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CDC muddles message on rapid tests while defending controversial guidance

CDC muddles message on rapid tests while defending controversial guidance

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Enlarge / CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate committee hearing in July 2021. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday offered mixed messages on the use of at-home rapid tests as the agency continued to defend its controversial recommendation that people with COVID-19 can leave isolation early without testing. The…
The case for COVID optimism, despite sky-high infection rates

The case for COVID optimism, despite sky-high infection rates

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In the face of rising COVID cases, Dr. Bob Wachter of the University of California San Francisco offers reasons to be hopeful about the pandemic's outlook in the months ahead. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Ready for a little hope? Because we are a few days into the third calendar year of the pandemic, and things…
Judge blocks Navy vaccine rule: “No COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment”

Judge blocks Navy vaccine rule: “No COVID-19 exception to the First...

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Enlarge / A Navy nurse prepares a syringe.Getty Images | petesphotography US Navy Seals who objected to COVID vaccination on religious grounds yesterday won a preliminary injunction that prohibits the Navy from enforcing its vaccine mandate. "Thirty-five Navy Special Warfare service members allege that the military's mandatory vaccination policy violates their religious freedoms under the…
How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed med school

How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed med school

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NPR's Adrian Florido speaks with Dr. Catherine Lucey, vice dean for medical education and professor of medicine at UCSF, about how COVID-19 has changed the way future doctors are trained. ADRIAN FLORIDO, HOST: If you've been to the doctor or to a hospital since the start of the pandemic, you've surely noticed that the way…
U.S. COVID cases continue to skyrocket and disruptions abound as 2022 begins

U.S. COVID cases continue to skyrocket and disruptions abound as 2022...

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Travelers make their way through Miami International Airport on Tuesday. Airlines canceled more than 2,400 U.S. flights by midday on Saturday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images Travelers make their way through Miami International Airport on Tuesday. Airlines canceled more than 2,400 U.S. flights…
It’s time to recalculate your COVID ‘risk budget’. Here’s how

It’s time to recalculate your COVID ‘risk budget’. Here’s how

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Do we still need to "stay home" to stay safe? Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images Do we still need to "stay home" to stay safe? Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images After two years of this pandemic we've gotten the hang of a few things, like wearing…
The U.S. hits a record number of new COVID cases

The U.S. hits a record number of new COVID cases

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A member of the Salt Lake County Health Department COVID-19 testing staff walks past a line outside the Salt Lake County Health Department on Tuesday. The number of new cases of COVID-19 hit a record this week, topping numbers from January. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption toggle caption Rick Bowmer/AP A member of the Salt Lake…
What to know about COVID-19 home tests

What to know about COVID-19 home tests

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NPR's Eyder Peralta speaks to epidemiologist Michael Mina about COVID-19 home tests, how to use them, and what they do and don't tell us. EYDER PERALTA, HOST: This holiday season, we are all meeting up with friends and family or thinking about it. And as the omicron variant explodes across the country, getting tested before…
A COVID surge fueled by the unvaccinated is overwhelming this New Hampshire hospital

A COVID surge fueled by the unvaccinated is overwhelming this New...

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Monadnock Community Hospital in New Hampshire is so tight on beds that each day medical personnel call hospitals in five other states in hopes of finding space for one of its COVID patients. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: COVID-19 cases are spreading across the United States, with particularly high rates in the Northeast. WBUR's Anthony Brooks reports…
Once again, COVID means scaled-back Christmas celebrations around the world

Once again, COVID means scaled-back Christmas celebrations around the world

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Palestinian scout bands parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption toggle caption Mahmoud Illean/AP Palestinian scout bands parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity,…

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