Jill Biden tested positive for Covid and is experiencing “mild symptoms,” according to a September 4 White House statement.
New Covid boosters from Pfizer and Moderna are now available in pharmacies nationwide.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend one dose of the updated vaccine for everyone six months and older in the United States; Some children may be eligible for up to three doses depending on their age and prior vaccination status.
Hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 have been rising for weeks in the United States, and global health authorities are monitoring two new variants, BA.2.86, known as Pirola, and EG.5, known as ‘Eris.
First reported in February, Eris is now responsible for nearly 25% of Covid cases in the United States, according to CDC data.
Doctors have warned that Pirola could be a concern because it is a newly designated and highly mutated variant of the virus. Omicron which triggered a surge in cases in a number of countries, including the United States.
Some experts are urging Americans to wear a mask when necessary to slow the spread of the virus.
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How long should you self-isolate if you have Covid-19
As hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 continue to rise in the United States, experts say it is important to follow guidelines from health authorities if you are exposed or infected by the virus.
People with moderate Covid infection should be isolated for a full 10 days. Severely infected people may need to extend their isolation period to 20 days, as they may still be contagious after 10 days.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 18, 2023 4:07 p.m.
Experts determine when to get updated Covid vaccines
Updated Covid vaccines are available to anyone six months and older in the United States. Some children may need two or three doses, depending on their age and vaccination status.
Experts say it’s worth getting vaccinated as soon as possible. “The sooner you get it, the more similar it will be to current circulating strains and the more immediate protection you’ll have,” Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, said recently. . CNN.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 18, 2023 12:00 p.m.
Child poverty skyrocketed after pandemic aid disappeared
The number of children living in poverty in the United States more than doubled when pandemic policies were halted after Congress refused to renew them. The child poverty rate increased from 5.2 percent to 12.4 percent.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 18, 2023 7:00 a.m.
Global health authorities continue to monitor the Pirola variant
The new Covid variant BA.2.86, also known as Pirola, is being monitored worldwide. A recent outbreak at a care home in the United Kingdom found that 22 residents had been infected with the variant, a descendant of Omicron.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 18, 2023 02:00
Everything we know about the latest round of Covid boosters, including how to make an appointment
Things are becoming clearer regarding the rollout of the latest Covid vaccine after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance regarding new Covid-19 vaccines this week.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 9:00 p.m.
President Biden urges American public to get vaccinated against Covid-19
Joe Biden encourages Americans to “stay up to date on their vaccines” ahead of cold and flu season. Covid cases could increase in the coming months with the arrival of cold weather, according to experts.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports:
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 6:00 p.m.
Jeanine Pirro confronted during Fox News segment about vaccine misinformation
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro appeared annoyed when her colleague, Jessica Tarlov, claimed that Covid-19 vaccines were safe during a segment on vaccine misinformation. Tarlov responded by reminding Pirro that she had received the vaccine and that everything had “gone well.”
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 3:00 p.m.
DeSantis criticizes Trump for how he handled Covid
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized former President Donald Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic when the virus first swept through the United States, in a new interview with Fox News Radio.
The governor called on the former administration to “own what they did,” according to a report from The hill.
In 2020, then-President Trump publicly suggested injecting disinfectants like bleach into humans to combat the virus. In December of that year, he also said it was “tremendous” that 15% of Americans had already had Covid. At that time, the daily death toll from Covid-19 in the United States exceeded 2,000 people. The independent Previously reported.
DeSantis argued that the United States should not have adopted restrictions put in place early in the pandemic to try to slow the spread of the virus.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 12:00 p.m.
Health officials urge Americans to protect themselves during cold and flu season
The majority of Americans ignored the bivalent boosters launched in September 2022 and intended to protect them from Covid during the 2022-2023 cold and flu season.
Only a quarter of American adults have been vaccinated, according to KFF data, a health policy research group. As Dr. William Schaffner, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently stated. The independentlast year’s vaccine was “underutilized and underaccepted.”
But experts are hoping for a better answer this year: The CDC recommends the new vaccines for everyone starting at six months of age. CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen said the new vaccines are the best way to protect yourself from serious illness from Covid this fall and winter.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 7:00 a.m.
Free vaccines will be made available to uninsured New Yorkers regardless of immigration status, city says
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tweeted an update on vaccine availability on Thursday.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 02:00