Infectious disease

Missouri AG wages war on masks as state blazes with delta cases

Enlarge / Eric Schmitt, Missouri Attorney General. Getty | Bloomberg Missouri has been one of the hardest-hit states so far in these early days of a delta-fueled COVID-19 surge. Cases increased nearly 500 percent since the start of July, while vaccinations stalled. Right now, with just 41 percent of the state fully vaccinated, 112 of the …

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CDC mask reversal: Vaccinated should wear masks in many settings amid surge

Enlarge / Self-sewn protective face masks in a fabric store on April 3, 2020, in Jena, Germany. Getty | Jens Schlueter Fully vaccinated Americans should go back to masking up in schools and areas of high or substantial COVID-19 transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The CDC says its stark reversal …

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COVID surge in unvaccinated is pushing US to more mandates, masks, mitigation

Enlarge / People shop at a grocery store enforcing the wearing of masks in Los Angeles on July 23, 2021. Getty | Chris Delmas The ongoing COVID-19 surge among unvaccinated people is pushing the US toward more vaccine mandates, renewed mask use, and other mitigation efforts. With around 51 percent of the country not fully …

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“Get vaccinated! Take delta seriously!” US experts plead as cases skyrocket

Enlarge / Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a Senate committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 20, 2021. Getty | J. Scott Applewhite As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the country—with some states seeing vertical rises—public health experts are once again emphatically …

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Olympic COVID bubble already “broken” with 71 cases, 3 in athlete village

Enlarge / A barge carrying the Olympic Rings crosses Tokyo Bay. Getty | Valery Sharifulin The number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Tokyo Olympics has risen to 71, with at least three cases confirmed within the Olympic Village that is housing athletes, according to reports out of Japan. At least one public health expert …

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Pandemic of unvaccinated rages with delta’s spread; cases up in all 50 states

Enlarge / Anthony Church says goodbye through glass windows to his daughter, who is recovering from COVID-19 at Johnston Memorial Hospital’s ICU on June 16, 2021, in Abingdon, Va. Getty | The Washington Post With the rapid rise of the highly transmissible delta variant and national vaccination efforts largely stalled, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to …

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Unvaccinated health workers are “unethical and appalling”—experts want mandates

Enlarge / A person gets a sticker after getting a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Getty | Joe Raedle Leading public health organizations and a growing number of independent health experts are coming together to push health care facilities to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all health care workers. Some experts say such mandates are overdue and …

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Tennessee has gone “anti-vaccine,” state vaccine chief says after being fired

Enlarge / US first lady Jill Biden (L) comforts Adriana Lyttle, 12, as she receives her vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Ole Smoky Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty | Tom Brenner The Tennessee state government on Monday fired its top vaccination official, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, who says that state leaders have “bought into …

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All fans banned from Tokyo Olympics as COVID cases rise, delta spreads

Enlarge / Branding is displayed on a fence surrounding the Olympic Stadium on July 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced a fourth state of emergency for Tokyo which will run throughout the Olympic Games and remain in place until August 22. Getty | Carl Court Both foreign and local …

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mRNA vaccine technology moves to flu: Moderna says trial has begun

Enlarge Getty | Tom Williams Moderna has given out the first doses of an mRNA-based influenza vaccine to participants in an early-phase clinical trial, the company announced Wednesday. Moderna ultimately plans to test the vaccine on about 180 people in the Phase 1/2 randomized, stratified, observer-blind trial. The trial will look at safety, different doses, …

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