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Second Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Minnesota

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Second Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Minnesota

Second Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Minnesota

Second Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant , Detected in Minnesota.

Second Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant , Detected in Minnesota.

CNBC reports public health officials in Minnesota have announced the nation's second confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

CNBC reports public health officials in Minnesota have announced the nation's second confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health say the variant was identified in a man who had recently returned from New York City.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health say the variant was identified in a man who had recently returned from New York City.

The man was reportedly fully vaccinated.

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The man was reportedly fully vaccinated.

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Upon returning home to Minnesota on Nov.

22., the man became symptomatic and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Upon returning home to Minnesota on Nov.

22., the man became symptomatic and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

According to CNBC, the man has since fully recovered.

The Omicron variant hasn't yet been detected in New York, though officials say it won't be much longer until it is.

The Omicron variant hasn't yet been detected in New York, though officials say it won't be much longer until it is.

We now have an exposure.

We fully expect that it will be detected in coming days, Dr. Mary Bassett, Health Commissioner New York, via CNBC.

We now have an exposure.

We fully expect that it will be detected in coming days, Dr. Mary Bassett, Health Commissioner New York, via CNBC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly working alongside health officials in Minnesota and New York to further investigate the case.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly working alongside health officials in Minnesota and New York to further investigate the case.

Thus far, the World Health Organization says it has identified cases of the Omicron variant in 23 different countries


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WHO Officials, Sound the Alarm on Omicron. Reuters reports World Health Organization officials say the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is quickly outpacing the previously dominant Delta strain. There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. Experts say it would be "unwise" to assume the new variant is less severe than previous strains. Experts say it would be "unwise" to assume the new variant is less severe than previous strains. It is more likely people vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 could be infected or re-infected. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. The WHO urges all to postpone holiday festivities this year. WHO officials say holiday gatherings this year could ultimately result in "increased cases, overwhelmed health systems and more deaths.". WHO officials say holiday gatherings this year could ultimately result in "increased cases, overwhelmed health systems and more deaths.". An event canceled is better than a life canceled. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. Despite rising fears, WHO officials say 2022 could be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite rising fears, WHO officials say 2022 could be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. (We) hope to consign this disease to a relatively mild disease that is easily prevented, that is easily treated. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters. (We) hope to consign this disease to a relatively mild disease that is easily prevented, that is easily treated. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters. If we can keep virus transmission to a minimum, then we can bring the pandemic to an end. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters. If we can keep virus transmission to a minimum, then we can bring the pandemic to an end. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters

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COVID: Better to cancel Christmas events than grieve later, warns WHO chief amid Omicron spread [Video]

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"An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, highlighting data suggesting Omicron spreads "significantly faster" than the Delta variant.

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Javid insists NHS staff are first in line for Covid tests [Video]

Javid insists NHS staff are first in line for Covid tests

Health secretary Sajid Javid insists NHS staff are being prioritised for Covid testing, despite the British Medical Association and Royal College of Nursing raising concerns over the availability of tests for frontline workers. Report by Chinnianl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Dutch tourists flock to Belgium to escape New Year COVID lockdown at home [Video]

Dutch tourists flock to Belgium to escape New Year COVID lockdown at home

Thousands of Dutch visitors have been out and about in Antwerp shopping as well as eating and drinking in bars and cafés that are shut down in the Netherlands.

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'Welcome 2022!': Sydney sees in New Year with dazzling fireworks display [Video]

'Welcome 2022!': Sydney sees in New Year with dazzling fireworks display

The Australian city shrugged off a COVID surge with a spectacular Harbour Bridge display, while in New Zealand Auckland's celebration was a far more low-key affair.

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Covid-19 in France: 'Health' measures are more 'political or economical' in nature [Video]

Covid-19 in France: 'Health' measures are more 'political or economical' in nature

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Snow, ice close COVID test sites in Seattle-area [Video]

Snow, ice close COVID test sites in Seattle-area

Amid a COVID-19 surge, health officials closed coronavirus testing sites or reduced hours in the Seattle-area because of days of snow and freezing temperatures.

