New studies say COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan market in China – National

Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold — further bolstering the theory that the virus emerged in the wild rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research, published online Tuesday by the journal Science, shows that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was likely the early epicenter of the scourge that has now killed nearly 6.4 million people around the world. Scientists conclude that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely spilled from animals into people two separate times. Read more: 4th COVID-19 dose: What is...

COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases rise in Manitoba: health data – Winnipeg

Manitoba saw an increase in both the number of COVID-19 cases reported and hospitalizations linked to the virus last week, according to health data. The province’s latest epidemiology update, which covers July 3 to July 9, reports 229 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 infections and new 59 hospitalizations — seven of which required intensive care. Read more: Sick time, overtime skyrocket for Winnipeg paramedics and firefighters Another two COVID-19-related deaths were reported last week, bringing the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,053.While provincial case counts no longer give an accurate picture of active infection rates because the government has significantly scaled back testing,...

New Omicron variant raises COVID-19 concerns in India and beyond

A nurse prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at a private vaccination centre in Gauhati, India, on April 10.Anupam Nath/The Associated PressThe quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious Omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States.Scientists say the variant – called BA.2.75 – may be able to spread rapidly and get around immunity from vaccines and previous infection. It’s unclear whether it could cause more serious disease than other Omicron variants, including the globally prominent BA.5.“It’s still really early on for us to...

Is Omicron BA.5 ‘Worst Version’ Of Covid-19 Coronavirus Seen?

As can be seen in the U.K.'s Heathrow Airport on June 1, 2022 in London, England, many people have ... [+] stopped maintaining Covid-19 precautions such as face mask wearing and social distancing. This may have been fueling the BA.5 Omicron subvariant upswing that has hit the U.K. and is now reaching the U.S. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) Getty Images Let’s clear up one misconception. Viruses aren’t like deodorant on your armpit or a fart in a room. They don’t necessarily automatically get weaker over time. In fact, often it’s quite the opposite. Mutations and natural selection can help...

The Secrets of Covid ‘Brain Fog’ Are Starting to Lift

Allison Guy was having a great start to 2021. Her health was the best it had ever been. She loved her job and the people she worked with as a communications manager for a conservation nonprofit. She could get up early in the mornings to work on creative projects. Things were looking “really, really good,” she says—until she got Covid-19.While the initial infection was not fun, what followed was worse. Four weeks later, when Guy had recovered enough to go back to work full-time, she woke up one day with an overwhelming fatigue that just never went away. It was...