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    The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday “now is not the time” to lift COVID-19 restrictions, one day after the governor of Texas announced the southern U.S. state was “100 percent open.”   At a virtual news briefing for the White House COVID-19 response, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the next month or two will be pivotal in deciding the trajectory of the pandemic.     FILE - In this image from video, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky speaks during a briefing on the Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (White House via AP)On one hand, she noted infection rates across the country have been leveling off, but, she said, COVID-19 variants such as the highly transmissible so-called British strain, are poised to surge. This threatens to destroy what progress has been made.    Walensky also recognized...
    Public health officials from President Joe Biden’s administration pleaded Wednesday for Americans to keep wearing masks in states like Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) lifted the statewide mask mandate Tuesday. “Every individual is empowered to do the right thing here regardless of what the states decide,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a briefing with reporters Wednesday morning. Walensky fielded a question about Abbott’s decision to lift the mask mandate in Texas. “I think we at the CDC have been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions,” she said. Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday joined a handful of Republican-led states that no longer have statewide mandates to wear a mask. But Walensky argued that the next month or two was “pivotal” to stop the spread of the virus as vaccinations get distributed. Biden officials acknowledged during the...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted it did not perform contact tracing on flights that some of the earliest patients with the UK and Brazil coronavirus variants were on. In one weekly report, the federal health agency discussed a patient who traveled to the UK and came back infected with the country's highly contagious variant. However, because nearly two weeks had passed between the person's arrival and the confirmation they had the mutant strain, the CDC decided against contact tracing and just sent an informal notification to states that a variant had been detected. In another report, officials documented the first two cases of Americans infected with the variant first seen in Brazil. Once again, the CDC declined to perform m a full investigation and instead contacted individual state health departments where some passengers lived to inform them. However, the agency said that is has found...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.  The upcoming guidance, first reported by Politico, is expected to include that fully vaccinated individuals should be able to gather in small groups with other people who have also been vaccinated. The CDC currently does not recommend in-person gatherings with the general public, saying "gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice."  Even for people who have been fully vaccinated, other mitigation measures will still be recommended, including wearing a mask in public and social distancing. The sources wouldn't specify when exactly this guidance would be released but one said it would be released when it's finalized "later this week."  At the White House COVID-19 response briefing Monday, President...
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Monday that “now is not the time” to lift coronavirus restrictions, despite recent declines in cases and deaths. “I remain deeply concerned about a potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic,” Walensky said during a White House press briefing. “The latest CDC data continue to suggest that recent declines in cases have leveled off at a very high number.” Walensky said that the most recent seven-day average for new coronavirus cases represents a 2% increase from the previous seven-day average, and the seven-day average for deaths also represents an increase of more than 2%. WATCH: WATCH: Today, our public health experts are joined by COVID-19 response team coordinator Jeff Zients to talk through all things Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the progress we’ve made in our vaccination program in the last week. https://t.co/X4HFEkx15H — White House COVID-19 Response...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered across the United States and in the Tri-State area. Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine:How to get vaccinated in New York State:In New York State you can use the "Am I Eligible" app and https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ to use to check your eligibility and schedule. New York State also has a vaccination hotline you can call to schedule a vaccine: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). How to get vaccinated in New York City:In New York City you can visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov to make an appointment for a vaccine online. The phone number to schedule a vaccine is 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.RELATED: New York City COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerHow to get vaccinated in New Jersey:COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by...
    (CNN)The Food and Drug Administration gave Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine the green light for emergency use on Saturday -- another historic milestone experts say will help get the country a step closer to returning to normalcy. "This is really great news," Dr. Esther Choo, a professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, told CNN Saturday. "Johnson & Johnson vaccine... performs very well, still has an outstanding safety profile and then has the added benefit of tremendous convenience."Johnson & Johnsons Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorization from FDAAn FDA analysis found the vaccine safe and effective. It can be kept at simple refrigerator temperatures. And unlike the other two Covid-19 vaccines already authorized in the US, Johnson & Johnson's vaccine only requires one dose -- which Choo says is a big deal. "It's been such a challenge to get even a single dose to many people," Choo...
    Stores and brands you thought were dead — but arent! Safest New Cars for 2021 Best & Worst Refi Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Is Warning You Not to Use This to Heat Your Home Massive snow storms have hit unexpected places this year, like Texas and Tennessee, so no matter where you live, it's clear you need to know how to properly heat your home. Unfortunately, some heating efforts may be more hazardous than helpful. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently had to issue a warning advising people not to heat their homes with one device in particular. Read on to make sure you don't make this dangerous heating mistake, and for more heating sources to...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was closely following outbreaks of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guinea, and said the risk of Ebola to the United States was extremely low. "Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. government will institute public health measures for the very small number of travelers arriving from the DRC and Guinea," the CDC said in a statement late on Friday. "The Biden Administration is committed to working closely with the affected countries to end these outbreaks before they grow into epidemics," the CDC said. Guinea started an Ebola vaccination campaign on Tuesday, the World Health Organization said earlier in the week, as authorities race to contain the first resurgence of the virus there since the world's worst outbreak in 2013-2016. The resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread...
    People wait in line for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook, Los Angeles, California, February 25, 2021.Lucy Nicholson The U.S. is "nowhere close" to achieving herd immunity from Covid, and more transmissible variants mean even more people will need to get vaccinated to reach it, a CDC scientist said Friday. Herd immunity occurs when enough people in a given community have antibodies against a specific disease, either through vaccination or prior exposure to the virus. That makes it difficult to spread from person to person and even protects people who don't have any immunity. "Currently we know that the majority of the U.S. population is not immune to SARS-CoV-2 and variants may cause this potion of the population that is not immune to increase," said Adam MacNeil, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To reach the threshold of herd...
    With the Commissioner of Secondary and Elementary School Education calling for all elementary school students to return to the classroom by April, current remote-school students and their parents are preparing to make a big transition. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a three-page checklist for things a family can do to be better prepared for students returning to the classroom. For the most part, the CDC guidelines encourage awareness about services and important contacts, communicating effectively and often with students, and what COVID-19 prevention items students should bring with them to school each day. The following is a sample of the CDC’s recommendations. For the full list, visit the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/parent-checklist.html. GOING BACK TO SCHOOL DURING A PANDEMIC Check with your child each morning for signs of illness. If they have a temperature of 100.4 or more, they should not go to...
    Experts say people who receive the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may not need to be observed.  Currently, clinicians are required to watch people getting either the Pfizer-BioNTech shot or the Moderna shot for 15 or 30 minutes to see if they have any allergic reactions. But the J&J immunization uses different technology than the other two jabs and is  commonly used in other vaccines on the market.  This difference 'may remove some of the constraints that have been in place for safety reasons with the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccine,' Dr Nirav Shah, deputy director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a U.S. CDC media briefing on Wednesday. 'For example, the observation period.'     People who receive the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may not need to be observed for allergic reactions because the shot uses different technology than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines....
