‘Case rates are highest among those who are unvaccinated’: CDC director says omicron isn’t over yet
The White House COVID-19 Response Team held a briefing to update Americans on the effectiveness of the booster shot against the omicron variant and the free COVID test that is being administered by mail.
After wave of cancellations, Delta sees recovery in 2022
Delta Air Lines is reporting a $408 million loss for the final quarter of 2021, dragged down by a COVID-19 surge that rocked the airline in December, and the carrier expects to suffer one more quarterly loss before travel picks up in the spring and summer.
Furious Fauci Tears Into Rand Paul for Inciting Threats on His Life
Greg Nash/Pool via GettyDr. Anthony Fauci slammed Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday for encouraging threats on his life by mounting vociferous public attacks “with not a shred of evidence,” telling the Kentucky Republican that he was “incorrect in almost everything you say.”Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was testifying at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, when Paul, an ophthalmologist by training, used his alnews.yahoo.com
Watch live: Dr. Fauci, CDC Director Dr. Walensky and other health leaders testify before Senate on U.S. omicron response
The top health leaders in the U.S. will testify before the Senate on Tuesday about the federal response to the omicron Covid variant, as new infections and hospitalizations reach pandemic highs. The Senate health committee will hear testimony from White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. Dawn O'Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services, is also testifying. The hearing comes as the CDC faces criticism for its public messaging on the pandemic, particularly its quarantine guidance. The CDC cut the isolation period to five days for people who have Covid, but it did not recommend people get tested before leaving isolation.cnbc.com
Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record levels in Michigan, reflecting national trend
More Michigan children have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last few weeks than at any point in the pandemic. As of Friday, there were 135 pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected cases in Michigan hospitals, accounting for about 2.8% of COVID patients. This was up from 78 one week earlier and 61 pediatric patients in mid-December, when the state set a record for COVID hospitalizations. In a Friday press briefing, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said hospitalizations have increased in all age groups, but the rate of pediatric COVID hospitalizations is greater than it has ever been. “It’s very rare that we see a vaccinated child that tests positive for COVID,” Zoller said.mlive.com
Walensky Dodges on How Many U.S. Covid Deaths Are Actually Caused by Covid
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky faltered in explaining how many of the 836,000 U.S. patients whose deaths were attributed to Covid in the last two years had underlying medical conditions.news.yahoo.com
CDC now says everyone 12 and older should receive mRNA booster shot at least 5 months after second dose
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control now says children 12 to 17 should receive booster shots at least five months after their second Pfizer dose. Previously, the CDC had said children 16 and 17 may receive third shots and all fully vaccinated adults should receive booster shots. “This booster dose will provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Rates of myocarditis after a booster dose are likely lower than what is seen after a second dose, according to CDC information presented to the committee. She urged parents who have not gotten their children vaccinated to talk to health care providers and pediatricians about their questions or concerns.mlive.com
CDC advisory committee recommends booster shots for children 12 to 17
A federal advisory committee voted on Wednesday to recommend Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children 12 to 17 at least five months after the second dose. The committee on Wednesday afternoon voted 13-1 in favor of recommending shots for the 12 to 17 population. Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses for children 12 to 15. Children 12 to 15 cannot yet get a booster dose. In Michigan, about 41% of children 12 to 15 are fully vaccinated.mlive.com
CDC recommends shorter isolation, quarantine for those with COVID
Now, the CDC is changing the isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public to be even less stringent. It’s possible other states will seek to shorten their isolation and quarantine policies, and CDC is trying to get out ahead of the shift. “It would be helpful to have uniform CDC guidance” that others could draw from, rather than a mishmash of policies, Walensky said. FIVE DAYSSuspending both isolation and quarantine after five days is not without risk. That’s why wearing masks is a critical part of the CDC guidance, Walensky said.mlive.com
US faces a double coronavirus surge as omicron advances
The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, as it threatens to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row.
US sets the stage for COVID booster shots for millions
The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stood on the verge of a major new phase as government advisers Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans — despite doubts the extra shots will do much to slow the pandemic.