#Public Health

Valneva dips as French health authority advises against COVID shot

Shares of France-based biotech Valneva SE (NASDAQ:VALN) trended lower in European trading after France's public health body Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) advised against the use of the company's COVID-19 vaccine as part of a broader immunization drive. However, the HAS recommended the use of rival vaccines VidPrevtyn...
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Record delays in A&E as NHS warned over Strep A pressures

Patients across England have faced record A&E delays as NHS performance against emergency targets slumps to a new low, new data shows.The number of patients seen within four hours in A&E dropped to 68.9 percent in November, the lowest since records began. Meanwhile, the number of people waiting for NHS care hit a new high of 7.2 million in October, up from 7.1 million the previous month. The figures come as NHS England sent a warning to healthcare leaders over the increased demand driven by Strep A concerns on Thursday. Experts have warned the NHS is “bursting at the...

China faces a rough road ahead for ending its zero-COVID policies

China is set to end its zero-COVID policy after a round of nationwide protests in response to a deadly fire that took place in a residential area under lockdown in Urumqi, Xinjiang, on November 25, 2022. But the path to opening up the country is looking treacherous. While the Omicron...

Cork doctor gives advice in light of 'Strep A' infection increase

A Cork Doctor is advising parents who have concerns about their child's health to contact their GP. It's after childcare facilities and schools have been asked to request that children with viral symptoms stay at home. The HSE says it has seen a 'large increase' in general viral infections among...

CDC Encourages Masking to Reduce Spread of COVID, Flu, and RSV

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said wearing a mask is one of several everyday precautions that people can take to reduce their chances of catching or spreading a respiratory virus during the busy holiday season. The CDC director said the agency is considering expanding its system of COVID community levels...
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Japan's 2022 "dish of the year" reflects a post-pandemic world

Two presenters of Japan's food "dish of the year" lifted a box to reveal a savory meal shrouded in steam (see image below). In the past, Japan's dish of the year, selected by the Gurunavi Research Institute to reflect the culinary "symbol of the times," has included foods such as chicken breasts, mackerel, and tapioca. But the 2022 winner — a year still suffering from pandemic PTSD — represented more than just a specific food, and gave kudos to Japan's evolving gastronomic lifestyle instead.

Flu and other respiratory virus activity continues

LINCOLN, Neb. — Respiratory illnesses continue to be a concern in the state. The Department of Health and Human Services said 14 positive influenza tests have been reported with nearly 1,400 influenza-like emergency department visits last week. However, there was not a positive RSV test last week. There have...
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Chinese Businesses Guard Against Wave Of Infections Feared After COVID Easing

Manufacturers and eateries keen to stay open in China are preferring to err on the side of caution, by retaining COVID-19 curbs until they get a clearer picture of just how workplaces will be affected by the easing of stringent measures. The world's second largest economy is bracing for a...

H-K Springs Back on Relaxation of COVID Rules

Advertisment Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index popped on Thursday, as a local news outlet reported the city is considering further easing of CPVID measures, including lifting its outdoor mask rule and relaxing mandatory testing for arrivals. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 declined 111.97 points, or 0.4%, to 27,574.43. Japan’s...

COVID, flu, RSV cases surging in NY: ‘extraordinarily worrying’

After two years of a COVID-19 lockdown, people have shed their masks and are out and about again enjoying the spirit of the holiday. But that’s raising concern in the medical community as they’re seeing an unsettling surge in COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. COVID, flu, RSV cases...

COVID Can Live on These 5 Grocery Items for Days, Says New Report

Don't put those antibacterial wipes away just yet—a new report from the Food Standards Agency in the UK suggests that COVID-19 can survive up to a week on certain grocery items. "The foods tested were selected because they are commonly sold loose on supermarkets shelves or uncovered at deli counters or market stalls, they may be difficult to wash, and they are often consumed without any further processing i.e. cooking," the FSA report says. "The food packaging materials were selected as they are the most used food packaging materials or consumption of the product may involve direct mouth contact with the packaging."

5 things to know for Dec. 8: Marriage bill, Ukraine, Power grid, Immigration, Covid

More Americans are moving to places where extreme weather events are commonplace, a new study found. Hurricane-prone Florida and states in the drought-stricken West have seen exceptional population increases in recent decades, researchers say, signaling climate risks are not at the top of people's minds when it comes to relocating. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.