Biden administration makes 8 more free Covid tests available to US households

Biden administration makes 8 more free Covid tests available to US households

This post was originally published on this siteThe Biden administration is opening CovidTests.gov for a third round of orders while reiterating its calls on Congress to act on additional Covid response funding.

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Why this may be the start of ‘America’s 1st so-what COVID wave’

Why this may be the start of ‘America’s 1st so-what COVID wave’

COVID-19 — and more specifically, the BA.2 “subvariant of the Omicron variant that tore through the U.S. this winter — is spreading,” Sumathi Reddy writes at The Wall Street Journal, and given that people are mostly testing at home and this variant has fairly mild symptoms (if any ) among vaccinate people, “it is likely that public-health statistics are significantly undercounting cases right now.” Top public health officials are predicting a surge in case, like parts of Europe are experiencing.
But there’s a good chance “you’re going to the movies and eating indoors,” Reddy adds. “Your kid stopped wearing a mask to school; you no longer wear one to work. After two years of COVID precautions, you finally feel normal again. Well, mostly.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national COVID map is almost entirely low-risk green.
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CBS News explains that this may end up being “America’s first so-what COVID wave,” because of vaccines and treatments, and crucially, because so few people are being hospitalized.
Rather than focusing on case counts, “hospitalization rates are likely a more accurate indicator of transmission and reflect the severity of infections,” the Journal reports. And the U.S. “is currently reporting 14,802 coronavirus hospitalizations, the lowest mark since reporting began in July 2020,” CNN’s Ryan Struyk tweeted Sunday night, citing Health and Human Services data.
When should you worry and change your behavior? “Consider both the rate of increase as well as how long cases have been rising,” Reddy reports. “A steady weekly rise of 5 percent for multiple weeks might signal that it’s time to resume some protective measures, such as masking indoors,” but “if cases are increasing by 50 percent week over week, that’s a red flag.”
Another sign things are feeling more “normal” on the COVID-19 front is that President Biden’s approval rating on his response to the pandemic has risen to 58 percent, from 50 percent in January, ABC News reported Sunday. That poll, conducted with Ipsos, surveyed a national sample of 530 adults April 8-9, and its margin of sampling error is ±4.9 percentage points.

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Immigration snag threatens to stall $10 billion coronavirus package

Immigration snag threatens to stall $10 billion coronavirus package

This post was originally published on this sitemultiple Republicans said Tuesday that they would seek a vote on border restrictions as a condition of the covid-19 package.

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Flu + Coronavirus = Flurona. What you need to know about co-infection experts are watching

Flu + Coronavirus = Flurona. What you need to know about co-infection experts are watching

This post was originally published on this siteExperts expect to see more ‘flurona’ amid rapidly rising flu cases and surging coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.     

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US crosses 800,000 COVID-19 deaths

US crosses 800,000 COVID-19 deaths

This post was originally published on this site The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, crossed 800,000 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed. The figure is greater than the entire population of several states, including North Dakota and Alaska. Around...

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California reintroduces mask mandate for indoor public spaces

California reintroduces mask mandate for indoor public spaces

This post was originally published on this site Authorities in California said Monday they were reinstating mask mandates in all indoor public spaces to try to curb the resurgence of Covid-19 in recent weeks. The mask mandate, which will come into force Wednesday, applies to all individuals, whether vaccinated or...

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Omicron isn’t a surprise to advocates who have fought for global vaccine equity

Omicron isn’t a surprise to advocates who have fought for global vaccine equity

This post was originally published on this sitePeople in richer countries, even if fully vaccinated, won’t be safe until those in poorer nations have the benefit of vaccines, experts have argued.     

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Omicron patients had ‘extremely mild’ symptoms, says a doctor who discovered it

Omicron patients had ‘extremely mild’ symptoms, says a doctor who discovered it

This post was originally published on this site  Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the...

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