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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 28: CDC Cuts Quarantine Time in Half, Vaccine Mandate for U.S. Air Travel?

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 28: CDC Cuts Quarantine Time in Half, Vaccine Mandate for U.S. Air Travel?

 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday it cut in half the isolation period for people who test positive for the coronavirus but remain asymptomatic, with the proviso that they continue to wear face masks for at least an additional five days.
The CDC also loosened guidance for quarantining after a Covid-19 exposure for unvaccinated Americans or those vaccinated Americans who have not yet received a third …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 27: New N.Y.C. Workplace Vaccine Mandate, Omicron Surge Continues Unabated

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 27: New N.Y.C. Workplace Vaccine Mandate, Omicron Surge Continues Unabated

The alarming surge in Covid cases just as holiday celebrations come to an end continues to accelerate. On Friday, the last day that new case data was reported before holiday interruptions, the seven-day national average of new daily infections was over 197,000, a 65% increase over the past 14 days. Deaths over the same period were up 3% to an average of 1,345.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 24: New Year’s Eve Festivities in Times Square Scaled Back Due to Variant

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 24: New Year’s Eve Festivities in Times Square Scaled Back Due to Variant

 
New York City will scale back its Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, an event viewed across the globe.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the number of attendees would be reduced from 58,000 to 15,000 to allow for greater social distancing. Only individuals who are fully vaccinated and wear a mask will be allowed into the designated spectator area.
Meanwhile, several major U.S. airlines, including United and Delta, cancelled hundreds …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 22: ‘An event canceled is better than a life canceled,’ Says WHO Director-General

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 22:  ‘An event canceled is better than a life canceled,’ Says WHO Director-General

 
The head of the World Health Organization is calling on people across the globe to rethink their holiday and end-of-year plans.
“An event canceled is better than a life canceled,” said the organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
In an address to the nation, U.S. President Joseph Biden told the unvaccinated that they risked serious illness or death, while telling those with two or three doses of vaccine to go one about their …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 21: EU to Require Booster Shots for Vaccine Passports to Remain Valid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 21: EU to Require Booster Shots for Vaccine Passports to Remain Valid

The European Union said it would limit the ability for people to travel freely within the bloc unless they had received a third or booster shot or had been fully vaccinated within the previous nine-month period. 
The policy, which goes into effect on February 1, 2022, will add an expiration date to vaccine passports, which display the holders’ vaccination status.  Member nations can put into place additional entry restrictions, such …

Tuesday’s Winter Solstice Marks Shortest Day of the Year

Today, Tuesday, December 21, marks the winter solstice, the day of the year with longest night and fewest hours of daylight. The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon where the northern portion of the Earth’s axis is tilted furthest away from the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2021, the solstice will occur at 10:58 a.m. EST, hence 9:58 a.m. CST, 8:58 a.m. MST, and 7:58 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 20: The Worst of the Pandemic ‘Could Very Well Be’ Ahead of Us

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 20: The Worst of the Pandemic ‘Could Very Well Be’ Ahead of Us

Moderna said Monday that its booster shot significantly increased levels of immune-system antibodies against Omicron in the lab tests. The drugmaker said a third dose increased levels of neutralizing antibodies against omicron 37 times more than pre-boost levels.
Three members of Congress announced Sunday that they have breakthrough infections of the coronavirus.  The three are Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker and Congressman Jason Crow.  All reported mild symptoms.  Senator Warren …