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The CDC's director said the agency alone 'can't fix this public health crisis' as pandemic drags on

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on November 4, 2021.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The CDC's director responded to criticism of the agency's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rochelle Walensky told the Boston Globe in an interview that her agency has faced "curveballs." Walensky said the agency alone "can't fix this public health crisis." The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency alone "can't fix this p...
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CDC: Ditch your cloth mask and get a NIOSH-approved N95 for the best protection against Omicron

Respirators, when "worn properly" protect better than cloth or surgical masks, the CDC said.Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images The CDC is urging Americans to up their mask game in the face of the Omicron variant. The agency says the best mask for you is the one that fits you well (covering both nose and mouth) and that you will wear consistently. This is the first time the CDC's said it may be best for everyone — even non-medical workers — to use NIOSH-approved N95s. The Centers for Dis...
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Wear masks that are comfortable and fit well for 'best' protection against Omicron, CDC says

The CDC said that the "best" mask was one that was well-fitting and comfortable.ñaki Berasaluce/Europa Press/Getty Images US mask recommendation "won't change",  Rochelle Walenksy, head of the CDC, has said. Prices for high-quality masks have surged as people try protect themselves against Omicron.  The best mask is one that is well-fitting and comfortable, Walensky said. The best mask for protecting against COVID-19 is one that is comfortable and fits well, the Centers for Disease Contro...
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Top Republican says Biden's pandemic team has 'lost' Americans' trust

Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina).Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP Sen. Richard Burr said on Tuesday that Americans are losing patience as the omicron variant surges. "You ask the American people to trust you, but you've lost that trust," Burr told top federal health officials. The Biden White House has "squandered its opportunities" to manage the pandemic, he added. Sen. Richard Burr, the top Republican on the Senate's health committee, on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden's pandemic...
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Other countries struck by Omicron kept their death tolls low. The US is looking different.

A person gets a COVID-19 vaccination on January 7, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama/Getty Images Countries where Omicron surged early have seen a relatively low burden of deaths so far. Lower population age or high vaccination coverage likely helped keep the death toll low.  But early data suggests that the situation may be different in the US, experts warn. It has been over four weeks since Omicron started hitting South Africa, Denmark, and the UK.In spite of the number of infectio...
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People who test positive for COVID-19 and isolate for 5 days should wear a 'high-quality mask' if they can't get a rapid test before 'going back into society,' top US doctor says

Dr. Ashish Jha during a January 9 appearance on ABC News' "This Week."ABC News/"This Week" Top doctor Dr. Ashish Jha said people who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic should isolate for five days and then get a negative antigen test. If they are unable to find a test, they should wear a "high-quality mask," he said Sunday. "The first five days are critical. That's the period when people are the most contagious," Jha said. Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University ...
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A simple guide to understanding the CDC's exasperating COVID-19 rules

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on November 4, 2021.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The new CDC guidance on COVID-19 isolation and quarantine is confusing. The guidance says people can come out of isolation after day 5. Buried in the fine print: you still need to wear a mask and act like you're infectious for 10 days.  If you're confused about the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines, you're not alone. The agency p...
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The American Medical Association called out the CDC's 'confusing' COVID-19 quarantine guidance, saying it could 'put our patients at risk'

A women gets tested for COVID-19.Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance/Getty Images The American Medical Association slammed the Center for Disease Control ad Prevention's new "confusing" COVID-19 isolation guidelines.  The group said a shortened isolation period could "put our patients at risk," according to a statement.  The CDC has said the new isolation guidelines were based on what the CDC "thought people would be able to tolerate."  The American Medical Association slammed the C...
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CDC advisors urge boosters for kids aged 12 and older to prevent COVID, help them stay in school, and curb anxiety rates

Simon Huizar, 13, received his first dose of the Pfizer on May 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images An influential advisory committee to the CDC just voted 13-1 to recommend teens 12 and up should get booster shots for COVID-19. Pfizer boosts can be administered any time at least 5 months after the primary series. One doctor called it a last-ditch "whack-a-mole" strategy against Omicron. Booster shots for vaccinated youngsters aged 12 and up are on the wa...
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CDC urges boosters for kids aged 12 and older to prevent COVID, help them stay in school, and curb anxiety rates

