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As Covid cases and related hospitalizations fall nationwide, Americans — exhausted by two years of pandemic — are increasingly asking when masks can come off indoors.
"Not yet," says both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many infectious disease experts.
Last summer, the CDC recommended indoor masking for communities logging either an average of 50 Covid cases per 100,000 residents or a test positivity rate of at least 8 percent.
That guidance has not changed. And as of Thursday, 99.9 percent of U.S. counties met the criteria for indoor masking.
More at source: NBC
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Although overall child COVID-19 case counts are on their way down in the United States, the January numbers were 3.5 times higher with the omicron variant than what was seen with the previous delta surge, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The increase in cases has resulted in more pediatric hospitalizations and the rise of a dangerous inflammatory disorder called MIS-C, or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. MISC-C is a condition leading to inflammation in the body affecting organs like the heart and lungs, occurs about four weeks after infection and can cause high fever, rash, and in some children, other serious health outcomes.
It can affect healthy children and one out of every 1,000 kids who contracts COVID will experience MIS-C.
More at source: USA Today
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The U.S. daily death toll from COVID-19 rose on Tuesday to its highest level since last winter’s peak, according to a New York Times tracker and other sources, after the surge in cases in December and January driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.
Deaths lag cases and hospitalizations, with the former now finally coming down from their highs, while the latter appear to be reaching a peak.
The U.S. is averaging 2,362 deaths a day, the tracker shows, up 35% from two weeks ago. But cases are down 14% at 652,278 and hospitalizations are up 9% at 155,247.
Cases are falling fastest in northeastern states that were first to see waves of omicron cases and remain at undesirably high levels in states that were hit later, including Alabama, North Dakota and Kansas.
More at source: Marketwatch
The head of the World Health Organization said it would be dangerous to assume that the highly transmissible Omicron would be the last variant to emerge.
More at source: WHO
NEW YORK -- At the beginning of 2020, as the nation celebrated the start of a new year, many Americans were still unaware of the "mysterious pneumonia" that had sickened dozens of workers at a live animal market in Wuhan, China.
Now, two years later, the U.S. has confirmed more than 69 million COVID-19 cases, and over 860,000 deaths, the highest in the total for any country, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And the nation, despite the wide availability of highly effective vaccines and novel treatments, is experiencing its most significant surge on record due to the highly transmissible omicron variant and tens of millions of eligible Americans remaining unvaccinated.
More at source: ABC
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California School District Asks Parents to Help With Janitorial Duties Amid Staff Shortage
As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus leads to staff shortages nationwide, one school district is asking for parents to volunteer to help with custodial duties and COVID testing.
The highly transmissible variant spread rapidly across the United States, infecting millions of people in the past month. The soaring number of cases forced many schools to shut to return to remote learning and left those that stayed open with staff shortages.
But California's Palo Alto Unified School District—located in Silicon Valley—opted to turn to parents for help keeping their schools open.
More at source: Newsweek
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The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, but allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
The rulings came three days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure for businesses started to take effect.
The mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It also required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work.
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.
“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court wrote.
More at source: CNBC
The record in new cases came the same day as the nation saw the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients also hit an all-time high, having doubled in three weeks, according to a Reuters tally.
There were more than 136,604 people hospitalized with COVID-19, surpassing the record of 132,051 set in January last year.
While the Omicron variant is potentially less severe, health officials have warned that the sheer number of infections could strain hospital systems, some of which have already suspended elective procedures as they struggle to handle the increase in patients and staff shortages.
The surge in cases has disrupted schools, which are struggling with absences of staff, teachers and bus drivers.
More at source: Reuters
The new daily tally brings the total number of cases confirmed in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic to 56,189,547. In total, the virus has caused 827,748 deaths across the country.
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