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WHO: At least 17 million people in the WHO European Region experienced long COVID in the first two years of the pandemic; millions may have to live with it for years to come

WHO/Europe urges countries to take post COVID-19 condition seriously by urgently investing in research, recovery, and rehabilitation. New modeling conducted for WHO/Europe by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine in the United States shows that in the first two years of the […]

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As Unexplained Hepatitis Spreads, WHO Urges Action

Despite recent progress, more than 350 million people globally live with viral hepatitis and more than 1 million die annually—a greater toll than from HIV and malaria combined. Amid unexplained increases in childhood hepatitis cases in 34 countries, the World Hepatitis Alliance and World Health Organization (WHO) urged renewed efforts to eliminate […]

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WHO: 14.9 Million Died Because of COVID in 2020–2021

The World Health has issued new estimates on the deadliness of the COVID pandemic, saying 14.9 million people died “directly or indirectly” because of coronavirus between January 2020 and December 2021. In a news release, WHO said its analysis included indirect COVID deaths, defined as occurring when people could not obtain […]

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WHO Urges Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in Wildlife to Prevent Animal Reservoirs

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 infections in animals is critical to prevent formation of animal reservoirs and to reduce risks of transmission to humans, according to a joint statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and animal health partners. SARS-CoV-2 infection has been detected in wild, free-ranging, or captive animals including big cats, minks, ferrets, […]

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WHO Says It Advised Ukraine to Destroy Pathogens in Health Labs to Prevent Disease Spread

The World Health Organization advised Ukraine to destroy high-threat pathogens housed in the country’s public health laboratories to prevent “any potential spills” that would spread disease among the population, the agency told Reuters on Thursday. Biosecurity experts say Russia’s movement of troops into Ukraine and bombardment of its cities have […]

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WHO Says COVID Boosters Needed, Reversing Previous Advice

A World Health Organization advisory group said Tuesday it “strongly supports urgent and broad access” to COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, especially for people who face high risks for severe disease. The recommendation reverses previous statements from the WHO that stressed worldwide vaccine equity for first doses over booster distribution in […]

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WHO updates its treatment guidelines to include molnupiravir

This ninth update of WHO’s guideline on therapeutics includes a recommendation that casirivimab-imdevimab not be used for patients infected with the Omicron variant WHO has updated its living guidelines on COVID-19 therapeutics to include a conditional recommendation on molnupiravir, a new antiviral medicine. This is the first oral antiviral drug […]

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Health care workers don unnecessary protective gear. The CDC and WHO need to update their PPE guidance

Every time we enter a Covid patient’s room, we first don gloves, and a disposable gown. When we come out of the room, we remove that gear and put it in one of the many bulging disposal bags lining the halls of our hospital. We go through the same process […]

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