Preprint: Enhanced Fusogenicity of BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1

“We found that the new Omicron subvariants BA.4/5 and BA.2.12.1 were more resistant to neutralization by mRNA-vaccinated and boosted health care worker sera and Omicron-BA.1-wave patient sera than were the BA.1 and BA.2 variants.”...More...

USA: SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant spillover from human to horse

“A report on a possible direct exposure to SARS-CoV-2 from a COVID-19-positive individual to an adult horse.”

The individual, diagnosed with COVID-19 (Delta B.1.617.2), had daily contact to her two horses prior to and during the development of clinical disease....More...

WHO: 14.9 million excess deaths associated with COVID-19

New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic (described as “excess mortality”) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million).  ...More...

USA: ABC reporter tests positive for Covid-19 after White House Correspondents’ Dinner *1 UPDATE*

In the least surprising news of 2022, ABC News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl has tested positive for Covid-19 days after sitting next to Kim Kardashian at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and interacting with President Joe Biden....More...

2021: Association between SARs-CoV-2 infection and acute hepatitis in children *1 UPDATE*

May 2021: “Our case suggests an unreported association between acute SARs-CoV-2 infection and acute hepatitis in children, thus supporting the notion that evaluation of liver enzymes during hospitalization for SARs-CoV-2 infection is also indicated in pediatric age....More...