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Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging?

Oct. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging? Yes, as long as the virus that caused the pandemic keeps infecting people. But that doesn’t mean new variants will keep emerging as regularly, or that they’ll be more dangerous. ...

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

Oct. 18, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

More COVID-19 booster shots may be on the way -- but when it’s your turn, you’ll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant. And that has some experts wondering if the booster campaign is a bit of a...

During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic

Oct. 16, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation. Even mundane things, like a trip to the grocery store, were...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Online posts...

Does 1918 pandemic offer clues on emerging from COVID-19?

Oct. 09, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Karen Baldridge rolled up her sleeve to get her covid-19 booster vaccine. “I’m trying to baby myself and (am) doing everything that I can to keep healthy,” she said this past week while at Excela Square at Norwin. “I feel there’s about a 90%...

Who are the 2021 MacArthur fellows?

Sep. 28, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

Writers, artists, poets, a virologist, activists and filmmakers are among the luminaries named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday announced 25 people will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The...

Study: Odds of school virus flare-up lower with mask mandate

Sep. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona public schools without mask requirements were several times more likely to experience COVID-19 outbreaks than schools with mandates in place when the current school year began, researchers said Friday in an article published by a federal health agency. ...

West Nile virus at high levels in Arizona due to wet monsoon

Sep. 22, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — This year's wet monsoon in Arizona is contributing to a record-high season for the West Nile virus, which is spread through mosquito bites, health officials said. Arizona had 123 cases and four deaths through late last week, the state Department of...

New Mexico reports 5 cases of West Nile virus infections

Sep. 17, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say they have identified five cases of West Nile virus infections across New Mexico and that wet weather may be a factor. The Department of Health said Friday that no deaths have been reported so far...

Tennessee COVID-19 cases climb to top in the country

Sep. 14, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee now ranks first in the country for new COVID-19 cases per capita as the state continues to battle its worst virus surge yet. As of Tuesday, one in every 81 Tennesseans had tested positive for the virus in the past week, according to...