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COVID breathalyzers are now a thing in the US: FDA

Federal officials in the United States have officially permitted yet another tool for COVID-19 testing. On Friday it was announced that FDA officials OK'd the use of a COVID test that appears as if it were a Breathalyzer test like when one gets stopped by a cop under suspicions of being intoxicated. "Today’s authorization is yet another example of the rapid innovation occurring with diagnostic tests for COVID-19," says an FDA director. "The FDA continues to support the development of novel COVID-19 tests with the goal of advancing technologies that can help address the current pandemic and better position the US for the next public health emergency."  These tests appear to have roughly a 91.2% success rate in determining positive test results through breath samples. They have abou...
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COVID infections may increase the risk of diabetes in children: Reports

People under the age of 18 have a reported higher risk of developing diabetes. According to a new study by the CDC, those under that particular age are at a much higher risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes after recovering from the often deadly Coronavirus. The study “highlights the importance of COVID-19 prevention strategies, including vaccination, for all eligible persons in this age group, in addition to chronic disease prevention and management,” the researchers state.
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CDC: Omicron variant up to 3x more transmissible than the previous Delta variant

Against the backdrop of controversy over their shortening of Coronavirus isolation rules, the U.S CDC has since announced an additional set of measures for those seeking to leave isolation quarantines. CNN reports that the CDC has since revealed a case study that has since revealed that the variant is most certainly more transmissable than the Delta variant -- but it remains to be seen if it is more deadly. In case it couldn't get any worse the Omicron variant has helped New York exceed 10k hospitalisations for the first time in quite some time. In the updated version of guidelines, the CDC has given instructions as follows although they've been widely mocked yet again on social media. “Preliminary data suggest that the Omicron variant is up to three times more infectious th...
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America is now averaging about 200,000 COVID cases a day as virus ravages nation in latest wave

In the latest COVID wave in America many should probably consider on their own hunkering down until the wave is over. According to statistical reports out Monday, the U.S is now averaging about 200,000 COVID-19 cases a day and is expected to continue to rise as the Omicron variant rages throughout much of the country. The same statistics show that the U.S likely will reach somewhere around 500,000 a day if the current wave cannot be controlled. Current cases according to Anthony Fauci who appeared on Good Morning America over the weekend are up 68% these days. The country is averaging 71,302 hospitalizations every day, only an eight percent increase over two weeks. https://youtu.be/RbdAf7O2ic0
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America to lift travel ban on 8 African countries

America is set to welcome residents from the continent once again. According to the White House, the WH is prepping to lift the travel restrictions that were previously put in place against at least 8 African countries. Those restrictions came as the new omicron variant was not only discovered but almost with breakneck speed began travelling throughout much of the accessible world. WH spokesman Kevin Munoz confirmed on social media that the restrictions would be lifted beginning New Year's Eve. America has been particularly hit hard by the omicron variant with large swathes of the unvaccinated among the most admitted for hospitalisation.
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The FDA has granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine

A potentially new normal has arrived for America. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration formally fully authorised the use of Pfizer vaccine in the fight against the COVID-19 virus that has plagued much of the modern world. The authorisation comes at a time in which several states are struggling to get people to actually get the jab despite efforts to prove it is safe. “The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved...
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Vaccine mandates are here here’s everything we know so far

Vaccine mandates as we’ve discussed before have finally arrived. According to reports — New York City is the first major American city to require such proofs. But they aren’t stopping there. The Daily Mail reports that the U.S is trying to put together plans to require vaccinations to actually enter America. This portion of the reported mandate would kick into effect for all known foreign travelers. Mandates are also understood to be coming for the armed forces as the government seeks to protect its military. CNN reports that the military is already preparing for the avalanche of refusals among service members regarding the vaccine.
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Biden has revealed that the White House is mulling new COVID-19 restrictions, federal mandate may follow

The White House has revealed that more COVID-19 restrictions are likely on the way. Reports out today show that Biden made the comments on his way out of DC towards Camp David. Of course, however, the comments almost universally have not sat well with right-wing America. Earlier this week the CDC confirmed a u-turn on their existing guidance for vaccinated people and the use of masks. On Tuesday the agency revealed new guidance that pretty much everyone should wear masks at all times. It is unclear exactly when those restrictions may come. Republican lawmakers have already chastised the agency for the u-turn which they said is based on evidence that the Delta variant is evading detection.
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In wake of members death, Hillsong founder says vaccines are nothing more than a choice

In the midst of a vaccination struggle in America, and people needlessly dying because they’re misinformed, Hillsong Church is the latest place to see loss due to misinformed beliefs. This week news reports confirmed that church member Stephen Harmon died from complications of COVID-19 because he had refused to get the vaccination. The same vaccination it is understood that his mother had already had and was fine. In statements to CNN, church pastor Brian Houston defended Harmon’s then right not to get vaccinated because vaccines are a personal choice. "On any medical issue, we strongly encourage those in our church to follow the guidance of their doctors," Houston said, emphasizing that the church's focus was on spiritual well-being. "While many of our staff, leadership and...
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AL Gov: Blame the unvaccinated for the surge in the Coronavirus

