Japan is considering downgrading Covid-19 to the same level as seasonal flu

Tokyo CNN — Japan will consider downgrading Covid-19 to the same category as seasonal flu this spring, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Friday. Kishida said he had instructed health ministry officials to discuss the move and his administration would also review face mask rules and other pandemic measures. “In order to continue to advance … Read more

Exercise helps mitigate effects of Covid-19, study suggests

People who exercise regularly had lower rates of hospitalization and death from Covid-19 in a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Regular exercise improves overall health, and healthier people tend to have fewer serious complications from Covid-19 infections. Earlier research has shown a link between exercise and better outcomes from Covid-19. … Read more

CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people should still be boosted

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that there is a possible safety issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but that it is unlikely to pose a real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people stay up to date with their Covid-19 … Read more

‘This is the last thing we need:’ Millions of businesses hit by pandemic to start repaying Covid loans

CNN — At Teddy Restaurant & The Bully Bar near downtown Washington, D.C., business has never been the same since the pandemic hit. “It’s very challenging,” said owner Alan Popowski. “I’ll still be climbing the hill for quite some time. Probably for the rest of my life.” The pandemic has closed two of Popovski’s four … Read more

How worried should people be about the XBB.1.5 variant of Covid? Our medical analyst explains

CNN — A new variant of Covid-19, XBB.1.5, is spreading rapidly in the United States. In December 2022, the proportion of new Covid-19 infections attributable to this branch of Omicron increased from 4% to 18%, according to a January 6 announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is projected to to … Read more

Healthcare is in crisis. The New York nurses’ strike is just the latest sign

new York CNN — Naniaka Kamara grew up near Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx of New York and remembers going there for her own medical care. A nurse at Montefiore for the past three years, she still lives just minutes from the hospital and often knows the neighborhood patients she cares for. She loves her … Read more

Opinion: A New Year’s resolution we should all embrace

Editor’s note: Sofia A. Nelson is a journalist and author of the book “Be Who You Need To Be: 21 Life Lessons I Learned By Taking Care Of Everyone But Me.” The opinions expressed in this comment are her own. Review more opinion on CNN. CNN — It’s the start of another year and we’re … Read more

Business disruptions are easing as some industries see a return to normalcy

After more than two years of pandemic upheaval, businesses in many corners of the economy are seeing Covid disruptions ease. Supply chain disruptions have decreased. A shortage of semiconductors has turned into a glut, marking a sharp reversal from a global shortage during two years of increased demand. And small businesses and restaurants are finding … Read more

Pack those snacks, says nutritionist

Travelers need to avoid a host of pathogens this winter, including the “triple demia” of infections caused by Covid-19, influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). But there are steps people can take to reduce their chances of getting sick, say health professionals at Spain’s SHA Wellness Clinic. The key is to develop “a resilient immune … Read more

Leaked notes from Chinese health officials estimate 250 million Covid-19 infections in December: reports

Hong Kong CNN — Almost 250 million people in China may have caught Covid-19 in the first 20 days of December, according to an internal estimate by the nation’s top health officials, Bloomberg News and the Financial Times reported on Friday. If true, the estimate — which CNN could not independently confirm — would represent … Read more