Monday, July 4, 2022

Andrew Romano

'The worst version' of COVID is spreading. Can we update our vaccines in time?

For the last 18 months, the original COVID-19 vaccines — first as a two-dose series, then as boosters — have done an extraordinary job shielding us from illness, hospitalization and death. Globally, they saved nearly 20 million lives in...

COVID reinfections set to spike in U.S. as new variants evade immunity

If you’re anything like the majority of Americans — an estimated 60-plus-percent of them, according to government data — you’ve already had COVID-19.And if you’re like most of those Americans, you had it fairly recently — during the enormous...

Future COVID variants will likely reinfect us multiple times a year, experts say — unless we invest in new vaccines

For more than a year now, the original COVID-19 vaccines have held up remarkably well — even miraculously so — against a Greek alphabet of new variants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta.But now experts say something is changing. Since the...

A new COVID wave — or nothing to worry about? The best- and worst-case scenarios for what comes next

What the heck is happening with COVID right now?Amid the chaos and controversy that followed a federal judge’s decision to strike down the U.S. mask mandate for travel earlier this week — a decision the Department of Justice is...

U.S. mask mandates are making a comeback. But should they?

U.S. COVID cases are rising once again — and, as ever, Americans are arguing about masks.It’s a pattern as enduring as the pandemic itself. Infections go up. So do the masks. And the same reflexive Twitter wars — do...

Experts say BA.2 could be more of a 'bump' than a surge. Is this the future of COVID?

Is America about to dodge the BA.2 bullet?For weeks now, BA.2 — an even more transmissible subvariant of BA.1, the original, hypercontagious Omicron strain — has been wreaking havoc across Europe, triggering steep and sudden resurgences of infection just...

Three new signs BA.2 might not hit America as hard as Europe

Is BA.2 about to surge in America the way it’s surging in Europe?There are already some clues that it might not — and the coming days could provide even more reason for cautious optimism.Across the pond, the BA.2 subvariant...

How China's soaring COVID numbers put the rest of the world at risk

China is by far the world’s biggest COVID powder keg — and it might be on the verge of exploding.Not since the earliest days of the pandemic has the most populous country on the planet ever reported more than...

Is Europe's new COVID surge coming to America next?

While many Americans have decided the pandemic is “over” as it pertains to their own lives — a full 37 percent, according to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll — those who’ve been paying close attention to the latest COVID-19...

Poll: Americans sour on government — and each other — 2 years into pandemic

Two years into the pandemic, nearly half of U.S. residents (43%) say they feel “worse” about their “fellow Americans,” according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll. Just 10% say they feel “better.”As Omicron recedes and most Americans seem eager...

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