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Steve Stricker out of Senior PGA with positive COVID-19 test

May. 24, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has pulled out of the Senior PGA Championship after testing positive for the coronavirus. Stricker revealed his positive test Tuesday on Twitter, saying he was “super bummed” and that it was “just a small...

WHO: Omicron makes China's 'zero-COVID' policy unsustainable

May. 17, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said China’s extreme approach to containing the coronavirus is unsustainable because of the highly infectious nature of the omicron variant, but that it’s up to every country to decide what policy to pursue. At a media...

Rare cases of COVID returning pose questions for Pfizer pill

May. 09, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As more doctors prescribe Pfizer's powerful COVID-19 pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients appear to relapse after taking the drug. Paxlovid has become the go-to option against COVID-19 because of its...

Virus found in pig heart used in human transplant

May. 05, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

Researchers trying to learn what killed the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig have discovered the organ harbored an animal virus but cannot yet say if it played any role in the man’s death. A Maryland man, 57-year-old David Bennett Sr., died in March, two months...

Flu likely cause of horse deaths at Colorado BLM facility

Apr. 29, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — An equine influenza virus is the likely cause of a respiratory disease outbreak that has killed about 100 wild horses at a federal holding facility in southern Colorado. Bureau of Land Management officials say two leading veterinary diagnostic labs...

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change

Apr. 28, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

Climate change will result in thousands of new viruses spread among animal species by 2070 — and that's likely to increase the risk of emerging infectious diseases jumping from animals to humans, according to a new study. This is especially true for Africa and Asia, continents that...

UK patient had COVID-19 for 505 days straight, study shows

Apr. 21, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

A U.K. patient with a severely weakened immune system had COVID-19 for almost a year and a half, scientists reported, underscoring the importance of protecting vulnerable people from the coronavirus. There’s no way to know for sure whether it was the longest-lasting COVID-19...

Surprisingly low Shanghai COVID death count spurs questions

Apr. 21, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lu Muying died on April 1 in a government quarantine facility in Shanghai, with her family on the phone as doctors tried to resuscitate her. She had tested positive for COVID-19 in late March and was moved there in line with government policy that all coronavirus cases be...

UK investigating puzzling spike in liver disease in children

Apr. 13, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scientists are investigating a puzzling spike in liver disease in children across the United Kingdom, including the cause and whether there are any links between the affected youngsters. The U.K. Health Security Agency said this week that public health personnel are...

Living with COVID: Experts divided on UK plan as cases soar

Apr. 10, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — For many in the U.K., the pandemic may as well be over. Mask requirements have been dropped. Free mass testing is a thing of the past. And for the first time since spring 2020, people can go abroad for holidays without ordering tests or filling out lengthy forms. ...