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"matthew beneke" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

TIME's Top Stories

03:57 min | 5 months ago

"matthew beneke" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

"A super contagious omicron mutant is worrying scientists. It's called BA 2.75 by Lara unger and on aruji go so, Associated Press. The quickly changing coronavirus, as spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant, that's worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States. Scientists say the variant, called BA 2.75, may be able to spread rapidly and get around immunity from vaccines and previous infection. It's unclear whether it could cause more serious disease than other omicron variants, including the globally prominent BA .5. It still really early on for us to draw too many conclusions, said Matthew Beneke, director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. But it does look like, especially in India, the rates of transmission are showing kind of that exponential increase, whether it will out compete BA .5, he said, is yet to be determined. Still, the fact that it has already been detected in many parts of the world, even with lower levels of viral surveillance, is an early indication, it is spreading, said she she Luo, head of infectious diseases for helix, a company that supplies viral sequencing information to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest mutant has been spotted in several distant states in India and appears to be spreading faster than other variants there, said lepi tocra, a scientist at the council of scientific and industrial research institute of genomics and integrative biology and New Delhi. It's also been detected in about ten other countries, including Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Two cases were recently identified on the West Coast of the U.S., and helix identified a third U.S. case last week. Fueling experts concerns are a large number of mutations separating this new variant from omicron predecessors. Some of these mutations are in areas that relate to the spike protein, and could allow the virus to bind on to cells more efficiently. Another concern is that the genetic tweaks may make it easier for the virus to skirt past antibodies, protective proteins made by the body in response to a vaccine or infection from an earlier variant. But experts say vaccines and boosters are still the best defense against severe COVID-19, and the fall it's likely the U.S. will see updated formulations of the vaccine being developed, that's target more recent omicron strains. Some may say, well, vaccination and boosting hasn't prevented people from getting infected, and yes, that is true, he said. But what we have seen is that the rates of people ending up in the hospital and dying have significantly decreased. As more people have been vaccinated, boosted or naturally infected, we are starting to see the background levels of immunity worldwide, creep up. It may take several weeks to get a sense of whether the latest omicron mutants may affect the trajectory of the pandemic. Meanwhile, doctor gagandeep Kong, who studies viruses at India's Christian medical college in velour, said the growing concern over the variant underlines the need for more sustained efforts to track and trace viruses that combine genetic efforts with real world information about who is getting sick and how badly. It is important that surveillance isn't a start stop strategy, she said. Luo said BA 2.75 is yet another reminder that the coronavirus is continually evolving and spreading. We would like to return to pre-pandemic life, but we still need to be careful, she said. We need to accept that we're now living with a higher level of risk than we used to..

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"matthew beneke" Discussed on WCPT 820

WCPT 820

02:44 min | 5 months ago

"matthew beneke" Discussed on WCPT 820

"This is a being used. I'm Rita foley. President Putin is fast tracking Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians. He signed the decree this morning. It is so brutally hot in parts of the south Midwest and west that the national weather service is Jeffrey Barlow in California is worried. Here in the San Joaquin valley, we'll see temperatures above a 100° widespread up in the Yosemite National Park in the valley. We could see in the Yosemite valley we could see temperatures of approaching that number, but yeah, we're real concerned about those hot conditions for the firemen. The fierce wildfire in Yosemite National Park forced the evacuation of residents and campers, firefighters have been working in difficult terrain to protect the iconic Sequoia trees and a small mountain town. Scientists are watching a new mutation of the coronavirus. AP correspondent Jennifer King's got this. Experts say it spreads faster than other variants, a large number of mutations separate this new variant from its predecessors. Matthew Beneke is the director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He says that in India, the rates of transmission are showing an exponential increase. It's too early to draw conclusions as to whether it will outcompete the BA 5 variant or cause worse symptoms, the concern is that the mutations will allow this variant to get around immunity from vaccines and previous infections. I'm Jennifer King. HRA pharma is asking the FDA to approve the first birth control pill the women could buy without a prescription. If the FDA grants the companies request, women would be able to buy the pill right over the counter, just like common pain relievers. London's Heathrow Airport is apologizing to passengers whose travels were disrupted by staff shortages that it's warning that it may ask airlines to cut more flights from their summer schedules to reduce the strain. This is AP news. There's more now on Amber Heard's efforts to try to get a new trial after her legal battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The AP's Oscar wells Gabriel. Her lawyers say one of the people who sent in judgment against Amber Heard had no business being on that panel in the first place. In paperwork filed last week her legal team claimed that the person who served as juror number 15 was not the same person summoned to hear the case. The filing says a younger individual with the same last name as the person on the jury summons and apparently living at the same address showed up for jury duty. That person joined the others in finding against herd and in favor of her ex Johnny Depp, her team says if that is proven to be true, the judge should declare a mistrial and do the whole thing over. A Moscow's Gabriel. Drivers

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New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

AP News Radio

00:45 sec | 5 months ago

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

"A new mutation of the coronavirus is raising concerns A contagious omicron variant called BA 2.75 is worrying scientists It's gaining ground in India and has already arrived in ten other nations including the United States the UK and Canada experts say it spreads faster than other variants a large number of mutations separate this new variant from its predecessors Matthew Beneke is the director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota He says that in India the rates of transmission are showing an exponential increase It's too early to draw conclusions as to whether it will outcompete the BA 5 variant or cause worse symptoms the concern is that the mutations will allow this variant to get around immunity from vaccines and previous infections I'm Jennifer King

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