Category Archives: Health

The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa’s Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations

NTUZUMA, South Africa — A few months ago, Sizakele Mathe, a community health worker in this sprawling hillside township on the edge of the city of Durban, was notified by a clinic that a neighbor had stopped picking up her medication. It was a warning sign that she had likely stopped taking the antiretroviral tablet […]

Omicron and Vaccine Protection – The New York Times

Omicron and Vaccine Protection Andrew JacobsReporting on the coronavirus Why are scientists worried? Early evidence suggests Omicron may be significantly more contagious than the highly contagious Delta variant. Because of a high number of mutations, scientists also worry Omicron might be able to dodge the immune system and vaccines more readily than previous variants. The […]

Omicron and Travel: So, Now Do I Need Trip Insurance?

While the pandemic has depressed travel, it may have encouraged travel insurance, say those in the industry. “The biggest question we get from customers is: ‘What happens if I get Covid during travel and what if I have to quarantine?’” said Jeremy Murchland, the president of Seven Corners, a travel insurance management company. “Covid has […]

C.D.C. Tells Airlines to Disclose Details on Passengers From Southern Africa

Federal health officials have directed airlines to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the names and contact information of all passengers who boarded flights bound for the United States since Nov. 29 and who had been in southern Africa during the prior two weeks. The directive, issued Wednesday, applies to passengers who […]

Omicron Is Here. Should You Cancel Your Trip?

David Freedman, the president-elect of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, said that the type of mask one wears while traveling is particularly important. Dr. Freedman discourages people from wearing cloth or homemade masks; N95 or KN95 masks are preferable, he said. Updated  Dec. 3, 2021, 6:51 a.m. ET It is difficult to […]

Missouri Withheld Data Showing Effectiveness of Mask Mandates

Mask mandates were effective as the Delta variant of the coronavirus was driving a surge in Covid-19 cases across Missouri, according to an analysis that the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services conducted in early November. But the state did not immediately share that data with the public. Instead, the information was released on […]

Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]