Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Expert on Encouraging Loved Ones to Get Vaccinated: 'Our Holidays Will Be a Little Happier'

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, holiday plans for many are meeting increased concern around the developing Omicron variant and a recent increase in case numbers in large portions of the United States. Experts agree that vaccinations (particularly booster shots) are effective against the Omicron variant, but the country's vaccination rate...
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Ontario Further Extends COVID-19 Paid Sick Days and Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Period Into July 2022

On December 7, 2021, the Government of Ontario extended the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit and the temporary amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, which provided for the infectious disease emergency leave (IDEL) provisions. These initiatives were set to expire at the end of December 2021. The COVIDIDE-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit program and the IDEL will now extend until July 31, 2022, and July 30, 2022, respectively.

Roche Launches The First Infectious Disease Tests And Cobas Omni Utility Channel For Use On The Cobas 5800 System In Countries Accepting The CE Mark

PLEASANTON, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced the launch of the first infectious disease tests on the cobas® 5800 System, a new molecular laboratory instrument, in countries accepting the CE mark. These include cobas® HIV-1, cobas® HBV, cobas® HCV, cobas® HIV-1/HIV-2 Qualitative, and the cobas omni Utility Channel kit. These launches expand the Roche Molecular portfolio offering by providing standardised performance and efficiencies across low, medium and high volume molecular laboratory testing needs.
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Despite Pandemic Spotlight, Infectious Disease Not a Sought-After Specialty

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the spotlight on infectious disease doctors. They've acted as public health messengers, conveying the importance of interventions such as masking, social distancing, and vaccination, and answering questions about viral evolution and transmission. They've established infection protocols to keep medical teams afloat during the public health emergency.