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CDC Makes a Big Move on Air Travel

All passengers flying to US must show proof of negative COVID test

(Newser) - Anyone flying to the US will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement expands on a similar one announced late last month for passengers coming from the United Kingdom. COVID is already widespread in...

Panel Identifies Next COVID Vaccine Recipients

Firefighters and teachers will be among the first

(Newser) - A federal advisory panel recommended Sunday that people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers, and grocery store workers should be next in line for COVID-19 shots, while a second vaccine began rolling out to hospitals as the nation works to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, the...

CDC Makes Significant Change to Its Mask Advice

Wear them indoors, unless you're home, says agency

(Newser) - The worsening coronavirus situation has driven the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand its guidance on face masks. They should be worn indoors at all times, new guidance issued Friday says, with the only exception being at home. "Compelling evidence now supports the benefits of cloth face...

CDC: Quarantining for 14 Days No Longer a Must

It offers guidelines for 7- and 10-day COVID options

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reiterated that a 14-day quarantine is best for anyone who's had exposure to COVID-19—but it also offered "two acceptable alternatives." CNBC reports the CDC's Dr. Henry Walke outlined the two other options: Quarantine can cease after...

Obese Might Move Up in Vaccine Line

CDC panel to meet Tuesday on setting priorities

(Newser) - A new realization of the role obesity plays in putting people at risk of a severe COVID-19 illness could affect decisions on the order in which Americans receive a vaccine. "Obesity was ignored for the longest time, and overweight was completely ignored," said a researcher at the University...

2 Weeks in Quarantine? That May Be Changing

CDC is said to be finalizing recommendations to shorten period in isolation to 7 to 10 days

(Newser) - Some people are balking at the CDC's current 14-day recommendations for COVID-19 quarantining, and so now the agency may mitigate that by simply slashing the quarantine period. The CDC's Henry Walke tells the Wall Street Journal that although recommendations are still being finalized, the new duration would likely...

Americans Shrug Off CDC Pleas to Stay Home

Millions of plane tickets were already bought

(Newser) - Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday, the AP reports. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite...

Most COVID Spreaders, You'd Never Expect: CDC

That healthy-looking person? You might want to step back

(Newser) - Turns out most COVID-19 infections are spread by people who show no symptoms at all—another reason why it's good to wear masks and take other simple precautions, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "CDC and others estimate that more than 50% of all...

CDC: Masks Offer More Protection Than We Thought

Agency says masks also protect wearers from COVID-19

(Newser) - Evidence has pointed for some time to the fact that face masks can cut down on the risk of you spreading the coronavirus to others if you're infected. Now the CDC says masks do even more: The health agency says a face covering can protect you as well, reports...

More Americans Are on Special Diets These Days

CDC says half of adults are trying to manage a condition such as diabetes or heart disease

(Newser) - If it seems like more people are on diets these days, you might not be imagining it. A higher percentage of Americans said they're on a special diet to lose weight or for other health reasons compared with a decade ago, according to a report Tuesday by the US...

CDC to COVID Patients: Voting in Person A-OK

But do 'let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine'

(Newser) - In a post Monday regarding how to vote in person while taking safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said that people with the coronavirus are still free to head out to their local polling place Tuesday. "Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether...

CDC Traces 116 Virus Cases to 1 Boy at Summer Camp

Report: 80% of people in camp became infected

(Newser) - In early July, a few days after he tested negative for the coronavirus, a high school-age boy arrived at a summer camp in Wisconsin. The next day, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, he had a sore throat, a cough, and chills. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Listeria Outbreak Hits 3 States

Listeriosis can get worse if it moves to the nervous system

(Newser) - A listeria outbreak has hit 10 people across 3 states—apparently all sickened after eating deli meat, per Consumer Reports . The Centers for Disease Control hasn't identified a supplier, retailer, or brand yet, but nine of the victims said they had eaten Italian-style meats like prosciutto or mortadella bought...

White House Kills Biggest Mask Mandate Thus Far

A federal CDC mandate gets kicked to the curb

(Newser) - The White House has blocked an effort to require face masks on all forms of US commercial and public transportation, the New York Times reports. Two federal health officials say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote up an extensive order last month that would have forced all workers...

Trump Contradicts CDC, Claims He's Not Contagious

It's been a week since diagnosis was made public; CDC calls for at least 10 days of isolation

(Newser) - President Trump is "cured" of the coronavirus—or so he claims in his first interview since his hospitalization a week ago. "I feel perfect. There's nothing wrong," he told Maria Bartiromo of Fox News in a phone interview on Thursday, per CNBC . "I don't...

Report: White House to Ignore CDC on Cruise Ships

Sources say no-sail order will be lifted Oct. 31

(Newser) - Cruise ships are going to start sailing again on the timeline favored by the cruise industry, not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insiders say. Sources tell Axios and the New York Times that CDC chief Dr. Robert Redfield was overruled at a coronavirus task force meeting this week...

Report: Birx, Others Pressured CDC on Sending Kids to School

Ex-aide to Mike Pence: 'You're exchanging votes for lives'

(Newser) - Top White House officials, including the coordinator of the coronavirus task force, pressured leaders at the CDC to downplay the risks of sending children back to school in the midst of a pandemic, the New York Times is reporting. The report cites current and former government officials, including a former...

CDC Chief Makes Call on Plane, Reporter Overhears It

'Everything he says is false,' Robert Redfield said of Trump's new COVID-19 adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas

(Newser) - The director of the CDC flew from Atlanta to DC Friday, and a phone call he made while on the plane is now making headlines. Turns out an NBC News reporter was on the same flight as Robert Redfield and overheard him apparently blasting President Trump's newest coronavirus task...

CDC Makes 'Profound' Change on COVID, Then Backtracks

Agency says draft version on how virus spreads was posted in error

(Newser) - Late last week, the CDC quietly issued new guidance on how the coronavirus spreads, one considered by health experts to reflect a "profound shift" in thinking, per the Los Angeles Times . On Monday, however, the agency removed the update from its website and said it was a draft version...

CDC Reverses Advice That Riled Experts

Now, asymptomatic people who've been around someone with the virus 'need a test'

(Newser) - After health officials objected to changes in government guidance about whether people without coronavirus symptoms should be tested, the advice has been changed again. As of Friday, Politico reports, the CDC straightforwardly states that if you've spent at least 15 minutes within six feet of a person who has...

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