Latest Epidemics News

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

May. 24, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren't allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

WHO chief Tedros reappointed to second five-year term

May. 24, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was reappointed to a second five-year term on Tuesday by the U.N. health agency’s member countries. No other candidate challenged Tedros for the post amid the ongoing difficulties of responding to the devastating...

US births rose last year but still less than before pandemic

May. 24, 2022 09:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. births bumped up last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the coronavirus pandemic. The 1% increase was a bit of a rebound from 2020, the first year of the pandemic, which witnessed the largest one-year drop in the U.S. births in...

WHO chief: The COVID pandemic is 'most certainly not over'

May. 22, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave. He told governments that “we lower our guard at our peril.” The U.N. health...

Oman drops all remaining coronavirus restrictions

May. 22, 2022 07:55 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The sultanate of Oman announced on Sunday an end to its mask mandate and remaining coronavirus curbs after over two years of pandemic restrictions. Due to the country's steady decline in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, the government...

COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

May. 21, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States...

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

May. 21, 2022 03:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a...

African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

May. 20, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease's recent spread in Europe and North America. Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 20, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

Bangor Daily News. May 16, 2022. Editorial: New state funding is welcome as browntail moths are expected to terrorize Maine again this year Insects pollinate our crops, they serve as pest control by taking care of other problem insects, they even help clean up waste....