The first case of COVID-19 involving the omicron BA.2 subvariant in Illinois was detected over the weekend by Northwestern Medicine. The subvariant, which some people have called “stealth omicron,” carries additional mutations thought to make it more transmissible than the current omicron, according to Northwestern. Early data shows that vaccinesRead More →

Georgia’s Department of Public Health is urging residents to avoid gatherings over the New Year’s holidays and get tested for COVID-19 before attending events if they cannot be avoided. Spokesman Logan Boss of the Northwestern Georgia 10 County Health District said testing before going out to celebrate the holidays isRead More →

By NICOLE WINFIELD, MICHAEL TARM and PETER SMITH – Associated Press Christmas arrived around the world on Saturday amid an outbreak of COVID-19 infections that separated many families, overwhelmed hospitals and curbed religious observances as the pandemic was set to spread into a third year. Yet there have been homiliesRead More →

Pharmaceutical companies have rushed to produce drugs and vaccines to counter the coronavirus pandemic, but until recently, only vaccines have been successful in protecting large numbers of people. In the summer of 2020, hopes were placed on drugs like hydroxychloroquine, until trials finally showed that it was largely ineffective againstRead More →