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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 Guidance 'Not Based On Science,' Nurses Say

The largest nurses union in the US says mask guidelines were relaxed too soon

(Newser) - 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...

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...

Youth Sports Is a Suspect as Infections Increase

Michigan's governor asks for a timeout, though some teams are declining

(Newser) - 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...

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...

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...

Fauci Takes CDC's Point but Wouldn't Say 'Doom'
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Fauci Isn't Sure He'd Say 'Doom'

CDC director has felt more hopeful since her warning

(Newser) - 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,'"...

CDC Chief on New COVID Cases: 'I'm Scared'
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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...

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