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But recent test-tube experiments mixing the virus with nasal cells from 23 healthy children and 15 healthy adults found that antiviral defenses in children’s noses “were notably less pronounced in the case of Omicron,” researchers reported Monday in PLOS Biology. They also report that Omicron reproduced more efficiently in the children’s nasal lining cells compared to Delta and the parent virus.

“These data are consistent with the increased number of pediatric infections observed during the Omicron wave,” the researchers wrote, calling for additional studies.

The severity of olfactory dysfunction after coronavirus infection may be a better predictor of long-term cognitive decline than the overall severity of COVID-19, according to an Argentine study.

The researchers studied a random sample of 766 people over the age of 60, about 90 percent of whom had been infected with the virus. Physical, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric tests performed three to six months after infection showed some degree of memory impairment in two-thirds of the infected participants. After taking into account people’s other risk factors, the severity of smell loss, known as anosmia, “but not clinical status, significantly (expected) cognitive decline,” the researchers reported Sunday in the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2022held online and in San Diego.

“The more knowledge we have about the causes or at least predict who will experience the significant long-term cognitive impact of COVID-19 infection, the better we can track it and start developing methods to prevent it,” said study leader Gabriela González. Aleman of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, said in a statement.

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Novak Djokovic likely to miss US Open due to COVID-19 vaccine status

A petition is circulating to allow Novak Djokovic to play at the US Open, but it seems likely that the Serb will miss the entire North American hard court tour barring a sudden change in COVID-19 protocols in the US and Canada. .

Djokovic has refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine, but the 21-time Grand Slam winner remains on the entry lists for the ATP 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati that serve as a warm-up for August 29-September 1. 11 US Open in New York.

In the case of the US Open, which does not have a vaccination mandate, organizers previously said that under the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players enter the main draw based on their ranking 42 days before the first Monday of the event. .

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Vaccine mandates linked to better staffing in nursing homes

In US states that have required COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home staff, the rules had their intended effect and did not lead to mass resignations or staffing shortages, a study found.

However, in states without such mandates, nursing homes experienced staffing shortages during the study period, researchers reported Friday in JAMA Health Forum. Data collected from mid-June to mid-November 2021 from the National Health Care Safety Net showed that in 12 states with COVID-19 vaccination mandates, staff vaccination coverage rates ranged from 78 .7% and 95.2%. States without mandates “had consistently lower staff vaccination coverage throughout the study period” and “higher rates of reported staffing shortages throughout the study period,” according to the report.

“The association of mandates with increased vaccination coverage is in contrast to previous efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake among nursing home staff through education, outreach, and incentives,” the researchers said. . They added that the data “suggests that fears of massive staffing shortages due to vaccination mandates may be unfounded.”

read the study here.

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What are BC’s current public health measures?

MASKS: Masks are not required in indoor public settings, although individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require them.

The use of masks is also recommended, but not required, aboard BC public transportation and ferries, although they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces, such as trains, airports and airplanes, and in care settings. medical.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, religious services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools. There are also no restrictions or capacity limits in restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sports activities.

CARE HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions for visitors to long-term care and assisted living facilities for the elderly, however, visitors must show proof of immunizations prior to visiting. Waivers are available for children under the age of 12, those with a medical waiver, and visitors attending compassionate end-of-life visits.

Visitors to nursing homes should also take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or get tested upon arrival. Testing waivers are available for those attending compassionate visitation or end-of-life care.

How do I get vaccinated in BC?

Anyone who lives in BC and is eligible for a vaccine can get one by following these steps:

• Register online at to book an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can register and then visit a drop-in clinic at your health authority.
• The system will notify you when it is time to go for your second dose.
• The same system will also notify you when it is time for your booster dose.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

TEST CENTERS: Currently, BC’s COVID-19 test collection centers are only testing those with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high-risk, or live/work with high-risk individuals. You can find a testing center using the BC Center for Disease Control test center map.

If you have mild symptoms, you do not need a test and should stay home until your fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need a test.

TAKE HOME RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a Personal Health Number can visit a pharmacy to receive a free take-home test kit containing five rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.

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