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    1. How to Make Sense of Omicron and Changing COVID Protocols

      How to Make Sense of Omicron and Changing COVID Protocols

      "The most likely time that you're going to be infectious is those 5 to 6 days. We ask that you mask afterwards, we ask that you remain diligent."

      "We have to be somewhat realistic about what people are willing and able to do," said Barocas, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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    2. Unauthorized COVID-19 tests are popping up online. How to avoid getting scammed

      Unauthorized COVID-19 tests are popping up online. How to avoid getting scammed

      Unauthorized testing kits are popping up online as scammers try to take advantage of the demand for COVID-19 testing. Here’s what the Federal Trade Commission suggests to avoid falling for a scam: Only buy tests authorized by the FDA — you can find a list of those on the FDA’s website Check the FDA’s list of fraudulent COVID products to ensure the test you’re about to buy isn’t on there Look at a variety of sellers and compare reviews from expert sources If you do buy a testing kit online — use a credit card ...

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    3. Why do COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests produce different results?

      Why do COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests produce different results?

      COVID-19 tests are in greater demand than ever, and new data about the Omicron variant can make picking and using different types of tests confusing.  Molecular tests for COVID-19, like the 'RT-PCR' technology used by many laboratories — known as PCR tests — are widely considered the 'gold standard' for spotting the most infections caused by SARS-CoV-2.

      By comparison, 'antigen' or 'lateral flow' tests, which can be done at home and return faster results, are less sensitive than PCR tests, but could be useful for identifying cases when people are likely to be contagious. One review last year estimated rapid antigen tests might only detect on average 75% of cases that PCR tests can spot, with antigen tests performing best in symptomatic people within the first week of their disease.

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    4. COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

      COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

      Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

      People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

      To calculate your 10 full day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

      If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after your positive test. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 10-day isolation period must start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the ...

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    5. The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

      The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

      New antiviral pills for COVID-19 recently authorized for emergency use in high-risk people by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should give doctors an easier means of keeping people out of the hospital.

      But the initial hype is giving way to reality, as doctors and public health officials grapple with the challenges of getting the Pfizer and Merck antiviral pills into the hands of those who need them most.

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    6. How will Biden’s COVID-19 test giveaway work?

      How will Biden’s COVID-19 test giveaway work?

      President Joe Biden says the federal government will buy half a billion COVID-19 rapid test kits and distribute them free of charge to people to use at home. But despite the high public demand for tests, it will still be several more weeks before these kits are available to be shipped. The administration is still working on details for how the program will work.

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    7. The staggering sum of money you can save if you quit smoking this New Year - how to quit

      The staggering sum of money you can save if you quit smoking this New Year - how to quit

      New Year is a big time for starting fresh hobbies and giving up old habits. Among one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is quitting smoking . Although this is undoubtedly beneficial for improving your health, it can also have a significant impact on your finances. Research by Caspian Insurance found that people could be saving more than £1,000 a year if they kick the habit - and that figure only accounts for people who smoke a maximum of five cigarettes a day.

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    8. The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care

      The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care

      The lack of insurance has been deadly for far too many. According to a report by Families USA, a consumer health advocacy organization, nearly one in three Covid deaths is related to gaps in health insurance. But rather than address these gaps, there has been a move to reinforce barriers. Many employers are now charging unvaccinated people an additional fee alongside their insurance. Even the White House’s first attempt to improve access to testing stopped short of making the tests free; instead, people are required to submit their bills to their insurance company for reimbursement. After pressure, the White House announced plans to make 500 million rapid tests available free of charge.

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    9. The omicron variant is surging. Here’s what we’ve learned so far

      The omicron variant is surging. Here’s what we’ve learned so far

      The omicron variant is surging. Here’s what we’ve learned so far The new version of the coronavirus can evade some antibodies, but booster shots may help With omicron spreading globally at a dizzying pace, scientists are scrambling to learn as much as they can about the latest worrisome variant of the coronavirus.

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    10. COVID News: CDC urges at-home testing ahead of indoor gatherings

      COVID News: CDC urges at-home testing ahead of indoor gatherings

      NEW YORK (WABC) -- As the delta and omicron COVID variants spread in the U.S., the CDC is trying to boost testing as another tool to stop the spread. The agency is now urging people to use a rapid test before going to any indoor gathering, even if they are vaccinated and don't have symptoms. At-home tests are now available at most pharmacies, and the Biden administration is requiring reimbursement for these tests by health insurance companies.

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    11. Don't give kids pain reliever before vaccine, CDC says

      Don't give kids pain reliever before vaccine, CDC says

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here's the latest news and information on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccines. 6 a.m. The U.S. is at an "inflection point" heading into the colder winter months, the PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said this week in its latest COVID-19 forecast. Throughout the fall, increases in case incidence were mostly concentrated in areas with poor vaccination rates, such as in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

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    12. Feds Launch COVID-19 Worker Vaccine Mandates

      Feds Launch COVID-19 Worker Vaccine Mandates

      The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled its rule to require most of the country’s larger employers to mandate workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but SET a Jan. 4 deadline, avoiding the busy holiday season.

      The White House also shifted the timelines for earlier mandates applying to federal workers and contractors to Jan. 4. And the same deadline applies to a new separate rule for health care workers.

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    13. Coronavirus: Orange County reported 572 new cases and four new deaths, Aug. 19 – Orange County Register

      Coronavirus: Orange County reported 572 new cases and four new deaths, Aug. 19 – Orange County Register

      The OC Health Care Agency reported 572 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, Aug. 19, increasing the cumulative total since tracking began in the county to 278,417.

      There have been 10,059 new infections reported in the last 14 days.

      There were 571 people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Orange County hospitals, 133 of whom needed to be in an intensive care unit.

      Four new deaths were reported as of Thursday, increasing the count of those who have died from the virus at 5,169.

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    14. Orange County spike in COVID-19 cases: What to know

      Orange County spike in COVID-19 cases: What to know

      Orange County officials are expressing growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus amid a nationwide surge caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.

      As of Tuesday, 495 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Orange County, the highest number in about six months and nearly five times the number from a month ago when 102 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals on July 10.

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