• COVID hospitalizations reach record high as the White House rushes to ramp up testing

    COVID hospitalizations reach record high as the White House rushes to ramp up testing

    Jan 11, 2022 11:40 PM EST

    During Tuesday's congressional hearing about the pandemic, there were tough criticisms of the Biden administration and the lack of available testing. Biden has announced plans to ramp up the response, from requiring insurers to pay for rapid at-home testing to making 500 million tests available. Thomas Inglesby, senior advisor to the White House COVID team,...

  • Examining the human toll of China’s stringent COVID policy

    Examining the human toll of China’s stringent COVID policy

    Jan 11, 2022 11:35 PM EST

    Exactly two years ago, he contracted COVID. From his death bed, he wrote: "Today, my nucleic acid test came back positive. The dust has settled." He died a few weeks later. Two years on, hundreds of thousands of Chinese still write online to Dr. Li's ghost, including from Xi ...

  • WATCH: Fauci, Walensky testify in tense Senate hearing on the federal response to new COVID-19 variants

    WATCH: Fauci, Walensky testify in tense Senate hearing on the federal response to new COVID-19 variants

    Jan 11, 2022 03:21 PM EST

    ... the chief complaints of Republicans and Democrats alike is a continuing lack of tests to make it easier for people to tell if they have COVID-19 so they can stay home and not spread it. “I just say to all of you right now, testing’s broken,” said an ...

  • How the latest CDC guidance on COVID-19 is creating unnecessary confusion

    How the latest CDC guidance on COVID-19 is creating unnecessary confusion

    Jan 10, 2022 11:50 PM EST

    The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on isolation and testing for COVID-19 has received intense pushback. Many health experts are now criticizing what the CDC has said and how its officials have said it. This includes the American Medical Association, which issued a strong rebuke. Dr. Gerald Harmon, president of...

  • Home COVID testing kits to be covered by health insurers starting Saturday

    Home COVID testing kits to be covered by health insurers starting Saturday

    Jan 10, 2022 09:22 PM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations ...

  • Study offers reassurance on COVID shots, menstruation

    Study offers reassurance on COVID shots, menstruation

    Jan 10, 2022 09:16 PM EST

    One of the first studies to track whether COVID-19 vaccination might affect periods found a small and temporary change. Research published last Wednesday tracked nearly 4,000 U.S. women through six menstrual cycles and on average, the next period after a shot started about a day later than ...

  • Voter concerns for inflation go up while COVID-19 worries come down, says AP-NORC poll

    Voter concerns for inflation go up while COVID-19 worries come down, says AP-NORC poll

    Jan 10, 2022 05:15 PM EST

    ... a health problem — whether it's a personal health problem or a broader public health challenge — it can lead to disengagement." The White House says COVID-19's waning as a preeminent concern actually underscores its success rolling out preventative measures, including vaccines. It argues that economic jitters now exacerbated ...

  • Chicago mayor, teachers still at odds over COVID protocols

    Chicago mayor, teachers still at odds over COVID protocols

    Jan 08, 2022 11:26 PM EST

    CHICAGO — Negotiations resumed Saturday to resolve a standoff between Chicago school officials and the city's teachers union over COVID-19 precautions that canceled three days of classes, but the public war-of-words between union leaders and Chicago's mayor showed little sign of easing. In a statement, Mayor ...

  • Documentary provides inside look at COVID-19 conditions in immigrant detention

    Documentary provides inside look at COVID-19 conditions in immigrant detention

    Jan 08, 2022 08:25 PM EST

    A new documentary called “The Facility,'' uses footage from a pay-per-minute video call app inside the now-shuttered Irwin County Detention Center to chronicle the experiences of migrants in the early months of the pandemic. At the time, the positivity rate in federal detention centers was 50%. The film has been shortlisted for an academy award....

  • Court documents show Djokovic had COVID-19 last month

    Court documents show Djokovic had COVID-19 last month

    Jan 08, 2022 04:55 PM EST

    Djokovic was given a medical exemption backed by the Victoria state government and Australian Open organizers on Jan. 1, based on information he supplied to two independent medical panels, and he was approved for a visa electronically.