Why Chicago Expert Says Calling XE the ‘Frankenstein’ COVID Variant is ‘Misleading’ – NBC Chicago

A new hybrid COVID variant known as XE spreading in the United Kingdom is making headlines as a so-called “Frankenstein” variant, but according to one Chicago expert, that nickname is misleading. The XE variant is a recombinant, meaning it has parts of two different variants rearranged into a new virus, which in this case are … Read more

One in 13 people test positive, Britain reports surge in covid-19 cases | World English News | WION – WION

One in 13 people test positive, Britain reports surge in covid-19 cases | World English News | WIONWION These are the Nine New Official Covid Symptomstime out COVID symptoms: 9 new symptoms added to this official listDeseret News Covid infections rise fastest among older groups in EnglandFinancial Times From muscle pains to diarrhoea: NHS lists … Read more

New COVID Strain May be More Contagious Than Omicron, WHO Says – NBC Chicago

The more contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 has become the dominant COVID-19 strain in the US, but international health experts are putting an increased focus on a new hybrid variant that may even be more infectious. The XE variant is a recombinant, meaning it is comprised of genetic material from two other strains, which in this … Read more

Chicago Travel Advisory Changes, BA.2 Growth – NBC Chicago

Changes to Chicago’s travel advisory are set to take effect Friday, but what will the new guidelines mean for you? The changes come as the BA.2 variant is now dominant in parts of the US and could soon represent the majority of cases in the Midwest. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus … Read more

Chicago Metrics, COVID Vaccines and Kids Under 5 – NBC Chicago

COVID vaccines for children under the age of 5 took a major step forward as many parents anxiously await approval for the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination. And numbers are beginning to show small signs of increase in the city, but health officials say they’re still very much under control. Here’s what … Read more

BA.2 in Chicago, Travel Advisory Changes – NBC Chicago

The BA.2 omicron subvariant could soon be the dominant COVID strain in Chicago, health officials said. And while numbers begin to show small signs of increase in the city, the health department has announced some big changes for its COVID programs and travel advisory. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across … Read more

Monitoring BA.2, Chicago COVID Update – NBC Chicago

How soon will the US know if another surge is coming, following increases around the world in the BA.2 variant? What are experts watching for? Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today: Watch Live: Chicago’s Top Doctor to Give COVID Update, Announce Changes to Travel Advisory Chicago Department of … Read more

BA.2 Variant Latest, Potential for New Variants – NBC Chicago

With COVID metrics rising in other parts of the world, what does that signal for the United States? Chicago’s top doctor weighed in on what’s happening in Europe, the BA.2 variant and what to expect as new variants arise. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today: Experts Say New … Read more

CPS Mask-Optional Policy Latest, Diabetes and COVID – NBC Chicago

Chicago Public Schools’ mask-optional policy will remain in place, at least for now, following a recent ruling. Plus, new evidence emerges on how diabetes and COVID-19 could be linked. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today: CPS Mask-Optional Policy Upheld by State Labor Board Amid Objections by Chicago Teachers … Read more

Numbers Flattening, City Monitoring China COVID Cases – NBC Chicago

Chicago’s public health officials are monitoring a COVID outbreak in China as cases there continue to climb. Meanwhile, in Illinois, hospitalization and case metrics have started to flatten following a dramatic decline. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today: COVID by the Numbers: Illinois Case Numbers Begin to Flatten … Read more