    With concerns mounting over coronavirus variants first found in the U.K., South Africa and travelers from Brazil, there is another strain to add to the mix – one from California. The variant, which scientists refer to as B.1.427/B.1.429, made headlines recently as it has surged in the state. Research into the variant is ongoing, but upcoming studies that have not yet been published or peer reviewed suggest it could be more contagious than the original coronavirus strain.[ READ: Coronavirus Model Predicts New Variants Will Increase U.S. Death Toll ]Researchers behind one of the studies said it should be viewed as a "variant of concern" along with the others circulating in the U.S. Photos: COVID-19 VaccinationsView All 18 ImagesWhere is it spreading? The variant has mostly taken hold in California, though it has been documented in 45 states and several other countries. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, didn't...
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    A death sentence: Activists call on Florida governor to prioritize vaccines for farmworkers Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Just Said You Should Never Have to Do This to Get Your Vaccine There’s no denying that getting your hands on a COVID vaccine isn't always easy, with appointments being snapped up in mere seconds after they become available. However, there’s one substantial barrier to getting the vaccine you don’t have to worry about, according to the CDC. Read on to discover what important factor won’t prevent you from getting your shot. And for more insight into the latest pandemic guidance, The CDC Is About to Relax These COVID Restrictions,...
    Close to 60 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States, per the most recent available data from the Centers for Disease Control. As of this posting, the CDC’s tracker puts total doses administered at 59.6 million — with almost over 40 million getting their first dose already and 17 million getting two doses. CNN: 59 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the United States. — Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) February 19, 2021 The Biden administration has said that winter storms have caused delays of roughly six million doses right now. As the vaccine rollout continues across the country, the covid death toll in the United States is close to 500,000 total. Overall, per data from the COVID Tracking Project, total daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have been dropping in recent days. Today’s numbers reported 75,000 new cases, a little under 60,000 hospitalizations,...
    While progress has been made on President Biden's goal to reopen most schools within 100 days after one month in office, nearly 60 percent of students are still not going to school full-time. Currently, 41.9 percent of children K-12 are learning in the classroom five days per week, up from 35.4 percent on Jan. 19, one day before Biden took office, according to data gathered by school reopening tracker Burbio. Virtual learning is being used in 31.7 percent of schools, down from 42.6 on Jan. 19, and a hybrid form of in-person and virtual is in place at 26.4 percent of schools, up from 22 percent. Hybrid learning differs in the amount of classroom time by district.  Burbio aggregates data from over 80,000 schools throughout the country, including those in the 200 largest districts, in every state of the U.S. to count the percentage of students back in the classroom. The total number of...
    Americans Don’t Want to Buy This Car, Research Shows 2022 Honda HR-V Is Euro-Market Forbidden Fruit Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Says You Don't Have to Do This Anymore Once You're Vaccinated For the time being, people who have been vaccinated are still being asked to adhere to COVID-related public health measures. Experts have said recipients should continue to wear a mask and avoid seeing too many people even after getting the shot. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says people who are fully vaccinated can skip one common COVID precaution. Keep reading to find out which mitigation measure you can drop after the vaccine, and for more essential vaccine guidance, check out The CDC Says Don't...
    Thousands of Americans have experienced bad reactions after receiving coronavirus vaccines, a new report finds. Nearly 7,000 people had an 'adverse event' after being given either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Friday.  However, fewer than 10 percent of patients had a reaction like anaphylactic shock that was classified as 'serious' by the agency's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). What's more, around 1.5 percent of people died after being immunized between mid-December and mid-January, but two-thirds of these deaths occurred among long-term care facility residents, most of whom had underlying conditions. As of Friday, more than 57.7 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Of 6,994 adverse events following coronavirus vaccination, a total of 90.8% reactions were classified as non-serious such as a headache and chills after the Pfizer vaccine (above),...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging Big Apple residents to wear two masks instead of one to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as new variants of the coronavirus circulating in the United States are reportedly more contagious than the original. De Blasio’s Health Department has adopted the policy of recommending double-masking just days after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance. ‘We know that even as the vaccine is here, the need to keep wearing a mask is paramount, it’s crucial,’ the mayor said. ‘It’s amazing of how all the things that we’ve learned in this crisis, maybe the most profound is the power of a mask.’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's top health officials are recommending that residents of the Big Apple don two masks instead of one to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 Wearing a thicker fabric...
    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its coronavirus face mask guidance to endorse "double masking" following the results of a lab experiment that concluded placing a cloth mask over a surgical mask, as well as using a properly fitted mask, was effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19.  For the lab experiment, researchers, using simulated respiratory breaths, found that placing a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask or using a medical procedure mask with knotted ear loops and tucked in sides decreased exposure to potentially infectious aerosols by about 95%. Despite the results, double masking may not be for everyone. In fact, the CDC on its website lists a couple of things to watch out for when "improving mask fit and filtration," which includes wearing two masks.  GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE? DON’T TAKE OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN RELIEVERS BEFOREHAND, EXPERTS SAY If breathing becomes too difficult,...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investing almost $200 million to help better identify and track coronavirus variants.  Currently, the federal agency maps the DNA no more than 0.5 percent of all positive samples of the virus. But, described as a 'down payment,' officials say the money will help scale-up the number of samples that labs can analyze for genome sequencing by three-fold from about 7,000 per week to around 25,000.  The CDC hopes it will be able to get commercial laboratories, academic centers and research institutions to help in the endeavor, especially in the face of new coronavirus variants sweeping across the country.  The investment is part of a $1.6 billion package from the Biden administration to expand COVID-19 testing and sequencing by sending more tests to schools and underserved communities and ramping up production of testing supplies.  On Wednesday, the CDC announced it is...
    Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who has been selected to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.Susan Walsh | AP The United States needs to rapidly deploy Covid-19 vaccines and ramp up its surveillance before highly contagious variants take hold or the virus mutates again and makes the pandemic even worse, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. Three variants first identified in the U.K., South Africa and Brazil have given researchers some concern, according to a research opinion she wrote with White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. A CDC study published in January warned that the variant found in the U.K., known as B.1.1.7, is likely to become the dominant strain circulating in the U.S. by March. The B.1.1.7 variant has proven to be highly transmissible, and "preliminary data suggest the...
    Civil rights groups ask Biden administration to oppose facial recognition ESA recruiting astronauts with physical disabilities for parastronaut project Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Is Warning You Not to Do This Right Before You Get Vaccinated The coronavirus vaccines that are currently being distributed pleasantly surprised scientists when clinical trials found them to be incredibly effective at protecting against the virus. And while those being administered require two shots to offer their full protection, health officials are now cautioning that there are some other everyday activities that might lower the effectiveness of the doses. This is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that patients shouldn't take pain relievers right before getting vaccinated. Read on...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered across the United States and in the Tri-State area. Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine:How to get vaccinated in New York State:In New York State you can use the "Am I Eligible" app and https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ to use to check your eligibility and schedule. New York State also has a vaccination hotline you can call to schedule a vaccine: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). How to get vaccinated in New York City:In New York City you can visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov to make an appointment for a vaccine online. The phone number to schedule a vaccine is 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.RELATED: New York City COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerHow to get vaccinated in New Jersey:COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by...
