Modeling for the next coronavirus variant, omicron

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A COVID vaccination shot is prepared. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A COVID vaccination shot is prepared. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This is the rundown for Radio Boston on November 29, 2021. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • The seven-day positive coronavirus test rate in Massachusetts is now just over 3.7 percent, which is more than double what it was at the beginning of this month. That's also the highest rate reported since the beginning of the year, in January. And scientists predict the new, potentially more infectious variant of coronavirus will 'inevitably' show up in the United States too. For more context on these numbers, we check in with Sam Scarpino, the Managing Director of Pathogen Surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute, and an affiliate professor at Northeastern.
  • It's the new variant of the coronavirus that has everyone talking. Scientists at the World Health Organization say the global risk from the new variant, first seen in southern Africa, is "very high." And the CDC is now saying all adults should, not can but should, get a booster due to omicron. We take your calls and answer your questions with Dr. Shira Doron.. Infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center and Dr. Sabrina Assoumou, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and infectious disease specialist at Boston Medical Center.
  • And we finish today with a story that we here in Boston just can't get enough of: the Gardner heist. More than 30 after the world's largest art heist, and we're still getting new information, a "tantalizing clue," as one of our next guests described it. Boston Globe investigative reporters Shelley Murphy and Steve Kurkjian join us to tell us more.

This program aired on November 30, 2021.


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