Covid-19 booster raises antibody levels against Omicron for children ages 5 through 11, Pfizer and BioNTech say

The new data come from a small study of 140 children ages 5 through 11 who were given a third 10-microgram dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at least six…

2 New Omicron Subvariants Being Tracked

April 12, 2022 The World Health Organization is analyzing a few dozen cases of two new sub-variants of the Omicron strain to determine how infectious and dangerous they might be,…

Omicron Symptoms 2 Days Shorter Than Delta

April 8, 2022 The COVID-19 symptoms caused by the Omicron variant tend to last about two days shorter than symptoms from the Delta variant, according to a new study published…

How to Prepare for BA.2, the Omicron Subvariant

The next wave of Covid-19 is coming, and in some parts of the United States, it’s already here. Are you ready? The culprit this time is BA.2, a subvariant of…

Stealth Omicron Now Dominant COVID Variant in U.S.

March 29, 2022 The so-called stealth Omicron variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.…

Hospitalizations of young children with the virus surged during the U.S. Omicron wave.

Babies and children younger than age 5 were hospitalized with coronavirus at much higher rates during the latest U.S. surge, when the highly transmissible Omicron variant was dominant, compared with…

Omicron COVID Causing Severe Croup in Young Children

FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) –The Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care, a new study shows. “The…

As the Omicron Wave Subsides, Travel Insurance Claims Crawl

Before the pandemic, Lauren Mack, 44, a writer based in New York City, “did not routinely purchase travel insurance,” she wrote in an email. Covid-19 convinced her otherwise, and of…

Masking and Isolating Reduced Omicron Spread in Homes, C.D.C. Finds

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been so contagious that it may have seemed a foregone conclusion that if one person in a household became ill, other people living…

Omicron Death Rate Higher Than During Delta Surge

Feb. 9, 2022 With the Omicron variant now accounting for almost 100% of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the seven-day average of daily COVID-related deaths hit 2,600 recently, the…