Tag: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Riding a Citi Bike? Good Luck Finding a Parking Spot.

And, she added, if she says something to reckless cyclists, including some who ignore red lights or ride on sidewalks, the responses are not kind. “‘It’s your fault’ or ‘Sorry, grandma’ or they just insult me,” Ms. Huacuja said. Still, it seems clear that New York will emerge from the pandemic as a city where […]

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How Omicron Could Knock Economic Recovery Off Track

LONDON — This week, Marisha Wallace finally had to admit that her planned five-day ski holiday in Switzerland in mid-December was not salvageable: The Swiss government’s sudden decision to impose a 10-day quarantine on some international travelers meant she wouldn’t be able to leave her hotel or return home to London on her scheduled flight. […]

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U.S. Reports Its 1st Omicron Case, in a California Traveler

WASHINGTON — The Omicron coronavirus variant was reported in the United States for the first time on Wednesday in a traveler who had been in South Africa, as scientists around the world study whether the variant is more transmissible or virulent than its predecessors. The patient, a resident of San Francisco, is in isolation, and […]

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Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists

As recently as last week, many public health experts were fiercely opposed to the Biden administration’s campaign to roll out booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines to all American adults. There was little scientific evidence to support extra doses for most people, the researchers said. The Omicron variant has changed all that. Scientists do not […]

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Biden Projects Normalcy and Optimism as Omicron Poses New Threat

WASHINGTON — With prices rising across the economy and a new variant of the coronavirus threatening another wave of the pandemic, President Biden stepped to a White House microphone and tried to convey a sense of normalcy. “We’re looking ahead to a brighter and happier December,” Mr. Biden said on Wednesday. He ticked through a […]

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Is New York City Ready for the Omicron Variant?

The increase, epidemiologists say, is likely caused by the changing of the seasons, with colder weather pushing people indoors and prompting them to close windows, raising the risk of transmission. Cold, drier air may also benefit the coronavirus by helping viral particles to survive and linger in the air for longer. Holiday travel and gatherings […]

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Marcus Lamb, a Christian Broadcaster and Vaccine Skeptic, Dies of Covid

Marcus Lamb, a Christian broadcaster in Dallas who had been dismissive of Covid-19 vaccinations, died on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, his family said. Mr. Lamb, 64, who frequently suggested on his Christian television network that people pray instead of getting inoculated, had to be rushed to the hospital when his oxygen levels dropped “all […]

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W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

LONDON — As the still-mysterious Omicron variant reached American shores, the World Health Organization on Wednesday scolded wealthy countries that imposed travel bans and dismissed those that poured resources into vaccine booster campaigns when billions in poor countries had yet to receive their first shots. The comments by W.H.O. officials reopened fraught questions of equity […]

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Lakers Search for Answers, With and Without LeBron James

Before the start of the N.B.A. season, LeBron James acknowledged one of the hard realities facing the Los Angeles Lakers. The team had once again rebuilt its roster in pursuit of a championship, and James said he knew that forming chemistry would be a process, that nothing would come easily — at least not right […]

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Omicron Is Here. Will We Use Our New Covid Drugs Wisely?

The new coronavirus variant, Omicron, has renewed uncertainty over the future of the pandemic. The variant seems to be spreading quickly, but the degree to which it can evade or blunt the protection of vaccines remains unknown. While getting vaccines to everyone who needs them remains a top priority, the world has never effectively fought […]

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A Top Official Says the Fed Will ‘Grapple’ With a Faster Bond-Buying Taper

John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said the latest variant of the coronavirus could prolong the bottlenecks and shortages that have caused inflation to run hotter than expected, and is a risk Fed officials will assess as they “grapple” with how quickly to remove economic support. It is still […]

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Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Republicans is threatening to delay action on a spending bill needed to avert a lapse in federal funding on Friday unless it also bans enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine-and-testing mandate for large employers, heightening the threat of a government shutdown. With Congress lagging behind on finalizing the dozen […]

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Trump Tested Positive for Virus Days Before Debate, 2 Ex-Officials Say

President Donald J. Trump tested positive for coronavirus three days before his first debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2020, two former administration officials said Wednesday. The White House did not announce the positive test at the time, and the president received a negative result shortly afterward and carried on with a campaign rally […]

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A Top Official Says the Fed Will ‘Grapple’ With Faster Bond-Buying Taper

John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said the latest variant of the coronavirus could prolong the bottlenecks and shortages that have caused inflation to run hotter than expected, and is a risk Fed officials will assess as they “grapple” with how quickly to remove economic support. It is still […]

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W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty.

