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Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe's public hospitals

Public hospitals have a "closing window of opportunity" to prevent overwhelming.
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January 15

Iranian state TV: Omicron cause of death in 3 Iranians

Iranian state television says three Iranian citizens have died after they were infected with omicron, the new, more easily spread variant of the coronavirus
January 15
January 15

A digital divide haunts schools adapting to virus hurdles

Philanthropy, federal relief funding and other community driven efforts to close the digital divide in a year of remote schooling have helped significantly to bring more children online
January 15
Abigail Schneider, 8, center, completes a level of her learning game with her mother April in her bedroom, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. "I'm determined to push and push to get them the things that help them," said April Schneider. "I have to go above and beyond to make sure whatever requirements they need they get." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
January 15

Front-line workers, families share heartache of children hospitalized with COVID

At Dayton Children's, an influx of COVID-19 patients are coming in for care.
January 15
Respiratory Therapist Hillary O'Neil speaks with ABC News' Kayan Whitworth at Dayton Children's Hospital.
January 15

'Mild COVID' isn't always mild: Tips for recovering at home

"The majority of the treatment ... is aimed at relieving symptoms."
January 15
In this undated file photo, a woman sits on her couch while wearing a mask.
January 15

Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test

The White House is pushing ahead with efforts to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration’s sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers
January 15
President Joe Biden walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, to travel to Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 15

County's $7M in PPE left outside, damaged by California rain

About $7 million worth of surplus personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, purchased by a Northern California county earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, was damaged in recent rainstorms after it was left outside for months
January 15
January 14

Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test

The White House is pushing ahead with efforts to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration’s sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers
January 14
President Joe Biden begins to speak about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 14

Pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions in US quadruple since last month

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth goes inside a Dayton, Ohio, children’s intensive care unit to see firsthand what doctors are facing as pediatric COVID-19 cases rise.
January 14
VIDEO: Pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions in US quadruple since last month
January 14

Garbage and recyclables pile up as omicron takes its toll

The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage and recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions
January 14
Municipal sanitation workers collect trash in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that waste collection in Philadelphia and other cities has been delayed or suspended. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
January 14

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

U.S. health officials have updated their mask guidance, encouraging more Americans to wear N95 or KN95 masks
January 14
Registered nurse Scott McGieson wears an N95 mask as he walks out of a patient's room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
January 14

Marines OK first religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Marine Corps has approved its first two COVID-19 vaccine exemptions based on religious reasons, something no other military service has done so far
January 14
January 14

Child hospitalizations rise amid omicron surge

Dr. Simone Wildes, an infectious disease specialist at South Shore Health, discusses the increase of pediatric cases and how the deployment of medical teams can help in hard-hit areas.
January 14
VIDEO: Child hospitalizations rise amid omicron surge
January 14

Medical professional evaluates omicron surge as hospitals and schools suffer

A California physician talks the latest on COVID-19, including the countrywide testing shortage.
January 14
VIDEO: Medical professional evaluates omicron surge as hospitals and schools suffer
January 14

Travel nurses reflect on COVID pandemic as 2-year anniversary approaches

Fastaff travel nurses Lydia Mobley and Alex Stow describe the exhausting COVID fight on the front lines, and share a story of hope amid the heartbreak.
January 14
VIDEO: Travel nurses reflect on COVID pandemic as 2-year anniversary approaches
January 14

Website for free virus tests is coming. How will it work?

A new federal website to request free COVID-19 test kits will launch Wednesday, with the first shipments going out to Americans by the end of the month
January 14
President Joe Biden, accompanied by FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell, speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 14

Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

A federal judge has ordered Martin Shkreli to return $64.6 million in profits reaped from inflating the price of a lifesaving drug and barred him from the pharmaceutical industry for the rest of his life
January 14
FILE - Martin Shkreli leaves after appearance on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee, Feb. 4, 2016. A federal judge on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, ordered Shkreli to return $64.6 million in profits he and his company reaped from inflating the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim and barred him from participating in the pharmaceutical industry for the rest of his life. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 14

Brazil starts vaccinating children after weeks of delay

Brazil has begun giving COVID-19 vaccines to children, marking the start of an effort that was delayed several weeks by the federal government’s reluctance to endorse shots for kids
January 14
A health worker gives a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 8-year-old Indigenous youth Davi Seremramiwe Xavante at the Hospital da Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The state of Sao Paulo started the COVID-19 vaccination of children between ages 5 and 11. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
January 14

Federal testing website launches next week, 4 tests per home

The White House says the federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests will begin accepting orders on Wednesday
January 14
President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 14

Judge orders Martin Shkreli to return $64.6M in drug profits, bars him from pharmaceutical industry for life

Judge orders Martin Shkreli to return $64.6M in drug profits, bars him from pharmaceutical industry for life
January 14
January 14

