CDC cuts COVID quarantine period to 5 days amid staff shortages

U.S. 12/27/21, 21:42

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday, Dec. 27, updated its isolation guidance for COVID-19 infected patients in which it shortens the recommended quarantine period by half. The new guidance calls for five days of isolation instead of ten days as before, followed by five days of wearing a mask ...

US COVID-19 deaths in 2021 pass total for 2020

News 11/21/21, 03:12

The number of COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpassed those in 2020 this week. Since the start of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University's latest data shows the U.S. has reached at least 771,013 COVID-19 deaths.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in ...

Poll: Americans rank the risk of hospitalization for COVID–19 high

News 09/29/21, 03:40

According to a Gallup poll result published this week, most Americans polled overrate the scope of threats posed by COVID-19. The survey involved more than 3,000 U.S. adults. The results suggested views about hospitalization, especially among unvaccinated people, might be more pessimistic than the reality.  It compared how Americans view the risks ...

CDC backs vaccine booster for high risk workers, overrides panel

News 09/24/21, 15:24

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, Sept. 24, said that it supports COVID-19 booster shots for people with high-risk jobs in addition to elders and adults with underlying conditions. “This updated interim guidance from CDC allows for millions of Americans who are at highest risk for ...

Florida allows optional quarantine for students exposed to COVID-19

U.S. 09/23/21, 02:38

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Florida added a new COVID-19 protocol, making it optional for parents to isolate their kids after exposure to the coronavirus. According to a report from the Associated Press, the new rule was issued by Florida's freshly appointed surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo who was sworn in only ...

Pfizer booster shot: FDA panel votes no for general public

U.S. 09/18/21, 02:08

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declined the plan to administer Pfizer booster shots to all eligible Americans. The decision was made after the vaccine advisory committee on Friday, Sept. 17, voted 16-2 against a proposal saying the Pfizer-made booster shot should be rolled out for those age16 and ...

Measles outbreaks have halted Afghan evacuee flights to the United States

News 09/11/21, 15:46

After identifying a minor measles outbreak among Afghans arriving in the United States, the United States has halted all U.S.-bound flights of Afghan evacuees from two major bases overseas. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the temporary halt was caused after detecting measles among four new immigrants to the United ...

Supreme Court thwarts CDC’s eviction moratorium

News 08/27/21, 04:22

The Supreme Court on Thursday, Aug. 26, barred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from implementing the federal statutory prohibition on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to NBC News, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the landlords in a 6-3 vote, saying that “if a federally imposed ...

More salmonella illnesses have prompted a nationwide shrimp recall

News 08/17/21, 16:11

According to federal authorities, a salmonella outbreak has sickened nine people in four states, with three of them hospitalized. More than two dozen shrimp products sold nationwide are now being recalled.The FDA expanded an ongoing recall of frozen shrimp products from Avanti Frozen Foods over the weekend. Affected products include ...

US hits record high COVID-19 cases since February

News 08/07/21, 15:42

The COVID-19 pandemic updates on Thursday, August 5, revealed a grim reality for the new Delta variant-driven pandemic in the U.S. In total, 109,824 new virus cases were reported, with a seven-day rolling average of 98,518. It appeared that the country is suffering from a daily average of 100,000, a worrisome ...

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