Will BA.2.86 (‘Pirola’), the New Coronavirus Variant, Increase COVID-19 Cases?

BY CARRIE MACMILLAN AUGUST 31, 2023 A new coronavirus variant is raising alarm, but much about it remains unknown Note: Information in this article was accurate at the time of original publication. Because information about COVID-19 changes rapidly, we encourage you to visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization […]

Next Covid-19 Strain May be More Dangerous, Lab Study Shows

Authors: Story by Antony Sguazzin •  (Bloomberg) — A South African laboratory study using Covid-19 samples from an immunosuppressed individual over six months showed that the virus evolved to become more pathogenic, indicating that a new variant could cause more illness than the current predominant omicron strain. (Bloomberg) — A South African laboratory study using Covid-19 […]

Scientists Fear New COVID Strains Are Deadly—Just Like 2020 Wave

Authors: David Axe Fri, October 28, 2022 The new COVID-19 subvariants that are becoming dominant all over the world aren’t just more contagious than previous variants and subvariants—they might cause more severe disease, too. That’s an ominous sign if, as experts predict, there’s a new global wave of COVID in the coming months. It’s one thing to […]

New COVID variant detected in South Africa, most mutated variant so far

The C.1.2 variant first detected in South Africa is more mutated compared to the original virus than any other known variant. Authors: By TZVI JOFFRE   AUGUST 29, 2021 14:47 A new coronavirus variant, C.1.2, has been detected in South Africa and a number of other countries, with concerns that it could be more infectious and evade vaccines, according […]

“One Step Closer To Dictatorship”: Joe Rogan Slams Vaccine Passports, Warns Vax May Cause ‘Virulent Mutations’

Rogan – who acknowledge thathe’s not a doctor or an anti-vaxx person, says that concerned doctors have been anonymously sending him studies – including one which asserts that an imperfect vaccine can lead to ‘highly virulent pathogens,’ and that ‘vaccines that keep the host alive but still allow transmission can thus allow virulent strains to circulate in a population.’ “The very […]

I treat pediatric COVID patients. What I’m seeing in our hospital scares me.

There is this popular notion that covid doesn’t affect children – and my public health and epidemiologic training reminds me that on a population-level, it’s true, the majority of children who contract covid-19 will be asymptomatic or have mild disease. But I contrast this with the reality of being a clinician at the bedside of […]