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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...

Health Experts Offer Good News on Vaccines, but Also a Warning

US gave record number of shots over weekend, as officials caution not to ease restrictions too much

(Newser) - It was a banner weekend for coronavirus vaccinations in America, with the CDC administering a record number of shots. Per an agency data tracker, those numbers include 2.9 million vaccinations on Saturday and 2.4 million on Sunday, reports CNBC . That comes after nearly 2.5 million people were...

Fauci Sees 'Open Season' for Vaccines by April
Fauci Sees 'Open Season'
for Vaccines by April
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Fauci Sees 'Open Season' for Vaccines by April

He also thinks vaccines for children should be ready by September

(Newser) - COVID vaccinations might be available for children for the start of the next school year in September, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. In an interview with ProPublica , Fauci says clinical trials are about to start for teens, and those trials will gradually phase in lower age groups. "I would...

One Word of the Year Is Depressingly 2020

'Lockdown' usage up 6K% from 2019: Collins Dictionary

(Newser) - In 2019, there were just 4,000 recorded instances in which the word "lockdown" was used, according to the Collins Dictionary. Of course, we had no idea what was coming. This year, there were more than 250,000 uses for a 6,000% increase, Collins says. It was enough...

How Families Are Doing the COVID Halloween

Much has been canceled, but it's still possible to trick-or-treat

(Newser) - Ghosts, skeletons, princesses, and black cats roamed the streets as usual this Halloween, but they kept their distance, wore face coverings and carried hand sanitizer in their quest for treats, the AP reports. Like with everything else this year, the pandemic also left its mark on Halloween. Parades, parties, and...

'Gloomy' Pandemic Reporter: I Can Finally See Hope
'Gloomy' COVID Reporter
Has a Change of Heart 
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'Gloomy' COVID Reporter Has a Change of Heart

Donald G. McNeil Jr. is 'cautiously optimistic' about what lies ahead

(Newser) - Since January, New York Times health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. has been covering the pandemic, including American deaths and efforts to develop a vaccine years ahead of the fastest pace on record. All this has made him "a consistently gloomy Cassandra"—but halfway through October, he's...

In NYC, a 'Most Precarious Moment' in the COVID Timeline

Parts of Queens, Brooklyn are seeing spike in cases; health dept. warns of possible shutdowns

(Newser) - New York City has been slowly reopening since June , with schools set to welcome back many in-person students next week and restaurants opening for indoor dining at the end of September, per Gothamist . But despite this staggered return to some form of normality, certain parts of the city are now...

After Tests at White House, 'We Had a Couple of Positives'

Aides won't discuss report on coronavirus results

(Newser) - The day after a crowd of people, many not wearing masks, sat close together at a signing ceremony at the White House, officials declined to discuss a report that staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus. "I don't comment on any health-related issues as it relates to...

Nevada City Issues Warning Over Trump's Next Rally

The city of Henderson says it will be 'in direct violation' of emergency directives

(Newser) - President Trump is planning his first indoor rally in months, and it's expected to violate the governor's wishes. The campaign event—which CNN predicts will "rally thousands of supporters indoors"—is slated for an Xtreme Manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada. Seems the attendees will sit in...

State Dropping Social Distancing
Governor Cancels
Social Distancing

Governor Cancels Social Distancing

Nebraska bases decision on hospital beds' availability

(Newser) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will end nearly all of his state's social-distancing restrictions on Monday, even as the number of new coronavirus cases has trended upward over the past few months. The new rules will still limit the size of large indoor gatherings, such as concerts, meeting halls and...

Teen Suspended for Attending His School's In-Person Classes

It was Maverick Stow's assigned day to be attending remotely

(Newser) - Maverick Stow, a 17-year-old high school senior, thinks students should be attending in-person classes five days a week. So, to protest his New York school's hybrid learning model, Stow went ahead and attended his classes in person on Tuesday—despite that day being his assigned day to attend remotely....

World Now Has a New COVID No. 2
World Now Has a
New COVID No. 2 

World Now Has a New COVID No. 2

Reporting almost 91K cases in a day, India surpasses Brazil to become second behind US

(Newser) - India's increasing coronavirus caseload made it the world's second-worst-hit country behind the United States on Monday, as its efforts to head off economic disaster from the pandemic gain urgency. The 90,802 cases added in the past 24 hours pushed India’s total past Brazil with more than...

Hostess Attacked for Following Virus Rules Won't Return to Job

Police make 3 arrests in assault of 17-year-old who enforced social distancing

(Newser) - When a group of 13 arrived at a Louisiana Chili's last weekend to dine, the hostess explained that the restaurant's social distancing rules limit each table to six people. The group became agressive then, Kelsy Wallace said. She was trying to figure out where to put everyone when...

One State Cracks Down on Shoppers Angry About Masks

It'll now be a felony if anyone threatens or assaults an Illinois employee about health guidelines

(Newser) - Assault or physically threaten a retail worker over something related to the coronavirus pandemic? In Illinois, that'll be a felony. The state last week signed a new measure into law, and now any assault or battery against a retail worker over public health guidance—including mask mandates or social...

Party Boat With 170 Guests Leads to Arrests in NYC

Boat's owners, captain accused of violating social distancing guidelines

(Newser) - A party boat allegedly cruised around New York City on Saturday night with more than 170 guests, leading to three arrests amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The four-story Liberty Belle riverboat has four bars, three outdoor decks, and can fit as many as 600; people complained to authorities about it...

MTV Adds New VMAs for the Coronavirus Era

'Best Quarantine Performance' and 'Best Music Video From Home'

(Newser) - The MTV Video Music Awards will have two new categories this year, as fitting for the coronavirus era: "Best Music Video from Home" and "Best Quarantine Performance." Among the nominees for the latter is DJ D-Nice, who, back in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Supreme Court Rejects Church's COVID Request

Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley wanted to get around Nevada's 50-person cap for religious services

(Newser) - A sharply divided US Supreme Court denied a rural Nevada church's request late Friday to strike down as unconstitutional a 50-person cap on worship services as part of the state's ongoing response to the coronavirus. In a 5-4 decision, the high court refused to grant the request from...

Carlson Does a 180, Blasts Masks as 'Bizarre Health Theater'

Fox News host, who once said social distancing, other virus safety measures work, changes tune

(Newser) - A lot can change in three months. For Tucker Carlson, that change has come in the form of a big reversal on coronavirus safety measures. In a segment Tuesday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News host was discussing the topic of schools reopening amid the pandemic, rueing the fact...

After Flight, Senator Slams Airline: 'Incredibly Irresponsible'

Trip on American spurs Jeff Merkley to introduce bill keeping middle seats from being filled in pandemic

(Newser) - Jeff Merkley flew on American Airlines last week, and he wasn't happy with how his flight went—specifically, on how crowded it was in the midst of the pandemic. "How many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,...

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