New York Times: How a Cream Cheese Shortage Is Affecting N.Y.C. Bagel Shops

New York Times: How a Cream Cheese Shortage Is Affecting N.Y.C. Bagel Shops. “Supply chain issues have plagued the United States for months, causing scarcities of everything from cars to running shoes. In Alaska, residents are struggling to acquire winter coats. Now, New York’s bagel purveyors are starting to feel the effects in a sudden and surprising development that has left them scrambling to find and hoard as much cream cheese as they can.”

Washington Post: The most-vaccinated big counties in America are beating the worst of the coronavirus

Washington Post: The most-vaccinated big counties in America are beating the worst of the coronavirus. “About 1 in 420 Americans has died of covid-19, according to official data. And we’re still averaging more than 1,000 deaths per day. But in certain areas — and indeed in many areas in which the population is much more tightly packed and the coronavirus could transmit more easily — the story is far less grim. A big reason: widespread vaccination. Death rates are far below the national average in the most-vaccinated, often-urban areas.”

University of Central Florida: UCF Researchers Develop Rapid, Highly Accurate Test to Detect Viruses like COVID-19

University of Central Florida: UCF Researchers Develop Rapid, Highly Accurate Test to Detect Viruses like COVID-19. “University of Central Florida researchers have developed a device that detects viruses like COVID-19 in the body as fast as and more accurately than current, commonly used rapid detection tests. The optical sensor uses nanotechnology to accurately identify viruses in seconds from blood samples.”

StarTribune: Minnesota reports third COVID death in teen as cases remain high

StarTribune: Minnesota reports third COVID death in teen as cases remain high. “The Minnesota Department of Health reported the death of someone age 15-19 on Friday along with 61 others of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus infection. While 86% of the 9,616 COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota have been among seniors, an increasing proportion have involved younger adults in the latest pandemic wave this summer and fall.”

Washington Post: Friends who attended anime convention with man who contracted omicron have tested positive for coronavirus, health official says

Washington Post: Friends who attended anime convention with man who contracted omicron have tested positive for coronavirus, health official says. “The Minnesota man who contracted the omicron variant of the coronavirus met up with about 35 friends at a New York City anime convention and about half have tested positive for the coronavirus, a state health official said Friday.”

Reuters: Omicron outbreak at Norway Christmas party is biggest outside S. Africa -authorities

Reuters: Omicron outbreak at Norway Christmas party is biggest outside S. Africa -authorities. “At least 13 people in Oslo have been infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus following a corporate Christmas party described as a ‘super spreader event’, and their numbers could rise to over 60 cases, authorities said on Friday. The outbreak took place at a Christmas party on Nov. 26 organised by renewable energy company Scatec, which has operations in South Africa where the variant was first detected.”

BBC: Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm

BBC: Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm. “An Italian man who wanted a Covid vaccination certificate without getting the jab turned up for his vaccine with a fake arm, officials say. The man, in his 50s, arrived for his shot with a silicone mould covering his real arm, hoping it would go unnoticed. But a nurse was not fooled and the man has now been reported to the police.”

Washington Post: Omicron coronavirus variant three times more likely to cause reinfection than delta, S. Africa study says

Washington Post: Omicron coronavirus variant three times more likely to cause reinfection than delta, S. Africa study says. “Scientists in South Africa say omicron is at least three times more likely to cause reinfection than previous coronavirus variants such as beta and delta, according to a preliminary study published Thursday. Statistical analysis of some 2.8 million positive coronavirus samples in South Africa, 35,670 of which were suspected to be reinfections, led researchers to conclude that the omicron mutation has a ‘substantial ability to evade immunity from prior infection.’”

Missouri Independent: Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn’t make findings public

Missouri Independent: Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn’t make findings public. “Mask mandates saved lives and prevented COVID-19 infections in Missouri’s biggest cities during the worst part of the delta variant wave, an analysis by the state Department of Health and Senior Services shows. But the analysis, conducted at the request of Gov. Mike Parson’s office in early November, was never made public and was only obtained by The Missouri Independent and the Documenting COVID-19 project after a Sunshine Law request to the department.”

Route Fifty: State Lawmakers’ Anti-Vaccine Efforts May Prove Mostly Symbolic

Route Fifty: State Lawmakers’ Anti-Vaccine Efforts May Prove Mostly Symbolic. “Many of the new anti-vaccine mandate laws are either symbolic or vulnerable to federal preemption, or in some cases both. Some have provisions that align with federal regulations, such as sections that say people can reject vaccinations for religious reasons. ‘It’s important to recognize that some of it is performative,’ Wendy Parmet, director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University’s law school, said of state anti-mandate laws. ‘A lot of it is performative.’”