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New subvariants, family gatherings may bring more Covid-19 after holiday, but experts don’t expect severe surge

CNN — As millions of Americans travel to gather with friends and family over the next few days, there’s a good chance that Covid-19 will follow. Experts expect that Thanksgiving gatherings will stir up social networks and give new coronavirus subvariants fresh pockets of vulnerable people to infect. As a result, cases and hospitalizations may …

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Here’s why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — If you have always suspected that you might just be a mosquito magnet, scientists now have evidence for you: Mosquitoes indeed are attracted to certain humans more than others, according to a new …

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RSV is spreading at unusually high levels, overwhelming children’s hospitals

CNN — When Amber Sizemore and her family went out of state to celebrate her birthday last week, she had hoped her toddler daughter, Raegan, would try swimming. But the 15-month-old, normally energetic and adventurous, wasn’t herself on Saturday. “She hated it, and she normally loves water,” Sizemore said. By Sunday, when the family was …

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Flu ‘gathering speed’ across US as health officials prepare for potentially rough season

CNN — US health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about this year’s flu season – and are already seeing signs that the virus is spreading. As the 2022-23 flu season gets underway, one high school in California is facing a “high number of absences” among students due to possible flu cases. Flu activity in the …

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Covid wave looms in Europe as booster campaign makes slow start

A new Covid-19 wave appears to be brewing in Europe as cooler weather arrives, with public health experts warning that vaccine fatigue and confusion over types of shots available will likely limit booster uptake. Omicron subvariants BA.4/5 that dominated this summer are still behind the majority of infections, but newer Omicron subvariants are gaining ground. …

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CDC warns of severe illnesses from monkeypox as Ohio reports death of a monkeypox patient

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new warning to health care providers Thursday about severe illnesses in people with monkeypox. The alert comes as Ohio reported that an individual with monkeypox has died – the third known death of a patient with monkeypox in the United States. Ohio listed …

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Worries over stigma are driving a push to rename monkeypox, but the process is slow

CNN — Since the beginning of the monkeypox outbreak, scientists and activists have pushed for the name of the virus and the disease to be changed to something “non-discriminatory” and “non-stigmatizing.” Public health experts have worried that stigma could steer people away from getting tested and vaccinated. A new name can help slow the spread …

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Australia’s tough flu season could spell trouble for the US this winter, especially with Covid-19 in the mix

CNN — Influenza is always unpredictable. Infectious disease experts like to hedge their forecasts with a caution: When you’ve seen one flu season, you’ve seen one flu season. But when forecasters try to get a bead on what influenza might have in store for North America in any given winter, they look to countries like …

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