Spain says COVID-19 is here to stay, and plans to handle it like the flu
News/World: Almost two years after a tight lockdown, Spain is preparing to adopt a different COVID-19 playbook. With one of Europe's highest vaccination rates and one of its most pandemic-battered economies, the government is laying the groundwork to treat the next infection surge not as an emergency but an illness that is here to stay.
Contaminated medical devices used in open heart surgery caused severe infection in patients
News/Canada: A class-action lawsuit launched on behalf of Canadians who underwent open heart surgery between January 2010 and July 2018 alleges the manufacturer of contaminated medical devices used during the surgeries failed to adequately warn hospitals of the risk.
Vaccination plus infection offered most protection during Delta surge, U.S. study shows
News/Health: Protection against the previously-dominant Delta variant was highest among people who were both vaccinated and had survived a previous COVID-19 infection, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WHO says no evidence that COVID boosters are needed for healthy children, young adults
The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said Tuesday that there is no current evidence that suggests healthy adolescents or children need COVID-19 vaccine booster doses.
Omicron ‘probably’ won’t be prevented by fourth vaccine jab, Israeli researcher says
Israeli researchers on Monday said preliminary data show a second booster shot of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will “probably” not create enough antibodies to prevent infection from the omicron variant.
Some patients go in for COVID-19, others are infected alongside another issue. In hospitals, those lines blur
News/Health: Some jurisdictions are now breaking down hospital data into patients admitted directly for COVID-19, and those admitted for other health issues who also test positive. But clinicians say those buckets don't capture the reality on the ground: major pressure on hospitals, and poorer outcomes for patients.