According to a statement from the White House on September 4, Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid and is experiencing “mild symptoms.”
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 ages six months and older in the United States; Some children may be eligible for up to three doses depending on their age and previous vaccination status.
In the US, Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been rising for weeks, and global health authorities are monitoring two new variants, BA.2.86, known as Pirola, and EG.5, known as Eris.
Eris was first reported in February and is now responsible for nearly 25 percent of Covid cases in the US, according to the CDC Data.
Doctors warned that Pirola could be a cause for concern because it is a newly named, highly mutated variant of Omicron This 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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As hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 continue to rise in the U.S., experts say it’s important to follow health authorities’ guidelines if you’ve been exposed to or infected with the virus.
People with moderate Covid infections should be isolated for a full 10 days. People with severe infections 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 are considering when the updated Covid vaccines should be available
Updated Covid vaccines are available in the US to everyone aged six months and older. Some children may need two or three doses depending on their age and vaccination status.
Experts say it’s worth getting vaccinated sooner rather than later. “The sooner you get it, the more similar it will be to the currently circulating strains and the more immediate protection you will get,” Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, said recently CNN.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 18, 2023 12:00
After the pandemic aid ended, child poverty rose sharply
The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. more than doubled as pandemic policies were halted after Congress refused to extend them. The child poverty rate rose from 5.2 percent to 12.4 percent.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 18, 2023 7:00 am
Global health authorities continue to monitor the Pirola variant
The new Covid variant BA.2.86, also known as Pirola, is being observed worldwide. A recent outbreak at a nursing home in the United Kingdom found that 22 residents were 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
The situation is becoming increasingly clear regarding the rollout of the latest Covid vaccine after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance on the new Covid-19 vaccines this week.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 9:00 p.m
President Biden is urging the American public to get vaccinated against Covid-19
Joe Biden is encouraging Americans to “stay up to date on their vaccines” ahead of cold and flu season. Experts say Covid cases could rise in the coming months as the cold weather sets in.
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Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 6:00 p.m
Jeanine Pirro faced vaccine misinformation on Fox News segment
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro expressed anger when her colleague Jessica Tarlov claimed Covid-19 vaccines are safe in a segment on vaccine misinformation. Tarlov responded by reminding Pirro that she had received the vaccine and was “fine.”
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 3:00 p.m
DeSantis criticizes Trump for the way he handled Covid
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized the way former President Donald Trump handled the Covid-19 pandemic when the virus first broke out in the US in a new interview with Fox News Radio.
The governor called on the former administration to “own up to what they did,” according to a report by The hill.
In 2020, then-President Trump publicly suggested injecting people with disinfectants like bleach to combat the virus. In December of that year, he also said it was “great” that 15 percent of Americans had already had Covid. At that point, the daily death toll from Covid-19 in the US was over 2,000 people The Independent previously reported.
DeSantis has argued that the U.S. should not have enacted the restrictions put in place early in the pandemic to slow the spread of the virus.
Maggie O’NeillSeptember 17, 2023 12:00
Health officials are urging Americans to protect themselves during cold and flu season
The majority of Americans ignored the bivalent booster shots released in September 2022 that were intended to protect them from Covid during the 2022-2023 cold and flu season.
Accordingly, only a quarter of adults in the USA received the vaccination Data from KFF, a health policy research group. Like Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently said The IndependentLast year’s vaccine was “underutilized and not sufficiently accepted.”
But experts are hoping for a better response this year: The CDC recommends the new vaccines for everyone aged six months or older. 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 am
Free vaccines will be made available to uninsured New Yorkers regardless of immigration status, the 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