The new recommendations put the onus on individuals to protect themselves. Here’s how to navigate them.
The new guidelines are intended to help prevent severe disease, the agency said.
The crisis kids face at this point in the pandemic is not the virus, but the cost of so many years of disrupted school.
They were once Democrats and Republicans. But fears for their children in the pandemic transformed their thinking, turning them into single-issue voters for November’s midterms.
The BA.5 surge is a reminder that we need to take precautions to avoid illness, slow the relentless cycle of new variants and minimize the disruption to our daily lives.
Even in countries that once took strict measures, the authorities are relying on vaccination and past infections to take the sting out of Omicron subvariants.
BA.5, a highly transmissible variant, is dominating a surge of new infections. Many health officials say the wave is cause for caution, not alarm.
Treasury disbursed $2.1 billion in pandemic aid after warning it could be withheld because the state had used aid money to undercut school mask mandates.
Once among the most vigilant, New Yorkers respond to a highly transmissible new wave of Covid cases with the most New York of attitudes.
Experts say the U.S. government has unintentionally encouraged a dependency on imported masks by failing to promote elastomeric respirators, a reusable mask that is domestically produced.
Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.
Most theaters stopped requiring proof of vaccination this spring. Now they are going “mask optional.”
The virus “is not known to linger in the air,” agency officials said. But the research is far from definitive.
An abrupt change in C.D.C. guidance underscores a little-known phenomenon: On occasion, monkeypox can be transmitted through aerosols, similar to the coronavirus.
Why haven’t Covid mask mandates made much difference?
With cases rising again, the superintendent said that as the pandemic evolves, “so too will our response to it.”
Mayor Eric Adams has focused on antiviral treatments and at-home testing as coronavirus cases surge again.
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.
The United States and Australia share similar demographics, but their pandemic death rates point to very different cultures of trust.
Few among us loved the mask when it was forced on us, but it’s worth considering what we’re losing as it disappears.
While for-profit theater owners and operators agreed to stop checking proof of vaccination this week, several nonprofit Broadway theaters continue to require it.
The city moved into the medium risk level, known as yellow, as it sees a troubling increase in cases and the mayor weighs bringing back some restrictions.
The under-5 Covid vaccine should be approved.
An obscure lawsuit in Florida could endanger the federal health agency’s ability to intervene in future crises.
The mask rule on planes and public transportation has been targeted by the travel industry and Republican lawmakers. In the end, it was brought down by a little-known nonprofit, a conservative judge and chance.
And does mean that Ron DeSantis won’t be taking his kids to Disney world anymore?
A recent decision by a federal judge to block the mask mandate is deeply troubling.
Many readers of The Times said a judge’s decision to strike down the mask mandate on public transportation was “political” and “outrageous.” Others called it a relief.
What might a more effective mask mandate look like?
The administration’s actions suggest either a botched case or a shrewd play for time as it gives up on the mask order but hopes to erase an adverse ruling, legal experts said.
After a federal mask mandate was struck down on Monday, travelers are facing a patchwork of rules spanning air travel, trains, buses, cruise ships and ride-hailing services. Here’s what to know.
It’s time to get behind high-impact, low-backlash Covid policies.
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.
If the C.D.C. decides there is a public health basis for trying to reinstate and extend the mask mandate, the Justice Department will swiftly file an appeal.
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.
It created tensions between flight attendants and noncompliant passengers, but some travelers are worried about what comes next.
The state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority doubled down on its mask mandate for subways, buses and commuter rail.
Delta Air Lines on Tuesday walked back calling the deadly pandemic virus SARS-CoV-2 an “ordinary seasonal virus” after widespread backlash from health experts and travelers, who noted that the virus that has killed nearly a million Americans so far is neither ordinary nor necessarily seasonal.
The downplayed descriptor for the coronavirus appeared in a news release the airline released Monday announcing that masks are now optional for employees and customers on domestic and some international flights. The change came on the heels of a federal judge’s order that vacated the federal mandate for masking on mass transit and transit hubs, which include airplanes and airports but also transit stations, buses, trains, subways, ferries, taxis, and rideshares.
“We are relieved to see the US mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus,” Delta originally wrote in its news release Monday. The company updated the release Tuesday to read: “We are relieved to see the US mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 transitions to a more manageable respiratory virus—with better treatments, vaccines, and other scientific measures to prevent serious illness.”
Airport terminals and flights erupted in applause, while some passengers said the abrupt policy change put them at risk.
After a federal mandate was struck down, the major carriers said masks would be optional on their domestic flights.
A federal judge in Florida on Monday struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for public transit and travel hubs.
The abrupt ruling throws passenger requirements into tumult when Americans are resuming pre-pandemic travel levels and while cases of the omicron subvariant BA.2 have begun ticking upward.
It’s unclear if or when the Department of Justice will appeal the judge’s order and seek a stay to reinstate the mandate until the matter is litigated further. According to the latest reports, administration officials confirmed that the mandate is no longer in place, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends the use of masks on public transit. The administration is said to be reviewing the next steps.
A sharp increase in new infections triggered the return of indoor mask rules a little more than a month after they were lifted.
When someone in the family tests positive for the coronavirus, there are some guidelines to follow.
The owners and operators of the 41 theaters have decided to relax audience safety protocols that have been in place since last summer.
Despite pressure from airlines and industry groups, the Biden administration extended the requirement to wear masks while traveling.
The move comes a little more than a month after the city lifted it.
Your boss may balk, but you should be able to keep your family healthy — and keep this customer happy.
The Omicron subvariant BA.2 is causing an increase in infections, especially in Manhattan. But hospitalizations have yet to rise.