CDC director rebukes DeSantis for telling teens to remove masks: ‘It is absolutely their choice’

‘Those students should have been comfortable wearing a mask’ Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has rebuked Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for scolding a group of teenagers for wearing masks. “Those students should have been comfortable wearing a mask,” Dr Walensky told MSNBC. “It is absolutely their choice.” The high school students wereContinue reading “CDC director rebukes DeSantis for telling teens to remove masks: ‘It is absolutely their choice’”

US: COVID-19 hospitalizations rise as Omicron variant spreads

Omicron’s rapid spread is fueling a wave of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States. More children are also being admitted to hospitals, according to CDC data. CBS News correspondent Janet Shamlian reports from Houston. Then Dr. Jeremy Faust, emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, joins CBSN’s Lilia Luciano toContinue reading “US: COVID-19 hospitalizations rise as Omicron variant spreads”

The Trump administration made ‘deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes,’ report finds

A House committee released new evidence that Trump officials interfered with the US’s COVID response. Weakened CDC testing guidelines and blocked CDC briefings were among the committee’s findings. The report also said Trump “neglected the pandemic response” to “promote the Big Lie” of a stolen election. A new report from the House Committee on Oversight and ReformContinue reading “The Trump administration made ‘deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes,’ report finds”

This health department stops ‘all COVID-19 related work’ after Missouri AG threat

The local health department of a rural southern Missouri county is halting its COVID-19 response efforts after Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote agencies this week demanding they drop mitigation measures. The Laclede County Health Department, which serves a 35,000-person county northeast of Springfield, made the announcement in a Facebook post Thursday morning that it was suspending “allContinue reading “This health department stops ‘all COVID-19 related work’ after Missouri AG threat”

U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ COVID-19 warning for Germany, Denmark

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department on Monday advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries. The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid travelContinue reading “U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ COVID-19 warning for Germany, Denmark”

New “Delta Plus” OffShoot Called AY.4.2 May Be Most Infectious Covid Variant Yet; It’s On The Rise In The UK

A new report on Friday from the UK Health Ministry indicated the rising prevalence of a new offshoot of the Delta variant of Covid-19. The offshoot is so new that it does not have an official Pango lineage designation — such as B.1.167.2 for the original Delta variant — which is the nomenclature used by most scientists. TheContinue reading “New “Delta Plus” OffShoot Called AY.4.2 May Be Most Infectious Covid Variant Yet; It’s On The Rise In The UK”

WHO calls for surveillance to explain rise in human cases of H5N6 bird flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) says increased surveillance is urgently required to better understand what’s behind a recent spike in human cases of H5N6 bird flu in mainland China. Only 48 people have been infected with H5N6 bird flu since the first confirmed case in 2014, but a third of those were reported in mainlandContinue reading “WHO calls for surveillance to explain rise in human cases of H5N6 bird flu”

Covid is officially America’s deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates

Covid-19 is officially the most deadly outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Reported U.S. deaths due to Covid crossed 675,000, the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 flu, and are still increasing. “This is the pandemic I will be studying and teaching to the next generation ofContinue reading “Covid is officially America’s deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates”

CDC study: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of Covid-19

A trio of new studies from the CDC show that Covid-19 vaccines remain highly effective against severe illness. As the Biden administration steps up its efforts to get shots in arms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study Friday that underscores the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against serious illness or death. The study, which examinedContinue reading “CDC study: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of Covid-19”

Stillbirths have doubled during covid in Mississippi. Officials are sounding the alarm.

Mississippi has recorded 72 fetal deaths in unvaccinated pregnant women infected with the coronavirus, state health officials announced Wednesday, sounding the alarm on the virus’s danger in pregnancy. Speaking during a news conference, Mississippi State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said those deaths had occurred since the start of the pandemic. The number, which includes onlyContinue reading “Stillbirths have doubled during covid in Mississippi. Officials are sounding the alarm.”

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