalizations are … Read more


What we know about the San Francisco patient with first US omicron variant case

SAN FRANCISCO — A person in San Francisco has been identified as having the first recorded case of the omicron variant in the United States, health officials said Wednesday. Both California and federal officials suspect the coronavirus variant is likely in other parts of the country by now. They say its presence is a cause for concern but not panic. THE PATIENT The infected individual returned ... Read more

Hundreds of NYC jailers face suspension over vaccine mandate

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s troubled jail system is facing more turmoil: the suspension of hundreds of corrections officers for failing… Read more

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