Experimental Chewing Gum Reduces Omicron in Saliva; Sexual Dysfunction, Hair Loss Among Long COVID Symptoms

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Experimental chewing gum reduces Omicron particles in saliva An experimental chewing gum that “traps” SARS-CoV-2 particles in saliva holds promise for curbing transmission […]

BioNTtech in Conflict with Regulator Over New COVID Vaccine Approval - WAS

The launch of German drugmaker BioNTech’s vaccine adapted to the Omicron coronavirus variant may be delayed due to a disagreement with the regulator over the approval process, the Welt Am Sonntag (WAS) newspaper reported on Saturday. The regulator should still decide by the end of June whether or not to approve the new vaccine but […]

Some Omicron Sub-variants Escaping Antibodies from Sinopharm Shot - Chinese Study

A small Chinese study detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal showed neutralising antibodies against some Omicron sub-variants were largely undetectable after two doses of a Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, with a booster shot only partly restoring them. The study comes as China, which has approved only locally developed COVID shots including the Sinopharm vaccine, strives […]

Asia stock markets mixed after Wall St high, virus surge

Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street hit a high and new daily U.S. coronavirus cases surged to a record. Tokyo and Seoul declined while Shanghai and Hong Kong advanced. Wall Street gained Wednesday for its 70th record high of 2021. Optimism was tempered by data showing new U.S. virus cases have risen […]

Asian shares mostly slip amid lingering omicron worries

Asian shares mostly slipped Wednesday, as worries lingered about the coronavirus omicron variant’s potential damage to the regional economy following mixed cues from Wall Street. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.9% in morning trading to 28,809.86. South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.9% to 2,993.38, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.2% to 7,510.80. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng […]

Asian shares mixed as omicron worries crimp market optimism

Asian shares rose Tuesday, although optimism set off by a rally on Wall Street was dampened by concerns over the potential impact of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.4% to finish at 29,069.16. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.5% to 3,015.63. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng recouped early losses to edge […]

Companies rethink return-to-office plans amid omicron cases

Companies of all sizes are rethinking their plans to send workers back to the office as the new omicron variant adds another layer of uncertainty. Alphabet’s Google and the nation’s second largest automaker Ford Co. are among those once again delaying their return-to-office plans, while other businesses whose employees have already returned are considering adding […]