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IDPH issues new warning, COVID injections for children under 5 – NBC Chicago

There is a new warning from Illinois health officials as the state’s COVID cases continue to rise.

The uptick has many urgent vaccinations and boosters, but what about younger populations who remain ineligible?

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

FDA clears breath test that can detect COVID

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued emergency use authorization for what it says is the first device capable of detecting COVID-19 in breath samples.

The InspectIR COVID-19 breathalyzer is about the size of a carry-on, the FDA said, and can be used in doctor’s offices, hospitals and mobile testing sites. The test, which can provide results in less than three minutes, should be performed under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider.

Learn more here.

When might the COVID vaccine be available for children under 5? Last on the calendar

COVID vaccines for children under 5 took a big step forward last month as many parents eagerly await approval for the one age group not yet eligible for vaccination, but little has been heard since.

With cases of the omicron BA.2 subvariant on the rise in the United States and restrictions largely lifted in much of the United States, parents of children who are still not eligible for vaccination are wondering when their hour might come.

The country’s 18 million children under 5 are the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination.

As the race is on to get the youngest members of the population vaccinated, which vaccine will work best and when might it be approved?

Here’s what we know so far.

Pfizer to seek FDA approval for COVID recall in children ages 5-11

Pfizer said Thursday it wanted to expand its COVID-19 booster shots to healthy primary-aged children.

US health officials are already urging everyone 12 and older to get a booster dose for the best protection against the new variants – and recently gave people 50 and older the option of a second booster.

Now, Pfizer says new data shows that healthy children aged 5 to 11 could benefit from another child-sized vaccine.

Learn more here.

What the extended mask mandate on public transit means for Chicago trains and buses

As COVID-19 cases see an increase in the United States, including in and around Chicago, the Biden administration announced that the nationwide mask requirement for public transportation systems would be extended by two weeks.

The requirement to wear a mask on planes, at airports and on buses and trains was due to expire on April 18. It will now run until May 3, 2022.

According to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a mask is still required on public transportation, such as Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains, Metra lines, Amtrak and airplanes.

Learn more here.

As BA.2 continues its rapid rise in the Midwest, here are the COVID symptoms to watch out for

As the BA.2 omicron subvariant continues to spread in Chicago, Illinois, and the United States, what symptoms should you watch out for?

The “stealth omicron” subvariant has only been the dominant strain of COVID in the United States for less than a month, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates that it is responsible for more than 80% of new virus case.

Learn more here.

Illinois is changing the COVID measures it is following. Here’s what to look for now

Illinois has long documented and reported on COVID cases and statewide test positivity rates throughout the pandemic, but now the state will now be tracking a different set of data.

In what health officials say is an effort to align with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer track case and test positivity rates. .

Instead, the ministry will now review these parameters.

Illinois’ top doctor discusses whether state plans to return to mask mandate

Even though the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois are seeing an increase in COVID cases, it doesn’t appear officials plan to follow Philadelphia’s lead in bringing back mask mandates to stop the spread of the virus.

Philadelphia health officials announced Monday that the city will reintroduce its indoor mask mandate starting April 18 due to rising COVID cases. Officials say the city is reporting 142 new COVID cases per day, a 69% increase from the start of the month, and as a result officials have moved the city to Tier 2 on a four-tier plan of “tiers of COVID response”. .

Chicago and the state of Illinois are both seeing similar increases, but according to Dr. Amaal Tokars, acting director of the state Department of Public Health, a return of the mask mandate is not expected if early.

Learn more here.

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