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CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

May. 19, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids — just...

US case of monkeypox reported in Massachusetts man

May. 18, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe. Monkeypox is typically limited to Africa, and rare cases in the U.S....

A third of US should be considering masks, officials say

May. 18, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States — and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking. Increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections...

Pandemic wedding blues: Fewer US couples said 'I do' in 2020

May. 17, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Far fewer Americans said "I do" during the first year of the pandemic when wedding plans were upended, a new report finds. There were 1.7 million weddings in 2020, a drop of 17% from the year before and the lowest recorded since 1963, the Centers for Disease...

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

May. 17, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

U.S. regulators on Tuesday authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds, hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections once again creep upward. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection...

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

May. 16, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly...

Mask up in indoor public settings, NYC health chief urges

May. 16, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials issued an advisory Monday urging New Yorkers to wear masks in all indoor public settings as the city approaches “high risk” COVID-19 alert status. Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said everyone “regardless of vaccination status...

Death certificates reveal that US hit grim COVID milestone

May. 16, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the U.S. hit 1 million COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the news was driven by a government tally derived from death certificates. But that's not the only tally. And you may be wondering, where do these numbers come from? A look behind the data: DEATH...

Louisiana: Child drownings up after years of falling numbers

May. 14, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Child drownings are on the rise in Louisiana, the state Department of Health said. And, it said, inability to swim, lack of supervision and unfenced pools, spas and water bodies are top causes of drownings among babies and children less than 15 years old. ...

Pandemic-era asylum limits in hands of federal judge

May. 13, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) — An attorney arguing for 24 states urged a federal judge Friday to block Biden administration plans to lift pandemic-related restrictions on migrants requesting asylum, saying the decision was made without sufficient consideration on the effects the move could have on...