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Health Jan 18U.S. faces a wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models predict
The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the omicron wave subsides this spring.
Science Jan 10In a first, U.S. surgeons transplant a genetically modified pig heart into a human patient
Friday's surgery showed for the first time that a gene-edited animal heart can function in the human body without immediate rejection.
Health Dec 31Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant?
U.S. health officials say early data suggests they may be less sensitive at picking it up.
Health Dec 28After a quiet 2020, flu cases begin to rise again
The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off.
Health Dec 17Can you safely enjoy the holidays? Experts offer COVID tips
The delta and omicron variants of the coronavirus are trying to spoil the holiday spirit, but there still are ways to enjoy the festivities.
Health Dec 15U.S. faces double coronavirus surge as omicron variant spreads
Omicron, even if it proves milder on the whole, may disarm some of the life-saving tools available and put immune-compromised and elderly people at particular risk as it begins a rapid assault on the United States.
Health Nov 30U.S. picks up speed on tracking of virus variants after slow start
After a slow start, the United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples per week since early this year. Viruses mutate constantly. To find…
World Nov 01‘Defining moment’ as COVID-19’s global death toll hits 5 million
The United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths.
Health Sep 24AP EXPLAINER: Who’s eligible for Pfizer booster shots in the U.S.?
Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. Boosters are free and available at health departments, clinics and drugstores.
Health Sep 20COVID has killed about as many Americans as estimated toll from 1918-19 flu
COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear.