CDC Says Travel Is Safe For Fully Vaccinated People, But Opposes Nonessential Trips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its domestic travel guidance for fully vaccinated people, lifting certain testing and self-quarantine requirements and recommending precautions like wearing a mask and avoiding crowds. But health officials continue to discourage nonessential travel, citing a sustained rise in cases and hospitalizations. The CDC updated its website on… Continue reading CDC Says Travel Is Safe For Fully Vaccinated People, But Opposes Nonessential Trips

CDC Director Fears ‘Impending Doom’ If U.S. Opens Too Quickly

Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 18, 2021. (Photo by Susan Walsh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Amid growing optimism about the rising pace of vaccinations in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one request for the American people: Don’t act as if the pandemic is over – it’s not. In an emotional plea during the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Monday, the… Continue reading CDC Director Fears ‘Impending Doom’ If U.S. Opens Too Quickly

CDC Likely To Extend Eviction Moratorium With Millions Of People Behind On Rent

Tenants' rights advocates demonstrate in front of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Boston. The protest was part of a national day of action calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend the eviction moratorium initiated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a key step toward extending an order aimed at preventing evictions during the ongoing COVID outbreak. The CDC order is currently set to expire in less than 2 weeks. Housing advocates have warned for months that allowing this protection for renters to lapse would spark a… Continue reading CDC Likely To Extend Eviction Moratorium With Millions Of People Behind On Rent

CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JAN. 26: Jeevan Guha, 6, poses for a portrait near his homemade sign following his Zoom class on Friday, January 26, 2021, in San Francisco, Calif. His sign reads, "I miss my school." Guha is a first grade student at West Portal Elementary School. "I hate Zoom because I like to see people in person. I don't wanna be stuck at home all day. I wanna go outside and see my friends at school," Guha said. However, Guha is happy that he's been able to spend more time with family during the coronavirus pandemic. (Yalonda M. James/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for schools. On Friday, the agency announced it “now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings.” Previously the guidance stated, “Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) should be maximized to the greatest extent… Continue reading CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6

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Hospital Emergency Rooms Struggle With Overdose Spike During Pandemic

Firefighters and paramedics with Anne Arundel County Fire Department wear enhanced PPE, during the coronavirus pandemic, as they transport a patient after responding to a call for a cardiac arrest as a result of a drug overdose on May 6, 2020 in Brooklyn, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

When the pandemic hit, visits to hospital emergency departments plummeted by more than 40%. People were scared of catching the coronavirus. But Kristin Holland, a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found patients experiencing drug-related crises needed help so desperately they kept coming. “All overdoses and opioid overdoses…those were the only two… Continue reading Hospital Emergency Rooms Struggle With Overdose Spike During Pandemic

CDC Launches Web Tool To Help Americans Find COVID-19 Vaccines

The scramble to secure a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is chaotic and fierce. There are not yet enough doses for everyone who’s eligible and wants to get vaccinated. As frustration rises, the federal government hasn’t offered much besides assurances that things will get better and appeals for calm. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,… Continue reading CDC Launches Web Tool To Help Americans Find COVID-19 Vaccines

American Life Expectancy Dropped By A Full Year In The First Half Of 2020

Patrice Howard writes on white flags before planting them to remember her recently deceased father and close friends on November 30, 2020, at the "IN AMERICA How Could This Happen...," an outdoor public art installation in Washington, DC. - Led by artist Suzanne Firstenberg, volunteers planted white flags in a field as a reminder of each life lost to Covid-19 in the US. The number of white flags displayed increased each day as pandemic death toll mounted. Dozens of volunteers helped geotag and collect flags, some of which had been personalized with inscriptions by family members or friends of those who have died. The art installation finished on November 30 and the last count on the display was 276,080 flags. (Photo by Roberto SCHMIDT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

The average U.S. life expectancy dropped by a year in the first half of 2020, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population was 77.8 years – a decline of 1 year… Continue reading American Life Expectancy Dropped By A Full Year In The First Half Of 2020

CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against The Coronavirus

This illustration shows a woman wearing two facemasks, a cloth mask over a surgical mask, in Arlington, Virginia, on February 8, 2021. - As new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus spread, experts say it's time to consider using a medical-grade respirator, or wearing a surgical and cloth mask together. Scientists have agreed for some time the main way the virus is spread is through the air, rather than surfaces, and there's growing evidence that small droplets from ordinary breathing and speech that can travel many meters (yards) are a common mode of transmission. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks. Those findings prompted new guidance on how to improve mask fit at a time of concern… Continue reading CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against The Coronavirus

Should Schools Reopen If Teachers Aren’t Yet Vaccinated? CDC Will Soon Weigh In

In this image from video, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during a White House briefing on the Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (White House via AP)

The federal government plans to release new guidance next week about how to safely reopen schools in the midst of the pandemic — guidelines that could add new grist to a debate over whether schools should wait until teachers are vaccinated before requiring their return to the classroom. As the U.S. has struggled to get… Continue reading Should Schools Reopen If Teachers Aren’t Yet Vaccinated? CDC Will Soon Weigh In

CDC Issues Sweeping New Mask Mandate For U.S. Travelers, Extends Eviction Moratorium

Travelers wear face masks while checking in at the ticket counter of Frontier Airlines in the main terminal of Denver International Airport late Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Starting early next week, travelers and commuters will be required to wear face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation as part of a sweeping new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The order, issued late Friday, will require masks to be worn… Continue reading CDC Issues Sweeping New Mask Mandate For U.S. Travelers, Extends Eviction Moratorium