Feds’ Website for Free At-Home COVID Tests Launches Day Early

Jan. 18, 2022 — Americans can now have free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their homes. The Biden administration’s new no-cost, at-home testing program launched today, a day ahead of schedule. The administration said 500 million tests are available to be delivered to homes across the country. This accounts…

China curbs nationwide travel surge ahead of Winter Olympics, Lunar New Year

Authorities in Beijing are imposing curbs on schools and restricting people’s travel through mass persuasion, mandatory testing and financial incentives in a bid to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 cases ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Beijing resident Yao Ping said her child’s international school has closed early…

CDC to Recommend You Wear Better Masks as Omicron Spreads

Jan. 12, 2022 — The CDC is preparing to update its COVID-19 mask recommendations to emphasize the use of N95 and KN95 masks that better filter the virus, Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said Wednesday. “We are preparing an update to the info on our mask website to best reflect the…

Supreme Court May Back COVID Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers

Jan. 7, 2022 — The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to agree Friday with the federal government that it is within its rights to require health care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid dollars to vaccinate workers against COVID-19, but justices seemed more skeptical that the government can order other large…

Remdesivir May Keep Unvaccinated Out of the Hospital: Study

Dec. 23, 2021 — The antiviral remdesivir, an intravenous drug given mostly to seriously ill COVID-19 patients in hospitals, could keep unvaccinated people who become infected out of the hospital if given on an outpatient basis, a new study says. Researchers studied 562 unvaccinated people from September 2020 to April…

Covid-19 news: Two vaccine doses not enough to stop omicron infection

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool Syringes filled with the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 1pm on 14 December Two doses of the Pfizer jab are…