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Omicron Subvariants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 Rise to Dominance as BA.5 Declines | Health News
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Omicron Subvariants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 Rise to Dominance as BA.5 Declines | Health News

A pair of rapidly spreading omicron subvariants have overtaken BA.5 as the dominant COVID-19 strains circulating in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.BQ.1 is now the top strain. It was responsible for more than 25% of new coronavirus infections this week, according to CDC’s weekly variant update. That’s up from just 7% of infections a month ago. The subvariant is also increasing globally, going from 13% of cases to 16% last week, according to the World Health Organization.And BQ.1.1 is close behind, causing over 24% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. this week. That’s up from 5% of infections a month ago. The pair raises concerns because they appear to be highly contagious and adept at evading previous immunity, but they don’t seem to be more sev...
Federal, State, And Local Governments Aren’t Doing Enough To Combat It
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Federal, State, And Local Governments Aren’t Doing Enough To Combat It

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent weighs a package of fentanyl at the San Ysidro Port of ... [+] Entry on October 2, 2019 in San Ysidro, California. Illicit fentanyl has recently become central to the U.S. opioid crisis. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP) / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by SANDY HUFFAKER has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [A US Customs and Border Protection agent]] instead of [An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comp...
Serious Adverse Events After Updated COVID-19 Booster Shots Are Rare
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Serious Adverse Events After Updated COVID-19 Booster Shots Are Rare

Reports of serious adverse events after administration of the updated COVID-19 booster shots were rare, according to a new study from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.The agencies found “no unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse events” after vaccination with the shots from Moderna and Pfizer, which are authorized for children as young as 5 years old, according to a summary of the study.The research, which was published by the CDC on Thursday, looked at data collected during the seven weeks after the updated shots were authorized in August. More than 22 million booster shots were administered in that timeframe, which is equivalent to about 6% of the U.S. population.Researchers at the agencies looked at reports to two post-...
National health survey comes to Jefferson County
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National health survey comes to Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Don’t be surprised if you get an invitation in the mail for a free health screening.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in Jefferson County soon to get a pulse on local health.The agency is doing this through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.The CDC has been traveling across the country learning about the health of the U.S. population since 1960, and this year, Jefferson County is one 15 U.S. counties chosen to participate.Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson said invitations will be mailed out next week and addresses are randomly selected throughout the county.The first step will be answering a couple of questions online.Then, if you’re eligible, a telephone health interview, followed by a free and compre...
CDC: Omicron Subvariants BA.4.6, BF.7 Increasing While BA.5 Declines | Health News
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CDC: Omicron Subvariants BA.4.6, BF.7 Increasing While BA.5 Declines | Health News

A pair of omicron subvariants are making inroads in the U.S. as BA.5 continues to decline, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.At its peak in August, BA.5 was responsible for nearly 87% of new coronavirus cases. This week, the CDC estimates that it caused about 79% of infections.While BA.5 remains dominant, other omicron subvariants are spreading. BA.4.6 and BF.7 – an offshoot of BA.5 – were responsible for over 13% and 4% of infections this week, respectively. BA.2.75 caused nearly 2% of infections.These omicron subvariants are likely to continue to increase and contribute to a winter wave of COVID-19, says JT McCrone of Helix, a genetic sequencing company tracking COVID-19 variants.Cartoons on the Coronavirus“Given that we'll see a relatively ...
Progress and Hope in the Fight Against Suicide | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Progress and Hope in the Fight Against Suicide | Healthiest Communities Health News

Suicide is among the top causes of death in the United States today, and for some groups, the crisis is particularly acute.The terrible toll that suicide takes on our society is immense. To put it in perspective, in 2020 alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an estimated 12.2 million people in the U.S. seriously considered suicide, 3.2 million made a plan and 1.2 million made an attempt on their own lives. That same year, nearly 46,000 people died by suicide – roughly one person every 11 minutes.Data also shows that suicide was the second-leading cause of death among individuals aged 10 to 34 in 2020. As a father of three children – all of whom fall in this age group – this statistic hits home, and highlights a crisis we must help our young people overcome.The ...
Health officials address the problem of obesity
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Health officials address the problem of obesity

R. Taylor Lee is public health director for the Lowcountry Public Health Region of the S.C. DHEC says obesity is a problem not just in the state, but for the entire Southeast region. But there are programs DHEC has established to deal with the issue. Source link
U.S. CDC panel recommends Omicron-specific boosters for most Americans – National
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U.S. CDC panel recommends Omicron-specific boosters for most Americans – National

A panel of U.S. health advisers voted to recommend Pfizer‘s updated COVID-19 boosters that target the newest omicron strains for people 12 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to adopt the recommendation, the last step before shots can begin. Read more: U.S. to move COVID-19 vaccines, treatments to private market by 2023 once supply runs out Read More U.S. to move COVID-19 vaccines, treatments to private market by 2023 once supply runs out The panel also voted to recommend Moderna’s version of the booster update, to be used in adults only.The tweaked shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna promise Americans a chance at their most...
CDC: 72% of Americans Should Be Masking or Considering the Mitigation Measure | Health News
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CDC: 72% of Americans Should Be Masking or Considering the Mitigation Measure | Health News

The number of Americans who should be masking while indoors in public is on the decline, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.According to the CDC’s COVID-19 community levels, nearly 24% of the population should be masking while indoors. Almost 48% of the U.S. should consider masking while inside public spaces based on their risk for severe COVID-19.The total percentage of people who should be masking or considering the measure – close to 72% of the U.S. population – has been declining for weeks. Last week, the number was 78%, while the week before that it was 82%.The declining percentages come as new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are also decreasing, suggesting that the latest coronavirus wave in the U.S. has peaked. The U.S. is averaging abo...
B.C. to stay the course as U.S. CDC relaxes COVID guidelines: Health minister
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B.C. to stay the course as U.S. CDC relaxes COVID guidelines: Health minister

British Columbia’s health minister says the province will stay the course on its own COVID-19 policy, as the United States’ top public health agency relaxes its guidelines around the virus. On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its recommendation that people stay six feet away from others and that they quarantine themselves if they come in close contact with an infected person. Read more: U.S. CDC scraps quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID-19 The new U.S. guidelines no longer recommend testing for people without symptoms, and suggest contact tracing be limited to health-care settings.“Our path is our path. The United States has had its own path from the beginning,” B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix told Global Ne...