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COVID-19 Brief: Omicron Mutating, Lasting Longer and Killing Faster

Two cases of a subvariant of the Omicron variant were identified in Washington state. Two cases were also identified in Houston.

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U.S. FDA limits use of Regeneron, Lilly COVID-19 antibody treatments

The U.S. health regulator revised on Jan. 24 the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 antibody treatments from Regeneron and Eli Lilly to limit their use, as the drugs are unlikely to work against the Omicron coronavirus variant.

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Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests

The Omicron variant can survive longer than earlier versions of the coronavirus on plastic surfaces and human skin, Japanese researchers found in laboratory tests. Additionally, new research shows users of rapid antigen tests to detect COVID-19 should swab their nostrils as directed by the manufacturer and not swab the throat or cheek instead.