Coronavirus cases are rising in 79% of US states and territories, CDC director warns

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in nearly 80 percent of US states and territories, a top US official warned on Friday.  ‘New #COVID19 cases are increasing,’ said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Robert Redfield said via Twitter on Friday.  Specifically, ‘79% of U.S. jurisdictions reported increasing cases as of October … Read more Coronavirus cases are rising in 79% of US states and territories, CDC director warns

Poor US counties with crowded housing are 38-times more likely to become COVID-19 ‘hotspots’

Coronavirus has spread far more rapidly in poorer areas of the US, which had 25 percent more cases relative to their populations by the time they were identified as  ‘hotspots,’ a new report reveals.  Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that counties in low income brackets where many people lived … Read more Poor US counties with crowded housing are 38-times more likely to become COVID-19 ‘hotspots’

Will US COVID-19 mortality catch up to surging cases?

Daily coronavirus fatality rates in the US remain a fraction of what they were in the deadly spring peak, even as cases climb to levels not seen since August, and well above infection rates from March to May. In fact, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that excess fatalities … Read more Will US COVID-19 mortality catch up to surging cases?

Surge of coronavirus cases in 75% of US is a ‘distressing trend’ officials say

Surge of coronavirus cases in 75% of US is a ‘distressing trend’ – but ‘hope is on the way’ with vaccines predicted to be available for vulnerable Americans by year-end, health officials say CDC and HHS officials held a now-rare COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday  Officials acknowledged a ‘distressing trend’ in rising coronavirus cases in … Read more Surge of coronavirus cases in 75% of US is a ‘distressing trend’ officials say

Study that touted neck gaiters as effective face coverings against COVID-19 is questioned

Questions have risen over a new study that claims neck gaiters do help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) found that the popular face coverings provided up to a 96 percent reduction in respiratory droplets compared to no mask at all. Previous studies have disputed the effectiveness … Read more Study that touted neck gaiters as effective face coverings against COVID-19 is questioned

CDC reports surge in the share of Hispanic Americans who died of coronavirus

American minorities have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19  – and the share of Hispanic people dying of the disease in the US is only growing, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report suggests.  In May, Hispanic Americans accounted for 16.3 percent of coronavirus deaths in the US. By August, that number … Read more CDC reports surge in the share of Hispanic Americans who died of coronavirus

Cuomo asks Trump for guidance on vaccine distribution

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking President Trump to meet with US governors and provide guidance on how coronavirus vaccines should be distributed once they are approved.   States are due to submit their plans for distributing coronavirus vaccines tomorrow, Friday October 16, according to the deadline set out by the Centers for Disease Control … Read more Cuomo asks Trump for guidance on vaccine distribution

CDC may not recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children in first wave of roll outs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said coronavirus vaccines may not initially be recommended for children when they become available.   Children, who rarely develop severe COVID-19 symptoms or require hospitalization for the disease, have not yet been tested for any experimental jab.  In the statement, posted on Wednesday, the CDC said that, up … Read more CDC may not recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children in first wave of roll outs

People with type O blood may be less likely to catch coronavirus

Drug overdose deaths have soared by nearly 10 percent over the last year, early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals. Provisional data shows deaths reached a record-high of more than 73,000 in March 2020 compared to March 2019 and are predicted to surpass 75,000 when counting is completed. A total … Read more People with type O blood may be less likely to catch coronavirus

Young, white US men are the least likely to wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic

White college-aged men in the US are the least likely to wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report finds. This group had the fewest number who reported regularly remembering to wash their hands before eating at a restaurant or after using the bathroom, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed … Read more Young, white US men are the least likely to wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic