Monkeypox Could Exploit a Big Weakness in Sexual Health Care

Without a strong national strategy and budget focused on sexual health, monkeypox could become another entrenched sexually transmitted infection.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Leveling Off, Following Spring Surge

The national outlook is improving, but as new Omicron subvariants spread fast, a few places are turning to mask orders again.

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C.D.C. Dismisses Airborne Transmission of Monkeypox. Some Experts Disagree.

The virus “is not known to linger in the air,” agency officials said. But the research is far from definitive.

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How to Report Your Home Covid Test Result

In many places, there is no system for sharing home test results with health officials, but the information may still be beneficial for public health.

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During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People

Last year, people 65 and older died from Covid at lower rates than in previous waves. But with Omicron and waning immunity, death rates rose again.

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Why Masks Work, but Mandates Haven’t

Why haven’t Covid mask mandates made much difference?

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The Anti-Vaccine Movement’s New Frontier

A wave of parents has been radicalized by Covid-era misinformation to reject ordinary childhood immunizations — with potentially lethal consequences.

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As Monkeypox Cases Rise, Nations Are Urged to Examine Vaccine Stores

The United States has stockpiled millions of doses of two smallpox vaccines, also effective against monkeypox. But the outbreaks so far are clustered in other countries.

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Why the Monkeypox Virus Is Not Like Covid-19

This viral illness is not like Covid, but there is cause for concern. Here’s how experts are thinking about it now.

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C.D.C Says Adults 50 and Over Should Get Second Booster Shot

Previously, the agency said those 50 and older could opt for the additional shot, but only encouraged people over 65 or with underlying medical conditions to get it.

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What Is Monkeypox?

There have been dozens of cases reported in recent weeks among populations not typically vulnerable to the disease.

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As Covid Threat Grows, Officials Say Americans Should Consider Masks

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged local leaders and individuals to at least consider returning to wearing masks in indoor public settings.

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Why Are Sexually Transmitted Infections Surging?

After reaching historic lows more than a decade ago, rates are on the rise again.

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How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus?

The spread of the Omicron variant has given scientists an unsettling answer: repeatedly, sometimes within months.

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How Australia Saved Thousands of Lives While Covid Killed a Million Americans

The United States and Australia share similar demographics, but their pandemic death rates point to very different cultures of trust.

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The Toll of One Million Covid Deaths in the U.S

Nearly one million people have died from Covid in the United States. Many of the loved ones they left behind are grieving in a nation that wants to move on.

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White House Plans for How to Provide Vaccines if No More Covid Aid

The White House has been asking Congress for $22.5 billion in emergency aid to continue responding to the pandemic, but Republicans have insisted on a much lower number.

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Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Across the U.S., but Most Are Mild

Hospitalizations remain low, partly a reflection of greater immunity in the population.

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Did Faulty Assumptions Dash Parents’ Hope for an Under-5 Vaccine?

The under-5 Covid vaccine should be approved.

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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out.

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.

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The Coronavirus Has Infected More Than Half of Americans, the C.D.C. Reports

But prior infection does not guarantee protection from the virus, officials said, and Americans should still get vaccinated and boosted.

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Most Americans have been infected with the coronavirus at least once, the C.D.C. says.

Blood tests showed a sharp increase in the proportion of people — especially children and adolescents — in the United States who had antibodies indicating past exposure to the virus, the agency said.

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China’s Covid Lockdowns Stir Memories of a Planned Economy

China is meddling with free enterprise as it hasn’t in decades. The results are familiar to those old enough to remember: scarcity, and the rise of black markets.

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Maskless Flying

What might a more effective mask mandate look like?

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Philadelphia is ending a short-lived indoor mask mandate.

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What Happens When New York’s Covid Alert Level Moves to Medium Risk?

The city will reach a yellow, or medium, risk level if new cases surpass 200 a week for every 100,000 residents. Here’s what that would mean.

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Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers

The country’s largest city has recorded just 17 Covid deaths, despite surging cases. How China defines a Covid death may be part of the reason.

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Americans Watch Sweeping Mask Rules Vanish, With Joy and Fear

Many travelers removed their masks after a judge struck down a federal mandate for public transit. Health experts voiced concern, but President Biden said it was now up to individuals.

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‘Big Screaming Headlines’

Coronavirus cases have risen in major cities. Hospitalizations have not.

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Four Americans Were Infected With a Virus Variant Seen in Mink

The cluster is the first known instance of likely animal-to-human transmission in the United States.

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Philadelphia Mask Mandate Back in Effect as Coronavirus Cases Rise

A sharp increase in new infections triggered the return of indoor mask rules a little more than a month after they were lifted.

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Is Covid More Dangerous Than Driving? How Scientists Are Parsing Covid Risks.

The coronavirus remains new enough and its long-term effects unpredictable enough that measuring the threat posed by an infection is a thorny problem.

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Are There Better Ways to Track Covid Cases?

An increasing reliance on at-home testing and the closings of mass testing sites are making official case counts less reliable, scientists say.

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Covid in the Northeast

Cases are rising there, but it’s uncertain if it’s the beginning of a larger surge.

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From the U.S. to China: A 3-Month Quarantine Horror Story

A lawyer flew home to China hoping to see his family for the first time since the pandemic began. Instead, he was trapped in three months of quarantine.

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The Unbelievable Stupidity of Ending Global Covid Aid

Republican intransigence could help incubate a new variant.

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New Drug Slashed Deaths Among Patients With Severe Covid, Maker Claims

A late-stage trial was halted after strong early results, according to the company, but outside scientists have not yet seen the data.

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New Omicron Subvariant Reaches New York: Should I Worry About BA.2?

The Omicron subvariant BA.2 is causing an increase in infections, especially in Manhattan. But hospitalizations have yet to rise.

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A New Covid Mystery

Why haven’t cases started rising again in the U.S.?

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Cuts in Britain Could Cause a Covid Data Drought

Countries that once led the world in coronavirus monitoring are now scaling back, leaving the world less prepared to spot future variants, experts said.

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How to Prepare for BA.2, the Omicron Subvariant

Taking these seven steps now can lower your risk and minimize the disruption to your family’s life.

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C.D.C. Confirms It Will Lift Public Health Order Restricting Immigration

The agency cited “current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight Covid-19” as grounds for returning in late May to prepandemic policies for admitting migrants.

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Covid Outbreak at Shanghai Hospital Exposes Risks to China’s Seniors

Coronavirus infections have spread at an elder care facility in Shanghai. Workers said deaths are increasing and resources dwindling.

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States Close Mass Test and Vaccine Sites, but Uptick in Virus May Loom

Officials say demand has slowed as coronavirus cases have fallen. But some experts question the scaling back of services, especially vaccination campaigns.

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Reducing Covid’s Toll

Many experts expect Covid caseloads to rise soon. Here are four steps to protect people.

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Shanghai Imposes Staggered Lockdown, District by District

Unlike other Chinese cities, Shanghai had never before imposed a full-scale citywide lockdown, but the current measure comes close.

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Covid Vaccination Rates Lag for N.Y.C. Kids. Will Shots at School Help?

New York City officials began holding vaccine clinics at elementary schools this week in hopes of improving rates among children, as coronavirus cases start to head back up.

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Sinovac Booster Gives Elderly Stronger Protection Against Omicron, Study Finds

Given the surge of Omicron cases in Asia, the new research lends urgency to vaccination campaigns in China and Hong Kong.

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The Next Covid Wave Is Probably Already on Its Way

Infections may rise in the United States. How it plays out is up to us.

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Trying to Solve a Covid Mystery: Africa’s Low Death Rates

The coronavirus was expected to devastate the continent, but higher-income and better-prepared countries appear to have fared far worse.

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