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CDC Interim Estimates Find Moderna Vaccines Most Effective Against Delta Breakthroughs
Health
CDC Interim Estimates Find Moderna Vaccines Most Effective Against Delta Breakthroughs
2021-09-15 19:47:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19's delta variant found that vaccine efficacy was higher among recipients of the Moderna vaccination at 95%, higher than both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Johnson & Johnson... Read More

Misinformation at Public Forums Vexes Local Boards, Big Tech
Health
Misinformation at Public Forums Vexes Local Boards, Big Tech

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There are plenty of places to turn for accurate information about COVID-19. Your physician. Local health departments. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But not, perhaps, your local government's public comment session. During a meeting... Read More

Education Secretary Warns Politicizing Masks Could Disrupt Student’s Return to Class
Education
Education Secretary Warns Politicizing Masks Could Disrupt Student’s Return to Class
2021-08-06 20:38:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Education Secretary Miguel Cardono warned Thursday, Americans should not allow adult politics -- particularly the politicizing of the wearing of face masks -- to prevent students from returning to school safely and without future disruptions.  “You know what I’m... Read More

CDC Issues Limited New Eviction Moratorium
Housing
CDC Issues Limited New Eviction Moratorium
2021-08-03 22:09:16
by Dan McCue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until Oct. 3, as the Biden administration sought to quell intensifying criticism from progressives that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during... Read More

Rush is on to Extend Eviction Moratorium While Landlords and Republicans Oppose It
Housing
Rush is on to Extend Eviction Moratorium While Landlords and Republicans Oppose It
2021-08-02 20:28:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration announced Monday that it is trying to find a way to extend the federal eviction moratorium that expired Saturday. As many as 11 million Americans are in danger of losing their homes within weeks after... Read More

Pelosi, Democrats Call on Biden to Extend Eviction Ban
Housing
Pelosi, Democrats Call on Biden to Extend Eviction Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation's eviction moratorium, calling it a "moral imperative" to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during... Read More

Fauci: More 'Pain and Suffering' Ahead as COVID Cases Rise
In The News
Fauci: More 'Pain and Suffering' Ahead as COVID Cases Rise

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more "pain and suffering" is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, also said he doesn't... Read More

CDC: 'War Has Changed' as Delta Variant Dangers Emerge
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CDC: 'War Has Changed' as Delta Variant Dangers Emerge

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show. Recommending masks... Read More

New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.
Health
New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.
2021-07-29 21:25:57
by Reece Nations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have reported domestic outbreaks of Candida auris, a deadly and highly transmissible yeast which can be resistant to all three major classes of antifungal medications before treatment. Outbreaks of the fungus were discovered... Read More

Administration Calls on Congress to Extend CDC Eviction Ban
White House
Administration Calls on Congress to Extend CDC Eviction Ban
2021-07-29 15:33:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The White House called on Congress Thursday to pass an emergency extension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction ban, three days before it is set to expire. Without immediate action, the Biden administration said it... Read More

Telehealth: The Modern-Day House Call
Health
Telehealth: The Modern-Day House Call
2021-07-29 14:35:44
by Victoria Turner

A dimly lit silver lining surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is telehealth. This could ultimately narrow the disparities so many pregnant women face, said Dr. Alan Fishman, specialty medical officer for maternal fetal medicine at Mednax National Medical Group, during a... Read More

Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter
In The States
Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter
2021-07-28 14:17:01
by Reece Nations

Hospitalizations in some regions of Florida are increasing at their fastest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as it records more new cases than any other state. Florida recorded 73,199 cases over the course of last week, according... Read More

In a Reversal, CDC Says People In COVID Surge Areas Should Still Wear Masks
Health
In a Reversal, CDC Says People In COVID Surge Areas Should Still Wear Masks
2021-07-27 19:51:40
by Dan McCue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday afternoon said fully vaccinated people should now wear face masks if they live or work in a location experiencing a surge in delta variant cases. The new guidance effectively reverses a... Read More

Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
Health
Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
2021-07-21 13:12:05
by Dan McCue

U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest overall decline since World War II, the Centers for Disease Control reported Wednesday. The decline to 77.3 years was driven by the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC’s... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships
Tourism
Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge... Read More

Vaccine Hesitancy Complicates End to COVID-19 Pandemic
Health
Vaccine Hesitancy Complicates End to COVID-19 Pandemic
2021-07-02 13:01:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Warnings came from Congress and public health officials Thursday that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is potentially a greater hazard than originally believed. Complicating the risk is what they call “vaccine hesitancy” that could subject millions of Americans... Read More

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium a Month, Says It's Last Time
Housing
CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium a Month, Says It's Last Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last... Read More

US Warns Against All Travel to Japan as Olympics Approach
Travel
US Warns Against All Travel to Japan as Olympics Approach
2021-05-24 21:12:00
by TWN Staff

U.S. health officials and the State Department warned Americans this week against travel to Japan because of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months. The alerts don’t ban... Read More

CDC Condemned by National Nurses United for Updated Guidance
Health
CDC Condemned by National Nurses United for Updated Guidance
2021-05-18 17:26:35
by Reece Nations

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, issued a rebuke of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated public health recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC’s updated guidance... Read More

CDC Director Says Mask Turnaround Based Solely on Science
Health
CDC Director Says Mask Turnaround Based Solely on Science

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday defended the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, stressing that increasing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift in guidelines. "I'm delivering... Read More

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
Health
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
Health
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
Health
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
Health
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

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