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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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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»

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»

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»

CDC shortens COVID-19 isolation, quarantine periods

People exposed to COVID-19 who aren't vaccinated, and those who test positive but don't have symptoms should isolate and quarantine for five days, followed by five days of strict mask use, the CDC announced Monday.... Read more»

CDC: 25 states report Omicron strain of COVID-19, but Delta remains biggest threat

Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases - but officials emphasized that the highly transmissible Delta variant still remains the main threat.... Read more»

Is it time to change the definition of 'fully vaccinated'?

As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as Omicron, a new COVID variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot.... Read more»

Health experts: Holiday gatherings ‘should be fine’ – with precautions

Health officials said this week that it should be OK for families to gather over the holidays, as long as people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions against the spread of the disease. ... Read more»

Pima County urges booster shots for all 'as soon as possible' as COVID-19 cases spike again

Everyone 18 years and older should get a COVID-19 booster "as soon as possible" as the rate of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, the Pima County Health Department said Monday. ... Read more»1

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 cleared by CDC panel; final OK near

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a decision that means those children could be receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. ... Read more»

Pinal among Arizona counties grappling with equitable distribution of COVID vaccines

Some Arizona counties continue to grapple with administering COVID-19 vaccines equitably, even as cases spiked across the state in recent months and vaccination rates still lag in rural communities and among some people of color. ... Read more»

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J approved along with 'mix and match' shots

Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. ... 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»

Boosters are 3 for 3: FDA rounds out week with J&J endorsement

The FDA’s 19-member Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously Friday to recommend that everyone who received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson and Johnson receive a second dose at least two months after the first jab.... Read more»

FDA panel unanimously recommends Moderna booster shot for vulnerable adults

Even while noting the scant amount of data provided to them to make their decision, members of an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration recommended Thursday that people at higher risk from COVID-19 who received the Moderna vaccine get booster shots. ... Read more»

Tense decision-making as CDC joins FDA in recommending Pfizer booster shot

Despite the mixed messaging between the CDC and FDA regarding coronavirus booster shots, the immediate effect of the recommendation for an additional vaccination is that millions of Americans will be in line for added protection amid concerns over waning vaccine immunity. ... Read more»

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