The World Health Organization’s member states on Wednesday took the first step toward what many governments hope will be a legally binding treaty aimed at strengthening global defenses against pandemics. A rare special session of the W.H.O.’s governing body agreed to set up an intergovernmental negotiating body that is to meet no later than March […]

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Nigeria Finds Omicron Variant Covid Case From October

Nigeria’s public health institute said on Wednesday that it had detected the Omicron coronavirus variant in a test sample collected in October, weeks before the variant was first reported by researchers in South Africa. The announcement expands the window of time during which Omicron is known to have been circulating before the World Health Organization […]

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Amazon and the Labor Shortage

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Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

JOHANNESBURG — The detection of the Omicron variant in southern Africa signals the next stage of the battle against Covid-19: getting many more people inoculated in poorer nations where vaccines have been scarcest in order to deter new mutations from developing. But while world leaders sometimes talk about this as if it were largely a […]

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While Politics Consume School Board Meetings, a Very Different Crisis Festers

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Early in the November school board meeting, a few of the departing members made farewell remarks, talking of things that they believed still need addressing: more special education programs, mental health initiatives, a program for high school students to take college classes. There was a long list, but over the past two […]

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How to Store Your Covid Vaccine Card or Test Results on Your Phone

The state of the digital Covid vaccine card — the bar code that we store on our phones and present to businesses and venues as proof of inoculation — is chaotic. While some states, like California and New York, accept digital records as proof of vaccination to allow entry into restaurants and other businesses, states […]

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How do you say ‘Omicron’?

ImageNew travel restrictions may go into effect only weeks after international travel opened up more widely for vaccinated travelers to the U.S.Credit…Bryan Anselm for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to toughen coronavirus testing and screening of international fliers to the United States by requiring them to […]

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Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known

The heavily mutated new coronavirus variant was in Europe several days earlier than previously known, health officials said Tuesday, and the number of countries where it has been found increased to at least 20, raising questions about whether the pandemic is about to surge once again. The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the […]

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Merck’s Covid Treatment Pill Wins Blessing of F.D.A. Panel

In a clinical trial, molnupiravir was found to reduce by 30 percent the risk of hospitalization or death when given to high-risk, unvaccinated volunteers within five days after they started showing symptoms. It appears to be substantially less effective than Pfizer’s pill, which was found to reduce that risk by 89 percent. Monoclonal antibody treatments […]

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Let’s End the Covid Blame Games

Over the summer, as Covid cases started rising from their midyear lows, it became popular to blame Republicans for fueling the pandemic. The argument was that Covid had become a red-state scourge because of lower rates of mask-wearing and vaccination — along with high doses of vaccine misinformation — in places that went heavily for […]

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How 2 Flights to Europe May Have Spurred Spread of New Variant

After the emergence of the Omicron variant in Africa last week, the United States and the European Union and other nations banned flights from southern Africa. Israel and Morocco slammed their doors on the world. Australia, Japan and other countries postponed opening up and joined China, which has adopted a fortress mentality as it seeks […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday to halt the start of President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for health care workers, which had been set to begin next week. The injunction effectively expanded a separate order issued on Monday by a federal court in Missouri. The earlier one had applied only to 10 […]

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The Omicron Variant Is a Mystery. How Should We Prepare?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For every Greek-lettered incarnation of the coronavirus that alters the course of the pandemic, like the Delta variant, there is another that falls into epidemiological obscurity, and countless more that prove too insignificant to name. […]

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South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

The South African drug maker Aspen Pharmacare announced on Tuesday that it was finalizing the first agreement to control production of a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa. The deal, with Johnson & Johnson, would allow Aspen to bottle and market the Johnson & Johnson vaccine across Africa under the brand name Aspenovax. Aspen would then have […]

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Amid Variant Fears, U.K. Discovers Limits to Its Virus Strategy

LONDON — At almost every step of the pandemic, Britain has been a coronavirus renegade. It locked down later than its European neighbors in March 2020, rolled out vaccines faster than almost any major country earlier this year, and threw off virtually all restrictions last summer in an audacious bid to return life to normal. […]

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What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

What is the Omicron variant? First identified in Botswana and South Africa, this new iteration of the coronavirus has prompted concern among scientists and public health officials because of an unusually high number of mutations that have the potential to make the virus more transmissible and less susceptible to existing vaccines. The World Health Organization […]

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Becoming a Parent, or Deciding Not To

To the Editor: Re “In an Age Like This, Is It Still OK to Procreate?” (Sunday Styles, Nov. 21): In a way I admire the young women who are thinking twice about becoming mothers because the future climate may be unlivable. Quite a contrast from some other young women who become mothers without thinking about […]

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