‘Very strong bookings’: Airlines recovering faster than expected from pandemic

The head of the world’s biggest airline trade body says passenger traffic is recovering faster than expected and predicts that, on average, the industry could now see it return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, a year earlier than previous forecasts.

Biden marks COVID ‘tragic milestone’ in US at global summit

President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to reenergize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus as he led the U.S. in marking the “tragic milestone” of 1 million deaths in America. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned against complacency around the globe.

South Africa facing new surge of COVID-19 cases driven by two Omicron sub-variants

South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts.
For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalizations, but not increases in severe cases and deaths, said Professor Marta Nunes, a researcher at Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

What our blood tells us about COVID-19 antibodies

Two years on from the start of the pandemic, everyone has their own story about COVID-19.
For some, they're still suffering symptoms months after first being diagnosed while others have never contracted the virus.
In a Today special investigation, a group of various ages were gathered to see what their blood shows about their COVID-19 antibodies.

Can I get the flu jab if I've just had COVID-19? What you need to know about winter with both viruses

Flu season has officially arrived, with Australia already seeing thousands of cases of the virus.
Both COVID-19 and influenza are now circulating in the community, and health authorities are pleading with people to get their flu shot to reduce the "life-threatening" risk of having both at the same time.

WHO estimates nearly 15 million people died from COVID-19 over past two years

The World Health Organization (WHO) says nearly 15 million people were killed either by COVID-19 or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems during the past two years, more than double the official death toll of just over 5.4 million.

Can we trust rapid COVID tests against BA.2? This is what the experts say

COVID-19 cases have been slowly ticking up in the U.S., with the omicron BA.2 subvariant now the dominant strain in the country. At the same time, rapid at-home antigen tests have become the first choice diagnostic tool for many people who think they might be infected.

New Omicron Variant BA.2.12.1 Now Dominant In New York, Driving Infections; Strain Up 47% Nationwide In Past Week

In February, New York State Health officials identified a small number of new Covid cases related to a new, even more infectious subvariant of Omicron BA.2. Dubbed BA.2.12.1, it made up only 3% of all new cases in the state for that month. Figures released today by the CDC indicate that in the past eight weeks BA.2.12.1 has not only outcompeted BA.2 in terms of growth, but it has now become the dominant variant in the region made up of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The CDC data indicates that BA.12.2 now accounts for 58% of new cases in the region. In New York State, its share is much higher.

What you need to know once you've recovered from COVID-19

It's a group of Queenslanders who numbered a few thousand in late December but grew into the tens of thousands within weeks: people who have caught and recovered from COVID-19.
For two years, we've been hearing about symptoms, testing and quarantine protocol, but what about after you've had the virus?

Your questions about flu season and vaccines answered as a COVID winter looms

As the mercury drops and days get shorter, sniffles, sore throat and other classic symptoms of flu typically start rearing their snotty, grotty heads.
But this winter, we're looking down the barrel of an unusual flu season.

List of Official Covid Symptoms Expanded to Include Sore Throat and Fatigue

The official list of Covid-19 symptoms has been expanded to include nine new signs of illness. The extension of the symptoms list to include ailments such as sore throat, fatigue and headache could help to reduce infections, one expert said.

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