Live updates: England shortens self-isolation period

LONDON — England has trimmed the self-isolation period for vaccinated people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to seven days in many cases provided two negative lateral flow tests are taken. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday the decision to shorten the period from 10 days to seven will help limit the disruption to people’s … Read more

How Exercise May Impact Our Alcohol Consumption

People who work out regularly and are aerobically fit tend to guzzle a surprising amount of alcohol, according to a new study, well timed for the holidays, of the interplay between fitness, exercise and imbibing. The study, which involved more than 40,000 American adults, finds that active, physically fit men and women are more than … Read more

How a Hearing Test for Babies Has Paid Off for a Big Medical Provider

After Christine Malik gave birth to her first daughter three years ago, a clinician affiliated with a company called Pediatrix entered the hospital room and fitted the infant with sensors and wires for a hearing test. The child failed the screen required by law for all newborns, the tester said, requiring a follow-up exam. “We … Read more

Small business owners rally in Seoul to protest virus curbs

Hundreds of small business owners have rallied in South Korea’s capital, calling for the withdrawal of a curfew and tough coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, cafes, gyms and other facilities By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press December 22, 2021, 9:42 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds … Read more

Previous Delta infection alone provides little protection against Omicron

People who are unvaccinated but were previously infected by the Delta Covid variant may have very little protection against Omicron, a new study finds. Researchers from the Medical University of Innsbruck, in Austria, tested the blood of those who had beat the older strain of the virus against the new super-variant to measure antibody levels. They … Read more

South Africa’s case drop may show omicron peak has passed

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country’s dramatic omicron-driven surge has passed its peak, medical experts say. Daily virus case counts are notoriously unreliable, as they can be affected by uneven testing, reporting delays and other fluctuations. But they are offering one tantalizing hint … Read more

COVID-19: MLHU adds 169 cases, SWPH reports 35 cases and 2 deaths

Jump to: Hospitalizations – Outbreaks – Schools – Vaccinations and testing – Ontario – Elgin and Oxford – Huron and Perth – Sarnia and Lambton The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 169 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and no new deaths. Tuesday’s case count is seven away from the regional record of 176 cases on … Read more