COVID reinfection rates, antibodies, vaccines: What we know

The new normal is now. In what seemed like an instant, COVID-19 became an inevitable aspect of life everyday more than two years ago — with no signs to suggest that we’ll ever see otherwise again. As we look at our lives ahead with waves of new variants and “stealth” sub-variants, and seasonal vaccine boosters … Read more

COVID reinfection likely to become more common without variant-specific vaccines, experts say

CHICAGO (WLS) — Infectious disease specialists say COVID reinfection is likely to become more and more common as the virus keeps mutating and our vaccines play catch-up. “The variants seem to be very good at evading the immunity of prior infection,” said Dr. Max Brito, UIC Health. Chicago Bulls All Star Zach LaVine recently missed … Read more

Illinois COVID Update Today: IL reports 5,447 new coronavirus cases, zero deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois reported 5,447 new COVID cases and zero deaths Monday. There have been at least 3,226,197 total COVID cases as of Monday, including at least 33,710 related deaths in the state since the pandemic began. The video in the player above is from a previous report. As of Sunday night, 996 patients … Read more

COVID US: Growing proportion of breakthrough coronavirus deaths occurring among vaccinated, according to ABC News analysis

A growing proportion of COVID-19 deaths are occurring among the vaccinated, a new ABC News analysis of federal data shows. In August of 2021, about 18.9% of COVID-19 deaths occurred among the vaccinated. Six months later, in February 2022, that proportional percentage of deaths had increased to more than 40%. Comparatively, in September 2021, just … Read more

Illinois COVID Update Today: IL reports 7,709 new cases, 7 deaths; CDPH recommends masks in public indoor spaces

CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois reported 7,709 new COVID cases and 7 deaths Friday as the CDC said 9 Chicago-area counties have reached a “medium” risk of transmission. There have been at least 3,169,315 total COVID cases as of Friday, including at least 33,660 related deaths in the state since the pandemic began. As of Thursday … Read more

NYC Mayor Eric Adams tests positive for COVID-19

New York City Mayor Eric Adams tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, his office said. “This morning, Mayor Adams woke up with a raspy voice and, out of an abundance of caution, took a PCR test that has now come back positive,” Press Secretary Fabien Levy said in a statement on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “At … Read more

Second booster shields elderly from COVID short-term

A fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine lowered rates of COVID-19 among the elderly but the protection against infection appeared short-lived, a large study in Israel has found. The second booster’s protection against infection dwindled after four weeks, Israeli researchers showed in their study published on Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Protection … Read more

Time to let go of COVID rules, for good

COVID alarmists are already looking forward to the next lockdown. We say: No freaking way. Yes, New York may well see another COVID arises, with Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant a likely candidate. But the threat just doesn’t justify major disruptions to fight it. Look: It’s now clear that much of what New York (state and city) … Read more