The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science

The Omicron coronavirus variant is moving much faster than researchers can, worsening a longstanding problem: The agency must make tough decisions with scant data.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #national-institutes-of-health, #quarantines, #walensky-rochelle, #your-feed-science

A Quandary for New York Restaurants and Workers: What to Do About Omicron?

Without hard rules about employees who test positive, owners and workers are weighing safety against finances, and not always agreeing on the answer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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There is talk about moving from ‘containment to management,’ with fewer restrictions as spring semester progresses.

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Some Colleges Loosen Rules for a Virus That Won’t Go Away

There is talk about moving from ‘containment to management,’ with fewer restrictions as spring semester progresses.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #masks, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Waiting for Omicron

I’m ready to get it over with, but it’s not that simple.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

How Conservatives Could Oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The future of Britain’s prime minister is in doubt after he admitted attending a party while the country was under Covid lockdown. Here’s a guide to how he could be forced out, or fight on.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #sunak-rishi-1980

The Army of Millions Who Enforce China’s Zero-Covid Policy

As the troubled lockdown in Xi’an has shown, many Chinese people remain willing to work diligently toward the government’s goal of eliminating the virus, no matter the consequences.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #social-media, #xian-china

Omicron Deepens Uncertainty Surrounding Beijing Olympics

With the opening of the Winter Games three weeks away, officials in China are on high alert amid coronavirus outbreaks around the country.

#athletics-and-sports, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #olympic-games-2022, #quarantines, #travel-warnings

Xi’an Is China’s Biggest Covid Challenge Since Wuhan

Xi’an, a city of 13 million people, has been on lockdown since Dec. 22, the longest in the country since the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shortages, #wuhan-china, #xian-china, #zhang-wenmin

Cruise Ships Are Still Sailing as Cases Rise and Criticism Mounts

One day after the C.D.C. advised against all travel on cruise ships, thousands of cruisers partied like it was 2019. But worries about onboard policies — and frustration over quarantines — is rising.

#carnival-cruise-lines, #celebrity-cruises-inc, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cruise-lines-international-assn, #cruises, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #royal-caribbean-cruises-ltd, #travel-and-vacations

For C.D.C.’s Walensky, a Steep Learning Curve on Messaging

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has stumbled in explaining her policy decisions.

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JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and Others Cancel More Flights

JetBlue and Alaska Airlines are among the hardest hit as weather and the latest coronavirus wave continue to snarl operations.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delays-transportation, #delta-air-lines-inc, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

Federal Officials Say Early Omicron Data Suggests a Less Deadly Wave

Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci cautioned that hospitalizations and deaths could be lagging behind case counts.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #fauci-anthony-s, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #national-guard, #new-year, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle, #zients-jeffrey-d

Will Shortened Isolation Periods Without Testing Spread the Virus?

Without rapid testing, some experts fear new U.S. guidelines may mean infected people leave isolation while still contagious. The C.D.C. director said masking was a better option.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Here’s What the CDC Got Wrong With its New Covid-19 Guidelines

The recommendations don’t sufficiently acknowledge the difference between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Omicron Cases Surge, CDC Shortens Isolation Times for Many Americans

Hoping to prevent further disruptions to daily life, the C.D.C. reduced the period that certain infected Americans must sequester.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #quarantines, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Policy Shortens Isolation Time for N.Y. Essential Workers Who Test Positive

The new policy, announced on Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, is meant to help keep the ranks of employees in key industries from being severely depleted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hochul-kathleen-c, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-state, #quarantines

South Africa Ends Quarantining and Contact Tracing

The new regulations follow data showing that while the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, it has not caused high rates of severe disease in South Africa.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #quarantines, #shortages, #south-africa, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Bosses Have a New Headache: How Long Should Sick Workers Isolate?

Amid staffing shortages, companies are weighing conflicting guidance on when employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus can safely return to work.

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From the ‘Silent Majority’ to the Unvaxxed Minority

What Covid has done to Europe’s far right.

#austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #freedom-party-of-austria, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Europeans Ponder Living With, Not Defeating, Covid

On the eve of the biggest holidays in Europe, exhaustion with the pandemic is rising. So is resignation that the virus is endemic.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #europe, #italy, #madrid-spain, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Are We Getting Better at Quarantining?

Maybe not, but thanks to vaccines and practice, some people are getting better at isolation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

Covid-19 At-Home Testing and PCR, Rapid Testing Questions: What to Know

Facing long lines and shortages of home test kits during the latest surge, people are searching for answers about Covid tests.

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C.D.C. Embraces ‘Test and Stay’ Policy for Unvaccinated Students

Two new studies show that unvaccinated children exposed to the virus are safe to stay in school if they remain asymptomatic and get tested twice over the course of a week.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

Cornell University Finds Signs of Omicron Variant on Campus

The school moved final exams online, canceled a December graduation ceremony and sports events and barred most visitors from its campus in Ithaca, N.Y.

#colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

How Conflicting Guidance on Travel During the Pandemic Shows Little Progress

The Omicron variant turned my trip home from South Africa into a nightmare episode of conflicting public health orders that often seemed to have little connection to science.

