Coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had identified a small number of people who had contracted Covid-19 even after being fully vaccinated. The percentage, however, of these so-called breakthrough cases – approximately 5,800 recipients out of around 66 million Americans, or some 0.008% – is not abnormal, the agency said, as the vaccines in the country are highly effective – up to 95% so – but …

Coronavirus News Update – April 15: Empty Middle Seats Reduce Virus Risk on Planes, Says Study

Coronavirus News Update – April 15: Empty Middle Seats Reduce Virus Risk on Planes, Says Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that new research shows that keeping middle seats vacant during flights could greatly decrease passengers’ exposure to airborne coronavirus particles. The findings, which were published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, indicate that, regardless of masks, avoiding seating passengers in middle seats could reduce possible exposure by between 23% and 57%.  The researchers said that their laboratory model found that “a …

Vienna Extends Lockdown to May 2

Vienna Extends Lockdown to May 2

Vienna and the province of Niederösterreich, or Lower Austria, extended their current coronavirus lockdowns through May 2.  The lockdowns were set to expire on April 18.
The news was announced by Vienna’s Bürgermeister, Michael Ludwig, at a press conference.
Ludwig, Vizebürgermeister Christoph Wiederkehr, and Gesundheitsrat Peter Hacker met for several hours via video conference with health experts on Monday afternoon before making the decision to extend the lockdown. Several intensive care doctors …

Delta to Resume Traditional In-Flight Beverage Service on Domestic Flights, Hot Meals on Transcons

Delta to Resume Traditional In-Flight Beverage Service on Domestic Flights, Hot Meals on Transcons

Delta Air Lines announced the return of its traditional in-flight beverage service after a year during which passengers were limited to bottled water amidst cutbacks in service due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The refreshed beverage service will begin to be offered on April 14.
The Atlanta-based airline will once again offer a plethora of beverage choices including Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale in the soda category; orange juice and …

Hawaii Plans to Exempt Vaccinated Travelers from Quarantine

Hawaii Plans to Exempt Vaccinated Travelers from Quarantine

Hawaii’s governor announced plans to allow vaccinated travels to bypass the state’s quarantine requirements, although a timeline for the change has not yet been announced.
The change requires the approval of the state’s director of the Emergency Management Agency, Major Geneneral Kenneth S. Hara, the governor wrote in the state’s 19th Emergency Proclamation, issued Friday.
Once approved, travelers will be able to upload proof of vaccination, such as the CDC Carte Jeune, …

Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen single-dose vaccine after six recipients developed a rare blood clotting disorder within two weeks of receiving the vaccine. “We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy …

Starbucks Trials ‘Borrow a Cup’ Reusable Cup Program

Starbucks Trials ‘Borrow a Cup’ Reusable Cup Program

Starbucks announced a trial of the “Borrow a Cup” program in five of its Seattle coffee shops.
The move comes a little over a year after the coffee giant stopped allowing customers to bring in their own reusable cups amidst worry over contagion in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
While customers still can’t bring their cups in, they can borrow a cup against a $1 deposit, similar to a Pfand, …