Why Are Men More Likely to Die of Covid? It’s Complicated.

“You can have states right next door to each other, like Connecticut and New York, that have a totally different pattern but yet experienced the same wave,” Dr. Richardson said. Cumulatively over 55 weeks, mortality rates were slightly higher for women in two states, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In nine states, including Connecticut, the rates […]

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The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was long revered for its methodical and meticulous scientific approach. Agencies in other nations modeled themselves after the world’s most highly regarded public health authority, even adopting the name. At the outset of the pandemic, the C.D.C. moved at its accustomed pace. But this time, with a novel […]

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For Coronavirus Testing, the Nose May Not Always Be Best

The complications Saliva also has trade-offs. While the virus appears to build up in saliva early, the nose may be a better place to detect it later in the course of infection. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology found that while the virus often spiked first in saliva, it ultimately rose to higher levels […]

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Emerging Data Raise Questions About Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs

A small, new real-world study suggests that two widely used at-home antigen tests, the Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue, may fail to detect some Omicron infections even when people are carrying high levels of the coronavirus. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, focused on 30 people infected with the virus at five workplaces […]

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Despite Rising Hospitalizations, Omicron Is Not Worse for Children

The latest coronavirus surge sweeping the United States, much of it driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, has produced a worrisome rise in hospitalizations among children, not to mention heightened anxiety among parents nationwide. Several states have reported increases of about 50 percent in pediatric admissions for Covid-19 in December. New York City has […]

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Family Stress Intensifies as Omicron Invades the Holidays

And if the family starts discussing divisive topics over the cranberry sauce? Merely point out that people at the table have different viewpoints, she said. Other simple steps can ease stress: going to bed 15 minutes earlier, taking breaks during the day — even if it’s just walking around or doing jumping jacks — or […]

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How to Handle Omicron Surge Over the Holidays: a Guide

How much does life have to change because of Omicron? This is the question on everyone’s minds lately, and unfortunately there’s no simple answer. It appears that because of the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the United States is headed for a big surge in coronavirus cases over at least the next month or two. Here’s some […]

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Are We Getting Better at Quarantining?

“We just didn’t know how to quarantine back then,” said Shannon Tremaine, who lives in Brooklyn, of the first time she had to spend weeks by herself. That was back in February, after her boyfriend at the time tested positive for Covid-19. The rule then, before vaccines were widely available, was no contact with the […]

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How to Travel Responsibly During the Holidays Amid Omicron Wave

Taylor Allen wanted to be a responsible traveler, but she was finding it difficult. Late last week at least seven people Ms. Allen knew in Brooklyn posted on Instagram that they’d tested positive for the coronavirus. She had not seen any of them in person. But after developing an intense headache and runny nose on […]

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Most of the World’s Vaccines Likely Won’t Prevent Infection From Omicron

A growing body of preliminary research suggests the Covid vaccines used in most of the world offer almost no defense against becoming infected by the highly contagious Omicron variant. All vaccines still seem to provide a significant degree of protection against serious illness from Omicron, which is the most crucial goal. But only the Pfizer […]

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What to Do If You Test Positive for Covid-19

As the Omicron variant continues to spread around the country, many more people, including those who have been vaccinated, will test positive for the coronavirus. So what should you do if you’re one of them? We spoke to physicians and infectious disease experts about the steps you should take after a positive test or if […]

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Denmark and Norway Predict Drastic Spike in Omicron Cases

Public health authorities in Denmark and Norway on Monday released grim projections for the coming wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant, predicting that it will dominate both countries in a matter of days. Although scientists don’t yet know how often the variant causes severe disease, they say its rapid rate of spread will lead to […]

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