Simon Huizar, 13, received his first dose of Pfizer on May 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images On Wednesday night, the CDC recommend teens 12 and up should get booster shots for COVID-19. Pfizer boosts can be administered any time at least 5 months after the 2-shot primary series. One doctor called it a last-ditch "whack-a-mole" strategy against Omicron. Booster shots for vaccinated youngsters aged 12 and up are here. An independent panel of doctors and ...
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CDC director says new COVID-19 isolation rules were based on 'what we thought people would be able to tolerate'

CDC director Rochelle Walensky testifying before the Senate on July 20.J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/via Getty Images New COVID isolation guidelines are based on what the CDC "thought people would be able to tolerate." CDC director Rochelle Walensky said the changes were made in the context of surging cases. The Omicron variant accounts for 59% of all COVID-19 cases in the US, according to CDC data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday that the sh...
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CDC shortens quarantine time for healthcare workers amid Omicron variant and staff shortages

Healthcare workers take a break at the ProHEALTH testing site in Jericho, New York.Getty The CDC set looser interim federal guidance on isolation periods for healthcare workers amid Omicron spread. Asymptomatic personnel may return to work within 7 days of infection with a negative test result. In a crisis capacity, workers who are fully vaccinated and boosted can return to work with no restrictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slashed the isolation timeline for healthcare ...
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The Omicron variant is now the most common coronavirus variant in the US, the CDC says

CDC headquarters.Tami Chappell/Reuters The Omicron variant is now the most common coronavirus variant in the US, the CDC announced Monday.Federal officials said the variant, which is highly transmissible, accounts for 73% of recent confirmed cases in the US, the Associated Press reported. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said early data has shown that the Omicron variant may cause less severe disease.This story is developing. Please check back for updates. Read the original article on Business I...
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New York City is sending out free at-home COVID-19 tests and masks as new cases skyrocket in the city

People take coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests at pop-up testing site in New York City, U.S., December 7, 2021.Reuters/Brendan McDermid New York City is sending out 500,000 free at-home COVID-19 tests and 1 million masks. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Thursday as new cases surge in the city. He said there will also be more city-run testing sites and extended hours at many existing sites.  New York City is sending out 500,000 free, rapid at-home COVID-19 tests and masks as ne...
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Full hospitals, mild cases: What an Omicron wave could look like in the US this winter

President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci discuss the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on November 29, 2021.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images The Omicron variant could become dominant in the US this winter, some disease experts predict. An Omicron wave may bring mild cases, but lead to more hospitalizations, early data suggests. Holiday gatherings could fuel transmission, while unvaccinated people may strain hospital capacity. With Omicron cases doubling roughly every two days, US publi...
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Fauci says we won't need a 'variant-specific booster' to fight Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.AP Photo/Susan Walsh Fauci says people don't need a "vaccine-specific booster" to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. "Our booster vaccine regimens work again Omicron," he said at a White House briefing Wednesday. Omicron has reached at least 36 states in the US and has affected more than 75 countries...
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The US has surpassed 800,000 COVID-19 deaths amid Omicron variant spread and slowing vaccination rates

Clinicians work after intubating a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on August 10, 2021 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.Mario Tama/Getty Images More than 800,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US as of Tuesday.  This comes a day after the US surpassed 50 million infections — the highest number of cases in the world. The tragic milestone comes as the Omicron variant spreads and only 61% of Americans are fully vaccinated. More than 800,000 Ameri...
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Cornell University was forced to shut down its campus and move to 'alert level red' after COVID-19 cases spiked

kickstand/Getty Images Cornell University shut down its Ithaca campus Tuesday amid a "rapid spread of COVID-19" among students. As of Sunday, 469 active COVID-19 cases were reported, 214 of which were new positive tests. The university's president said evidence of the Omicron variant was present in a "significant number" of positive tests. Cornell University shut down its Ithaca campus on Tuesday amid a "rapid spread of COVID-19" among students, the university president announced.As of Su...
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Nurse who was the first person in the US to get vaccinated says healthcare workers are 'tired' and 'concerned' as the pandemic drags on

Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, on December 14, 2020.Mark Lennihan/AFP/Getty Image The first person in US to receive a COVID-19 vaccine said healthcare workers are "tired." New York nurse Sandra Lindsay made the remarks on the one-year anniversary of her shot. Lindsay said more must be done to get people vaccinated as new variants like Omicron emerge. The first ...
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CDC director: Early data suggests Omicron may be less severe, but 'a lot of people' will still get sick

