Ireland turns to vaccine passes to fully reopen its hospitality industry

DUBLIN — Despite the spread of the highly-contagious delta coronavirus variant, Ireland is betting on “vaccine passes” to fully reopen its bars and restaurants. Ireland’s tourism and hospitality trade has been dealing with stop-and-starts on reopening throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Indoor service resumed on July 26 in something of a photo finish with the government… Continue reading Ireland turns to vaccine passes to fully reopen its hospitality industry

How A U.S. Olympic Pair Keeps Going After One Tests Positive For Coronavirus In Tokyo

TOKYO — U.S. beach volleyball player Jake Gibb is facing a nightmare scenario at the Tokyo Games. The four-time Olympian, 45, has been playing with Taylor Crabb as a pair since 2017. They were the top U.S. men’s team to make it to the Olympics, after an arduous qualification process that started nearly three years… Continue reading How A U.S. Olympic Pair Keeps Going After One Tests Positive For Coronavirus In Tokyo

U.S. Life Expectancy Fell By 1.5 Years In 2020, The Biggest Drop Since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States declined by a year and a half in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says the coronavirus is largely to blame. COVID-19 contributed to 74% of the decline in life expectancy from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020, according to the… Continue reading U.S. Life Expectancy Fell By 1.5 Years In 2020, The Biggest Drop Since WWII

New Data Leads To Rethinking (Once More) Where The Pandemic Actually Began

Back in May, a group of scientists — many at the top of the virology field — shifted the debate about the origins of COVID-19. They published a letter in the journal Science saying the lab-leak theory needs to be taken more seriously by the scientific community. Given the current evidence available, the scientists wrote,… Continue reading New Data Leads To Rethinking (Once More) Where The Pandemic Actually Began

Vaccinated U.K. Health Secretary Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sajid Javid, the top government official tasked with leading the United Kingdom’s coronavirus response, announced Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated. In a video posted to Twitter, the health secretary said he learned of his results from a rapid lateral flow test, generally used for people without coronavirus symptoms, and… Continue reading Vaccinated U.K. Health Secretary Tests Positive For COVID-19

A Week Before The Opening Ceremony, Coronavirus Turns Up At Tokyo’s Olympic Village

One week before the top global sporting event kicks off, the first person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, as more than 11,000 athletes, plus an estimated 79,000 journalists, officials and staff are slated to gather in Japan during the ongoing pandemic. So far, 44 people affiliated with the Games… Continue reading A Week Before The Opening Ceremony, Coronavirus Turns Up At Tokyo’s Olympic Village

With The Delta Variant Spreading Fast, Is Time To Mask Up Again?

After declining steeply for six months, coronavirus cases are once again on the rise, thanks to the delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that new cases are up by nearly 70% in just a week. Hospitalizations are also up by nearly 36%. Surges are most pronounced in areas where vaccination… Continue reading With The Delta Variant Spreading Fast, Is Time To Mask Up Again?

The Pandemic Has Worsened Childhood Vaccination Rates Around The World

Nearly 23 million children around the world missed out on routine childhood vaccinations last year due to service disruptions from the pandemic, the World Health Organization and UNICEF report. In a new analysis released Thursday that highlights data from around the world, the two organizations said immunization rates among children fell in many Asian and… Continue reading The Pandemic Has Worsened Childhood Vaccination Rates Around The World

The Ripple Effects Of A Huge Drop In Cancer Screenings

At the height of the pandemic, routine cancer screenings declined by 90 percent. Screenings are resuming and doctors are diagnosing later-stage cancers — cancers that might have been caught earlier. NPR science correspondent Yuki Noguchi talks about whom this affects most, and about the ripple effects that missing cancer screening may have for years to… Continue reading The Ripple Effects Of A Huge Drop In Cancer Screenings

Despite New COVID Variants, CDC Says You Don’t Need Any Booster Doses Right Now

As new coronavirus variants test the protections of the available vaccines, federal health officials say there’s no need for booster doses right now. “Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time,” read a joint statement sent Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food… Continue reading Despite New COVID Variants, CDC Says You Don’t Need Any Booster Doses Right Now