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She Quarantined for Night After Funeral. It Cost $2,750

An Ontario woman gripes about the government's new COVID restrictions

(Newser) - As of Feb. 22, air travelers to Canada must take a COVID test upon arrival and quarantine in a qualifying hotel until their results are in, reports Global News . That can take up to three days, but in the case of Cristina Teixeira, her results were in after just one...

Two Pharmaceutical Rivals Team Up on Vaccine

Merck will help Johnson & Johnson manufacture and distribute newly approved vaccine

(Newser) - Drugmaker Merck will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine , per the AP . The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose vaccine. Officials have said J&J faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine and produced only 3.9...

'Moral Concerns' Hover Over J&J Vaccine

Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Baton Rouge slam it for using cell lines from abortions

(Newser) - As health experts continue to plead with the public to accept any vaccine currently offered—be it one from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson —a new wrinkle has emerged for the latter shot in Louisiana. That's because on Friday, the Archdiocese of New Orleans implored Catholics to,...

For First Time in Weeks, Most States See Increase in Cases

But Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already rolling out in trucks

(Newser) - The newly approved single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson could be in people's arms as soon as Tuesday, reports the Wall Street Journal . FedEx trucks have picked up the first shipments in Mississippi and started moving across the country. The company expects to deliver 20 million shots before the...

Brits to Gwyneth Paltrow: Stop Spreading COVID 'Misinformation'
Gwyneth Paltrow's
COVID Comments
Get Her in Hot Water
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Gwyneth Paltrow's COVID Comments Get Her in Hot Water

'Really not the solutions we’d recommend in the NHS'

(Newser) - Perhaps not surprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow has some, shall we say, unconventional ideas about how to treat aftereffects of the coronavirus—and the UK's National Health Service (NHS) is now asking her to please tone it down. Paltrow wrote in her latest blog for her lifestyle site Goop that she...

Stay in Your Zone, New York Tells Dancers

Wedding receptions can resume next month in the state

(Newser) - New York's new coronavirus-era dance rules aren't exactly Footloose strict, but don't plan on cutting loose and kicking off the Sunday shoes with just anybody. The state says that when wedding receptions resume next month, guests will be allowed to hit the dance floor only with members...

She Received 2 New Lungs, and a Hidden COVID Infection
This COVID Transmission
Is First of Its Kind
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This COVID Transmission Is First of Its Kind

Woman received a double-lung transplant, but they were unknowingly infected with coronavirus

(Newser) - A woman received two new lungs in a double transplant last year, but it turns out the lungs were unknowingly infected with COVID-19, reports Kaiser Health News . The unidentified woman died last fall, two months after the operation in Michigan. It's the first confirmed case of the virus being...

COVID Testing Slows From '100mph to About 25'

Significant drop in demand due to various factors may leave a glut of testing supplies

(Newser) - Just five weeks ago, LA County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests. Now, county officials say testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity, per the AP . "It's shocking how quickly we've gone from...

'American Rescue Plan' One Step Closer to Arrival

House votes 219-212 to approve $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, sends it to Senate

(Newser) - A long-awaited COVID relief bill is now making its way to the US Senate after the House of Representatives approved the $1.9 trillion package early Saturday. CNN reports that the vote was 219-212, with no Republicans casting a "yea," and two Democrats joining their GOP colleagues in...

Amid Cautious Optimism, Fears of a 4th Wave
Sharp Decline in COVID
Cases Seems to Have Stopped
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Sharp Decline in COVID Cases Seems to Have Stopped

There's fear of a '4th wave,' but also 'cautious optimism' across the US

(Newser) - In assessing the state of the pandemic in the US, the Christian Science Monitor finds that something new is emerging around the country: "a sense of cautious optimism." That's mostly because of a sharp decline in cases in recent weeks, though there's plenty of potential trouble...

Low-Income Families May Get $50 a Month for Internet

FCC approves subsidy to help close the digital divide

(Newser) - With so many people working and attending school from home during the pandemic, it's become crucial that as many Americans as possible have access to high-speed internet. That's why the FCC on Thursday gave the green light to a $3.2 billion initiative that will offer eligible families...

Pfizer Is Testing 2 Ways to Fight COVID Variants

'Every year, you need to go to get your flu vaccine. It's going to be the same with COVID'

(Newser) - Unless COVID-19 is eradicated, the fight to develop vaccines might go on indefinitely. Pfizer says it is looking into two separate ways to provide protection against new and more infectious COVID variants, especially the one first detected in South Africa, CNBC reports. Board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the company...

CDC: Be Careful in Gyms
CDC: Be Careful
in Gyms

CDC: Be Careful in Gyms

Coronavirus spread fast in high-intensity classes, research finds

(Newser) - After coronavirus outbreaks at gyms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned users to be careful—while pointing out a few factors that increase the risk at fitness centers. The virus spread quickly during high-intensity workout classes at gyms in Chicago and Honolulu, the New York Times reports....

China: We Didn't Ask US Diplomats to Take Anal COVID Tests

Whether it happened or not, it's not going to be happening from this point forward

(Newser) - No worries, American diplomats in China: You can keep your pants on. Per a report Wednesday in Vice , the Chinese government vowed this week to stop performing anal swab COVID tests on diplomats from the States, after news on that supposed occurrence prompted a complaint from the US State Department...

California Reports 'Heartbreaking' COVID Death Toll

Backlogged cases bring total above 50K

(Newser) - Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported an additional 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000, or about one-tenth of the US total from the pandemic. The county, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents, said the deaths mainly...

Alaska Governor, State Lawmaker Have COVID
Alaska Gov.
Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Has COVID

As does a member of the state House

(Newser) - Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes says a member of the Alaska House has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. She asked members and staff not to enter the Capitol on Thursday unless necessary to allow for contact tracing and cleaning to occur. Further details weren’t immediately available,...

White House Plans to Distribute 25M Masks

They will be handed out at health centers, food banks

(Newser) - President Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus. It’s part of his effort to ensure equity in the government’s response to the pandemic, the AP reports. Biden is aiming to reach underserved communities and those bearing the brunt of...

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Gets an Initial Thumbs Up

FDA will make final decision within days

(Newser) - We are days away from learning if America will soon have a third vaccine in the mix. US regulators on Wednesday announced that Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine is safe to receive and does indeed protect against COVID-19. The efficacy figure in this case is 66% when it comes...

Researchers Are Very Worried About the California COVID Strain

'The devil is already here'

(Newser) - A coronavirus variant detected in California appears dangerous enough to be considered a "variant of concern" along with the variants that have emerged from Brazil, Britain, and South Africa, researchers say. Researchers at UC San Francisco warn that like the other variants, the California one is more infectious than...

Biden Leads Mourning of the Half-Million Lost

President says Americans killed by COVID-19 were 'extraordinary'

(Newser) - With the nation's death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak reaching a half-million, President Biden on Monday mourned the people who make up that statistic. "We often hear people described as ordinary Americans," he said in a televised address. "There's nothing ordinary about them. The people...

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