You asked: What are monoclonal antibodies, and how are they used to treat COVID-19?

INDIANAPOLIS — As the omicron variant pushes COVID case counts to new highs, Side Effects has received audience questions about coronavirus treatments, including monoclonal antibodies. To get answers to your questions, Side Effects Public Media’s Jake Harper spoke with Dr. Myron Cohen, a professor of medicine, microbiology and epidemiology at the University of North Carolina […]

Parents and caregivers of young children say they’ve hit pandemic rock bottom

DALLAS, Tx. — “I had a parent tell me to f*** off last week,” Cori Berg said. She directs the Hope Day School, a church-affiliated early childhood program in Dallas. The unhappy mother took her two children out of Berg’s center after each of their classrooms were closed for quarantines, saying she’d hire a nanny. […]

Illinois begins focusing more on COVID-19 hospitalization data as cases decline

CHICAGO — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is cautiously optimistic the Omicron wave of the pandemic has peaked. Both hospitalizations and the number of people requiring intensive care have fallen daily over the last week. “In the first two weeks of 2022, 14,000 new people have gotten their first vaccine dose every single day,” Pritzker said […]

With omicron, you need a mask that means business

WASHINGTON — With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indoors. Yes, you’ve heard it all before. But given how contagious omicron is, experts say, it’s seriously time to upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration respirator when you’re in public indoor spaces. “Cloth masks […]

Public health officials warn of coming ‘tsunami’ of COVID infections

CHAMPAIGN — Public health officials in Champaign County are sounding the alarm as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads across the country.  Hospital officials say they already have more COVID patients than at any time this past year.   Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator Julie Pryde says we’re already in a wave of infections from […]

U of I delays start of in-person spring classes by one week

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

URBANA — The University of Illinois announced Monday that it will delay the start of in-person spring classes on its Urbana campus by one week. Chancellor Robert Jones said in a mass email to faculty, staff and graduate students that the first week of classes next semester will be online starting Tuesday, Jan. 18. U […]

COVID is again raging across the U.S. just as Americans gather for the holidays

WASHINGTON — A surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. is seriously altering previously promising holiday plans for many Americans. As many people traveled over the weekend, health officials and state leaders issued serious warnings about the coronavirus as the U.S. experienced record new infections. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported […]

First omicron variant case confirmed in Ill. as key COVID metrics keep ticking upward

CHICAGO — A Chicagoan who’d been fully vaccinated against COVID and gotten a booster shot is the first confirmed case of the virus’ Omicron variant, state and city public health officials announced Tuesday evening. But the person didn’t require hospitalization and is recovering after self-isolating at home. The news comes the same day as the […]