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Explainer: Why you should still try to avoid catching Omicron

A fast-spreading Omicron variant that causes milder illness compared with previous versions of the coronavirus has fueled the view that COVID-19 poses less of a risk than in the past. In which case...

Kids' low COVID-19 vaccination rates called a 'gut punch'

Distrust, misinformation and delays because of the holidays and bad weather have combined to produce what authorities say are alarmingly low COVID-19 vaccination rates in U.S. children ages 5 to 11. ...

Live updates: Oregon reports over 9K new cases after holiday

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon reported more than 9,700 new cases of COVID-19 from the holiday weekend on Monday and smashed a previous record for weekly coronavirus cases with an average of about 2,400 new ...

Congress' doctor wants 'maximal telework' amid virus surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' top doctor urged lawmakers Monday to move to a “maximal telework posture," citing “unprecedented” numbers of COVID-19 cases at the Capitol that he said are mostly breakthro...

Warriors top Suns for NBA lead; Nets return to beat Lakers

PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry had 33 points, Otto Porter Jr. scored seven of his 19 during a key late stretch and the Golden State Warriors regained to top spot in the NBA from Phoenix, beating the Sun...

Claxton oops over James late, Nets hold off Lakers 122-115

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Short-handed and on the verge of a crushing fourth-quarter collapse, the Brooklyn Nets went right at Lakers star LeBron James. “Until this is over, until we can ge...

UK data suggests hospitalization is less likely with omicron

LONDON (AP) — Preliminary data suggests that people with the omicron variant of the coronavirus are 50% to 70% less likely to be hospitalized than those with the delta strain, Britain’s public health ...

Long COVID treatment now available at Taipei hospitals

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Six hospitals in Taipei have launched special clinics to treat people who suffer from post-COVID-19 conditions, also known as long COVID or chronic COVID. The medical i...

New flower varieties make their debut in Taipei exhibition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A promotional exhibition is taking place at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center between Nov. 11 and 13, featuring some of the newest floral varieties of Taiwan as the cou...

Coronavirus digest: France tightens vaccine restrictions on the elderly

French President Emmanuel Macron called for citizens to get a coronavirus vaccine booster shot during an address on Tuesday. Macron said people aged 65 and older will need to receive a booster shot b...

Rallies in Sydney, Melbourne protest against Australia's climate policy

More than 1,000 people demonstrated on Saturday in Australia's biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne to protest against the government's climate policies and the strategies it offered at a U....

After long COVID battle, Iowa man decides to wed in hospital

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Jonathan Johnson spent weeks on a ventilator battling COVID-19, then decided to get married — in the hospital. The 28-year-old man surprised his fiancée w...

Dad bod FTW, amirite? Dictionary adds hundreds of new words

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dad bod, amirite, TBH and FTW are now dictionary-appropriate. Merriam-Webster has added 455 new words to its venerable dictionary, including a number of abb...

30% of Taiwan food vendors could raise menu prices by up to 10%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — People are going to pay much more for their food orders in Taiwan when the country lifts dine-in restrictions for nearly all outlets, with skyrocketing food costs cited as...

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even ...