    The New York Times Opinion: How to Fully Reopen Schools This Fall Eleven months after the pandemic began, schools remain closed in many parts of the United States. With many teachers still waiting to be vaccinated, the question of whether they should reopen has been the subject of passionate debate in cities like Chicago, where teachers have just returned to classrooms after lengthy negotiations. In San Francisco, the city attorney sued the school district for failing to teach face-to-face classes. On February 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recognized that face-to-face learning can be done safely, released guidelines on how to do it. Their recommendations include universal use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, contact tracing, and disinfection. According to the new guidelines, in order to fully reopen primary, secondary, and high schools to classroom teaching, COVID-19 infection rates in a community must be...
    Biden extends protections for homeowners. Heres what you need to know Jaguar to Go All-Electric by 2025 Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Director Warns It's 'Too Early' to Start Doing This One Thing After reaching an all-time high in early January, the United States has witnessed a steady decline in COVID cases. But even with the numbers going down over the past month, top officials are arguing that the very precautions that were able to get the pandemic to change course still need to be kept in place for the time being. Recently, for example, Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that it's still "too early" to end mask mandates across...
    Faith leaders urge Biden to withdraw Trump lawsuit blocking payments to Puerto Ricans Border delays could force Germanys car plants to close Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life If You're Layering These Masks, the CDC Says to Stop Immediately Masks have been encouraged since early in the pandemic to offer protection against the fast-spreading coronavirus. But as new variants of the virus started spreading at more alarming rates, people went looking for further ways to ensure that they were fully protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their mask guidelines to endorse double masking, the idea that wearing two masks layered on top of each other better ensures protection against COVID. However, the CDC did...
    Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace said Monday that President Joe Biden’s administration wants to “ignore the science” on reopening schools and that teachers unions should not come before parents and kids when decisions are being made. Mace appeared on Fox News’ “America Reports” and was asked by host Sandra Smith what effects she sees on children as a result of not participating in in-person learning. (RELATED: ‘It’s A Disgrace’: Chris Christie Hammers Teachers Unions For Refusing To Go Back To Work) “Well, it is staggering … I’m a single working mom of two kids, and I know how tough it is to have virtual learning for literally the last year of school. It’s extremely difficult. And we have the CDC, we have science, we have Dr. Fauci, everyone telling the Biden administration that with precautions in place, it’s a safe learning environment for our children,” Mace answered....
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky was criticized for moving coronavirus “goalposts” following a CNN interview regarding when schools would reopen. “The Biden White House had done incredible damage to the credibility of the CDC,” Matt Whitlock, former senior adviser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted Sunday morning. “They’ve put Dr. Walensky in the terrible position of having to mold the science to the teacher’s union’s political agenda and it’s all very awkward.” Walensky joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday and was repeatedly asked about when schools would reopen. “President Biden has promised to always follow the science. Can you put — can you point to any scientific reasons for students in the United States not to return to in-person classes tomorrow, as long as schools are taking the five steps that we referred to earlier: masking, cleansing, etc.? Why not open the schools...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that to get children back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic, “a lot more resources” are needed. Anchor Chris Wallace said, “So you’ve talked repeatedly here about mitigation enter guidelines depend on schools spending money to make the environment inside the classroom, inside the building more safe. But I want to put this up on the screen as part of his COVID relief bill. The president wants $130 billion for those improvements to schools. But having said that, Congress has already approved $68 billion, and so far as school districts have only spent 4 billion of that 68 billion. Isn’t the $64 billion that’s still in the pipeline, enough money maybe not to solve all the problems but to get a lot more kids back to school?” Walensky said, “These need space,...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskySunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in on Trump impeachment trial; Biden administration eyes timeline for mass vaccinations Five things to know about new CDC coronavirus guidelines Overnight Health Care: CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions | Cuomo faces rising scrutiny over COVID-19 nursing home deaths | Biden officials move to begin rescinding Medicaid work requirements MORE said on Sunday that despite new  guidance from the agency for reopening schools, “I think we need a lot more resources in order to get the schools safe.” “One of the things that’s really been emphasized in the school reopening is how unsafe some of our school ventilations are,” Walensky said on “Fox News Sunday.” In addition to worsening the risk of coronavirus, she said, “that’s a problem for other respiratory viruses, for children with asthma, for exposure to mold … there’s a...
    Arizona legislator compares transgender people to farm animals Senate Moves to Trial’s Closing Arguments: Impeachment Update Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Says Don't Go to These 4 Places Without a Better Mask In response to the recent emergence of new COVID variants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stepped up its recommendations for mask wearing. In addition to suggesting how to make your mask fit better to reduce your risk, the health agency now suggests that certain risky places require better masks that offer superior "fit or filtration." Read on to learn more about the CDC's new recommendations, and for another mask tip that you need to know, check out If You See This on Your Mask,...
    The federal health and education authorities of the United States issued this Friday the first part of a manual that offers guidelines and recommendations necessary for a safe and gradual return to face-to-face school classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Miamimundo / telemundo51 The first part of the guide, a joint effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Education (ED), focuses on health rules to follow to prevent the spread virus infection and offers different strategies depending on the severity of the virus contagion in each school district. School districts and state authorities may choose one of four color-coded reopening strategies in the handbook: blue, yellow, orange, and red. Each strategy and its corresponding color are based on the number of new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the last seven days. In areas where new infections are low, CDC and...
    President Joe Biden’s administration threw the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the bus after she suggested that teachers could return to classrooms before being vaccinated. “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a Feb. 3 press briefing. “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to Walensky’s statements later that same day, telling reporters that the CDC Director’s comments were not official guidance and that she was speaking in her “personal capacity.” Press secretary Jen Psaki contradicts this. She says at press briefing she saw @CDCDirector Walensky’s comment, but CDC “has not released their official guidance yet” on vaccinations of teachers and safe reopening...
    Vaccinated people dont need quarantine; US death rate down; Fauci predicts plenty of vaccine available by spring: Latest COVID-19 updates At least 5 dead in massive freeway pileup in Texas Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Says This Is How to Know Your Mask Is Working Most of us have been wearing masks since last year, which is a key step in protecting ourselves and others from the spread of the coronavirus. There are many different kinds of masks, however, and not all of them provide the same level of protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says your mask must "fit snugly" in order to actually protect you. But what exactly does it mean for a mask to...
    (CNN) — The United States could start letting the general public have access to Covid-19 vaccines in April, and the country may be able to inoculate most Americans by the middle or end of the summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told NBC’s “Today” show that he believes the pace of vaccination will pick up going into March and April. RELATED: Fully Vaccinated People Can Skip COVID Quarantines, CDC Says Maryland is still in Phase 1C of its vaccination rollout, with no indication that the general public could receive the vaccine by the spring. More doses should be available daily by then, he said. And he said he was “fairly certain” that toward the end of April, pharmacies, community vaccine centers and mobile units will help pick up the pace — and not just for those in higher priority...
