Despite new evidence suggesting they may be less efficient at identifying disease caused by the omicron variety, at-home fast coronavirus tests remain the “bedrock of our long-term approach for managing this virus,” according to Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
Jha stated on ABC’s “This Week” that antigen tests, also known as quick or at-home tests, “remain a very, very powerful tool.” “It does appear that the test is a little less sensitive on the first day of symptoms” with omicron, he said, but “these antigen tests continue to perform pretty successfully.”
Jha’s remarks match those of Bruce J. Tromberg, head of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health, who stated that patients should continue to use the tests on a regular basis.
“It will still pick up infections, and it will help individuals [isolate and] seek treatment sooner,” Tromberg previously told The Washington Post.
President Biden has stated that 500 million fast tests will be distributed to the general public in the United States, and the kits should begin arriving at home in the coming days.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. The federal government is sending three monoclonal antibody treatments to states that have been approved for early-stage covid-19, however, two of them may not be effective against omicron.
2. According to fresh estimates, covid-19 causes persistent odor problems in up to 1.6 million Americans. Experts warn seniors are particularly vulnerable.
3. The following four graphs show how the omicron’s wave compares to previous coronavirus peaks.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of Congress, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement released by her office late Sunday.
According to the statement, Ocasio-Cortez was “experiencing symptoms and recovering at home.” She had been completely vaccinated and had received a booster dose this fall, according to the document.
She’s the most current in a long line of politicians to test positive for the virus in recent weeks. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced last week that after being completely vaccinated with a booster shot, he had tested positive and was asymptomatic. According to GovTrack, more than 100 members of Congress have tested positive for the virus.
Beijing officials insist there would be no contact with Olympic guests, even if there is an automobile accident.
Because of the more contagious omicron variety, the United States is reporting record levels of coronavirus cases, but health experts point out that those who are completely vaccinated and boosted are significantly less likely to suffer serious illness or death if they become sick.
In advance of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, transportation officials have advised citizens to avoid any contact with visitors from other countries, even if a car accident occurs.
Vehicles carrying passengers associated with the Olympics will be identifiable by stickers and will have special lanes on the city’s highways as part of a closed-loop system for handling the Olympics. Residents were told to keep their distance from such cars on Sunday by Beijing’s traffic control bureau, and not to approach in the event of an accident.
“Keep a safe distance and defend yourself sufficiently.” According to a post on the microblog Weibo, the Beijing traffic management bureau advised, “Do not make any contact with the car or individuals inside the car.”
Officials also told residents not to approach the vehicle’s window or beg passengers to exit, according to state media. “Wait for professionals to arrive,” the message said.
The instructions are the latest illustration of China’s efforts to ensure that the Winter Games are a success and do not result in fresh covid outbreaks, which would jeopardize the country’s strong preventative efforts.
Over the weekend, health officials in Tianjin announced the country’s first local transmission of the omicron type. In Xian, 13 million people are on lockdown for the third week as a result of a little more than 2,000 instances.
The recent directions from officials were mocked and questioned by internet users on Weibo. “What if someone from their vehicle approaches my window and knocks?” one wrote.
“Should we not save someone who is going to die in a vehicle accident and instead ‘wait for professionals to come’?” suggested another.
Important coronavirus news from around the world
Here’s all you need to know about the most recent coronavirus news from around the world.
As scientists hunt for more efficient vaccines, China has reverted to its strictest restrictions in two years, reimposing lockdowns on millions of people.
The director of Brazil’s health regulatory authority has requested President Jair Bolsonaro to recant his criticism of the agency for recommending immunizations for children aged 5 to 11. Bolsonaro made the demand after a radio appearance in which he queried, “What are the interests of vaccine maniacs?”
According to government data, Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, warned on Sunday that the current wave might infect over 40% of the country’s population. Bennett described the virus as a “storm sweeping the world” in a series of tweets.
Pregnant women in the United Kingdom are being advised to receive their coronavirus vaccines and boosters as part of a government campaign. According to the UK Obstetric Surveillance System, between May and October last year, more than 96 percent of pregnant women referred to hospitals with covid symptoms had not been vaccinated.