Alabama 's often petulant and discriminatory Governor is back in the news. According to Kay Ivey, the unvaccinated in the United States should be to blame for the current wave of the Coronavirus sweeping much of America. "Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," Ivey told reporters in Birmingham. "We've got to get folks to take the shot," she continued, calling the vaccine "the greatest weapon we have to fight Covid."
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Pfizer is making its case that you may need a 3rd shot, so far the U.S government is pushing back

In a polarized America that's barely vaccinated as it is -- Pfizer is moving to make a 3rd shot a reality as the battle against COVID-19 rages on. According to the firm, they're moving forward with getting FDA permissions to move on a 3rd shot that would function as a booster shot of sorts (think similar to previous childhood vaccines you may have gotten.) Of course the news isn't sitting well with the already vaccine hesitant America. Pfizer is running into some basic issues though considering the likes of Dr. Fauci has outright said that at least right now a third shot is not likely. While admitting such Fauci did not rule out in the future that something may change if COVID isn't under control. Pfizer appears to be maintaining that scientific research by its top doctors ...
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A new COVID-19 variant has been found, here’s what you need to know.

Despite restrictions being relaxed (and other things) COVID-19 is fara from over. Over the weekend, Viatnamese officials confirmed that it appears a new hybrid version of the virus has been found. A new health warning has surfaced in Vietnam. According to the AP, Vietnamese officials have reportedly discovered what they're calling a hybrid of at least 3 different variants of the COVID-19 virus. Officials tell the outlet that the hybrid appears to be of the Indian; UK, and at least one other variant. It is unclear at this time just how deadly the hybrid is though officials in the area are waving a red flag. Officials tell the AP that the new hybrid variant appears to be the root of the latest transmission in Vietnam. At least 30 of the 63 regions in the country are experiencing...
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California to drop most if not all restrictions come 15 June

Tourists and residents once again will be able to life their best California life. According to the local government, Newsom plans to release the restrictions come 15 June preparing for a post COVID world. The Los Angeles Times (paywall) reports the following comments made by the state’s top health official regarding the news. “Come June 15, Californians will wake up to a world that looks nothing like they’ve seen over the past year-plus—one where businesses can open their doors without COVID-19 constraints on capacity or requirements for physical distancing, and where people who are fully vaccinated for the disease no longer need to wear masks in most situations."
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NYC is set to fully reopen on 1 July

The troubled city of New York is finally expected to shine bright once again on 1 July. According to Mayor De Blasio, the city including businesses can fully re-open at full capacity beginning on the ear marked day. It is unclear if that will still mean that masks and such are required, but, businesses likely will still require them for some time. The announcement was met with cheers online as many are looking forward to the ceremonial summer celebrations in New York City. De Blasio is banking on the fact that millions of New Yorkers have turned up so far to get vaccinated helping along the city 's response to COVID-19. The local government though is hoping that more will line up to get their jabs, otherwise, the rollout may be stalled come summer time. The news comes as othe...
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FDA rules J&J vaccine ban can be lifted

After quite literally a temporary ban the J&J vaccine is coming back despite fears it can cause very real problems. According to the FDA, their panel has ruled that the Pharma company can resume use of the J&J jab after the Advisory Committee decided it was safe to do so. Despite the ruling, the FDA has acknowledged the existence of blood clots that are "rare" but often near deadly if they occur. So far, at least three women have died from the J&J vaccine after suffering severe blood clots.
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Over 50? You don’t need an appointment to get a COVID jab in New York City anymore

The following sites in New York City are now accepting over 50 's (no appt required) to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Please remember to always ask the appropriate questions to ensure the vaccination is appropriate for you (which version of course.) Bronx Bronx Co-Op City Dreiser Community CenterNortheast Bronx YMCA (Edenwald)South Bronx Educational CampusWest Bronx Gymnasium Lehman College – Apex CenterBathgate Contract Postal Station Brooklyn Coney Island YMCATeachers Prep High SchoolStarrett CityFlatbush YMCABushwick Educational CampusEvent Space at City Point Brooklyn Army Terminal Manhattan Ford FoundationNFL Experience Times SquareYeshiva UniversityCity College Essex CrossingAbyssinian Baptist ChurchFulton Senior Community Center / Hudson Guild ...
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Oregon is seeking to make its mask mandate indefinite

The state of Oregon may or may not be alone on this one. According to state officials, officials are apparently seeking the right to make workplace masks and such indefinite following what hopefully would be the end of the pandemic. The Occupational Health and Safety Department apparently announced over the weekend that it is in the midst of a feedback period about the extension. Of course, however, locals aren't pleased with the idea whatsoever and have submitted more than 60,000 residential feedback complaints for the government. Oregon 's mask mandate is due to expire on 4 May.
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