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CDC: Most People
Don't Need Masks
Feb 25, 2022 4:12 PM CST
CDC: Most People Don't Need Masks
Recommendation now applies only to high-risk people in high-spread places
- Most people in the US can drop the masks, the Center for Disease Control has decided in a major pandemic shift. A change in metrics means wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus now is recommended for less than a third of the population, the agency said...
Are in Hospital
Jan 7, 2022 4:45 PM CST
More Children Are in Hospital With COVID Than Ever
Walensky urges surrounding young children with people who are vaccinated
- It's not clear whether more children are being hospitalized with COVID-19 because they aren't vaccinated or because they're dealing with more spread in their communities, the CDC director said Friday. Either way, the Hill reports, the hospitalization rates for child COVID patients is higher than it's...
to All Over 12
Jan 5, 2022 7:50 PM CST
CDC Change: Give Boosters to All Over 12
New policy provides for a clearer message to parents
- 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
reports. The change will allow...
Indicators Agree: Omicron
Is Milder, Fauci Says
Dec 29, 2021 6:29 PM CST
Indicators Agree: Omicron Is Milder, Fauci Says
Infections are rising much faster than hospitalizations in the US
- Early data from the US and abroad make two things clear about the omicron variant of the coronavirus. "We know now, incontrovertibly, that this is a highly, highly transmissible virus," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. And "all indications point to a lesser severity of omicron versus delta....
Dec 17, 2021 12:34 PM CST
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
- 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...
Everyone 18 and
Over Is Eligible
Nov 19, 2021 5:51 PM CST
CDC Makes Boosters Simple: Everyone 18 and Over Is Eligible
Walensky approves vaccine recommendation from independent experts
- The final approval for administering coronavirus vaccine booster shots to everyone 18 and older was granted Friday evening, when the CDC director signed off on the idea. In doing so, Rochelle Walensky accepted the unanimous recommendations from independent experts, the
reports. "Based on the compelling evidence, all...
CDC Director: 'Enjoy
Oct 25, 2021 5:30 PM CDT
CDC Director: 'Enjoy Your Trick-or-Treating'
'Put on those costumes, stay outside,' Walensky says
- What a difference a year—and a vaccine—makes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky says Americans should enjoy Halloween traditions including trick-or-treating this year, the
reports. Last year, the CDC warned against traditional trick-or-treating and said that while socially distanced outdoor events might be...
Oct 22, 2021 2:33 PM CDT
CDC Might Rethink 'Fully Vaccinated'
Booster shots could alter meaning of virus protection, Walensky says
- 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...
'Highly Unusual' Twist in
CDC's Booster Shot Decision
Sep 24, 2021 5:41 AM CDT
'Highly Unusual' Twist in CDC's Booster Shot Decision
CDC director overruled panel on key recommendation
- The path has been cleared for COVID vaccine booster shots for millions of Americans. A CDC panel endorsed Pfizer booster shots for older people Thursday but split with the FDA's approval on a key issue: It didn't recommend booster shots for workers, including teachers and healthcare workers, whose...
CDC Chief 'Deeply Concerned'
on Teen COVID Cases
Jun 4, 2021 1:45 PM CDT
CDC Chief 'Deeply Concerned' on Teen COVID Cases
Rochelle Walensky cites rising hospitalization rates in plea to parents to get their kids vaccinated
- 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 Guidance 'Not Based
On Science,' Nurses Say
May 16, 2021 4:28 PM CDT
CDC Guidance 'Not Based On Science,' Nurses Say
The largest nurses union in the US says mask guidelines were relaxed too soon
- Eager to ditch your mask? Not so fast, the nation’s largest nurses union says. National Nurses United has vocally disagreed with the CDC’s new guidance on masks. The CDC said Thursday that fully vaccinated people can go about their business without masks or social distancing, with a few...
May 16, 2021 11:30 AM CDT
Walensky: Politics Didn't Affect Mask Decision
CDC boss: Unvaccinated people still are not safe
- 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...
Youth Sports Is a Suspect
as Infections Increase
Apr 11, 2021 12:30 PM CDT
Youth Sports Is a Suspect as Infections Increase
Michigan's governor asks for a timeout, though some teams are declining
- With the rates of young people hospitalized for COVID-19 climbing, especially in Upper Midwest states, officials again are looking for ways to reverse the trend. Sports is one focus. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would like organized youth sports, games and practices, to take a two-week break. It's not so...
Apr 9, 2021 10:30 AM CDT
CDC Move Marks New Strategy on Racism
Director deems it a 'serious public health threat,' takes steps to combat it
- 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...
US COVID Deaths Plummet to
Year-Low, but With an Asterisk
Apr 6, 2021 3:08 AM CDT
US COVID Deaths Plummet to Year-Low, but With an Asterisk
Encouraging figures might be incomplete due to Easter holiday
- 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
Apr 4, 2021 3:23 PM CDT
Those Vaccinated Can't Spread COVID? Not So Fast
The CDC has walked back comments made by its director
- 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...
Apr 1, 2021 5:53 PM CDT
Fauci Isn't Sure He'd Say 'Doom'
CDC director has felt more hopeful since her warning
- Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that he agrees with the emotional warning Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued this week about coronavirus cases increasing. But he might have phrased it differently, the Hill reports. "You know, I don't know if I would use the word 'impending doom,'"...
Mar 29, 2021 1:50 PM CDT
CDC Chief Feels 'Impending Doom' Over COVID Cases
Daily infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase
- 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...
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