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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...

Judge Tosses CDC's Eviction Moratorium

Federal judge says agency exceeded its authority

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its legal authority in September when it issued an unprecedented nationwide ban on evictions of renters who lost income during the pandemic, a federal judge decided Wednesday. US District Judge Dabney Friedrich threw out the eviction ban, which had been due to...

Author Michael Lewis Finds Heroes, Villains in Pandemic

His book 'The Premonition,' amounts to an indictment of the CDC's response

(Newser) - Those familiar with the books of Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side, etc.) know that he loves finding a hero "who gives a defiant middle finger to the conventional wisdom," writes Jennifer Szalai in the New York Times . His latest book, The Premonition , follows...

Did You Feel Dizzy After J&J Shot? CDC Says It Knows Why

Clusters of adverse reactions in 5 states caused by anxiety, not vaccine itself, agency says

(Newser) - Dozens of people who got the COVID vaccine from Johnson & Johnson in early April, at five mass-vaccination sites in five states, reported fainting, breaking out into a sweat, dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness afterward, among other side effects. The incidents, which took place between April 7 and April 9, led...

Cruise Lines Look at Sailing in July
CDC Clears
Cruise Ships

CDC Clears Cruise Ships

US industry could restart by mid-July, agency says

(Newser) - Cruise lines that have been docked for more than a year because of the pandemic have been given a route to returning to sea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified them Wednesday in a letter that they should be able to resume passenger sailings from the US by...

Many With Mild COVID Cases Develop New Issues Later
New Health Issues Surface
Months After Mild Cases

New Health Issues Surface Months After Mild Cases

Patients need to keep in touch with their clinicians, expert says

(Newser) - New health issues are showing up in patients months after they've recovered from a mild case of COVID-19, researchers have found. The symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath, heart rate abnormalities, chest or throat pain, and fatigue, the New York Times reports. The issues "likely represent ongoing...

CDC Panel Votes to End Johnson & Johnson Pause

Learning of more blood clots, advisers suggest a warning

(Newser) - An advisory panel heard about a few more cases of blood clots among recipients Friday, but nonetheless told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine should resume. Vaccinations with the product have been suspended for 11 days. The vote was 10-4,...

US to Put 'Do Not Travel' Label on 80% of World's Nations

State Department discourages Americans from going abroad during pandemic

(Newser) - The State Department doesn't like the idea of Americans traveling to other nations during the pandemic, and it's about to make that clear. About 80% of the world's countries are getting the "Do Not Travel" warning, the Washington Post reports, up from 16% as of Monday....

Report: Ted Cruz Is Done With the Mask

CNN reports he joins Rand Paul in his stance

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is reportedly done with mask wearing, and CNN has jumped all over it. The network reports the Republican senator from Texas is going maskless on the floor of the Senate, which has no mask requirement , and in the halls of the Capitol complex. It questioned him about this,...

CDC Move Marks New Strategy on Racism

Director deems it a 'serious public health threat,' takes steps to combat it

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic has been at the top of everyone's mind for more than a year, and the focus of infectious disease experts around the world. But the CDC says there's another major issue plaguing the US, and its director is now calling attention to it. "Racism...

Florida Sues CDC, Demands Cruise Ships Be Allowed to Sail

State says Americans are just flying to other countries to cruise

(Newser) - The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to demand cruise ships be allowed to start sailing immediately, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of...

US COVID Deaths Plummet to Year-Low, but With an Asterisk

Encouraging figures might be incomplete due to Easter holiday

(Newser) - This weekend the US saw COVID-19 deaths drop to their lowest point in more than a year, according to Johns Hopkins University data . The number reported for Sunday, 222 deaths, is the lowest since March 23, 2020, when 192 confirmed deaths were recorded in the pandemic's early days. At...

Those Vaccinated Can't Spread COVID? Not So Fast

The CDC has walked back comments made by its director

(Newser) - For a brief moment last week, it seemed as if the CDC was giving us the news we've been waiting for: In reference to the real-world study of nearly 4,000 vaccinated individuals , the agency's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said Monday that "our data ... suggests ... that vaccinated...

If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up

Agency gives OK for those with all their COVID shots to travel domestically, overseas

(Newser) - Anyone who's been holding off on trying to get a COVID vaccine may now have a new incentive. Politico reports that the CDC on Friday updated its guidance on travel during the pandemic, saying Americans can feel free to travel around the US and internationally, as long as they'...

Despite Pandemic, There Were Fewer Suicides in 2020

It's no longer in the top 10 causes of death

(Newser) - For countless millions of people, 2020 was one of the toughest years of their lives—but though authorities warned that the pandemic would cause a mental health crisis, it didn't lead to a rise in suicides. According to preliminary figures from the CDC, deaths by suicide declined 5.6%...

CDC Issues Top 10 Leading Causes of Death for 2020

Provisional numbers put COVID-19 at No. 3

(Newser) - New data from the CDC frames COVID-19's toll in a different way: It contributed to a 15.9% increase in the death rate in 2020. Last year there were 828.7 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 715.2 in 2019. Time reports it's the highest figure...

CDC Chief on New COVID Cases: 'I'm Scared'
CDC Chief
Feels 'Impending
Doom' Over
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CDC Chief Feels 'Impending Doom' Over COVID Cases

Daily infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase

(Newser) - The head of the CDC gave an update on COVID Monday that took a personal turn. Rochelle Walensky appeared to fight back tears as she warned Americans in stark terms that the rising number of coronavirus cases threatens to upend progress from vaccines, reports Axios . "Just please hold on...

CDC Revises COVID Guidance for Schools

A distance of 3 feet is now OK in classrooms

(Newser) - Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch, or chorus practice, the CDC said Friday. The revised recommendations represent a turn away from the...

CDC Looks at 3-Foot Rule
CDC Looks at 3-Foot Rule
new study

CDC Looks at 3-Foot Rule

Research finds no difference in infection rates in schools that don't maintain 6-foot distance

(Newser) - One restriction that complicates reopening schools could be eased soon. New research has found that schools might be able to safely welcome students back in person as long as they wear masks and follow other pandemic guidelines—even if they maintain only 3 feet of social distancing instead of the...

CDC's New Rules Will Make Grandparents Happy
CDC's New Rules Will Make
Grandparents Happy
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CDC's New Rules Will Make Grandparents Happy

Fully vaccinated can visit indoors with a single household, without masks or social distancing

(Newser) - It's a baby step toward normalcy, now that more shots than ever are being doled out: The CDC on Monday issued new guidance with greater freedoms for people who have been fully vaccinated. The rules are likely to please grandparents itching to see their grandchildren in person for the...

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