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.

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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.

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Here’s Some (Slightly) Less Worrisome Covid-and-Kids News

Hold off before freaking out about that new C.D.C. diabetes study.

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U.S. Government Launches Website to Distribute Free Covid Tests

The tests will take up to 12 days to arrive, which may be after the peak of the current surge of cases in some parts of the country.

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For Coronavirus Testing, the Nose May Not Always Be Best

As Omicron spreads, some experts are calling for a switch to saliva-based tests, which may detect infections days earlier than nasal swabs do.

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Why Rapid Covid Tests May Not Be Free Upfront at First

Not all health plans will be ready for the Covid tests to be free upfront at stores, relying at first on receipts and reimbursement.

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To Fight Covid, We Need to Think Less Like Doctors

Leaders are too focused on risks to individuals versus the population as a whole.

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Lonely? Get in Line. A Covid Test Line.

Tales of New Yorkers singing together, getting impromptu architecture lessons and making new friends.

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Finding a Surprising Story in a Stack of Medical Bills

The Times journalists Sarah Kliff and Aatish Bhatia joined forces and expertise to investigate the limitations of prenatal testing.

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U.S. Refines Tool to Evaluate Havana Syndrome Cases

The tool, essentially a standardized battery of questions and medical tests, can help determine the kind of care needed by people affected by the “anomalous health incidents.”

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Why Some Workers Are Getting All the Covid Tests They Need

In the absence of a national effort to make coronavirus testing widely available, a number of big American companies ramped up their own, making tests available for a select group of workers.

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He Used to Run Several Times a Week. Now He Could Barely Stand.

Could an unusual drug habit account for such a rapid decline?

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Djokovic Admits False Statement on Australia Travel Document

The tennis star also said he had participated in an interview and a photo shoot even after testing positive for the coronavirus, in an apparent violation of rules in his native Serbia.

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U.S. Officials Defend Omicron Response at Senate Hearing

Lawmakers accused top Biden administration health officials of neglecting virus testing and mangling key messaging around the pandemic.

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Why Coronavirus Testing Is Falling Short in Many Schools Across the U.S.

As millions of American students head back to their desks, the virus testing that was supposed to help keep classrooms open safely is itself being tested.

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Despite Omicron, Los Angeles Students Are Returning to Class

All staff members and students, vaccinated or not, must be tested for the coronavirus before returning to public school campuses.

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Insurers Will Have to Cover 8 At-Home Virus Tests Per Month

The Biden administration announced the new guidelines as it continued to work to get coronavirus tests to people regardless of their insurance status.

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What It Was Like on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury for 18 Weeks

Away from the media frenzy, jurors dealt with the trial’s disruption to their lives and had little idea of the case’s implications.

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At-Home Coronavirus Tests Are Inaccessible to Blind People

With visual cues and complex steps, at-home coronavirus tests are often inaccessible to blind people. But some low- and high-tech workarounds could help.

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Covid Test Misinformation Spikes Along With Spread of Omicron

The added demand for testing and the higher prevalence of breakthrough cases have created an “opportune moment” to exploit.

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Disruption, Dismay, Dissent: Americans Grapple With Omicron

The variant is spreading fast. For some, it is causing milder illness. But its distinct qualities have left Americans making a new set of calculations.

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Flu and Covid at the Same Time? Your ‘Flurona’ Questions, Answered

Yes, you can get “flurona.” But it’s probably not as bad as it sounds.

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How a Mobile Covid Tester Spends Her Sundays

After losing her sister to the disease, Jona Tajonera wanted to help others. Now, she operates up to 20 testing sites across the city.

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Emerging Data Raise Questions About Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs

A new study adds to evidence that common rapid tests may fail to detect some Omicron cases in the first days of infection.

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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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We Have to Stop Relying on Luck to Weather the Pandemic

The government’s haphazard and disorganized response to Omicron doesn’t bode well.

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In Omicron Hot Spots, Hospitals Fill Up, but I.C.U.s May Not

Covid hospitalizations are surging, but a smaller proportion of cases is severe compared with previous waves. With staff shortages, some hospitals are still in crisis.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #shortages, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

Biden Administration Doubles Order of Pfizer’s Covid Pill

President Biden announced that his administration would double its order of Pfizer’s scarce Covid-19 antiviral drug, which has been shown to reduce hospitalizations.

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Mistrial Declared for Three Counts in Elizabeth Holmes Trial

The three hung counts were related to investments from three Theranos investors who testified that Ms. Holmes misled them.

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An Investigation Into Flawed Prenatal Tests

How screenings for chromosomal abnormalities that promised “peace of mind” instead caused anguish and confusion.

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Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty of Four Counts of Fraud

The case against the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos came to symbolize the pitfalls of Silicon Valley’s culture of hustle and hype.

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The Epic Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes

In Silicon Valley’s world of make-believe, the philosophy of “fake it until you make it” finally gets its comeuppance.

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As Omicron Cases Rise, Companies Rethink Return-to-Office Plans

Some businesses are changing their vaccination policies to require booster shots, while others are prioritizing coronavirus tests.

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These Prenatal Tests Are Usually Wrong When Warning of Rare Disorders

The false positives aren’t mentioned in the brochures for these blood screenings, which are sold by some of the biggest labs in the country.

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The Plane is Boarding, Where Are Your Test Results?

International travelers in search of Covid-19 tests are scrambling to find sites that can get them results before their flights take off — and sometimes failing.

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Adams’s Virus Policy Includes Keeping Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

After a long silence on the subject, New York City’s incoming mayor said he would extend a number of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Covid-19 policies.

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Making Sense of Covid Changes

What experts say about new C.D.C. rules and rising case numbers.

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At-Home Covid Tests Raise Questions About Accurately Counting Cases

Most of the results of rapid tests are not reported. That’s magnifying questions about how best to measure the spread of the virus.

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How Much More Can the Restaurant Industry Take?

Restaurants were already clinging to life — and then Omicron hit.

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Spurred by Omicron, Europe Sets Covid Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

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Spurred by Omicron, Europe Is Setting Coronavirus Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

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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.

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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.

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What to Know Ahead of Day 5 of Elizabeth Holmes Trial Deliberations

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, is accused of lying about its technology.

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Sickle Cell Math Is Brutally Simple, but Not Widely Taught

An inexpensive blood test can warn couples if they face one in four odds of having a baby with the disease. No one ever told Lametra Scott and Rickey Buggs about it.

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Jury in Holmes Trial Set to Deliberate for Fourth Day

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for three days last week with no verdict in the case of the Theranos founder.

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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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Rapid Tests Can Help Against Omicron, but Need to Be Used Correctly

Rapid tests can help against Omicron if used correctly.

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Biden Promised 500 Million Tests, but Americans Will Have to Wait

Contracts to purchase tests could be signed as soon as next week, but relief could be weeks away for people trying to buy the hard-to-find tests.

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Walgreens and CVS Limit Purchases of At-Home Coronavirus Tests

The caps come as the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has customers flocking to testing sites and pharmacies, which are struggling to keep up.

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