The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China has made front page news across the globe recently, and The National Law Review is keeping the legal industry constantly informed of all the relevant news around this serious health emergency. Although not classified yet as a pandemic, the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting U.S. companies in a variety of ways, from human resources and travel, to employee safety and liability, to public interaction and supply chain interruption. While this rapidly developing news cycle continues to erupt, we’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of both the legal industry and the nation, while keeping an eye on the rest of the world as well. DSHS has launched a new Variants and Genomic Surveillance dashboard for SARS-CoV-2, replacing the variant count table previously located on this page. The new platform is similar in style and content to the CDC’s variant dashboard, and the data shown is collected by the CDC’s national SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance program. Pfizer launched a clinical trial in March to study the safety and efficacy of Paxlovid in children and teenagers ages 6 to 17 who have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive for the virus, and who are neither hospitalized nor at risk for severe disease.
There is also no official record of any of its 25-million-strong-population being vaccinated. Kim instead prioritised keeping covid-19 out of the country via strict border controls. These findings were then supported in a study of 10 unvaccinated people who had recovered from omicron.
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Dogs can be trained within weeks to detect a COVID-19 infection, with a degree of accuracy comparable to a nose and throat swab test, according to new research. The city is in its seventh week of lockdown and is planning to resume outdoor activities in stages and to reopen some convenience shops and pharmacies. For other cities in China that have been under a similar lockdown, a third day with no new cases in the community has meant a gradual easing of restrictions.
Vaccination in pregnancy is also 90 per cent effective at preventing covid-19 infection, with no evidence of an increased risk of complications, such as a lower birthweight or postpartum haemorrhage, the study found. “When we talk about the zero-covid strategy, we don’t think that it’s sustainable, considering the behaviour of the virus now and what we anticipate in the future,” WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference. But the WHO doubts whether keeping zero-covid policies in place is sustainable, as the highly-transmissible omicron variant continues to drive cases in China. China introduced the strategy, which aims to quickly cut off transmission to end outbreaks, in August 2021 in response to the faster-spreading delta variant. According to KCNA, state authorities, including North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, recognise that a “most serious emergency case” has occurred, and Jong-un hopes to “quickly cure the infections in order to eradicate the source of the virus”. But many expect infections would have arisen in early 2020, before North Korea closed its borders, given its travel and trade relationships with China.
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Pfizer recently began Phase 2 and 3 trials in children and teens ages 6 to 17. With large sections of the population unvaccinated, new variants, like Omicron, are likely to keep emerging. To end this destructive cycle, the UN says we must vaccinate at least 70% of the population in every country. This will require at least 11 billion vaccine doses – but the task is doable. Press Releases Statement on ACIP recommendation for COVID vaccine booster for children We applaud the ACIP for their thoughtful deliberations and recommendation supporting that children ages 5-11 should receive a booster dose.
The NSF program officer at the time questioned whether the proposed work was relevant for the nation, an important criterion for selecting grants to fund, but after the very first cases of COVID-19 were detected locally in Santa Clara County, they agreed to fund our proposal. These daily samples from the Codiga sewershed, an area covering more than 150 buildings and 10,000 people on campus, provide clues about the rise and fall of the virus’ prevalence on campus, often several days ahead of the trends identified by the university’s testing program. While there is no overall data yet on exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, a number of companies and state governments have seen interest in religious exemptions — a protection stemming from the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This leaves employers in the difficult and legally precarious position of determining whether the requests are valid. As such, some states have tried to do away with non-medical exemptions overall for their employees.
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The CDC also released data on pediatric hospitalizations and vaccine effectiveness against MIS-C. Access to testinghas improved for people who are sick, but those who lack symptoms continue to face barriers to getting screened, obscuring the overall picture of virus spread. Visit this dedicated COVID-19 page for latest updates on the IB’s response to the pandemic and find out how we continue to support and protect our community. Children and teens are at risk for serious COVID-19 illness and can spread the virus to others—even if they don’t have symptoms. But with the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up, you can protect the kids in your life wherever they live, play, and learn.
Melissa Miller, PhD, director of the Clinical Molecular Microbiology Laboratory at UNC Medical Center, talks with the News and Observer about why an at-home COVID test might give false-negative results and tips on how to determine if follow-up testing is needed. Clinical COVID tests give you results on whether one individual is infected or not, and then you need to aggregate the data from everyone who has taken a test to tell what the incidence rates of COVID are. Here, Boehm discusses her team’s work and the great promise that wastewater monitoring holds for anticipating the spread of other diseases. Within hours of drop-off at the lab, Alexandria Boehm, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, receives the results online. Boehm, known to colleagues as Ali, reviews the data and uses it to create reports about the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. In April, Stanford’s COVID Dashboards expanded to include these measurements and trends.
“Our findings support the optimism expressed at the beginning of 2022 in South Africa that a turning point had been reached in the pandemic. Many in high income countries dismissed this view as not applicable to their settings despite high vaccine coverage. But their experience has since generally aligned with South Africa’s,” wrote study author Prof. Shabir A. Madhi forThe Conversation. And among a high percentage of the population, the immunity to SARS-CoV-2 was “hybrid,” meaning that it was given partly by vaccines and partly from previous infection with the virus. However, according to thelatest datafrom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , vaccines are less effective against Omicron. The researchers said that the hybrid version of the coronavirus combines the backbone of the Delta variant with the spike protein of the Omicron variant.
What is considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).