2 With the omicron coronavirus variant spreading at a rate that world health officials are calling unprecedented , a growing chorus of experts are saying that boosters are a must — and that people should get them as soon as possible. But does the type of vaccine you get for your booster matter to how protected you’ll be against omicron? Early data indicate that omicron is likely two to three times as contagious as the delta variant, and being fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson is no longer enough protection, Contra Costa County Public Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano noted Tuesday. “You need to be boostered to have strong protection against omicron,” Farnitano said. “If you thought you were safe with just two doses, that is no longer enough. Get your booster.” Dr. Anthony Fauci echoed that message on Tuesday, saying that omicron will “for sure” become the dominant variant … [Read more...] about Moderna booster vs. Pfizer: Does brand of vaccine matter for how well protected you’ll be against omicron?
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With doctors, nurses and other health care workers facing acute shortages of protective masks, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it will allow use of a more widely available mask that meets Chinese standards instead of American ones. Hospitals across the United States are running out of N95 masks, which filter at least 95 percent of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger, including the new coronavirus. N95 masks are tested and certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, a research agency that is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Friday, the F.D.A. issued an emergency use authorization for KN95 masks. Regulated by the Chinese government, they are almost identical in performance to N95 masks. There are slight differences in their specifications, like a variation in the maximum pressure the masks must be able to withstand as a person inhales and exhales. The C.D.C. lists KN95 masks as a … [Read more...] about F.D.A. to Allow Use of KN95 Masks Approved by China
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida scientists have found more evidence face masks help reduce the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19. In a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, they found face masks cut the distance airborne pathogens can travel in half. READ MORE: 'Sick To My Stomach': Dollar Tree Fanatics Protest New $1.25 Prices They also found three feet of distance with a mask is better than six feet unmasked. READ MORE: Add Over-The-Counter Medicine To List Of Growing Shortages In another study, this one from the CDC looking at data from the 2019-2020 flu season, researchers found the vaccine protected children from serious illness. And that’s even if they came down with a flu virus that was different from the one in the vaccine. MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade Police Confirm Shooting Death Of Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Near Zoo Miami Health experts say it’s even more evidence children should get the flu shot in addition to a COVID-19 vaccine this season. … [Read more...] about Study Finds Face Masks Cut Distance Airborne Pathogens Can Travel In Half
close Video Virginia Gov. Youngkin signs 11 executive orders on first day in office Rebelle Communications CEO Laura Fink, a Democratic strategist, and GOPAC Chairman David Avella, a GOP strategist, weigh in on the initial actions of the newly sworn-in Republican governor and reflect on President Biden's first year in office. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Virginia school districts acted quickly to remind their staffers and students about mask policies shortly after newly sworn-in Gov. Glenn Youngkin's order to lift the mandate, prompting a response by the governor. Richmond, Alexandria, Fairfax and Arlington counties have all said their mask policies remain in effect following Youngkin's executive order. Arlington County said in a Saturday statement that its public schools will "continue to require all staff and students to wear masks inside on school grounds and on buses, as part of our layered approach to safety." … [Read more...] about Youngkin responds to school mask mandate pushback from Virginia schools
The Biden administration is facing rising pressure from congressional Democrats to ramp up its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House this week announced a flurry of moves, including the purchase of an additional 500 million rapid COVID-19 tests, as well as saying a plan is coming next week to make high quality masks available to the public for free. But some Democrats and health experts are both pushing for more — and questioning why these actions were not taken months ago, before the current surge fueled by the omicron variant took hold. ADVERTISEMENT Five Democratic senators led by Sen. Jacky Rosen Jacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl Rosen Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Dems block Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 MORE (Nev.) released a letter to the White House on Friday expressing “grave concern” with the state of the pandemic response, saying it had too often … [Read more...] about Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response