    New York : The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s main health authority, announced this Wednesday that people who are already fully vaccinated (those who have already received two doses) against the coronavirus, they will not have to quarantine if they were exposed to someone infected, except in certain exceptions. “Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not required to self-quarantine if they meet the following requirements,” the CDC stated in an update to the guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic. Criteria include having received the two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, with at least two weeks elapsed since the second injection. That’s because it takes about two weeks for the body to build the highest possible immunity against the virus after the last dose. People who have been vaccinated more than three months ago will...
    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) has published this Wednesday the results of a new study in which they have evaluated two ways to wear the mask well-fitting to the face. Both methods have been shown to be effective in reduce the entry of potentially infectious aerosols by 95% in laboratory tests developed by the CDC. One of the experiments carried out consisted of the placement of a cloth mask over a surgical so that the cloth covers all the holes left by the surgery on the face and through which infectious aerosols can leak into the respiratory tract and infect the person, despite wearing a mask. On the other hand, the CDC has analyzed the single mask fit through knots on the side elastics or using some kind of ‘ear guard’ flatten and fit the mask over the face and...
    Wearing a mask is one of the easiest things individual people can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with WarnerMedia in the hopes that fan-favorite characters like Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, the Joker, and Imperator Furiosa can convince people to mask up. The ad, which was created by a partnership between WarnerMedia, the Ad Council, and the CDC, features a wide variety of WarnerMedia characters from iconic films — but with digitally inserted masks. Whether it’s heroes (like members of the Fellowship of the Ring or the Justice League) or villains (like the Joker doing his iconic stair dance), everyone masks up. Even the murderous clown demon Pennywise from It sports a mask — albeit, a creepy, clown-faced one. According to AdAge, the ad will run across the US in donated media...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criticized President Biden on Tuesday, questioning why the U.S. is requiring international travelers to undergo a coronavirus test and wield negative results but allowing illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the country without testing. “Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing,” the 87-year-old lawmaker said. “Is that protecting our citizens?”: Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing. Is that protecting our citizens? — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 9, 2021 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it would require international travelers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens, to present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to boarding flights en route...
    School closures may do little to reduce the spread of coronavirus, a new modeling study suggests. Researchers found that preventing in-person learning only lowered the number of infections among young people by four percent in New York City. By comparison, social distancing of the entire population in public places lowered the number of cases and deaths by as much as 50 percent.  The team, from City University of Hong Kong and the Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, says its findings show how cases and fatalities can be  achieved 'without the need for so much social disruption.' Researchers from Hong Kong and Beijing looked at the impacts of the closures of various types of facilities, including schools, workplaces and public facilities in New York City in 2020. Pictured: Kindergartners, including Destin Saley (right) space out at tables during class Tat Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn...
    Pittsburgh loses a piece of history as 1800s building goes up in flames North Korean hackers stole more than $300 to pay for nuclear weapons, says confidential UN report Stock Expert Issues Rare "Home Run Buy" Alert Ad The Motley Fool Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Says This Is When You're Most Likely to Feel Vaccine Side Effects The number of U.S. adults who've received a COVID vaccine is growing by the day, with 42.4 million vaccines distributed so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID Data Tracker. However, the fear of potential vaccine side effects has led to some understandable confusion and concern. During a Feb. 8 CDC COVID-19 conference call, experts from the nation's leading health agency helped assuage those fears by revealing...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis had probably the greatest explanation ever for a photo showing him maskless at the Super Bowl. DeSantis brought up the photo on Monday, saying, “Someone said, ‘Hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask. But how the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on? Come on. I had to watch the Bucs win,” according to Politico’s Marc Caputo. The photo shows DeSantis in an executive suite at Raymond James Stadium, appearing to be discussing something with someone who is less than six feet away. Caught DeSantis before he left an event and he brought up this picture on his own by saying, "Someone said, hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask … but how the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on? Come on....
    VIDEO3:2803:28It's a critical time in the pandemic, says former acting CDC directorThe News with Shepard Smith Richard Besser, who served as acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under former President Barack Obama, said the U.S. is better off continuing to focus on getting patients both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine despite the slow rollout. On CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith,” Besser agreed with comments made earlier on Monday by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. During a White House Covid-19 briefing, Fauci said that staying on course for two doses gives us the clearest path to protecting people from the virus and its expanding number of variants. "I'd go with Dr. Fauci on this one," Besser said. "I have concerns that if we go to a one-dose regimen, we could be providing people with suboptimal levels of protection."...
    CDC gives the green light to reopen schools even if teachers are not vaccinated. Schools in the United States will be able to reopen their facilities, even if teachers are not vaccinated against the coronavirus, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Miamimundo / telemundo51 Although some unions are opposed to resuming face-to-face classes before vaccinating teachers, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that “vaccinating teachers is not a requirement for safely reopening schools.” He cited data from the CDC according to which distancing and wearing a mask significantly reduce transmission of the virus in school settings. Jeff Zients, coordinator of the White House campaign against covid-19, asked Congress to approve additional funds to ensure that schools have the necessary resources to reopen. Asked about Walensky’s comments in a subsequent briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the CDC has not yet issued official guidelines...
    Joe Biden got to enjoy one of the perks of the presidency for the first time Friday, flying aboard Air Force One after plotting a run for the White House for decades and admiring the plane from afar. ‘It was a great honor,’ Biden told reporters who flew with him for the short hop from Joint Base Andrews to his home of Wilmington, Del. After landing in his hometown, Biden wandered over to reporters who joined him on Super Bowl weekend, notwithstanding CDC guidelines on avoiding travel when possible. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his home in Delaware 'It’s a great plane .... it’s the same plane that we had as Vice President, only it’s much nicer,' he said. He flew on the smaller Air Force One, which shares the same...
    Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Delaware for the weekend in his first outing from Washington since he assumed the US presidency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises Americans to forego travel as the coronavirus pandemic hits the country. Biden, who owns a home outside of Wilmington, Delaware, has made pandemic control the central goal of his first weeks in the White House, and much of his administration’s focus is on improving the vaccination program. . The White House, which announced Biden’s travel plans, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the reason for the visit. Every time a president moves, an entourage of aides, security and the media accompany him. The CDC guidelines state that “traveling increases your ability to spread and contract COVID-19”, so the “recommends that you do not travel for now.” By using the presidential aircraft,...
    The Biden administration is hypocritical for appearing to dismiss the Center for Disease Control's guidance for reopening schools, former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah said on Friday. "She is the CDC director, regardless of where she's speaking and at what time. But I would just say imagine for a moment if the Trump White House had dared to question something that came out from the doctors or the scientists," Farah told "Outnumbered."  "We were regularly accused of being anti-science for even weighing other policy options and factoring in other things to the Covid response, like the economy, for example," Farah said. PSAKI SAYS BIDEN WANTS SCHOOLS OPEN, BUT WON'T COMMIT TO STANDING UP TO UNION OBSTRUCTION White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday reiterated that President Biden wants to see children back in classrooms, but would not commit to standing up to unions if forced to choose between the...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release guidance on school reopenings in the coming week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing on Friday.During the briefing, CNN's Sara Murray asked Walensky about her previous comments about teachers and why it would be safe for teachers to return to the classroom if they have not been vaccinated -- and whether that is considered the CDC's official guidance at this point."Our goal is to get children back to school. School should be the last places closed and the first places open. Our goal is to make sure in getting children back to school that we do so both with the safety of the children and the safety of the teachers," Walensky said."Among the things that we need to do to make sure that schools are safe is to make sure that the community spread of...
