COVID-19

President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden has informed Congress that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after…

New COVID strain XBB.1.5 is now most prominent strain

With a new COVID strain getting around the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) says now is the time to get up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccine and the new bivalent boosters are important for your maximum protection…

Long COVID: Could mono virus or fat cells be playing roles?

The Associated Press A British historian, an Italian archaeologist and an American preschool teacher share a prominent pandemic bond: They’re each credited with describing, naming and helping bring long COVID into the public’s consciousness in early 2020. They all still…

China won't report asymptomatic COVID cases in further shift

The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) - China says it will stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they’ve become “impossible” to track with mass testing no longer required. That's another step in the country’s uncertain exit from some of the world’s…

China eases anti-COVID measures following protests

The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) - China has rolled back rules on isolating people with COVID-19 and dropped virus test requirements for some public places. That is a dramatic change to a strategy that confined millions of people to their…

China's Xi faces threat from public anger over 'zero COVID'

The Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) - Barely a month after granting himself a third five-year term as China's leader, Xi Jinping is facing a wave of public anger over his “zero COVID" policy. Demonstrators poured into the streets over the…

US renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect

The Associated Press Americans who have gotten the updated COVID-19 boosters appear better protected against symptomatic infection than those who haven't - at least for now. That's according to a first look at the new shots' real-world effectiveness, released Tuesday…

Alabama fighting the flu, RSV

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Gracie Fusco TUSCALOOSA -  Flu is top of mind for everyone right now. This year we are having an early start to our flu season and the numbers…

Study: Pfizer COVID pill showed no benefit in younger adults

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill appears to provide little or no benefit for younger adults. That's according to a large study by Israeli researchers. The study of more than 100,000 patients showed the drug significantly reduced hospitalization and death…

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization says in its latest weekly pandemic report that the number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday there…

Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has "mild symptoms"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, making him the second U.S. president to get the virus and underscoring the extent to which the virus has infiltrated American society. The 79-year-old Biden is fully…

New omicron variant cases on the rise in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health is warning residents that COVID-19 cases are climbing across the U.S. A new Omicron subvariant called BA.5 is responsible for nearly 65% of current COVID-19 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

DCH tightening visitor rules in wake of COVID increase

A recent spike in COVID-19 cases around West Alabama means DCH Regional Medical Center and the DCH Health System are adjusting visitor policies. DCH Marketing and Communications Vice President Andy North said the system is being proactive so their patients…

CDC ends testing mandate for flights to the United States

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick The Centers for Disease Control ended its mandate requiring travelers returning to the United States from foreign countries to be tested for COVID-19. According to a Tuesday press release, air passengers no longer…