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The Flu Makes a Comeback [Video]

The Flu Makes a Comeback

The Flu , Makes a Comeback. Data about the flu in the U.S. was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 27. The resurgence of the flu follows a year in which there was a single child death due to the virus. In the year prior, 199 children succumbed to the flu. The year before that, the flu claimed the lives of 144 children. So far this year, there have been two child deaths related to the flu. [The number is] unfortunately what we would expect when flu activity picks up. It’s a sad reminder of how severe flu can be, Lynnette Brammer, CDC, via HuffPost. According to CDC officials, this flu season is more in keeping with how seasons unfolded before the pandemic. This is setting itself up to be more of a normal flu season, Lynnette Brammer, CDC, via HuffPost. Due to the low circulation of the flu virus last year. professionals say that this year's vaccine was difficult to gauge in terms of optimum effectiveness. Regardless, experts say that getting a flu vaccine remains a good way to stave off getting sick. . We’ll have to see what [is] the impact of these little changes. Flu vaccine is your best way to protect yourself against flu, Lynnette Brammer, CDC, via HuffPost. In addition, the advice for steering clear of the flu is strikingly similar to guidelines to protect against COVID-19. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home if you’re sick, Lynnette Brammer, CDC, via HuffPost. If you do get flu, there are antivirals you can talk to your doctor about that can prevent severe illness and help you stay out of the hospital, Lynnette Brammer, CDC, via HuffPost

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NBA Alters COVID-19 Protocols for Vaccinated Players [Video]

NBA Alters COVID-19 Protocols for Vaccinated Players

NBA Alters COVID-19 Protocols , for Vaccinated Players. NBA Alters COVID-19 Protocols , for Vaccinated Players. 'The Guardian' reports the NBA has made some drastic changes to its COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Players who received a positive test will now be able to return to the court more quickly. Players who received a positive test will now be able to return to the court more quickly. According to 'The Guardian,' quarantines for players may now be shortened to six days, provided they are not symptomatic. Experts say this change aligns with a recent update in the CDC's policy that lowers isolation restrictions from ten days to five. NBA officials say the change “reflects analysis of testing data that the league and its infectious disease experts... have gathered throughout the pandemic.” . The updated protocols have been endorsed by the National Basketball Players Association. In recent days, coronavirus cases have exploded in the NBA. In recent days, coronavirus cases have exploded in the NBA. As of December 27, 120 NBA players were in the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. This is despite 97% of NBA players being vaccinated and 65% of those receiving a booster dose. This is despite 97% of NBA players being vaccinated and 65% of those receiving a booster dose. In the league, everyone’s kind of going through the same thing. , Kevin Young, assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, via 'The Guardian'. We had a slogan going back to last year – navigating uncertainty – and here we are. , Kevin Young, assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, via 'The Guardian'

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CDC Shortens Recommended Length of Time for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine [Video]

CDC Shortens Recommended Length of Time for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine

CDC Shortens , Recommended Length of Time, for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the changes on Dec. 27. For those who test positive for COVID-19 and don't have symptoms, isolation is now recommended for five days instead of 10. But after those five days, the CDC advises continuing to wear a mask around others for an additional five days. The same advisement applies to those who are fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all. The CDC also said that those who have received a booster may not need to isolate. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. , CDC, via statement. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for five days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for five days to minimize the risk of infecting others, CDC, via statement. Alternatively, if a five-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure, CDC, via statement

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Life Expectancy in the US Fell by Nearly 2 Years in 2020 [Video]

Life Expectancy in the US Fell by Nearly 2 Years in 2020

Life Expectancy in the US Fell , by Nearly 2 Years in 2020. The findings were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 22. The COVID-19 pandemic is largely to blame for the drop. which is the most significant fall of life expectancy in the U.S. for nearly three quarters of a century. COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, responsible for more than 350,000 fatalities. Heart disease and cancer both led with 600,000 U.S. deaths each. Life expectancy for men fell to 74.2 years. For women, life expectancy fell to 79.9 years. The overall death rate for people living in the U.S. increased by almost 17 percent. The percentage equates to 835.4 deaths per 100,000 people. While the death rate of every demographic was found to have increased. Latinx men and women experienced the greatest rise. Black men and women experienced the second-most significant increase. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 55 million Americans have been infected by the coronavirus. Nearly 810,000 people in the U.S. have died as a result of the pandemic. While the most recent Omicron and Delta variants continue to overwhelm health systems in the U.S.. data related to the Omicron variant from South Africa indicates it may have passed its peak in the country

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