Treasury: Arizona risks relief funds over anti-mandate rules

The Biden administration is threatening to recoup COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona over state provisions it says discourage families and school districts from following federal guidance recommending face coverings in schools
January 14
FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, an ambulance is parked at Arizona General Hospital in Laveen, Ariz. Arizona is continuing to see slight downward trends with coronavirus hospitalizations as officials find more related deaths. Arizona is committing millions of dollars and asking the federal government for extra help as hospitals face a growing strain from rising COVID-19 caseloads and warn they are nearing their limits. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
January 14

What to know about at-home COVID tests

At-home tests have soared in popularity as lab tests have become harder to get.
January 14
Employees of the Miami-Dade Public Library System distribute Covid-19 home rapid test kits in Miami, Florida, Jan. 8, 2022.
January 14

Dutch government eases lockdown, but not for hospitality

The Dutch government has eased its coronavirus lockdown, allowing non-essential stores, universities, sports clubs and “contact businesses” like hairdressers to reopen for the first time in nearly a month
January 14
FILE- Closed restaurants because of a lockdown forced people to eat outdoors next to a closed shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, as the fast-spreading coronavirus variant omicron rages through Western Europe. The new Dutch government was meeting Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, to discuss whether to extend or ease its coronavirus lockdown amid growing anger and plans for civil disobedience from businesses that have been shuttered for weeks. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
January 14

Czechs to let some workers stay on after testing positive

The new Czech government will allow some workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to stay on the job, in an extraordinary measure to ease possible staff shortages caused by an anticipated surge of the omicron variant
January 14
FILE- Medical workers examine the rapid antigen tests for the coronavirus in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Czech Republic's Health Minister Vlastimil Valek said Friday Jan. 14, 2022 that the new Czech government will allow some people who have been tested positive for the coronavirus to keep working, an extraordinary measure to ease possible staff shortages caused by an anticipated surge of the omicron variant. The measure, which was used during the previous coronavirus waves, would only apply for workers at the health care system and in nursing homes who have no symptoms of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, file)
January 14

Most of Poland's pandemic advisers resign over govt backing

More than two thirds of Poland’s COVID-19 medical advisory body have resigned saying the government is not heeding their advice in its pandemic measures
January 14
January 14

Russia backs away from unpopular anti-coronavirus measures

The Russian government has decided to delay a controversial bill requiring QR codes confirming vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 to access public places, despite surging cases and warnings from top officials about the highly infectious omicron variant
January 14
FILE - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 10, 2020. The Russian government has decided to delay a controversial bill requiring QR codes confirming vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 to access public places, despite surging cases and warnings from top officials about the highly infectious omicron variant. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 the legislation was postponed due to the “high uncertainty” as the draft bill was originally prepared in response to the delta variant but “new challenges” have arisen.(Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 14

Study: More evidence links a virus to multiple sclerosis

A new study offers stronger evidence that one of the world's most common viruses may set some people on the path to developing multiple sclerosis
January 14
This image provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows an illustration of the outer coating of the Epstein-Barr virus, one of the world’s most common viruses. New research is showing stronger evidence that Epstein-Barr infection could set some people on the path to later developing multiple sclerosis. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via AP)
January 14

German med students praised for standing up to protesters

German officials have praised a group of medical students who held a silent vigil outside a hospital in Dresden late Thursday in protest against a rally by far-right vaccine skeptics
January 14
January 14

Israel says 500K have received 4th vaccine dose

Israel’s Health Ministry says more than 500,000 people have received a 4th vaccine dose
January 14
Esther Pamensky, a volunteer with the women's unit of United Hatzalah emergency service, administers a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at Clalit Health Services in Mevaseret Zion, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
January 14

Insurers, employers start helping more with chronic disease

Insurers and employers are taking a renewed interest in programs that help people deal with chronic _ and potentially expensive _ health problems
January 14
Vanessa Akinniyi poses front of her doctor's office in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Akinniyi was stuck in denial about diabetes until a care manager from her health insurer coaxed her out. The nurse fed Akinniyi information about her condition and talked about potential problems she could run into like vision loss. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
January 14

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Some European countries are re-instating or stiffening mask mandates.
January 14
A man and woman wearing FFP2 masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 are seen in front of a mural depicting Santa Claus, in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Italy, Spain and other European countries are re-instating or stiffening mask mandates as their hospitals struggle with mounting numbers of COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 14

Romania to launch COVID-19 jabs for children aged 5 to 11

Romanian authorities say children aged between 5-11 will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting late January, as the country grapples with a virus surge and low adult vaccination rates
January 14
January 14