    By Jen Christensen | CNN People who are part of the LGBTQ community may be more vulnerable to getting Covid-19 and may be more susceptible to a severe form of Covid-19, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The LGBTQ community experiences more health disparities compared to their straight counterparts, in part due to sexual stigma and discrimination. These health disparities make them more susceptible, a CDC team said in a study published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Thursday. Data from the 2017-2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the CDC’s national health-related telephone survey, shows people who are a part of the LGBTQ community, regardless of race or ethnicity, report higher numbers of health conditions that make people vulnerable to more severe forms of Covid-19 including heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke,...
    (CNN)Back in March, a doctor at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found himself swearing at his television set. He was watching a news segment about a couple in Arizona who'd heard then-President Donald Trump's enthusiasm for the drug hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19. The couple noticed their home aquarium cleaner contained an ingredient with a similar name, and so they ingested it. The husband died and the wife was hospitalized, critically ill. Alongside the couple's story, the TV program ran clips of Trump cheerleading for hydroxychloroquine. "I was screaming at the television, 'Shut up, you f**cking idiot. Jesus Christ, stop it! You don't know what you're talking about!" said the longtime CDC physician. "I was just beside myself. I was livid."The physician took off on a 10-mile bike ride, circling Peachtree-DeKalb Airport near his Atlanta home, trying to pedal away his rage. Read MoreHydroxychloroquine didnt prevent Covid-19 among...
    Loading the player... Despite its world-class medical system and its vaunted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. fell behind in the race to detect dangerous coronavirus mutations. And it’s only now beginning to catch up. The problem has not been a shortage of technology or expertise. Rather, scientists say, it’s an absence of national leadership and coordination, plus a lack of funding and supplies for overburdened laboratories trying to juggle diagnostic testing with the hunt for genetic changes. Read More: Fauci warns against Super Bowl parties to avoid virus spread “We have the brains. We have the tools. We have the instruments,” said Ilhem Messaoudi, director of a virus research center at University of California, Irvine. “It’s just a matter of supporting that effort.” Viruses mutate constantly. To stay ahead of the threat, scientists analyze samples, watching closely for mutations that might make the coronavirus more infectious...
    By MIKE STOBBE and MARION RENAULT, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Despite its world-class medical system and its vaunted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. fell behind in the race to detect dangerous coronavirus mutations. And it's only now beginning to catch up. The problem has not been a shortage of technology or expertise. Rather, scientists say, it’s an absence of national leadership and coordination, plus a lack of funding and supplies for overburdened laboratories trying to juggle diagnostic testing with the hunt for genetic changes. “We have the brains. We have the tools. We have the instruments,” said Ilhem Messaoudi, director of a virus research center at University of California, Irvine. "It’s just a matter of supporting that effort." Viruses mutate constantly. To stay ahead of the threat, scientists analyze samples, watching closely for mutations that might make the coronavirus more infectious or more deadly. But...
    The US is trying to ramp up its search for coronavirus variants - but it currently ranks 35th in the world for viral genome sequencing used to detect the potentially dangerous mutations.  Sequencing is the only way to detect variants like the UK's more infectious B117, or South Africa's vaccine-evading B1351.   Dr Rochelle Walensky, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said during a press briefing last week that US labs are aiming to sequence 7,000 genomes a week.  Already, the sequencing effort has increased 10-fold from the week of January 10 when just 251 samples were sequenced.   But during the week ending in January 24, the US only sequenced the genomes of about 2,300 samples of virus taken from infected Americans.  In that same period, 1,187,089 new infections were reported in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University - meaning the US sequenced...
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention wants people to go easy during the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is this Sunday between the Chiefs and Buccaneers in Tampa, and millions of fans are understandably excited. However, the CDC’s suggestions for the big day won’t make too many people happy. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kansas City Chiefs (@chiefs) Below are a few of the CDC’s guidelines for attending the Super Bowl or a watch party: Limit alcohol consumption. Consuming alcohol may make you less likely to follow COVID-19 safety measures. Arrive to the venue early to avoid crowding and congested areas. Avoid using restroom facilities or concession areas at high traffic times, such as half-time or immediately at the end of the event. Avoid chanting or cheering. Stomp,...
    The Centers for Disease Control is urging those hosting parties for this year's Super Bowl to make sure fans avoid any cheering, shouting or singing as they watch the game. The federal agency has issued Super Bowl-specific guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 ahead of next Sunday's showdown, which encourage fans to gather virtually this year or to attend an outdoor viewing party. While it recommends these as the safest options amid the pandemic, if sport junkies do hold a party, they are reminded to keep it small with masks being worn and social distancing maintained. And those supporting the Kansas City Chiefs or Tampa Bay Buccaneers are advised to 'avoid shouting, cheering loudly, or singing' as they do so, instead making some noise for their team by clapping, stomping their feet, or using hand-held noisemakers instead.  It comes as LA residents on Friday learned that they would not...
    (CNN)The pandemic has affected nearly every facet of daily life and the Super Bowl is no exception.The yearly game to settle who is the champion of the NFL is this Sunday. The game, along with its accompanying hype and parties, comes just as health officials are begging Americans to hunker down to help stop the spread of new strains of the coronavirus.Tampa mayor mandates masks at Super Bowl events So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some tips on how to safely navigate Super Bowl Sunday. Their top piece of advice is -- not surprisingly -- to watch the game at home with the people you live with."Attending large gatherings including the Super Bowl increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19," according to the guidance posted on the CDC's website. If you insist on having a small watch party, the CDC says you should host it outdoors...
    11 Things That Are Free in February The Radical SR10 Is the 425-HP Track Weapon You Buy When You’ve Outgrown Your Caterham Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Just Said to Avoid Doing This One Thing This Week For many, the annual tradition of watching the Super Bowl is about a lot more than just which team will be crowned the champions of football. The event is also an excuse for a Sunday get-together with friends and family fueled by party snacks and refreshments. But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest guideline update, you should avoid big parties this week, warning that "attending large gatherings like the Super Bowl [or watch parties] increases...
    South Carolina will get extra vaccination support from the CDC in an effort to speed the rollout and stop the South African variant of coronavirus detected there on Thursday from spreading, agency director Dr Rochelle Walensky said Friday.  She said the CDC is 'offering support' to states that detect super-covid variants, but  only mentioned South Carolina by name.  Two people in South Carolina have the South African B1351 variant of coronavirus, which is about 50 percent more infectious and makes vaccines less effective.  Neither had recently travelled, they live in different regions of the  state and  otherwise unlinked, suggesting the variant is spreading silently in South Carolina.  Vaccines still offer some protection against the 'super-covid' variant, and the more  people have some immunity, the less likely it is to become dominant.  Fewer than six percent of South Carolina residents have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose - about 360,000...
