NSW may have hit its Omicron peak based on hospital data — and that’s good news for other states – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-22/nsw-covid-omicron-hospital-peak/100773720

…It comes as new figures show the overall burden on the health system is
lower than scenario modelling released by the government at the start of
the year…

Covid: WHO warns pandemic not over amid Europe case records – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60048390

…Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against the assumption that the newly dominant Omicron variant is significantly milder and has eliminated the threat posed by the virus.
…He warned global leaders that “with the incredible growth of Omicron
globally, new variants are likely to emerge, which is why tracking and
assessment remain critical”.

Republicans push for greater access to COVID therapeutics

https://www.nationandstate.com/2022/01/20/republicans-push-for-greater-access-to-covid-therapeutics/?amp

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduces legislation to prohibit federal government from limiting state access to monoclonal antibody treatments. Go to Source Author: {Just The News}…

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19. – Scientific Inquirer

https://scientificinquirer.com/2022/01/20/who-recommends-two-new-drugs-to-treat-patients-with-covid-19/

The drug baricitinib (a type of drug known as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids, says a WHO Guideline Development Group of international experts in The BMJ today...

In the same guideline update, WHO also makes a conditional recommendation for the use of the monoclonal antibody sotrovimab in patients with non-severe covid-19, but only in those at highest risk of hospitalisation, reflecting trivial benefits in those at lower risk.

Concern over Covid-infected lions in South Africa – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world

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… The study was done after the animals fell ill with symptoms that were
similar to coronavirus in human beings – including breathing difficulties, runny noses and a dry cough.

Covid tests on the animals turned out positive, the research noted, with data suggesting that they

contracted the virus from staff handling them.

Hong Kong seizes hamsters from pet store for mass cull – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-60038551

…Authorities announced the decision on Tuesday after an outbreak of the Delta variant linked to a worker in the shop prompted officials to test hundreds of animals there – with 11 hamsters positive.

Officials say it may be an example of animal-to-human Covid transmission.

… But as a “preventative measure”, 2,000 hamsters and other small mammals in

the city will be killed. The animals are spread across 34 different pet shops and animal storage centres.

Omicron is roughly one tenth as harmful as delta, and one quarter as harmful as original covid | The Wentworth Report

https://wentworthreport.com/2022/01/19/omicron-is-about-one-tenth-as-harmful-as-delta-and-one-quarter-as-harmful-as-original-covid/

Omicron is roughly one tenth as harmful as delta, and one fifth as harmful as original covid. Based on information in an article by Shaun Wooller. At last, some actual data on how harmful omicron is. Check out this review of UK modeling, comparing predictions made a few weeks ago to what actually happened: The actual data best fits the predictions that assumed omicron was about 10% as severe as delta. Delta was about 2 to 3 times as severe as original covid, so covid is about 0.25 times as severe as the original. These rough conclusions are backed up by the UK case fatality rates, which now stands at about 0.15% — from mainly omicron, some delta, some boosted, some with waned vaccine protection to original. Compare this to around 1% for delta, and around 0.5% (after the clueless initial panic) for original. The fatality rate for flu/pneumonia is about 0.10%, only slightly less than the 0.10 – 0.20% or so we might be seeing for omicron. Therefore omicron might be regardless as more like a brutal flu, rather than a mild killer like original covid and delta. Let’s pray that the next dominant variant is even milder than omicron. This is how pandemics usually fade away.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and when should you seek medical attention? – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-19/what-are-the-symptoms-covid-when-to-seek-help/100763380

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rash
  • Discolouration of fingers or toes

Severe symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Increasing shortness of breath
  • Difficulty finishing sentences due to breathlessness
  • Chest pain or pressure that lasts more than 10 minutes
  • Coughing up blood
  • Severe dizziness
  • Severe drowsiness or confusion
  • Being unable to stand

Could the isolation period for COVID-positive cases be cut to five days? What are other countries doing? – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-19/covid-positive-isolation-period-cut-five-days-considered/100767236

…Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said he was watching what was going on overseas.

“Some are at seven [days isolation], some are at 10, some are still at 14,” he said.

“And both the CDC in Atlanta and the European equivalent in Stockholm admit there is no evidence behind [the decision to cut isolation periods].

“It is a decision of balance. It’s a decision about workforces and a trade-off with increased transmission in the community.”