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COVID: what we know about new omicron variant BF.7

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Manal Mohammed, University of Westminster Since the COVID variant omicron emerged in late 2021, it has rapidly evolved into multiple subvariants. One subvariant, BF.7, has recently been identified as the main variant spreading in Beijing, and is contributing to a wider surge of COVID infections in China. But what is this new variant, and should we be worried? …

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COVID vaccines: should people under 50 in the UK be offered a fourth dose?

Studio Romantic/Shutterstock Alessandro Siani, University of Portsmouth It’s been nearly two years since Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive an approved COVID vaccine at a clinic in Coventry on December 8, 2020. Since then, almost 13 billion doses of various COVID vaccines have been administered globally. And they are estimated to have prevented millions of …

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Go slow and accept your limitations – how to exercise if you’re recovering from long COVID

StratfordProductions/Shutterstock Lewis Gough, Birmingham City University A significant proportion of people who contract COVID are left with ongoing symptoms, commonly termed “long COVID”. The nature of these symptoms and the duration of the illness differ between people. While some people are still suffering more than two years after their initial infection, others have recovered, or at least improved. As you’re …

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Should I still go on holiday if I have COVID?

CandyRetriever/Shutterstock Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth Your flights are booked, your bags are packed, and in your mind you’re already sunning yourself by the beach with a cocktail. With summer in full swing in the northern hemisphere, and most COVID-related restrictions behind us, travel is back on the agenda for many people. But at the same time, COVID cases in …

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Five tips for young people dealing with long COVID – from a GP

Basicdog/Shutterstock Dipesh Gopal, Queen Mary University of London While we might not be hearing the daily COVID numbers anymore, the virus hasn’t gone away. In the UK alone, thousands of new cases continue to be recorded every day. Meanwhile, there’s a very large group of people for whom the virus hasn’t gone away in a different sense – those suffering …

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COVID has reached North Korea, threatening a humanitarian emergency

Michael Head, University of Southampton The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. But it’s only in recent days, in May 2022, that the secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has reported its first confirmed cases of the virus. While it may seem somewhat astounding that a country has managed to get so far into …

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COVID may have made us less materialistic – new research

Shutterstock/Shopping King Louie Olaya Moldes Andrés, Cardiff University The early days of COVID brought a new sense of urgency to shopping for certain items. Toilet paper, pasta and bread flew off the shelves as people stocked up on vital supplies. Then came the must-have purchases to help with the tedium of lockdowns, with hot tubs, kitchen gadgets and new pets …

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COVID may have made us less materialistic – new research

Shutterstock/Shopping King Louie Olaya Moldes Andrés, Cardiff University The early days of COVID brought a new sense of urgency to shopping for certain items. Toilet paper, pasta and bread flew off the shelves as people stocked up on vital supplies. Then came the must-have purchases to help with the tedium of lockdowns, with hot tubs, kitchen gadgets and new pets …

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Omicron FAQ: How is it different from other variants? Is it a ‘super-variant?’ Can it evade vaccines? How transmissible is it?

The Omicron variant has been confirmed in all continents except Antarctica. (Pixabay/Canva) Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, York University, Canada Omicron, the first COVID-19 variant to have been upgraded to a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a matter of days, came on the radar of the Lancet Laboratory in South Africa, on Nov. 8, although it is …

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COVID-19 vaccine inequity allowed Omicron to emerge

While people in the wealthy West have had preferred access to multiple rounds of vaccines, vast numbers of people, especially in Africa and on the Indian subcontinent, haven’t received a single dose. (Pixabay/Canva) Dawn ME Bowdish, McMaster University and Chandrima Chakraborty, McMaster University Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is 76 per cent — 10 times higher than it is across the …

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