Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tests positive for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing their new five-day isolation guidelines for asymptomatic patients to include testing, Dr Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

Last week, the CDC cut in half the time it recommends asymptomatic people self-isolate after testing positive. The recommendation calls for wearing masks in public for the next five days, but dropped any negative test requirements.

“The CDC is keenly aware that there has been some setback” regarding the dropping of the testing requirement, Fauci said on ABC News’ “This Week”. . “

Fauci also said he supported the reopening of classrooms across the country on Monday after the winter break. Most teachers and many students are vaccinated, and masks and tests are protocols in many schools, he said.

“It’s safe enough to get these kids back to school,” he said.

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â–ºDefense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested positive for COVID-19 after showing symptoms while at home on leave, he announced on Twitter. “I will be quarantining myself at home for the next five days,” Austin said, adding, “I plan to virtually attend next week these key meetings and discussions needed to inform my situational awareness and grip. decision. “

â–ºSome Boston City employees will temporarily switch to remote work as part of an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Michell Wu said city workers who are able to do all of their essential work from home will be urged to do so until at least January 18.

â–ºRecovering from omicron infection could provide solid protection against other variants, indicates a preliminary South African study. This could help mitigate the dire consequences of future variants, according to the authors of the study, which has not yet been peer reviewed.

â–ºA federal judge has Blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine tenure for Head Start program in 24 states.

â–º More than 85,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus statewide on the last day of 2021, an increase of more than 10% from the previous day, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Saturday.

??The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 54.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 825,800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: Over 289.3 million cases and 5.4 million deaths. More than 205.8 million Americans – 62% – are fully immunized, according to the CDC.

?? What we read: 2020 has been horrible. 2021 wasn’t much better. What’s hiding around the corner in 2022? Read the full story.

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Tyson workers’ COVID-19 lawsuit alleging ‘gross negligence’ returns to state court

A lawsuit alleging that Tyson Foods resulted in the deaths of several workers during the COVID-19 pandemic is coming back to state courts after the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the company was not acting under the leadership of the federal government Thursday.

The food conglomerate argued the case should be heard at the federal level as it was working at the behest of federal officials to keep the country’s food supply stable through March and early April 2020. It cited an executive order signed by the president of the time, Donald Trump proclaiming meat packers to be “critical infrastructure” and forcing them to stay open.

But that is not enough to declare that the company was indeed a federal government official, Judge Jane Kelly wrote in the decision of the court of appeal, which upheld the decision of the district judge.

Tyson is being sued by the families of four workers at its Waterloo pork processing plant who died after contracting the coronavirus. The plaintiffs allege that “fraudulent misrepresentation and gross negligence” by Tyson officials led their family members to contract the disease that killed them.

As of May 7, 2020, more than 1,000 of the 2,800 workers at the plant would test positive for the coronavirus.

– Nick Coltrain, Des Moines Register

Almost 9000 flights already canceled or delayed in the middle of the outbreak

Nearly 9,000 flights entering, departing or flying into the United States today have already been canceled or delayed due to the latest wave of coronavirus continues to fuel chaos in the airline industry. The rugged winter weather that swept through the Midwest over the weekend compounded the industry’s woes.

More … than 2500 flights have been canceled and more 6,300 the flights had been delayed, according to FlightAware tracking service.

Thousands of flights have been delayed or canceled daily for more than a week, sending travelers scrambling and blocking some amid a huge increase in COVID cases with the omicron variant. Staff shortages due to COVID and winter weather have resulted in the cancellation of more than 15,000 flights since December 24.

Twitter suspends Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account

Twitter has again suspended personal account used by Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene – this time permanently. The “@mtgreenee” account has been cited for repeated violations of the social media platform’s COVID-19 disinformation policy, Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy told USA TODAY. This is the fifth strike against the account, which was suspended for a third time in July 2021 for 12 hours and again in August 2021 for seven days for promoting misleading information about COVID-19. Greene’s other account, @ReptMTG, remains unblocked.

Greene has repeatedly condemned federally mandated measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. She has already compared security protocols to the Holocaust and has been fined several times for not wearing a mask on the House’s floors.

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Third dose of Pfizer for children 12-15 years old may be cleared this week

The Food and Drug Administration is said to be about to give the green light to a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 from Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee is expected to meet this week to vote on whether to recommend the changes, the Times said. If the panel agrees, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky should sign immediately.

The third shot review, or booster shot, comes as schools begin to reopen after winter break amid the omicron push that has resulted in record number of infections in much of the country.

New York City Mayor doesn’t want residents’ lives controlled by pandemic

Mayor Eric Adams, sworn in as New York’s 110th mayor on Saturday, is urging the city’s nearly 9 million residents not to let their lives be controlled by the pandemic. New York, a hotspot at the start of the pandemic, is again struggling with a record number of COVID-19 cases, this time driven by the omicron variant.

“Getting the vaccine isn’t about letting the crisis control you,” Adams told town hall. “Enjoying a show on Broadway. Send your children to school. Back to the office. These are statements of confidence that our city is ours.

Adams said he plans to keep many of outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policies in place, including vaccination mandates which are among the strictest in the country. But he’s vowed to keep the city open as it struggles to recover from closures that have seen Broadway go dark for more than a year. The latest increase has forced subway lines, stores, restaurants and even emergency care centers to temporarily close for several days due to a staff shortage due to positive COVID tests.

COVID has orphaned many children. Caregivers face obstacles.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left tens of thousands of children without a parent or primary guardian. Stepping into this void, grandparents, aunts, cousins ​​- family caregivers – now face their first new year as a new family unit.

Public health researchers know that traumatized children often fare better when they live with a parent rather than a foster parent they don’t know. But most of these families, experts say, “informally” welcome a child without becoming a legal guardian, adopt the child or become official adoptive parents. This means that the specific benefits to help meet the needs of these children are beyond reach, increasing the challenge for caregivers.

“This is a huge problem,” said Kecia Blackson, who heads family and family support services at Southwest Human Development in Arizona. “We will see the effects of this in the years to come. “

– Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY

Colleges Get Back On Line As COVID Cases Rise Again

Dozens of colleges are returning to online classes only during the first few weeks of the semester after winter break, as the omicron variant is fueling a huge increase in COVID-19 cases across the country. Schools starting online in 2022 are Harvard, University of Chicago, University of California, Riverside, and George Washington University. Some warn they could expand virtual learning if things don’t improve not.

Students from some campuses, such as George Washington, may return to live on campus, but will attend online classes first. George Washington saw a spike in campus cases during his final season at the end of last semester – around 80 new cases per day – compared to just a few per day for the rest of the semester.

“I’m a junior, but about half of my school experience was online,” Jake Maynard, a 20-year-old GWU student, told The Associated Press. “You are losing so much of what makes school school.”

Syracuse University, meanwhile, has delayed the semester start date by a week without offering distance learning.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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