• BA.2 may not drive up hospitalizations, Fauci says: 3 COVID-19 updates

    COVID-19 cases will likely rise nationwide over the next few weeks, but hospitalizations may not follow suit, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Bloomberg April 6. 
  • 8 states where COVID-19 deaths have climbed the last 2 weeks

    COVID-19 deaths are falling nationwide, but eight states are still seeing higher daily death averages than recorded two weeks ago. 
  • FDA advisers weigh booster strategy: 4 things to know

    The FDA's outside panel of vaccine experts largely agreed for the need to tailor future COVID-19 vaccines during a virtual meeting April 6, though the exact path and timeline to do so is still unclear, according to NPR.
  • It could take years to know what 'endemic COVID-19' looks like

    It can take years for scientists to determine endemic patterns while pandemics settle, and consequences of widespread illness can be long lasting after new infections fade, leaving the endemic stage of COVID-19 a "mystery," The New York Times reported April 7.
  • Biden's plan for long COVID-19: 4 notes

    President Joe Biden on April 5 issued a memorandum directing HHS to coordinate a governmentwide plan to address long COVID-19, estimated to affect 7 million to 23 million Americans. 
  • The 'so what wave': Why the US is so blasé about BA.2

    CDC estimates show the omicron subvariant BA.2 now makes up 72 percent of U.S. cases, but the nation's mood surrounding another potential wave is much different than previous COVID-19 surges. 
  • Leading hospitals and independent community blood centers are joining forces to address the blood supply crisis — Here’s how

    Blood shortages weren't uncommon before the pandemic, but COVID-19 stalled blood donations and escalated the situation into a crisis. Blood shortages can have profound effects on patient care, operations and profitability. The good news is that leading US blood centers are adopting innovative management practices and community-driven solutions to help hospitals deliver better patient care and realize better performance.
  • US COVID-19 cases to jump 64% in 2 weeks, Mayo projects

    Daily COVID-19 cases are projected to increase 64.5 percent over the next two weeks as the omicron subvariant BA.2 continues to spread nationwide, modeling from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic shows.
  • CDC to undergo structural review

    The CDC plans to undergo a one-month review beginning April 11 to inform strategic change and modernizations at the agency, The Washington Post reported April 4. 
  • Flu hospitalizations rise for 8th week straight: 8 CDC notes

    Flu activity appears to be declining slightly in central and south-central states but is still highest in these regions, according to the CDC's April 1 FluView report. 
  • COVID-19 cases fell by just 3% last week: 10 CDC findings

    The rate in which COVID-19 cases are falling nationwide has been slowing over the last month as the omicron subvariant BA.2 gains prominence, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published April 1.
  • Omicron XE variant: 5 things to know

    The World Health Organization is monitoring a new omicron variant — dubbed XE — that's a hybrid of BA.1, the original omicron strain, and BA.2, a highly transmissible subvariant.
  • Teens' mental health suffered amid COVID-19, CDC warns

    New CDC data shows teenagers' mental health took a significant hit during the pandemic, with 44 percent reporting persistent sadness or hopelessness in the past year. 
  • 7 states where COVID-19 deaths have climbed the last 2 weeks

    COVID-19 deaths are falling nationwide, but seven states are still seeing higher daily death averages than recorded two weeks ago. 
  • 5 states treating COVID-19 as endemic

    A number of states have announced they are no longer operating in crisis mode to manage COVID-19 as cases nationwide continue to fall. 
  • Viewpoint: The US is more vulnerable to COVID-19 now than ever

    As it stands, the nation's healthcare infrastructure is not equipped to withstand routine bouts of COVID-19 surges, Megan Ranney, MD, wrote in a March 28 opinion piece published in The Washington Post.
  • Experts question vaccine site closures amid BA.2 threat

    State and local officials are scaling back public health efforts and closing vaccination sites amid a national lull in COVID-19 activity and low demand for the services, a move some health experts say may be premature amid the omicron subvariant BA.2's growing prevalence in the U.S., The New York Times reported March 30.
  • White House shifts focus to air quality amid COVID-19

    The White House has adjusted its COVID-19 prevention messaging to emphasize the role of indoor air quality, a move many experts say was long overdue, The Washington Post reported March 29.
  • Omicron subvariant now dominant in US: 3 COVID-19 updates

    The BA.2 omicron subvariant accounts for about 55 percent of new cases in the U.S., according to the CDC's latest estimates for the week ending March 26. 
  • WHO probes rare reports of hearing issues after COVID-19 vaccination

    The World Health Organization is examining rare reports of hearing loss and other auditory issues like tinnitus, or ringing of the ears, after COVID-19 vaccinations, NBC News reported March 28. 

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