How to treat yourself at home if you get COVID-19
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(Sara Fraser/ CBC News) — With the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, more people than ever are getting COVID-19 — even those who are vaccinated.

And while there are still cases of severe illness in some people who are infected with the virus, the majority of Canadians who have at least two doses  …

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame, experts say
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — Pandemics do eventually end, even if Omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: the world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away, experts say.

The ultra-contagious Omicron variant of the  …

U.S. approves COVID-19 pill that decreases risk of hospitalization by 90%
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus.

The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all rising and health officials  …

How to recognize Covid-19 symptoms from the omicron variant
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(Umair Irfan/ Vox) — The list of symptoms of Covid-19 has grown longer and stranger throughout the pandemic. With so many people now vaccinated, the warning signs of an infection have grown more subtle and vague. That’s becoming especially evident as the omicron variant gallops around the world, squeezing through the   …

Expert tips for tackling Omicron anxiety over the Christmas period
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(Ellen Scott/ Metro UK) — After last year’s crushing low of Christmas plans canned due to Covid, we started to raise our hopes for a far more festive 2021.

Then, just as we were on the home stretch, Covid cases began to climb, Omicron became a thing, and we were chucked right back into a state of lockdown limbo.

Chuck in   …

How to safely plan a Holiday gathering during the Omicron wave
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(Oladimeji Ewumi/ Healthline) — As the holiday season hits full swing, a new COVID-19 Omicron variant has come knocking on the door, potentially disrupting plans for many.

The variant was discovered at the end of November, and researchers are still studying Omicron to understand better its transmissibility as well as  …

Despite reports of milder symptoms Omicron should not be underestimated
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(Linda Geddes, Nick Dall/ The Guardian) — As the world scrambles to contain the new variant, some are hopefully seizing on anecdotal reports from South Africa that it may cause only mild illness. But although previous variants of the coronavirus have been associated with different symptoms and severity, it would be dangerous  …

World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variant
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(Ivana Kotassova/ CNN News) — As fears mount over the newly identified coronavirus variant Omicron, governments around the world are scrambling to protect their citizens from a potential outbreak.

The new mutation, which is potentially more transmissible, was first discovered in South Africa and has since been detected in