CDC adds Japan and Israel to ‘very high’ COVID risk category, warns travelers to ‘avoid’ 130+ countries

( USAToday.com ) Federal health officials are warning Americans to avoid Japan, Israel and more than 130 other countries – regardless of vaccination status – because of high counts of COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved Japan, Israel, Cuba, Armenia, Libya, Oman and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to its level 4 category, the highest travel health notice tier, for their “very … Continue reading CDC adds Japan and Israel to ‘very high’ COVID risk category, warns travelers to ‘avoid’ 130+ countries

“IHU” coronavirus variant “on our radar” but not a threat, World Health Organization says

( CBSNews.com ) Paris — New coronavirus variants are detected every week. Most of them pop up and then quickly disappear, others persist quietly but never become widespread, and just a few rise to the ranks of “Variants of Concern,” as designated by the World Health Organization. So, it’s unusual that a variant tentatively identified in France more than a month ago, which failed to spread beyond a small initial … Continue reading “IHU” coronavirus variant “on our radar” but not a threat, World Health Organization says

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Resolutions for making 2022 a better, healthier year

(CNN.com)It’s almost the new year and along with it comes the admittedly aspirational tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions — ones that we hopefully can stick to and not abandon after Week 3, or even Day 3, of 2022. At the same time, we’re sliding into our third year of battling a novel coronavirus that continues to keep the world in pandemic mode. CDC shortens … Continue reading Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Resolutions for making 2022 a better, healthier year

CDC monitoring 200 people in 27 states for monkeypox

The CDC is monitoring more than 200 people in 27 states for possible exposure to monkeypox, after they were in contact with a Texan who contracted the rare disease in Nigeria earlier this month. No additional cases of the smallpox-related disease have been detected in the US, according to Stat. State and local health officials are working with the feds to monitor the individuals who were in contact with … Continue reading CDC monitoring 200 people in 27 states for monkeypox

CDC says US traveler contracted monkeypox

Just as positive test results for a new variation of COVID-19 have begun to skyrocket, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that there is another virus to be aware of in the U.S. On Friday (July 16), the CDC announced that they, along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, confirmed a single case of monkeypox in a U.S. resident that had traveled back … Continue reading CDC says US traveler contracted monkeypox

J&J COVID vaccine to remain on pause in US for now

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will remain on pause in the US for now — with a federal advisory committee saying Wednesday it needs time and evidence to determine if the shot is linked to serious blood clots experienced by a handful of patients. During an emergency meeting, CDC advisors said they would table a vote until more information is available, following the nationwide halt announced Tuesday. “I continue … Continue reading J&J COVID vaccine to remain on pause in US for now

CDC: Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines found 90 percent effective in ‘real-world’ study

The CDC director called the results “tremendously encouraging.” The Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are extremely effective in the real world, reducing infections by 90 percent in fully vaccinated people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky called the study “tremendously encouraging” in a briefing Monday, adding that it “underscored the importance of getting both of the recommended doses of … Continue reading CDC: Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines found 90 percent effective in ‘real-world’ study

US air travel hits pandemic high as spring breakers hit the beach

The US last weekend saw the highest amount of air travelers since the pandemic began — as throngs of spring breakers flew to sunny beaches for the annual party. On both Friday and Sunday, more than 1.3 million people were screened at airports by the Transportation Security Administration — the most since the coronavirus put a dent in travel a year ago. The increase in fliers coincides … Continue reading US air travel hits pandemic high as spring breakers hit the beach