    New York City to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings by 2030: mayor Capitol riot: Pipe bombs found on January 6 were placed the night before, FBI says Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Eat This, Not That! 5 Healthy Eating Habits to Fight COVID-19, According to the CDC Although there's been a lot of scientific research around COVID-19, we still aren't completely clear if there are specific foods that can help prevent or fight it in any capacity. However, numerous medical sources have been able to give concrete advice regarding nutrition and healthy eating habits that can help fight COVID-19, along with many other infections that can come your way. We recently found healthy eating tips posted by the Center for...
    Portland police name suspect in hit-and-run that killed 1 and injured 9 Reddit and Elon Musk sparked a GameStop stock surge. Why AMC and BlackBerry are next Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Is About to Release Much Stricter Mask Guidelines With more transmissible COVID strains circulating, experts have been vocal about which masks provide the best protection from the virus. For much of the pandemic, people were resigned to using flimsy fabric masks or simple homemade face coverings, but professionals have become increasingly outspoken about the need for nationwide mask upgrades. In response to these warnings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is drawing up significantly stricter mask guidelines. Read on to find out what the guidelines entail,...
    The Best and Worst States for Raising a Family in 2021 Ford Designer Moray Callum Is Retiring This Spring Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life If You're Doing This to Your Mask, the CDC Says You Need a New One Masks have been protecting people from COVID since the start of the pandemic, but just wearing a face covering doesn't automatically mean you're safe—especially if you're flouting other considerations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has multiple guidelines for what masks you should be wearing, how you should wearing them, and what mask mistakes may be leaving you vulnerable to infection. According to the CDC, if you are constantly having to adjust your mask, you need a new one. Read on...
    With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming increasingly available, many people are wondering about the two-visit/two-dose treatment - and what happens if you miss that second required dose or take it really late. Concerns are arising about what the impacts are for people who get the first, but not the second dose of the mRNA-type COVID-19 vaccine. There are also questions about whether a person can mix vaccines - taking different products for the first and second doses. Data is limited, but it seems that some people can handle a little deviation from the vaccination schedule just fine. It is better, of course, to adhere to the researched and approved schedule, the CDC and FDA said. VACCINATION The mRNA-type COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses to be administered weeks apart for full effectiveness. Because the vaccine is so new, there isn’t much data on what happens when people don’t take the...
    Cozy Craftsman houses for sale across America NBC Sports Network Is Shutting Down Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Is Requiring You to Do This Starting Tuesday As we enter the second year of the global pandemic, we've grown accustomed to certain changes in our daily lives. Dining in a restaurant might involve a tent and heat lamps, doctors appointments are conducted via telemedicine apps, and gone are the days of meandering your way through a mall. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has one more addition to the growing list of lifestyle changes: Staring Tuesday, you'll be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID test before flying back to the U.S. from any international destination. "If...
    Why Dealmakers Expect Tech M&A to Keep Up Its Red-Hot Run NBC Sports Network Is Shutting Down Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The One Thing You Can Stop Doing to Avoid COVID, CDC Says At the start of the COVID pandemic, we were all panicking about how to protect ourselves to stay safe from the virus. But as time has gone on, we've learned that some safety measures are more effective than others. In fact, there's one popular precaution that experts now say is not only unnecessary for containing COVID, but may actually spread the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the once-ubiquitous practice of wearing disposable gloves while running errands is not only ineffective, but also potentially dangerous....
    Here’s How To Cheat Your Tax Bracket — Legally Nissan Shows Off Adorable, Minuscule e-NV200 Winter Camper Concept Van Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Just Quietly Gave You Permission to Do This to Get Vaccinated The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been regularly updating its vaccine guidelines to keep up with the science, as well as the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic. The goal has remained to safely get as many vaccines into as many arms as possible, but the recommendations have shifted. In a surprising update on Jan. 22, the CDC said that in "exceptional situations," your first and second dose can be two different vaccines, despite the fact that these vaccines are "not interchangeable."...
    Only 10 people out of four million vaccinated with Moderna's COVID-19 shot developed severe anaphylactic allergic reactions, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data released Friday reveals.  By comparison, CDC data published earlier this week showed at least 20 people had the same type of reaction to the Pfizer vaccine.  Ten of the people who suffered these severe reactions to the Moderna shot had histories of allergies.  Just one person who went into anaphylactic shock - a life-threatening response in which a person's airways can become too narrow for them to breathe - had no history of allergies.  The CDC reiterated warnings that no one that has an allergic to either Pfizer or Moderna's vaccine should  have a second dose of either, since both are MRNA vaccines and could trigger the same reaction.  Out of four million people who got Moderna's coronavirus vaccine, just 10 went into...
    8 Tips to Help You Delay Retirement for a Happier and Wealthier Future Ola Kallenius: Why the EQS Hyperscreen Is Key to Mercedes’ Revenue Future These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Just Made This Major Update to Its Vaccine Guidelines The COVID vaccine has only been available in the country since December, and the U.S. has already administered more than 17 million doses. Even so, the vaccine rollout has not exactly been a smooth endeavor, with some states already running out of vaccines. These issues may force some recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change over time. In fact, the CDC just made a major update to their vaccine guidelines concerning the timeline of...
    (CNN)The United States could face as many as 100,000 more Covid-19 deaths in less than a month, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the CDC's new leader offered a glimmer of hope, saying that "healthier days lie ahead."The nation reported more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths Wednesday, only the third day ever to cross that threshold, bringing the death toll to at least 406,001 people, according to the Johns Hopkins tracking data. And by February 13, that number could reach 508,000, according to an ensemble forecast published by the CDC. The last forecast, on January 13, projected up to 477,000 deaths by February 6. Meantime, vaccines have begun to be distributed, but there remain significant challenges with the supply across the country, according to state officials.States appeal for more coronavirus vaccine doses as the US death toll moves past 400,000New CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on...
    20 Most Tax-Friendly Places for Wealthy Families Watch the Porsche Taycan Turbo Lap Hockenheim Quicker Than a Shelby GT500 These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The 'Worst Is Yet to Come' With COVID, Outgoing CDC Head Warns As of Jan. 20, the U.S. has officially shifted from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden, and with that, many of the federal officials in charge of addressing the COVID pandemic have also changed. Robert R. Redfield, MD, who helmed many aspects of the COVID response during Trump's presidency, was replaced by Rochelle Walensky, MD, as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On his way out, Redfield shared his thoughts on the future of the pandemic, with words of warning about...
    For D.C.’s street vendors, this Inauguration Day was barren of customers — but also a relief Gov. Larry Hogan presents a $49.35 billion budget for fiscal 2022 These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life Outgoing CDC Head Warns the 'Worst Is Yet to Come' With COVID As of Jan. 20, the U.S. has officially shifted from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden, and with that, many of the federal officials in charge of addressing the COVID pandemic have also changed. Robert R. Redfield, MD, who helmed many aspects of the COVID response during Trump's presidency, was replaced by Rochelle Walensky, MD, as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On his way out, Redfield shared his thoughts on the future...
