Omicron could be the most transmissible Covid variant we get: experts

It’s too early to tell if the omicron variant of Covid will hasten the end of the nearly two-year-old Covid-19 pandemic. But some experts say when it comes to contagiousness, omicron could be “the most transmissible the virus can have”. The reason: Due to “evolutionary constraints” on the number of mutations and changes the virus … Read more

Antibiotic-resistant infections are killing millions, scientists say in Lancet study

MRSA bacteria DTKUTOO | Getty Images Drug-resistant bacteria killed nearly 1.3 million people in 2019, scientists estimated, more than HIV or malaria. The researchers also estimated that antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections played a role in 4.95 million deaths in the same year. The results of the study – which was funded by the UK government and … Read more

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The first flights of freshwater and other aid to Tonga finally arrived on Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airstrip was cleared of ash left behind by a massive volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport aircraft with water containers, temporary shelter kits, generators, hygiene supplies and … Read more

Omicron is milder, but scientists say it’s still too soon to relax

A sign reminding passengers to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 appears on a bus on First Street outside the United States Capitol on Monday, January 10, 2022. tom williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Infectious disease experts have warned it is too soon for the public to stop … Read more

Volcanic ash delays aid to Tonga as scale of damage emerges

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Thick ash on an airport runway delayed relief efforts on the Pacific island of Tonga, where significant damage was reported days after a massive submarine volcanic eruption and tsunami. The New Zealand military is sending much-needed drinking water and other supplies, but said the ash on the runway will delay … Read more

West Coast under tsunami advisory following Pacific eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A submarine volcano spectacularly erupted near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending tsunami waves crashing over the coast and rushing people to higher ground. Tsunami advisories were issued for Hawaii, Alaska and the US Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of damage, … Read more

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say

Get ready to learn more Greek letters. Scientists warn that the meteoric advance of omicron all but guarantees it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world about. Every infection offers a chance for the virus to mutate, and omicron has an advantage compared to its predecessors: it spreads much faster … Read more

Astronomers witness red supergiant star’s death for the first time

Astronomers have captured the death of a red giant star for the first time. The discovery was published in real time Jan. 6 in The Astrophysical Journal led by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley. According to a Northwestern press release, the team observed the giant red giant during the last … Read more