Omicron Covid variant expected to hit New York in ‘coming days,’ NY health commissioner says

The new, highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant is expected to hit New York state in the “coming days,” the state health commissioner said Thursday. “We now have an exposure. We fully expect that it will be detected in the coming days.” said Dr. Mary Bassett, who stepped in as the state health commissioner on Wednesday.  Bassett … Read more

This interactive map shows where the Covid omicron variant has been detected

From the U.S. to Germany and Saudi Arabia to Australia, the Covid-19 omicron variant has spread to dozens of countries globally. The World Health Organization has labeled omicron, which was first detected by South African scientists, a “variant of concern” due to a large number of mutations that could make the variant more contagious. Much … Read more

Ghislaine Maxwell jurors picked as trial is set to start for the alleged Jeffrey Epstein procurer

Ghislaine Maxwell sits at the defense table during a hearing to discuss which expert witnesses will be able to testify at Maxwell’s upcoming sex crimes trial in New York, in this courtroom sketch on November 10, 2021. Jane Rosenberg | Reuters The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell was set to begin Monday afternoon with a federal … Read more

South African doctor who first spotted the omicron Covid variant explains the symptoms

Member of the medical staff work in the hallways of the Intensive Care Unit where Covid-19 patients are hospitalised at the Etterbeek-Ixelles Hospital on April 6, 2021, in Brussels. JOHN THYS | AFP | Getty Images Covid symptoms linked to the new omicron variant have been described as “extremely mild” by the South African doctor … Read more

U.S. to restrict travel from South Africa, 7 other countries as new Covid variant emerges

A traveler wears a face mask while checking their phone on the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The United States will restrict … Read more

Yale psychologist: How to cope in a world of climate disasters, trauma and anxiety

Sarah Lowe is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences at Yale School of Public Health. Photo courtesy Jeffrey R. Moran Climate change is changing how human beings live on the earth as floods, wildfires and extreme weather change the land and destroy property. Living with climate change … Read more

Only 54% of Europe is fully vaccinated, WHO official says

LONDON — Europe is slipping behind in its vaccination drive and could see hundreds of thousands more deaths by next spring, the World Health Organization has said. “We’ve only got 54% of the one billion people living in Europe fully vaccinated,” Robb Butler, executive director for WHO Europe, told CNBC Wednesday. This region for the … Read more

‘Vaccinated, recovered or dead’: Germany gives stark winter warning to its people

Visitors at the Christmas market in Dortmund, western Germany on November 22, 2021. Some of Germany’s federal states have canceled their Christmas markets due to the Covid crisis. Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty Images Germany’s health minister has issued a stark warning to the country’s public, telling citizens that vaccination was the key to … Read more

Dr. Fauci troubled by political divide over Covid science, says it’s hampered pandemic response

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Chief White House medical advisor Dr. … Read more

Biden social and climate bill clears procedural vote in House, where it still awaits final approval

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., conduct a news conference on plans to move forward with the Build Back Better Act and the infrastructure bill in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, November 5, 2021. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. … Read more