CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains
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CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a "strong recommendation" for mask-wearing by both passengers and operators on planes, trains, buses and taxis to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Masks should cover a person's nose and... Read More

What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says
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What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As families ready to gather next month for Thanksgiving, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed worry in South Carolina on Thursday about home gatherings further exacerbating the country's COVID-19 caseloads, stressing that people should still social distance,... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People
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CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People

NEW YORK — The link between extra pounds and severe COVID-19 grew stronger as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who are merely overweight, not just the obese, may be at high risk of serious... Read More

CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
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CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
2020-10-02 14:49:31
by Sara Wilkerson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for fall holiday celebrations. As part of the recommendations, the CDC ranked traditional celebratory activities for Halloween and other fall holidays to help Americans celebrate the autumn season safely amid... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed
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Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed

Keen to send the nation’s kids back to reopened schools, President Donald Trump has called children “virtually immune,” “essentially immune” and “almost immune” to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But a new report by researchers from the Centers for Disease... Read More

Americans Losing Trust in CDC, Public-Health Experts Warn
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Americans Losing Trust in CDC, Public-Health Experts Warn

People who are exposed to a COVID-19 patient but feel fine don’t necessarily need to get tested, the nation’s top public health agency declared in August — only to drop that advice last Friday. The same day, it declared that... Read More

CDC Says New Guidance on Risk of Coronavirus Aerosols was Posted by Mistake
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CDC Says New Guidance on Risk of Coronavirus Aerosols was Posted by Mistake

New federal guidelines that acknowledged the role of aerosols in the spread of COVID-19 were removed Monday from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said they had been posted by mistake. The updated information about... Read More

Trump Rebukes CDC Chief for His Cautions on a Coronavirus Vaccine and Masks
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Trump Rebukes CDC Chief for His Cautions on a Coronavirus Vaccine and Masks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump contradicted one of his administration’s top scientists and announced Wednesday that widespread distribution of a coronavirus vaccine would begin as early as next month, further rattling the scientific and public health communities and stoking rival... Read More

Ways and Means Chairman Demands Answers on Editorial Process for COVID Reports
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Ways and Means Chairman Demands Answers on Editorial Process for COVID Reports
2020-09-15 21:21:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday demanded Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar shed light on how his department has handled coronavirus-related reports. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., sent a strongly worded letter... Read More

Survey: Number of Uninsured Americans Increased in 2019
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Survey: Number of Uninsured Americans Increased in 2019

WASHINGTON — Roughly 33.2 million Americans, or 10.3%, lacked health insurance in 2019, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate is slightly higher than the 30.4 million, or 9.4%, who were... Read More

‘Urgent’ Request Sent to States in Push for Coronavirus Vaccine Delivery by Nov. 1
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‘Urgent’ Request Sent to States in Push for Coronavirus Vaccine Delivery by Nov. 1

WASHINGTON — Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sent a letter last week to the nation’s governors with an urgent request. The Trump administration wanted them to do everything in their power to eliminate... Read More

Chaotic Rules Make it Hard to Know Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19
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Chaotic Rules Make it Hard to Know Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19

Who should get tested for COVID-19? Depends who you ask. The controversy sparked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent shift in guidance, saying asymptomatic people exposed to COVID-19 shouldn’t necessarily be tested, highlights a growing frustration for... Read More

CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
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CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
2020-07-24 17:39:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control is reversing course and now says schools should reopen in the fall, downplaying the potential health risks associated with such a move while conceding the recommendation is based on “limited data.” The new... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Far Exceed Reported Cases, CDC Estimates
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Coronavirus Infections Far Exceed Reported Cases, CDC Estimates

Far more people were infected with the novel coronavirus than previously reported in several corners of the U.S., according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency conducted a survey looking at antibodies to... Read More

Democrats Rebuke White House Over Possibly Directing Virus Aid Away from Public Schools
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Democrats Rebuke White House Over Possibly Directing Virus Aid Away from Public Schools

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s apparent proposal that future coronavirus aid for schools be tied to students, rather than school districts, has drawn rebukes from key Democrats. “He wants to increase funding in CARES four for education, but he’s looking... Read More

Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends
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Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease specialist warned Tuesday that the United States could see up to 100,000 new cases per day of the virus that causes COVID-19 if the nation does not take steps to control the pandemic.... Read More

US COVID-19 Surge Likely to Continue for Weeks, Frieden Says
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US COVID-19 Surge Likely to Continue for Weeks, Frieden Says

A surge in coronavirus that has seen record numbers of new U.S. cases in recent days is likely to continue for weeks after states moved too soon to reopen their economies, two of the country’s leading public health experts said... Read More

CDC: COVID-19 Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported
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CDC: COVID-19 Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported

WASHINGTON — The number of cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 may be 10 times higher than what has been reported, according to a top federal health official. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Thursday... Read More

CDC Issues Detailed Reopening Guidance After Initial Rejection
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CDC Issues Detailed Reopening Guidance After Initial Rejection

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a 60-page document that provides detailed suggestions for different phases of reopening workplaces, schools and restaurants, after an earlier draft was rejected by the White House for being too prescriptive.... Read More

CDC Posts Advice on Reopening After Earlier Version Was Held Back
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CDC Posts Advice on Reopening After Earlier Version Was Held Back

WASHINGTON — New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising states on how to reopen bars, restaurants and workplaces was posted by the agency on Thursday. The guidance outlines a series of steps that should be... Read More

White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive
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White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive

WASHINGTON — The White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from issuing specific guidance for U.S. day cares, restaurants, churches, theaters and other businesses to reopen from the coronavirus outbreak out of concern the recommendations were too... Read More

Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening
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Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a... Read More

CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
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CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
2020-04-29 15:00:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that dogs, cats and other animals keep the same social distance from their counterparts as has been recommended for humans. The recommendation came after a small number of animals... Read More

Coronavirus Can Travel as Much as 13 Feet: CDC Study
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Coronavirus Can Travel as Much as 13 Feet: CDC Study

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new research of air samples of hospitals with coronavirus patients found the virus can travel up to 13 feet. The researchers, from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing,... Read More

Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
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Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
2020-03-17 13:54:02
by Dan McCue

After hours of confusion the Ohio primary scheduled to be held Tuesday has been canceled by order of the state Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton. Acton's decision, announced shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night, capped a seven-hour period when it... Read More

CDC Says US Gatherings of Over 50 People Should Be Put Off
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CDC Says US Gatherings of Over 50 People Should Be Put Off

WASHINGTON — In the most extreme effort yet to slow the march of coronavirus in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that events of 50 people or more not be held for about two months. For... Read More

Coronavirus Spread in US is Inevitable, CDC Warns; It’s ‘a Question of When’
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Coronavirus Spread in US is Inevitable, CDC Warns; It’s ‘a Question of When’

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised communities to take precautions in the event that the coronavirus spreads — something officials believe to be inevitable. “Ultimately, we expect we will see coronavirus spread in this country,” CDC... Read More

Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
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Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
2020-02-04 16:48:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, led by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, in the Senate, are urging the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to quickly distribute rapid diagnostic tests... Read More

HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
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HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
2020-01-29 20:43:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States will expand screenings of international travelers in response to the outbreak of the potentially deadly new coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. "At this point Americans should not worry for their own... Read More

Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Has Reached US Shores, CDC Says
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Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Has Reached US Shores, CDC Says

A man in Washington state has been sickened by the new coronavirus spreading through Asia, marking the first confirmed case in the United States, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The patient, a resident of... Read More

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