New CDC Director Takes Over Beleaguered Agency Amid Crisis
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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
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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

CDC Issues COVID-19 Warnings, New Recommendations
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CDC Issues COVID-19 Warnings, New Recommendations

WASHINGTON — The next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the most difficult yet, warned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, who said the agency would cooperate with the incoming Biden administration. Redfield's remarks at a U.S. Chamber of... Read More

CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure
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CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half, according to two people familiar with the matter.... Read More

Airlines Say Thanksgiving Demand is Faltering as CDC Warns Americans Not to Travel
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Airlines Say Thanksgiving Demand is Faltering as CDC Warns Americans Not to Travel

DALLAS — Three of the biggest U.S. airlines say demand is weakening for the usually busy Thanksgiving period as the CDC cautioned Americans against traveling for the holiday. United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines said Thursday that they have seen an increase in cancellations and a decrease in new bookings... Read More

CDC Urges Americans to Forego Thanksgiving Travel, Visits With Extended Family
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CDC Urges Americans to Forego Thanksgiving Travel, Visits With Extended Family
2020-11-19 19:25:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- It is traditionally the largest travel holiday of the year, however, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans not to travel during this Thanksgiving holiday and to skip gatherings with family members outside... Read More

CDC Declares Masks Also Protect Wearers from COVID-19
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CDC Declares Masks Also Protect Wearers from COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says masks, even cloth ones, protect wearers from catching, as well as spreading, the coronavirus. Yes, this is the same national health agency that initially said masks do not safeguard the general... Read More

CDC Issues Warnings, Guidelines About Thanksgiving
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CDC Issues Warnings, Guidelines About Thanksgiving

ATLANTA — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Thanksgiving coronavirus guidelines on Monday and Tuesday, warning against travel and recommending much smaller gatherings during the annual American tradition. Thanksgiving travel is typically the nation's busiest transportation day of the year. "Staying home is... Read More

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

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