#africa, #airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #medicine-and-health, #netherlands, #quarantines, #south-africa, #your-feed-healthcare

Spike in Omicron Variant Cases Puts Europe on Edge

With cases of the Omicron variant rising in Europe, there are worries that even tougher restrictions are looming over a holiday period that many had hoped would be a return to some normalcy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #europe, #great-britain, #quarantines, #travel-warnings

We Got a Head Start on Omicron, So Let’s Not Blow It

South Africa gave the world an early warning. Decisive action on containment and surveillance could help us control it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #quarantines, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Virus Cases Rise in Europe, an Economic Toll Returns

A series of restrictions, including a lockdown in Austria, is expected to put a brake on economic growth.

#austria, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #germany, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vienna-austria

Angry and Divided, Austrians Argue Over a Lockdown and Vaccine Mandates

As a new wave of Covid infections spreads over Europe, resistance to public health measures is growing, and not just in Austria.

#austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-party-of-austria, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Austria Announces Covid Vaccine Mandate, Crossing a Threshold for Europe

The extraordinary step shows that governments desperate to safeguard public health and economic recoveries are increasingly willing to push for once unthinkable measures.

#austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disease-rates, #europe, #freedom-party-of-austria, #germany, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #schallenberg-alexander-1969, #spahn-jens, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Austria took the hardest line yet on Monday, beginning a lockdown aimed exclusively at those who are not inoculated, part of a pattern to make life harder for resisters.

#austria, #bulgaria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #di-maio-luigi, #disease-rates, #eastern-europe, #europe, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #greece, #italy, #johnson-boris, #latvia, #politics-and-government, #portugal, #quarantines, #romania, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #schallenberg-alexander-1969, #slovenia, #spain, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Near-Daily Covid Tests, Sleeping in Classrooms: Life in Covid-Zero China

Residents in Ruili, in southwestern China, have been locked down four times in the past year as part of the country’s quest to eliminate the virus.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #ruili, #shutdowns-institutional

Why China Is the World’s Last ‘Zero Covid’ Holdout

The government has staked its political legitimacy on controlling the virus better than other countries, especially its geopolitical rivals.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #lanzhou-china, #quarantines, #xi-jinping

How to Prepare Your Kid for a Coronavirus Exposure at School

Because even classrooms with the strictest safety protocols might have to deal with some cases.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantines

Britain’s Covid Missteps Cost Thousands of Lives, Inquiry Finds

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s slowness last year to impose a lockdown and institute widespread testing had tragic results, according to a parliamentary report.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-great-britain

With Masks On or Off, Schools Try to Find the New Normal

Despite some turmoil, the vast majority of students have been in classrooms full-time and mostly uninterrupted this fall. Now, educators debate what’s next.

#boston-mass, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #georgia, #masks, #quarantines, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wyoming

Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?

Half the country is locked down, and its borders remain closed. But most Australians are willing to make these sacrifices in pursuit of a collective freedom from fear of the virus.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #curfews, #disease-rates, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

A New Covid Testing Model Aims to Spare Students From Quarantine

More school districts are embracing “test-to-stay” protocols that allow uninfected close contacts to remain in the classroom.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Most Schools Do Not Yet Meet Biden’s Demand for Testing and Vaccines

Large districts mostly require masks, and students in the same classroom as an infected person won’t necessarily be told or asked to quarantine.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

To Enable Travel, the World Needs a Vaccine Certification System

We need a global vaccine certification system to ease international trade and trips.

#astrazeneca-plc, #european-union, #food-and-drug-administration, #great-britain, #group-of-twenty, #privacy, #quarantines, #travel-warnings, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

An Impossible Task? New Zealand Tries to Eliminate Delta.

The country is holding fast to a lockdown to contain an outbreak that began in mid-August. But it’s also acknowledging that lockdowns can’t go on forever.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #new-zealand, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

E. U. Proposes New Travel Restrictions on Unvaccinated U.S. Visitors

The door that opened in June may close for some again as E.U. officials see American coronavirus cases surge.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-council, #european-union, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

Coronavirus in UK: Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #subways, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #subways, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Britain, Young Children Don’t Wear Masks in School

During the Delta surge, British schools emphasized other safety measures: quarantining and regular testing for the virus.

#coronavirus-delta-variant, #education-k-12, #england, #great-britain, #masks, #quarantines

Nicole Kidman Skipped Quarantine in Hong Kong. Residents Were Angry.

The actress, in Hong Kong to film a series about wealthy expatriates, was allowed to skip a coronavirus quarantine. Residents saw the exemption as deeply unfair, and it became a point of debate among lawmakers.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #hong-kong, #kidman-nicole, #quarantines

Australia Is Betting on Remote Quarantine. Here’s What I Learned on the Inside.

The pandemic has reinforced countries’ peculiar currents of national identity. In Australia, it’s a collectivist urge, sometimes at the expense of personal liberty.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines

The Clock Is Ticking: What We Know About N.Y.C.’s School Reopening Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted that all students will return to classrooms full-time, despite the Delta variant.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #masks, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Tokyo’s Olympic Bubble? Wait Till You See Beijing’s.

For the Winter Games, just six months away, China plans far more elaborate Covid-19 precautions than were taken at the Summer Olympics.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2022, #quarantines