A nine-year-old boy in Austria was forced to take a test outside in freezing temperatures after his school refused to recognize his exemption from wearing a mask in class. In the Austrian region of Styria in the town of Voitsberg on Tuesday, a nine-year-old boy named Jason was forced to complete a test outdoors in the cold winter weather for violating the elementary school’s Chinese coronavirus rules because he could not wear a mask for medical reasons. The teacher, along with the boy’s parents, agreed to have him work on the test outside as the nine-year-old wished to participate in class. However, despite getting consent from the child’s parents, the Austrian Directorate of Education said that the move was not legal, Kronen Zeitung reports . On Friday, Austrian media reported that the school had rejected Jason’s medical exemption from wearing a mask in the school because it had been signed by a doctor in the city of Graz who was known to be critical of vaccinations. … [Read more...] about Austrian School had Maskless 9-Year-Old Take Test Outside in the Cold
2 California still has only 39 known omicron infections, but that could change quickly — and what it portends is very much in question . Amid concerns about the omicron variant and rising case rates, a statewide mask mandate — with some exceptions — goes back into effect today for public spaces, regardless of your vaccination status. Here’s what’s changing . San Francisco offices and gyms where everyone is fully vaccinated will not need to return to masking after California on Tuesday granted last-minute exemptions from its face mask rule. Latest updates: Apple delays return-to-office plans indefinitely: Citing ongoing pandemic concerns, including “rising cases in many parts of the world and the emergence of a new strain of the virus,” Apple announced on Wednesday that it is delaying the return of employees to the office indefinitely, according to a memo sent by chief executive Tim Cook and obtained by Bloomberg News . Cook said the staff … [Read more...] about Omicron variant in California: Apple delays return-to-office plans indefinitely
Stocks surged in the final minutes of trading on Monday, snapping back from one of the worst weeks for global markets since the 2008 financial crisis as investors seized on promises that the world’s governments would step in to help if the global economy was slammed by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The S&P 500 jumped 4.6 percent, the biggest single-day leap since late December 2018. The rally followed news that central bankers from the world’s biggest economies would join a conference call with Group of 7 finance ministers on Tuesday to discuss a response to the outbreak, fueling expectations among investors that governments might lower interest rates in tandem. “It has already stoked expectations of a coordinated cut,” Roberto Perli, a former Fed researcher who is now an economist at Cornerstone Macro, said in an email. “If it doesn’t happen, it will only add to market volatility.” But Mr. Perli did not see it as a sign that a simultaneous cut with other global central … [Read more...] about Stocks Surge as Central Banks Vow to Act on Coronavirus
At El Rey, a buzzing Mexican taqueria and bar in Northwest Washington, D.C., a bouncer planted outside on Saturday night asked the line of customers on U Street to show their vaccination cards. It was the first time staff had asked for the cards, meant to comply with a new vaccination rule in the District. But eight miles away, at a sister El Rey location in Ballston, the door was open for anyone 21 and older to walk in and order a margarita or birria tacos - regardless of whether they had proof of vaccination or whether they were vaccinated at all. The very different scenes on either side of the Potomac River over the weekend reflect the increasingly uneven patchwork of local laws on vaccines and public-facing businesses: As some parts of the D.C. region move ahead with these requirements, their intended objectives may be hampered by a lack of regional cooperation, health experts say. "Infectious diseases, pathogens, microbes - they don't respect any borders," said Amira Roess, … [Read more...] about D.C. is requiring vaccines to enter restaurants and gyms. In most of its suburbs, it’s a very different story.
Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin got straight to work Saturday, issuing 11 executive orders within hours of his inauguration. Several of the orders were aimed at the issues within Virginia schools that gave him the edge over Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in the waning days of the election. “It’s Day One, and we are going to work just like we promised,” said Youngkin in a press release , directing an end to “the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education” with his first executive order. He further made good on his promise to parents with his second order by “empowering [them] in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing them to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.” (RELATED: Ahead of Youngkin’s Inauguration, Virginia Parents Are Skeptical He Will Follow Through On His Campaign Promises) “In Virginia, it is clear under law that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions for their … [Read more...] about Gov. Youngkin Signs 11 Executive Orders During First Day In Office