The pandemic broke the CDC. New director will try to fix it.

The incoming CDC director has a lot of work to do, and she knows it. Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday (Jan. 19) that over the last four years, scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “have been muzzled” and “science hasn’t been heard.” Walensky, formerly a professor of medicine at Harvard […]

UK coronavirus variant could become dominant US strain by March, CDC says

The fast-spreading “U.K. variant” of the coronavirus could become the predominant strain in the United States by March, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 76 cases of the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, have been detected in 10 U.S. states so far, but its ability to […]

Severe allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines are rare, CDC says

Out of the first 1.9 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States, there were 21 reported cases of severe allergic reactions to the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said January 6. The rate of anaphylaxis seen so far — 11.1 cases per 1 million vaccine doses — is […]

With two COVID-19 vaccines available, the CDC updates its guidance on who gets them first

Airports are, unfortunately, not this empty anymore. (Pexels/) The first wave of COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out across the country, quite possibly the best holiday gift those folks will receive this year. More than 500,000 people have already been vaccinated, most of them health care workers and nursing home residents and staff, which were the […]

Mask up: The CDC is doubling down on its recommendations

The winter months are setting in across the United States, and this, combined with the holidays is drawing people together indoors at an increasing rate—a key way that we know spreads the coronavirus. (Pixabay /) Despite the recent good news that an effective vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus could likely be available soon, we […]

COVID-19 quarantine now 10 days, 7 with test, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened the quarantine period for close contacts of people with COVID-19. That period is now 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms — or seven days, if the person has no symptoms and gets a negative test at the right point in time. Previously, the […]

Here’s who should get COVID-19 vaccines first, per CDC advisers

Health care workers and long-term care facility residents should be at the head of the line when the first doses of vaccines against COVID-19 are available in the United States, an advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on December 1. The news comes as two vaccine candidates, from Pfizer […]

The CDC says not to travel on Thanksgiving

The plane isn’t the only dangerous part of the equation. (Unsplash/) Follow all of PopSci’s COVID-19 coverage here, including the truth about herd immunity, advice for pregnant women, and a tutorial on making your own mask. COVID-19 is on the rise across the United States. This week’s new cases have averaged at 162,816 per day, […]

CDC urges Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends against travel for Thanksgiving this year, as cases of COVID-19 soar throughout the country. “We’re alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths” in the United States, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said in a news briefing Thursday (Nov. 19). […]

Wearing a cloth face mask protects you and others from getting COVID-19, CDC says

Cloth face masks offer two-way protection, benefitting both the wearer and those around them, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previously, the CDC had emphasized the role of cloth face masks in blocking the release of infectious virus particles when the wearer coughs, sneezes or talks, thus protecting […]