CDC: No Masks, No Social Distance If Fully Vaccinated
Health
CDC: No Masks, No Social Distance If Fully Vaccinated
2021-05-13 20:18:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume life without any restrictions.  "The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can... Read More

COVID-19 Researchers Say U.S. Must Stay Prepared for Variants
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COVID-19 Researchers Say U.S. Must Stay Prepared for Variants
2021-05-13 13:25:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Infectious disease experts urged Congress Wednesday to move quickly to vaccinate Americans before the COVID-19 virus mutates to become more dangerous. Without fast action to create herd immunity, emerging virus strains could make current vaccines less effective, experts... Read More

White House Steps Up Effort to Encourage COVID Shots for Adolescents
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White House Steps Up Effort to Encourage COVID Shots for Adolescents
2021-05-13 11:59:00
by TWN Staff

The White House is stepping up its efforts to encourage the parents of adolescents age 12-15 to get their kids vaccinated against COVID-19.Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer BioN-Tech vaccine... Read More

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
Litigation
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
2021-05-06 12:44:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — After a federal judge ruled on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions exceeded the agency's authority, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich authored... Read More

Mental Health Experts Say COVID-19 Is Creating Casualties of Depression
Mental Health
Mental Health Experts Say COVID-19 Is Creating Casualties of Depression
2021-04-29 13:19:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Mental health experts are warning that although the COVID-19 pandemic might be subsiding in the United States, it is leaving a legacy of depression and addiction that will linger long after the virus. Now lawmakers are grappling for... Read More

CDC: Vaccinated People Can Safely Go Outdoors Unmasked
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CDC: Vaccinated People Can Safely Go Outdoors Unmasked
2021-04-27 17:12:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely go outside without a mask, though they should limit the number of people they congregate with, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. Rochelle Walensky,... Read More

COVID-Killing Air Cleaning Technology Could Be Harmful to Health
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COVID-Killing Air Cleaning Technology Could Be Harmful to Health
2021-04-19 20:17:42
by Alexa Hornbeck

The company Big Ass Fans designed a giant, steel overhead fan which runs on ultraviolet light and ionization claiming it, “kills 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2,” but skeptics such as the Environmental Protection Agency say that the ionizing COVID-killing technology, valued up... Read More

Half of US Adults Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Shot
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Half of US Adults Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation's largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans... Read More

J&J Vaccine to Remain in Limbo While Officials Seek Evidence
Health
J&J Vaccine to Remain in Limbo While Officials Seek Evidence

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine will remain in limbo for a while longer after government health advisers declared Wednesday that they need more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and... Read More

Tourism Industry, Still Weak, Looking for Help
Travel
Tourism Industry, Still Weak, Looking for Help
2021-04-14 13:55:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is continuing its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic but not fast enough for tourism officials who testified before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. They said their industry was the hardest hit during the pandemic shutdown and... Read More

US Recommends 'Pause' for J&J Vaccine Over Clot Reports
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US Recommends 'Pause' for J&J Vaccine Over Clot Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the... Read More

CDC Relaxes Travel Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Americans
Travel
CDC Relaxes Travel Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Americans
2021-04-02 19:12:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Americans who are traveling now face relaxed rules if they are fully vaccinated, according to federal guidelines released on Friday.  Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to have a negative coronavirus test when leaving the United States or to... Read More

COVID-19 Variants Cause Concern as New Cases Emerge
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COVID-19 Variants Cause Concern as New Cases Emerge
2021-03-31 19:28:47
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring COVID-19 variants of concern as genetic mutations threaten to muddle the country’s progress in repelling the virus. There are three known major variants of the virus that the... Read More

Prolonged Virtual Schooling Puts Kids and Parents at Risk
Education
Prolonged Virtual Schooling Puts Kids and Parents at Risk
2021-03-23 19:16:52
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA - Parents adapting to prolonged bouts of remote learning were more likely to report emotional stress and concerns for their children, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Thursday.  The survey was conducted nationwide by... Read More

CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
Education
CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
2021-03-19 20:38:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it has revised its social distancing guidelines for schools, further clearing the way for schools to reopen for full-time, in-person instruction.  The agency now says students should... Read More

Schools Weighing Whether to Seat Students Closer Together
Education
Schools Weighing Whether to Seat Students Closer Together

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state governments and education officials working to return as many children as possible to the classroom.... Read More

Proactive Approach Needed to Mitigate COVID Suicide Concerns
Mental Health
Proactive Approach Needed to Mitigate COVID Suicide Concerns
2021-03-15 13:37:14
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - When an 11-year-old girl recently went to an emergency room in Connecticut, she was asked if she had been thinking about killing herself as part of a suicide screening. To her mother's shock, since they were there about... Read More

Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say
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Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say
2021-03-04 20:54:19
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas – It was a dire situation that Lloyd Armbrust can almost laugh about now.  A global pandemic had swept across the United States, a baby was on the way, and Armbrust, hard as he tried, could not find... Read More

US Coronavirus Death Toll Approaches Milestone of 500,000
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US Coronavirus Death Toll Approaches Milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus.A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just... Read More

US Life Expectancy Drops a Year in Pandemic, Most Since WWII
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US Life Expectancy Drops a Year in Pandemic, Most Since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting.Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly... Read More

Historical Inequities Have COVID Hitting Indian Country Hard
Health
Historical Inequities Have COVID Hitting Indian Country Hard
2021-02-16 15:57:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Since the earliest days of the pandemic, the CDC has said COVID appeared to have a disproportionate impact on those negatively affected by social determinants of health. These conditions in the environments in which people are born, live,... Read More

CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
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CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
2021-02-12 20:45:26
by TWN Staff

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its long-awaited guidance on safely reopening schools, emphasizing that it is"critical for schools to open as safely and as soon as possible." The top recommendations are what one... Read More

Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
Education
Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
2021-02-09 15:44:20
by Tom Ramstack

Public school classes are resuming this week but some teachers in cities nationwide say they might not be there. They are threatening sickouts or strikes because of the risk of COVID-19 infection if they return to in-class education. The United... Read More

New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
Science
New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
2021-02-04 15:39:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
Travel
CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
2021-01-25 21:43:56
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put into effect on Tuesday a new order that mandates all air passengers into the US have taken a viral test for coronavirus infection within three days of their flight. Written... Read More

New CDC Director Takes Over Beleaguered Agency Amid Crisis
Health
New CDC Director Takes Over Beleaguered Agency Amid Crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus swept across the globe last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sank into the shadows, undermined by some of its own mistakes and stifled by an administration bent on downplaying the... Read More

Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
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Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
2021-01-19 17:52:25
by Reece Nations

Interest groups are pleading their cases to state officials in a bid to expedite their constituents’ access to the novel coronavirus vaccine.  Individuals over the age of 70, frontline health care workers, nursing home residents and staff are the first... Read More

Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
Health
Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
2020-12-21 17:05:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee is pressuring the Centers for Disease Control to deliver more information on the role of cruise ships in spreading coronavirus. Cruise operators like Carnival Corp. are accused of marketing their tourist ships as being safe... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
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Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official
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CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he told staff to ignore an email by a top Trump administration health official who had sought changes to a scientific report on COVID-19’s risk to... Read More

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