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Monkeypox unlikely to be eliminated in the U.S., CDC says

The monkeypox virus is unlikely to be eliminated from the U.S. in the near future, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. The CDC, in a technical brief, said the outbreak is slowing as the availability of vaccines has increased, people have become more aware of how … Read more

Monkeypox Cases in the US Are Falling. There’s No One Reason Why

Add to that: There’s little past experience with the vaccine, known as Jynneos in the US, being used against this disease. It was only approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2019, primarily for the prevention of smallpox in case that virus—eradicated from circulation by an earlier vaccine, but retained in two labs—was … Read more

Monkeypox Cases in the US Are Falling. No One Knows Why

Add to that: There’s little past experience with the vaccine, known as Jynneos in the US, being used against this disease. It was only approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2019, primarily for the prevention of smallpox in case that virus—eradicated from circulation by an earlier vaccine, but retained in two labs—was … Read more

Johns Hopkins Slows Frequency of Covid-19 Data Publication

Johns Hopkins University is scaling back its comprehensive efforts to track the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. The data dashboard the university introduced in January 2020 has notched more than 800 million page views as government officials, researchers and the general public have scanned for context on cases, deaths and other metrics. But the dashboard … Read more

Tesla spent 864 days as Wall Street’s biggest short bet. Now it’s Apple.

A previous version of this piece incorrectly reported Apple’s and Tesla’s market caps. Apple Inc. is now Wall Street’s biggest short bet, displacing Tesla Inc., which had held the title nonstop since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Short interest in Apple AAPL, +0.96% was $18.4 billion as of Wednesday, while short interest in … Read more

Covid-19 Illnesses Are Keeping at Least 500,000 Workers Out of U.S. Labor Force, Study Says

Illness caused by Covid-19 shrank the U.S. labor force by around 500,000 people, a hit that is likely to continue if the virus continues to sicken workers at current rates, according to a new study released Monday. Millions of people left the labor force—the number of people working or looking for work—during the pandemic for … Read more

Why ‘quantitative tightening’ is the wild card that could sink the stock market

Quantitative monetary easing is credited for juicing stock market returns and boosting other speculative asset values by flooding markets with liquidity as the Federal Reserve snapped up trillions of dollars in bonds during both the 2008 financial crisis and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in particular. Investors and policy makers may be underestimating what happens as … Read more

LA health officials are probing death of a person who had monkeypox

A health care worker administers a dose of the JYNNEOS Monkeypox vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Los Angeles, California, on August 9, 2022. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Los Angeles health officials are investigating the death of a person who had monkeypox. Dr. Rita Singhal, director of disease control in … Read more

A Key to Long Covid Is Virus Lingering in the Body, Scientists Say

The virus that causes Covid-19 can remain in some people’s bodies for a long time.  A growing number of scientists think that lingering virus is a root cause of long Covid. New research has found the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the blood of long Covid patients up to a year after infection but … Read more

New York ends mask mandate for subways, buses and other mass transit

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) logo is displayed on the side of a subway train in Manhattan, New York on June 2, 2021. Ed Jones | AFP | Getty Images New Yorkers are no longer required to wear masks on subways, buses and other mass transit, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday. Hochul said the … Read more