Director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky and Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona at a forum held at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club on August 6, 2021 .Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald The Omicron variant may cause less severe disease, if early reports are any indication. However, more people will get sick, the CDC director told Today show hosts. Early data also suggests Omicron may be resistant to protection provided by vaccines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle ...
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CDC director says early data appears to show Omicron may be less severe, but warns that 'a lot of people' will still get sick

Director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky and Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona at a forum held at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club on August 6, 2021 .Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday that early data appears to show the Omicron variant may be less severe, but warned that "a lot of people" will still get sick."We're starting to see some early data that is demonstrating some decreased severity," Walensky ...
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Europe's medicine agency says Omicron cases appear mild, echoing the US CDC

A woman is tested for COVID-19 in France in February 2021.BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images Known cases of the Omicron variant appear to be mild, Europe's medicines agency said. The US CDC also said this week that most cases identified seem to be resulting in mild symptoms. Both agencies hedged the findings by emphasizing that more research is needed. Europe's medicines agency said on Thursday that reported cases of the Omicron virus variant so far appear mild.It hedged its announcement,...
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A study on NBA players and staff found vaccinated people with breakthrough infections may be less likely to spread COVID-19 to others

Mohammed, 18, receives his first Pfizer vaccine on June 6, 2021 in Stanmore, Greater London.Hollie Adams/Getty Images The study was conducted in partnership with the NBA. It examined nearly 20,000 viral samples from the league's occupational health program. It found vaccinated people cleared their infections an average of two days faster. A new study of NBA players, staff, and household members provides yet more evidence that fully vaccinated people who get a breakthrough case of COVID-19...
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The US probably has 2,000 Omicron cases already, according to 'dirty math' from a COVID expert who often advises the White House

The Public Health Company cofounder and CEO Dr. Charity Dean.The Public Health Company The CDC says Omicron is not in the US yet. But Dr. Charity Dean, a former top health official in California, who warned about the spread of COVID-19 in the US early on in the pandemic and long before federal experts did, says there's no way that's true. "Our case ascertainment rate is zero," Dean said, but she has "no doubt that there are in fact cases here." Dr. Charity Dean has a solid track recor...
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CDC approves boosters for all vaccinated adults — and says it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The agency approved an expert committee's verdict, that people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  This allows many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots will become available to all vaccinated adults...
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CDC advisors endorse boosters for all vaccinated adults — and say it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images An expert committee advising the CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The committee said people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  If the CDC director agrees, this would allow many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots are likely going to becom...
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New York City and 3 states offer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, bypassing CDC guidance

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Radek Mica/Getty Images California, Colorado, New Mexico, and New York City are telling healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults. The guidance bypasses the CDC's current restrictions on booster shots. Public-health experts remain divided on whether boosters are necessary for everyone. Any adult who wants a COVID-19 booster shot at least six months after they're fully vaccinated can get one in three states, plus New York Cit...
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Republicans are now 20 percentage-points more likely to reject flu shots than they were pre-pandemic

A man walks past a free flu shot advertisement outside of a drugstore in New York on August 19, 2020. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images Recent polls show a 25 percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats who've gotten or will get a flu shot. This is remarkably similar to the approximately 30 percentage-point partisan gap on COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little to no partisan gap on influenza vaccine uptake. Recent polls show Republicans are...
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The gap between Republicans and Democrats on flu shots is 20 percentage-points bigger than it was pre-pandemic

A man walks past a free flu shot advertisement outside of a drugstore in New York on August 19, 2020.Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images Recent polls show a 25 percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats who've gotten or will get a flu shot. This is remarkably similar to the approximately 30 percentage-point partisan gap on COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little to no partisan gap on influenza vaccine uptake.  Recent polls show Republicans are now...
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2 states offer COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, bypassing CDC guidance

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. Radek Mica/Getty Images California and Colorado are telling healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults. The guidance bypasses the CDC's current restrictions on booster shots. Public-health experts remain divided on whether boosters are necessary for everyone. California's public health department took COVID-19 booster shot recommendations into its own hands Thursday when it directed healthcare providers to give boosters t...
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