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Is my cloth mask good enough? The 2022 edition.

Public health officials are recommending that people upgrade from cloth to higher-quality medical-grade masks as the Omicron variant is sweeping the U.S., causing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases and overwhelming hospital systems.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Fauci pummels Rand Paul

You would think something like an international pandemic would be the sort of thing that unites us across political lines. And it has…in every country on the planet except this one. Here in the United States, it’s been politicized by the Right to attack the people who are working to save us, and cast them as villains.... Read more»

La máscara de tela, ¿es lo suficientemente buena contra Omicron?

Los funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que las personas pasen de tela a máscaras médicas de mayor calidad, ya que la variante Omicron está arrasando en los EE. UU., causando un gran aumento en los casos de COVID-19 y abrumando los sistemas hospitalarios.... Read more»

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests.... Read more»

Most states wary of mandating COVID shots for kids

Though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, only two states have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren - the main reason, experts say, is they are wary of opening another front in the wars over mandates.... Read more»

FDA greenlights Pfizer boosters for young teens

The Food and Drug Administration moved Monday to allow children as young as 12 to receive booster shots of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 and the winter surge of the coronavirus Omicron variant. ... Read more»

CDC chief defends shortened isolation and quarantine guidelines amid Omicron surge

One day after the number of COVID-19 cases reached a pandemic high in the United States, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky defended this week's announcement of shortened isolation and quarantine stints for people who have tested positive for or been exposed to the virus. ... Read more»

Biden will supply Americans with 500 million home tests to fight Omicron

President Biden will announce new actions to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, measures that include dispatching 500 million at-home tests to Americans, creating new federal testing sites and deploying 1,000 service members to hospitals across the county. ... Read more»

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Researchers studying whether mouthwashes can reduce viral load, COVID transmission

In the laboratory, some mouthwashes used outside the U.S. have been shown to block infectivity or suppress SARS-CoV-2, but clinical trials involving people are not conclusive and researchers are continuing to study the matter, despite a claim by Sen. Ron Johnson.... Read more»

How Steve Bannon has exploited Google ads to monetize extremism

Almost a year ago, Google took a major step to ensure that its online ad network didn’t put money in the pocket of Steve Bannon, the indicted former adviser to Donald Trump - but Bannon found a loophole in Google’s policies that let him keep earning ad money on his site.... Read more»

White House unveils plan to vaccinate young kids against COVID

Having secured enough vaccines for all 28 million Americans ages 5 to 11, the White House released its plans Wednesday to make Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible to as many of these children as possible at pediatrician's offices, pharmacies and schools. ... Read more»

Ser inmune a COVID por haberlo tenido o estar vacunado: ¿Es lo mismo?

La cuestión de si puedes tener inmunidad contra COVID solo por haberlo tenido tiene implicaciones políticas, pero las respuestas científicos no se ponen de acuerdo sobre el grado de protección que ofrece una infección, dejando abierta la pregunta crítica. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Migrants not responsible for latest COVID-19 surge

Experts say low vaccination rates, resistance to protective measures and the Delta variant are driving the surge of COVID-19 cases - but many Americans, particularly the unvaccinated and Republicans, believe immigrants are “a major reason for the current high number of cases.”... Read more»

COVID immunity through infection or vaccination: Are they equal?

Evidence is growing that contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is generally as effective as vaccination at stimulating your immune system to prevent the disease, yet federal officials have been reluctant to recognize any equivalency.... Read more»

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Experts: No link between COVID-19 vaccines & erectile dysfunction

Public health officials around the world have explained that erectile dysfunction is not a side effect of COVID-19 vaccines, despite a viral tweet from rapper Nicki Minaj that spread the unfounded claim.... Read more»

CDC recommends COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans

U.S. health officials announced a plan to recommend that all Americans, but particularly those who are elderly or otherwise at risk of serious infection from COVID-19, obtain booster shots to better withstand an ongoing surge of the virus's more infectious Delta variant. ... Read more»

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