covid-19

COVID-19 variants mu, delta and what to know about mutations

COVID-19 variants mu, delta and what to know about mutations

By Deb Balzer, Mayo Clinic News Network Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #Health There are 3 classifications given to variants based on how they spread, their symptoms and treatments A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621, or mu by the World Health Organization, is being monitored by scientists. While this variant is making news, it is not the dominant strain in the United States or elsewhere, said Dr. John O’Horo, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician. “The delta variant is really the predominant strain everywhere at this point. And while it is important that scientists and public health officials keep an eye…
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Airlines Reporting Lower Demand, Revenue Due to Delta Variant

Airlines Reporting Lower Demand, Revenue Due to Delta Variant

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Several major airlines in the United States announced Thursday that the rising number of COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant has hurt bookings and is impacting the travel industry’s recovery. According to The Associated Press, officials from American Airlines reported a drop in demand that started in August has continued into September, with the carrier lowering its third-quarter revenue outlook. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian recently said that while the carrier still expects an adjusted pretax profit for the third quarter, revenue will be lower than expected. The CEO also revealed business…
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New mu COVID-19 variant now found in 49 states

New mu COVID-19 variant now found in 49 states

By Brandon Sapienza, New York Daily News (TNS) Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  Since being discovered in Colombia in January, the mu variant of COVID-19 has spread to nearly four dozen countries and has made its presence known in Hawaii and Alaska. It has so far been found in 49 states, with Nebraska being the only state to not have a mu variant case detected. Health officials believe mu is even more transmissible than the delta variant and has the potential to resist vaccines. In the U.S., the mu variant has been detected in 49 states and the District of Columbia,…
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Sandy Springs: UPS delivers first COVID-19 vaccines by drone

Sandy Springs: UPS delivers first COVID-19 vaccines by drone

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for SandySpringsNewsAndTalk.Com #COVID-19 #Business   The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant UPS said it has started making its first COVID-19 vaccine deliveries by drone. UPS Flight Forward is making deliveries on the campus of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The drones open up the prospect of a quicker way to deliver sensitive medical shipments, such as to remote or rural areas. The hospital ships the vaccines by drone from its central pharmacy to family medicine practices on its medical center campus. Drone operators inspect the Matternet M2 drone before takeoff and scan the airspace…
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Delta variant adds variable for Labor Day travel

Delta variant adds variable for Labor Day travel

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #COVID-19 Labor Day weekend traditionally brings a chance to squeeze in one final summer vacation, but the delta variant is complicating traveler plans. The three-day weekend is expected to draw crowds to roads and airports, but the recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and infections could curb some trips. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday vaccinated Americans should be careful and wear masks if traveling. “If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” she added during a White House press briefing. The concerns started rising last month amid…
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McDonald’s Restaurants Could Close Dining Rooms Again Due to the Delta Variant

McDonald’s Restaurants Could Close Dining Rooms Again Due to the Delta Variant

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie The burger chain reiterated to franchisees that closing seating areas should be considered if local COVID cases climb too high. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, McDonald's has regularly taken actions the chain believed were in the best interest of its employees and customers. And even after months of reopening, the burger giant has been willing to backtrack when necessary: Earlier this month, McDonald's reinstituted its mask mandate — even for vaccinated customers — in areas with high or substantial transmission. Now, McDonald's once again appears to be bracing itself for a potential shift…
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KISS postpones Lakewood date after Paul Stanley gets COVID-19

KISS postpones Lakewood date after Paul Stanley gets COVID-19

By Rodney Ho, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Music #COVID-19 The concert was set for August 29. A new date has not been announced yet. KISS is postponing its concert Sunday, August 29, at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood after Paul Stanley caught COVID-19. The popular rock group has not set a new date yet in Atlanta but people who hold tickets can use them at the later date. The tour, which is supposedly the band’s final one, is ironically dubbed End of the Road. The news broke last week just four dates into the tour. Stanley himself said on…
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Back to School Spurs Anxiety (and Relief) Among Industry Parents as COVID-19 Rages

Back to School Spurs Anxiety (and Relief) Among Industry Parents as COVID-19 Rages

BY KIRSTEN CHUBA | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Lifestyle As the delta variant spreads, districts open with mask and vaccine mandates: "It's just becoming more a part of how we have to do business." As the delta variant spurs a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles — along with vaccine mandate rollouts and indoor mask rules being restored — children across the city are returning to in-person school, eliciting emotions ranging from delight to dread from parents. LAUSD public schools welcomed students back to the classroom Aug. 16, while charter and private schools’ first days are staggered now through…
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BREAKING: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval

BREAKING: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech now carries the strongest endorsement from the Food and Drug Administration, which has never before had so much evidence to judge a shot’s safety. More than 200 million Pfizer doses already have been administered in the U.S. — and hundreds of millions more worldwide — since emergency use began…
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Radio host who regretted vaccine skepticism dies of COVID

Radio host who regretted vaccine skepticism dies of COVID

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #EditorsPicks NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A conservative talk radio host from Tennessee who had been a vaccine skeptic until he was hospitalized from COVID-19 has died. He was 61. Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed Phil Valentine’s death in a tweet Saturday. Valentine had been a skeptic of the coronavirus vaccines. But after he tested positive for COVID-19, and prior to his hospitalization, he told his listeners to consider, “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?” If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said…
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