    AMERICANS have been wondering how and where they'll be able to get vaccinated for Covid after the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer'x and Moderna's vaccines in December. Doses of the Covid jabs are now being administered to the public - here's how to find out if you're eligible to get vaccinated and where to book an appointment. 6The FDA has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines across the USCredit: AFP or licensors Who is eligible to get a Covid vaccine in the US? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention have begun rolling out the Covid-19 vaccines in phases. As of January 2021, frontline essential workers, people aged 75 years and older, people aged 65-74 years and people aged 16-64 with underlying medical condition are all eligible to receive the jab across the nation. 6The CDC have begun rolling out the jabs by phasesCredit:...
    New York : Given the situation, some states have asked to expand vaccination groups. Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT / EFE ANDn the first two weeks of 2021, nearly 38,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus. The outlook does not seem to improve in the coming days, since according to estimates made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), it is expected that Another 92,000 people die from COVID-19 in the next 3 weeks. Although vaccination against the coronavirus is already underway, health experts indicate that very difficult times will still be experienced in the country. So far, more than 29.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed across the U.S., and more than 10.2 million Americans have received their first dose, according to CDC data. . And some experts have encouraged states to expand eligibility...
    (CBSDFW/CNN) — Despite hopes of widespread vaccinations this year, experts warned the start of 2021 would be a very rough time in this pandemic. It turns out the first two weeks were abysmal. The United States just shattered its all-time records for the most COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths reported in one day: — On January 2, a record-high 302,506 new infections were reported in one day, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s an average of 3.5 people getting infected every second. — On January 6, a record-high 132,447 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Many hospitals are now filled beyond capacity, meaning even those without COVID-19 — say, car accident victims — might not get immediate care. — On January 12, a record-high 4,462 COVID-19 deaths were reported in just one day, according to Johns Hopkins. A Boeing 747 can carry about 400 passengers....
    (CNN)Despite hopes of widespread vaccinations this year, experts warned the start of 2021 would be a very rough time in this pandemic. It turns out the first two weeks have been abysmal. The United States just shattered its all-time records for the most Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths reported in one day: -- On January 2, a record-high 302,506 new infections were reported in one day, according to Johns Hopkins University.That's an average of 3.5 people getting infected every second.Read More -- On January 6, a record-high 132,447 patients were hospitalized with Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project.Many hospitals are now filled beyond capacity, meaning even those without Covid-19 -- say, car accident victims -- might not get immediate care.-- On January 12, a record-high 4,462 Covid-19 deaths were reported in just one day, according to Johns Hopkins.A Boeing 747 can carry about 400 passengers. That means in one...
    The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered across the United States and in Southern California. Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine:How to get vaccinated in Los Angeles County:The COVID-19 vaccine will be "free for everyone" and offered to different groups in phases, according to county officials, adding that it is likely to be widely available to the general public in Spring and Summer 2021. County residents are urged to talk to their doctor or sign up for email updates to find out when vaccine will be available to them individually.How to get vaccinated in Orange County:"Once vaccines become more widely available, one can inquire about scheduling a vaccine with their provider/health system," officials said. An app provided though the county Health Care Agency will provide residents with information on when and how to schedule a vaccination.How to get vaccinated in Riverside County:Noting...
    NEW YORK (AP) — CDC expands COVID-19 testing to all air passengers before entering the US. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    UNITED STATES (CBSDFW.COM) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans. “Testing does not eliminate all risk,” says CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, “but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.” Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants. With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the federal government if the state can go to Pfizer Inc and directly buy 100,000 more doses more of the coronavirus vaccine. On Monday, Whitmer sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting permission to purchase doses straight from the pharmaceutical company.  'This direct purchase will fill a two week lag in supply and ensure that we can continue to ramp up our vaccination efforts across Michigan,' she wrote. 'It is also consistent with Operation Warp Speed's commitment to deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to Americans as quickly as possible.' However, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still has more than 500,000 doses sitting unused on shelves.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (left) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (right) on Monday. In the letter, Whitmer asked to buy...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered across the United States and in the Tri-State area. Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine:How to get vaccinated in New York State:In New York State you can use the "Am I Eligible" app and https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ to use to check your eligibility and schedule. New York State also has a vaccination hotline you can call to schedule a vaccine: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).How to get vaccinated in New York City:In New York City you can visit www.nyc.gov/vaccinefinder to make an appointment for a vaccine online. The phone number to schedule a vaccine is 877-VAX-4NYC, operational 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, will go 24 hour soon.How to get vaccinated in New Jersey:COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now...
    A high school student and her brother are helping seniors feel less lonely with notes and care packages Thailand arrests 19 Rohingya, Thai woman for illegal entry These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life If You Have One of These Symptoms, the CDC Says Go to the Hospital Now The coronavirus can manifest very differently from person to person, including when it comes to severity. Among the more than 21 million infected with the virus, many have overcome the infection, but the death toll of nearly 360,000 is a somber reminder that not everyone has fared as well. But how can you tell if you need medical attention, or if you have a mild case you can recover from at...
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had pledged to increase funding to states and territories to expand COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts. On Wednesday evening, the agency announced it was committing $22 billion to jurisdictions by January 19. This includes funds for $19 billion testing, contact tracing and surveillance systems but just $3 billlion for coronavirus immunizations. It comes on the same day the U.S. reported 3,775 deaths to due to the virus, the highest single-day record since the pandemic began.  On Wednesday, the HHS announced it would be distributing $22 billion to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and major U.S. cities to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: A healthcare worker administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida, January 6 It comes on the same day the U.S. reported 3,775 deaths to due...
    If President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris decide to follow through on their promise to make racial justice a determining factor in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, statistics indicate that more Americans in minority communities could die given the wildly disparate COVID-19 fatality rates among age groups.
    Quickly turning around results of the process to detect the new 'super-covid' variant 'isn't an urgent need,' because the findings won't change how the US handles the pandemic, a CDC official told DailyMail.com.  'For less urgent sequencing, when there isn't an urgent need to get the data turned around quickly, it's much more efficient to batch them when it's [for the purpose of] large surveillance data,' Dr Dr Greg Armstrong, director of the CDC's Office of Advanced Molecular Detection, told DailyMail.com when asked why it takes the CDC up to two weeks to tell states whether samples contain the new variant.  At least seven states have confirmed cases of the 70 percent more infectious variant, dubbed B117, though two have only confirmed their cases to the CDC and not announced them publicly. So far, at least 37 cases of 'super-covid' have been confirmed in the US.   'We assumed it was already...
    Nearly two dozen Americans have experienced life-threatening allergic reactions after receiving Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine, a new report finds. Between December 14 and 23, a total of 21 people suffered anaphylaxis upon getting their first dose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Wednesday. Of those patients, 17 people had a history of allergies or allergic reactions and 71 percent of cases occurred within 15 minutes of vaccination. With approximately only 1.9 million shots administered over that time period, that is a rate of 11.1 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses. However, the CDC says this reaction is 'still exceedingly rare' and urge the general public to get the vaccines when they become available to them to help curb the pandemic that is claiming an average of more than 2,000 lives per day in the U.S. A new report from the CDC on Wednesday revealed 21 people out of 1.9...