Ethiopia objects to alleged "misconduct" of WHO chief Tedros

The government of Ethiopia has sent a letter to the World Health Organization accusing its Ethiopian director-general of “misconduct” after his sharp criticism of the war and humanitarian crisis in the country
January 14
FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), talks to the media regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and WHO's global health priorities in 2022, during a new press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. The government of Ethiopia has sent a letter to the World Health Organization, stating its objection to the "misconduct" of its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Ethiopia nominated Tedros to be the head of the U.N. health agency four years ago, but says he has "not lived up to the integrity and professional expectations required from his office," accusing him of interfering in Ethiopia's internal affairs, according to a press release issued late Thursday. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
January 14

Cambodia launches 4th round of COVID-19 vaccinations

Cambodia has begun a fourth round of vaccinations against the coronavirus in response to the omicron variant, with high-risk groups among the first to receive the additional boosters
January 14
A Cambodian nurse gives a shot of fourth dose of the Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a heath center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Cambodia on Friday began a fourth round of vaccinations against the coronavirus, following the recent discovery of cases of the omicron variant, with high-risk groups being the first to receive them. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
January 14

Thousands gather at Hindu festival in India as virus surges

Tens of thousands of devout Hindus are taking a holy dip into the frigid waters of the Ganges River in northern India despite rising COVID-19 infections in the country
January 14
Hindu devotees take ritualistic dips in the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during Makar Sankranti festival that falls during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Prayagraj, India. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Tens of thousands of devout Hindus, led by heads of monasteries and ash-smeared ascetics, took a holy dip into the frigid waters on Friday despite rising COVID-19 infections in the country. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
January 14

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job
January 14
January 13

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job
January 13
January 13

Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses

But the justices did allow a mandate for certain health care workers.
January 13
The Supreme Court of the United States stands in Washington, Dec. 7, 2021.
January 13

Texas sues Planned Parenthood over $10M in Medicaid payments

Texas wants Planned Parenthood to return more than $10 million in payments for low-income patients
January 13
January 13

Hospital: Poor health only criteria for pig heart transplant

A Maryland hospital is defending its decision to transplant a pig's heart into a dying man following reports that the patient had a criminal record
January 13
In this photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, members of the surgical team show the pig heart for transplant into patient David Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. On Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 the hospital said that he's doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery. (Mark Teske/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
January 13

Guard may help staffing shortages at New Mexico schools

New Mexico’s governor said Thursday she’s considering seeking help from the National Guard to address COVID-19 staffing shortages at public schools, a move that could mark a first in the nation
January 13
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she has plans to tap the National Guard to ensure that students can remain in the classroom amid school staffing shortages, during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. She vowed to release more details soon, saying she believes the plan is the first of its kind in the nation. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
January 13

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

President Joe Biden says the government plans to double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans
January 13
Two healthcare workers help residents check in at a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Paramount, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 13

Quebec to lift COVID-19 curfew on Monday

Quebec's premier says the COVID-19 curfew he imposed across the French-speaking Canadian province in December will be lifted on Monday
January 13
January 13

FDA extends shelf life of 1 million expired COVID tests in Florida warehouse

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the tests hadn't been distributed due to low demand.
January 13
An Abbott BinaxNOW Covid-19 antigen self test is displayed t Harry Reid International Airport, Jan, 2, 2022, in Las Vegas.
January 13

After COVID-19 diagnosis, WVa governor's health is improving

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says his health is improving  two days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19
January 13
FILE - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice celebrates his reelection at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Nov. 3, 2020. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 his office announced. Justice had a sudden onset of symptoms, then was administered a PCR test that was positive for the coronavirus.. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)
January 13

29 charged in 6-state shoplifting ring that hit pharmacies

Authorities have arrested more than two dozen people for allegedly taking part in a multistate shoplifting ring involving more than $10 million in stolen merchandise
January 13
This undated photo provided by Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Linda Been. State and federal authorities announced Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 that they arrested and charged more than two dozen people for taking part in a multistate shoplifting ring that made off with more than $10 million in stolen goods over the past few years. They allege that Been, whose name is listed in jail records as Linda Gann, would provide shoplifters with a detailed list of items to steal and pay for their expenses when they traveled out of state. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)
January 13

NYC mayor considering virtual learning plan for schools

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering allowing the nation’s largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction as the city weathers a wave of coronavirus cases
January 13
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, center, speaks during a cabinet meeting on his first day in office in New York, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
January 13

At-home COVID-19 tests: How they work and how to interpret their results

Amid confusing testing guidance from the CDC, ABC News spoke with infectious disease specialists about how tests should be used.
January 13
Amid confusing testing guidance from the CDC, ABC News spoke with infectious disease specialists about how tests should be used.
January 13

Supreme Court blocks vaccine-or-test rule for US businesses, but allows vaccine mandate for most health care workers

Supreme Court blocks vaccine-or-test rule for US businesses, but allows vaccine mandate for most health care workers
January 13
January 13

4 Arkansas inmates sue jail, doctor for receiving ivermectin

Four inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail have filed a lawsuit after they said they were unknowingly prescribed an anti-parasitic drug to treat their COVID-19
January 13