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New COVID recalls could be coming, aimed at targeting the omicron variant and the BA.5 subvariant that currently dominates cases in the United States

Experts expect a decision to be close, but what do you need to know?

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

FDA clears updated COVID boosters targeting new variants

The United States authorized its first COVID-19 vaccine updates on Wednesday, booster doses that target the most common omicron strain to date. The shooting could start in a few days.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decision changes the recipe for injections made by Pfizer and rival Moderna that have already saved millions of lives. The hope is that the modified boosters will mitigate yet another winter surge.

Learn more here.

A new COVID booster shot could be authorized this week, according to Top Doc

New COVID-19 booster shots specifically targeting the omicron variant could be authorized by the end of this week, Chicago’s top doctor has said.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have sought regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration to offer the “bivalent” injections, which would target both the original COVID-19 virus and the omicron subvariants that have become the dominant strains. of COVID in the United States.

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COVID or allergy? Here’s which allergens are highest right now and what to know

It may not be fall yet, but seasonal allergies are peaking in the Chicago area, experts say, confusing many people who may not know if they now have COVID. , as the symptoms continue to overlap.

Three allergens in particular are currently wreaking havoc on allergy sufferers, according to Loyola allergist Dr. Rachna Shah. And while there are several overlapping symptoms when it comes to allergies and COVID — such as runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat — Shah said there are ways to differentiate between of them.

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COVID’s incubation period has changed and Chicago’s top doctor says it’s ‘good news’

COVID’s incubation period has changed with the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants and that’s a good thing, Chicago’s top doctor says.

During her Facebook Live last week, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady reported that recent studies have shown the incubation period for COVID has dropped to three days with variants recent.

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U of I ‘strongly recommends’ masks in classrooms due to rise in COVID cases

The University of Illinois ‘strongly recommends’ masks in classrooms starting Monday after the university saw a spike in COVID cases as students returned to campus for the start of the new year school.

Chancellor Robert Jones said “high quality” face coverings will be strongly encouraged during in-person classes for “the next few weeks” amid the recent spike in cases.

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How soon can you test positive for COVID after being infected? Chicago’s top doctor shares his thoughts

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 is advised to self-isolate for at least five days, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe after that.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends isolation for the first five days after symptoms appear, which is when you are likely to be most contagious. As a precaution, those who test positive are encouraged to wear a properly fitted mask until day 10, although the risk has decreased.

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Chicago, Cook County at ‘medium’ COVID-19 risk level for third week in a row

The city of Chicago and suburban Cook County are at a “medium” COVID-19 community level for the third week in a row after measures drop, health officials say.

As case rates continue to decline, the Chicago Department of Public Health is urging residents to remain cautious as the highly transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants dominate new COVID cases, according to a statement from CDPH press.

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Coronavirus in Illinois: 24,000 new cases, 82 deaths reported last week

Illinois health officials reported 24,297 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 82 additional deaths, marking a slight drop in cases from the previous week, when 33 counties in state remain at a “high” community level for COVID-19.

The previous week, Illinois reported 25,084 new cases and 56 deaths. The previous week, 26,462 new cases and 123 deaths had been reported.

More Illinois stats here.

What should you know about new COVID reminders due soon?

New COVID-19 booster shots specifically targeting the omicron variant may be making their way into the guns soon, but who will be eligible, when might the shots start, and should you get one?

Both Pfizer and Moderna have sought regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration to offer the “bivalent” injections, which would target both the original COVID-19 virus and the omicron subvariants that have become the dominant strains. of COVID in the United States.

Here’s everything we know about the state of affairs with booster shots.

Which current COVID symptoms last the longest? Here’s what the experts say

For those who contract COVID amid the wave of BA.5 omicron subvariant cases, how long do the symptoms last and which ones might take longer to resolve?

For those with symptoms of COVID, some conditions may last longer than others.

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Are headaches or rashes signs of COVID? Chicago’s top doctor breaks down current symptoms

According the latest COVID update from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe omicron variant BA.5 lineage is now the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States, accounting for more than 88% of recent cases.

And while Chicago has gone from a “high” level of community transmission of COVID to “medium,” COVID cases are still prevalent in the city and state. In fact, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a Facebook Live update on Tuesday that the BA.5 variant “is the most contagious version” of COVID to date.

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COVID Rebound FAQ: Information on what it is, what causes it and more

Jill Biden is the latest high-profile case of “COVID rebound”, as the White House announced on Tuesday that the 71-year-old first lady had tested positive for the virus after testing negative days before.

In recent weeks, President Joe Biden has also struggled with the disease, leaving many Americans curious about how common it is in patients who contract the virus.

Although not common, a return of COVID symptoms after an initial improvement can occur in nearly 30% of cases, and in some cases a positive test result can occur even after multiple negative tests, a study has found.

Here is what we know about the phenomenon.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? Chicago’s top doctor explains

Chicago’s top doctor says omicron BA.5 subvariants now account for more than 88% of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the incubation period is getting shorter.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID guidelines changing again, there’s an important distinction that health experts want people to know.

The CDC changed its recommendations last week, including issuing new quarantine guidelines.

Chicago’s top doctor, however, said many confuse quarantine with isolation – and she hopes to clarify that.

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How long do COVID symptoms last? Here’s what to expect first and which ones might linger

As omicron subvariants continue to make up nearly all COVID cases in the United States, marking a shift in the most common symptoms and in the incubation period of the virus, how long symptoms will last -they ?

For those experiencing symptoms, some may last longer than others.

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