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Indoor Masking Needed in Almost 70% of US Counties: CDC Data

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In announcing new guidance on Tuesday, the CDC said vaccinated people should wear face masks in indoor public places with “high” or “substantial” community transmission rates of COVID-19. Data from the CDC shows that designation covers 69.3% of all counties in the United States […]

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Pentagon, Disney Revive Mask Mandates Following CDC Change

It has been 2 days since the CDC reversed itself and said people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus should wear masks again when indoors, and businesses and government entities are already following suit. On July 27, the agency called for masks in K-12 school settings and in areas of the U.S. experiencing “substantial […]

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Delta Variant Among the Most Infectious Viruses, CDC Says

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, called the COVID-19 Delta variant “one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of” and reported more cases and hospitalizations.   “Today, I want to speak about our need to come together against a common […]

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A Curious Union: Clorox, Cleveland Clinic, and the CDC Foundation

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As a second wave of Covid-19 infections tore through the United States in the summer of 2020, a partnership was forged between the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s premiere medical centers, and the Clorox Company, the California-based ­­­­­­­maker of surface disinfectants. Sales of […]

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Global COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 4 Million

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. More than 4 million COVID-19 deaths have been reported worldwide during the pandemic, according to USA Today . The tally is equal to the number of people killed in battle during all of the world’s wars since 1982, the newspaper reported, […]

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Profound Brain Changes Found in Patients Who Died of COVID-19

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The most comprehensive molecular study to date of brain tissue from people who died of COVID-19 provides clear evidence that SARS-CoV-2 causes profound molecular changes in the brain, despite no molecular trace of the virus in brain tissue. “The signature the […]

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COVID May Cause Long-Term Brain Loss, Study Says

A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom has found that the coronavirus may cause long-term brain loss and could be the reason some COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell and taste.   “In short, the study suggests that there could be some long-term loss of brain tissue from COVID, and that would […]

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US, International MIS-C Studies Yield Disparate Results

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In the absence of formal clinical trials, pediatricians are racing to determine the efficacy and risks of currently used therapies for the SARS-CoV-2–linked multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). That requires rapid pragmatic evaluation of therapies. Two real-world observational studies published […]

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Pandemic Experience Taught Clinicians Lessons About Wellness

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine Wellbeing Task Force, Mark Rudolph, MD, SFHM, thought he understood a thing or two about resilience, but nothing could prepare him for the vulnerability he felt when his parents became infected with […]

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States Follow CDC Guidance, Drop Mask Mandates

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. It’s only been 5 days since the CDC made a long-awaited change to its mask guidance, and 23 states and Washington, DC, have already followed suit. According to the new recommendations, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or […]