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CDC Adjusts Mask Advice
CDC Adjusts
Mask Advice

CDC Adjusts Mask Advice

Agency decides there are enough N95 and KN95s for everyone

(Newser) - It's more of a guideline than a rule, but official mask guidance was updated late Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Americans "may choose" to wear N95 and KN95 masks because they do best in blocking coronavirus infection, NBC reports. Those are the masks worn...

CDC: Don't Take a Cruise Right Now
CDC: Don't Take
a Cruise Right Now

CDC: Don't Take a Cruise Right Now

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian cancel sailings among new COVID surge

(Newser) - If you've got tickets for an upcoming cruise, better check with your cruise line. This week, two major operators canceled near-future sailings amid the latest COVID surge, starting with Norwegian on Wednesday, reports USA Today . "Our first priority is the health and safety of our guests, crew, and...

CDC Change: Give Boosters to All Over 12

New policy provides for a clearer message to parents

(Newser) - With coronavirus infections skyrocketing and schools at risk of shutting down, a panel of advisers on Wednesday urged the CDC to fight back by recommending 10 million young people receive the protection of a vaccine booster shot. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky agreed, the Washington Post reports. The change will allow...

FDA: Fine to Get Booster After Just 5 Months

It also now recommends boosters for kids 12 to 15

(Newser) - The US is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the FDA allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12. Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they're also warranted for 12- to 15-year-olds once enough...

Health Care Workers Can Get Back on the Job Sooner

CDC shortens isolation period after positive COVID test

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed a pandemic rule for health care workers on Thursday, but it's not because COVID-19 is under control. Fearing hospital staffs will be overwhelmed by the surge in cases, the CDC will allow workers who tested positive for the disease to end...

CDC Gives Thumbs-Up to 'Test-to-Stay' COVID Policy

Practice allows close contacts of infected students to go to school if they themselves test negative

(Newser) - US health officials are endorsing "test-to-stay" policies that allow close contacts of students infected with the coronavirus to remain in classrooms if they test negative. The CDC decided to more firmly embrace the approach, already used by many school districts, after research of such policies in the Chicago and...

CDC Panel Backs Other Vaccines Over J&J's
CDC:
Get Pfizer or
Moderna,
Not J&J
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CDC: Get Pfizer or Moderna, Not J&J

CDC makes official new recommendation

(Newser) - Update: The CDC is now officially taking the stance that that "mRNA vaccines are preferred over [Johnson & Johnson's] Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 for those 18 years of age and over." Within hours of a panel making that recommendation, the CDC director accepted...

FDA Approves Boosters for Some Teens

Specifically, those aged 16 and 17; CDC decision is pending

(Newser) - The US is expanding COVID-19 boosters, ruling that 16- and 17-year-olds can get a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine, per the AP . The US and many other nations already were urging adults to get booster shots to pump up immunity that can wane months after vaccination, calls that intensified...

CDC Reports Uptick in Kids Diagnosed With Autism

2018 data suggests 1 in 44 kids in US have condition; in 2016, it was 1 in 54

(Newser) - New autism numbers released Thursday suggest more US children are being diagnosed with the developmental condition—and at younger ages. In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the CDC found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism. That rate compares...

CDC Might Rethink 'Fully Vaccinated'

Booster shots could alter meaning of virus protection, Walensky says

(Newser) - With booster shots entering the picture, the meaning of being "fully vaccinated" against the coronavirus might have to be adjusted. Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "may need to update" its definition, Axios reports. At the moment, anyone two weeks past...

8 Months After Vaccine Rollout, a Milestone

CDC says half of all Americans are now vaccinated

(Newser) - Eight months after the coronavirus vaccines got their first big push in the US, a milestone number. The CDC on Friday reported that 165.9 million Americans, or 50% of the nation, have been fully vaccinated, per Reuters . More than 58% of the total population—193,764,457 people, to...

CDC Issues New Moratorium on Evictions

'Targeted' ban will cover most of country

(Newser) - The CDC has issued a new moratorium on evictions—days after the one it first introduced in September last year expired. Unlike the previous moratorium, this one isn't nationwide. The CDC says it will be in place in areas with "substantial and high levels of community transmission" of...

Data Show Effectiveness of Vaccines

CDC says numbers demonstrate full doses prevent serious illnesses

(Newser) - Fully vaccinated people can catch the coronavirus, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been saying all along that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent deaths among those patients. The CDC now has released data to back that up, showing that fewer than 0.001% of fully vaccinated people die...

'Sobering' Findings After Partying in Provincetown

Vaccines still keep serious illness at bay, but new CDC report suggests vaxxed can still spread virus

(Newser) - The CDC got more conservative with its face mask guidelines this week, ahead of unpublished research leaked to the Washington Pos t. On Friday, that study was released, and the Post calls its findings "sobering." Per the analysis in its weekly Morbidity and Mortality report , the agency notes...

Leaked CDC Document: The Vaccinated Are Spreading Delta

The document says the COVID-19 variant spreads as easily as chicken pox

(Newser) - A leaked Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained by the Washington Post is quite a bombshell. The internal slide presentation focuses on the need for new messaging around COVID-19 now that the delta variant is surging in the US, and suggests that the variant is so contagious it'...

CDC Updates COVID Advice for Schools

Vaccinated students and teachers don't need to wear masks this fall in class

(Newser) - Vaccinated students can head to in-person classes without a mask this fall, while unvaccinated students should mask up, according to new CDC guidance for grades K through 12. The same applies to teachers. States are not obligated to follow the advice and can implement their own policies, notes CNBC . The...

CDC Chief 'Deeply Concerned' on Teen COVID Cases

Rochelle Walensky cites rising hospitalization rates in plea to parents to get their kids vaccinated

(Newser) - The head of the CDC made a plea to parents of teens this week, imploring them to get their kids vaccinated against COVID and citing a study showing increased hospitalization rates of adolescents. "I am deeply concerned," Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday, the same day new research showed...

CDC's Summer Camp COVID Advice Has Gray Areas

Unvaccinated kids should wear masks in crowded settings, such as singing around a campfire

(Newser) - Unvaccinated 11-year-olds are going to have to make some judgment calls at summer camp this year. The CDC issued its coronavirus guidance for summer camps on Friday, NBC reports, and the agency left wiggle room. As is true in other situations, fully vaccinated people are pretty well covered and don'...

Walensky: Politics Didn't Affect Mask Decision

CDC boss: Unvaccinated people still are not safe

(Newser) - Asked Sunday whether political pressure played a role in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's about-face on masks, the agency's chief said the deciding factor was science. "It certainly would have been easier if the science had evolved a week earlier," Rochelle Walensky said on...

CDC: New Projections 'Offer Reason to Be Quite Hopeful'

There could be a 'sharp decline' in cases by mid-July with vaccinations, masks

(Newser) - The fight against COVID-19 has become a race between vaccination programs and the spread of coronavirus variants—and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says victory could be in sight. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who said she had a feeling of "impending doom" in late March, said...

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