what we know and what we don’t know, according to experts

We’ve entered the third year of the pandemic, and experts still know very little about the long Covid, including how to cure its symptoms. On July 20-21, the Global Virus Network hosted the first-ever conference devoted solely to the science of long Covid. There, scientists spoke openly about what is known about the mysterious condition … Read more

Fatigue, headaches among the main symptoms of long Covid

Fatigue and headaches are the most common symptoms reported by individuals on average more than four months after infection with Covid-19, a study has found. The study, published in the journal “ScienceDirect”, reported preliminary results from 200 patients enrolled an average of around 125 days after testing positive for the Covid virus. Eighty percent of … Read more

New wearable device tests for current and past COVID infections within two hours

A group of Boston researchers have designed a postcard-sized test that can detect both SARS-CoV-2 infection and the presence of antibodies following recent infection, providing a two-in-one punch that can both diagnose active COVID cases (including specifying which variant is responsible), as well as how well a person might be protected from future infections, thanks … Read more

Scientists fear we’re not ready for a nightmarish new COVID variant

A wave of COVID infections caused by the BA.5 subvariant has peaked. Around the world, daily new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the decline. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus is almost certainly here to stay. Another wave is almost inevitable as new variants and sub-variants mutate, compete for dominance and find new routes of transmission. … Read more

Polio fears rise in New York amid possible community spread

ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York state health officials on Thursday issued a more urgent call for unvaccinated children and adults to get polio shots, citing new evidence of a possible “community spread” of the dangerous virus. The polio virus has now been found in seven different sewage samples in two adjacent counties in northern … Read more

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government declared a public health emergency on Thursday to bolster the response to the monkeypox outbreak. which has infected more than 7,100 Americans. The announcement will free up money and other resources to fight the virus, which can cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimple-like bumps on many parts … Read more

How a COVID-19 infection can affect your period

Earlier this year, a large study of around 16,000 people found that the COVID-19 vaccine actually changed menstruation in 42% of participants. After vaccination, cycle length changed temporarily and heavier periods were also reported. Now some experts (and many menstruating people) are wondering how a COVID infection can have the same impact. Anecdotally, people have … Read more

Not being up to date on Covid vaccines, recalls mean trouble

If you’re not up to date on your Covid shots or boosters, Dr. Anthony Fauci has a stark warning for you: get those doses now, or prepare for a harsh Covid fall and winter. “If they’re not vaccinated or if they’re not boosted, they’re going to be in trouble,” Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, … Read more

DeSantis says monkeypox concern is overdone: ‘We’re not scary’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) dismissed growing concerns about monkeypox at a press conference on Wednesday, saying the media and politicians were unnecessarily fueling fear of the disease. “I’m so sick of politicians, and we’ve seen it with COVID, trying to instill fear in the population,” the Republican governor said. “We had people calling, mothers … Read more