Delta vs. Omicron: More mutations don’t necessarily make a meaner Covid-19 virus

But doctors want to remind Americans that they are already facing a massive type of coronavirus, and that is Delta. Delta gained control of the entire United States in a matter of weeks in early summer, changing the outlook for a country that was rolling out vaccines and hoping just as quickly. “In late June, … Read more

US Coronavirus: Officials urge vaccination ahead of Omicron concerns, with experts warning even mild Covid infections risk stronger mutations

Cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in at least 18 countries and territories as of Tuesday. And while no cases have been found in the United States yet, officials are working to do what they can before the expected replacement arrives. The New York City government is now strongly recommending that residents wear … Read more

All vaccinated adults should get a Covid-19 booster shot because of the Omicron variant, CDC says

It’s a slight but significant modification to the wording of the guidance released earlier this month when the CDC approved an expanded emergency use authorization for boosters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strengthening its recommendation for booster doses for individuals over 18 years of … Read more

WHO skipped over two letters of the Greek alphabet to name Omicron

So after a new variant with the scientific name B.1.1.529 was discovered last week in South Africa, observers may have expected the World Health Organization to name it after the next Greek letter on the list: no. But the health agency skipped Nu with the following letter – shi – and instead headed straight for … Read more

US coronavirus: The Omicron variant is raising concerns amid the holiday travel season, but there’s no need to panic just yet, experts say

“Anytime we see a new variant, it is already spreading around the world. So the fact that Omicron is in several countries in Europe, in the US, is not necessarily an ominous sign. And I think this is a key point to keep in mind,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, MD, dean of the School of … Read more

CBT: Stop your negative self-talk and reframe your thoughts with this therapy

This is the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy, which emerged on the psychological scene in the 1960s and has received accolades ever since. It may not be for everyone. Therapists typically assign “homework,” so it requires active client involvement, and does not address underlying issues such as childhood trauma or systemic problems in families. But … Read more