    A pharmacist dilutes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine while preparing it to administer to staff and residents at the Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, a senior living community in Falls Church, Virginia, on December 30, 2020.Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images The Covid-19 vaccine appears to cause severe allergic reactions at a significantly higher rate than other vaccines among the first wave of Americans to receive the life-saving immunizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Though still rare, the CDC said there were 21 cases of anaphylaxis — a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs rarely after vaccination — out of the nearly 1.9 million people who received their first shot of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine in mid- to-late December, according to a study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Wednesday. That would mean roughly 11 people out of every million vaccinated would...
    Public health experts are warning that the new mutant British variant of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. will make vaccination efforts a 'formidable challenge.' The new strain, known as SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01, is feared to be 70 percent more transmissible and to spread more easily among children. So far, the 'super-COVID' variant has only been detected in four states: California, Colorado, Florida and New York. But scientists tell Bloomberg there are likely 'hundreds' of infections throughout the nation and that there needs to be a stronger push to get people immunized before more people are infected with - or die from - the new strain.  It comes as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown for England on Monday night that will likely last through mid-February as the virus continues to ravage the country. Researchers say there is now a race to immunize as many as Americans as...
    British authorities are 'incredibly worried' about the highly-infectious South African coronavirus mutation which top experts there fear could scupper the UK's vaccine roll-out, the nation's health secretary warned today.  Hancock warned the variant - which has already been spotted in the UK - posed a 'very, very significant problem'. The new variant, dubbed 501Y.V2 has become dominant in South Africa and was detected last week in the UK. It is thought to be more infectious and may even be capable of evading vaccines.    So far, the South African variant has not been reported in the US - but that doesn't mean it hasn't arrived. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to double the number of coronavirus samples it runs genome sequencing on from about 3,000 to about 6,500 a week.    Up until now, the US viral genome sequencing effort has been 'a somewhat patchy system,' admitted Dr Gregory...
    (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to more than double the number of coronavirus genomes sequenced to watch for new mutations in the US over the next two weeks, a top official said Sunday. The CDC is now sequencing about 3,000 samples a week and hopes to more than double that to about 6,500 per week, according to Dr. Gregory Armstrong, director of the Office of Advanced Molecular Detection at the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Scientists sequence the genome — the entire genetic map of the virus — to find mutations that could affect how the virus spreads. British scientists found a new variant of the virus was spreading there and say the pattern of mutations makes it more easily transmitted, although it does not appear to cause more severe disease. It’s now been found in at least 37 countries,...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to more than double the number of coronavirus genomes sequenced to watch for new mutations in the US over the next two weeks, a top official said Sunday.The CDC is now sequencing about 3,000 samples a week and hopes to more than double that to about 6,500 per week, according to Dr. Gregory Armstrong, director of the Office of Advanced Molecular Detection at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Scientists sequence the genome -- the entire genetic map of the virus -- to find mutations that could affect how the virus spreads. UK Prime Minister reconciled to tougher Covid-19 restrictions as cases soarBritish scientists found a new variant of the virus was spreading there and say the pattern of mutations makes it more easily transmitted, although it does not appear to cause more severe disease.It's now been...
    ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty Images The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has is now over 20 million and the death toll has surpassed 350,000. The winter surge many public health experts predicted is likely to continue, with thousands of Americans still hospitalized and deaths in the thousands every week. President Donald Trump attacked the CDC on Sunday as he claimed that the cases and deaths are “far exaggerated.” Trump — who repeatedly complained before the election about the media’s covid coverage and said it would stop after the election — downplayed the number of cases last year when he repeatedly said that cases are only up because of testing. The Fake News is talking about CASES, CASES, CASES. This includes many low risk people. Media is doing everything possible to create fear prior to November 3rd. The Cases are up because TESTING is way up, by...
    The United States has hit a pandemic record of more than 3,900 deaths and 125,000 hospitalizations in a single day as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that there could be 82,000 more fatalities in the next 24 days.   For the ninth day this month, deaths have exceeded 3,000. On Wednesday, the US reported 3,903 new deaths, bringing the country's total to 341,505, according to The COVID Tracking Project.  Hospitalizations increased again on Wednesday to 125,220. The US has recorded hospitalizations over 100,000 for the 29th consecutive day. New daily recorded infections hit 225,671.  According to the CDC, the national ensemble forecast predicts that 12,400 to 24,300 new deaths will likely be reported in the week ending January 23, 2021.  The national ensemble predicts that a total of 383,000 to 424,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date. On the high end of the model, that...
    Christmas — and the shopping that goes with it — has had a huge impact on rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and now medical experts warn retail outlets are considered to be among the riskiest places to visit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just updated its guidelines to include rules for safe shopping. "Recent studies indicate that the virus can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms," wrote the CDC. "It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possible their eyes. "Protect yourself while shopping. Wear a mask in public setting and when around people who dont live in your household, especially when social distancing is difficult." The CDC also advised carrying hand sanitizer with you that contains at least 60% alcohol. Medical...
    Florida, Texas and Ohio are among the Republican-led states forgoing federal vaccination guidelines to prioritize the elderly ahead of frontline workers.  While medical workers and residents and staffers of long term care facilities are being prioritized for vaccines in virtually every state, local leaders are split on who gets the vaccine next.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say under the second tier of vaccinations grocery store employees, transit workers, and other frontline staffers should receive the shot at the same time as those who are 75 and older.  But in Florida, Texas, and Ohio shots are being offered to the elderly first and frontline workers are asked to wait. 'We are not going to put young, healthy workers ahead of our elderly, vulnerable population,' Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday, allowing people 65 years and older to jump ahead of essential workers.  In Lee County, Florida on...
    New York City hit another grim milestone on Tuesday as officials announced that deaths linked to coronavirus have now surpassed 25,000. The city's health department confirmed that there have now been 25,055 fatalities from confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19 in the Big Apple. It came as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is updating its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the virus, decreasing the required quarantine period from 14 days to ten. Cuomo is relaxing the rules despite the statewide positivity rate reaching 7.14 percent as of Tuesday.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that the state is updating its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the virus, decreasing the required quarantine period from 14 days to ten as long as the person has not shown symptoms On Tuesday, New York City surpassed 25,000 deaths linked to coronavirus, a grim new...
    There are three moments this year that determined the scale of the COVID-19 catastrophe in the United States, argues New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright in a sweeping, searing look at the country’s year spent fighting (and failing) against COVID-19. The magazine is devoting an entire double-issue to cataloguing those missteps and the many other mistakes made by officials that set us on a path towards hundreds of thousands of deaths from the disease. The first happened January 3, when Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spoke with his Chinese counterpart about a new respiratory virus. Redfield wanted to send a CDC team to China, but was turned down. Instead, the CDC was kept out of China, and the agency was slow to understand the risk the virus posed. “Redfield is convinced that, had CDC specialists visited China in early January,...