CDC to encourage ‘Vaccinated for COVID-19’ buttons


The idea is part of a broader effort to encourage people to get vaccinated.

If there are “I Voted” stickers, why not “Vaccinated for COVID-19” buttons?

“These toolkits should be available soon,” said spokesperson Kristen Nordlund.

PHOTO: A man receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Yaquelin De La Cruz at the Research Centers of America (RCA) in Hollywood, Fla., Aug. 13, 2020.

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Obama, Bush to take vaccine; CDC predicts grim death toll


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Experts say side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine range from soreness to fatigue.

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The nation’s one-day toll of coronavirus deaths surpassed 3,000 for the first time Wednesday, a number perhaps inflated by fatalities reported days late because of the Thanksgiving holiday but still reflective of a pandemic racing out of control.

The death toll of 3,157 came as hospitalizations surpassed 100,000 for the first time. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted the U.S. could reach 450,000 deaths by February.

“The reality is, December and January and February are going to be rough times, and I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of our nation, largely because of the stress it’s going to put on our public health system,” Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event.

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CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths | Health News


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THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that the coming winter months might be the darkest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic.

“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Wednesday morning, adding that perhaps 450,000 Americans might be dead from COVID-19 by February. Right now, that number now is about 273,000, The New York Times reported.

Another record-breaking day of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths underscored Redfield’s grim warning.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday passed 100,000, nearly double the highest point seen last spring. The daily death toll hit 2,760, surpassing the previous record set in April, the Times reported. With

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CDC reduces COVID quarantine recommendation time


Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. But if you must, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home.

The agency also announced new guidelines that shorten recommended quarantines after close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. The agency said the risk in a shorter quarantine is small, but that the change makes following the guidance less of a hardship.

The no-travel advice echoes recommendations for Thanksgiving but many Americans ignored it. With COVID-19 continuing to surge, the CDC added the testing option.

“Cases are rising, hospitalizations are increasing , deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase,” the CDC’s Dr. Henry Walke said during a briefing.

He said any travel-related surge in cases from travel would

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CDC still endorses masks as COVID-19 protection


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The CDC previously encouraged mask wearing to help prevent people from spreading COVID-19 to others.

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The claim: According to the CDC, masks do not work and instead contribute to COVID-19 infection 

An Oct. 29 article shared across Facebook claims the CDC has presented evidence that rejects the efficacy of masks.

“In a recent report in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests what experts have stated all along: There is no conclusive evidence that cloth masks protects (sic) users from coronavirus, especially since most people do not use them correctly and do not keep them clean,” writes Raven Clabough in The New American, a print and digital magazine owned by right-leaning advocacy group the John Birch Society.

She goes on to detail a 2015 study that allegedly found cloth masks lead to a higher rate of infection likely due to

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Covid-19 Live Updates: C.D.C. Warns Against Holiday Travel


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A student under quarantine in a dorm at Ohio State University last month.
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Citing the spiraling rise in coronavirus cases nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday warned Americans not to travel over the holidays, and outlined two ways to shorten the recommended quarantine times for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, especially those who may choose to travel anyway.

“The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” said Dr. Henry Walke, who oversees day to day management of pandemic response for the agency.

The C.D.C. previously had recommended a 14-day quarantine period following potential exposure, and officials said they still supported the longer period as the safest option. But officials also recommended two alternatives.

Those without symptoms may

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CDC director: Winter could be ‘most difficult time in the public health history of this nation’


The U.S. could see another 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the next three months if people don’t take mitigation measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing seriously, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” largely because of the stress to the health system, CDC Director Robert Redfield said Wednesday during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

The coronavirus is surging across the entire nation, and the health care system is being strained nearly to the breaking point in many states. At least 270,000 people have died, including nearly 2,600 on Tuesday, the highest single-day death toll of the pandemic so far.

Redfield said 90 percent of hospitals are in the red zone, 

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CDC advisers call for 1st COVID-19 vaccines to go to health care workers, long-term care facilities


Health care workers are likely to be top of the list but doses are limited.

A group of independent experts voted Tuesday that health care personnel treating patients — as well as workers and residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities — should get the first shots of a COVID-19 vaccine when one is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

Early in the meeting, Beth Bell, a clinical professor of global health at the University of Washington and leader of the committee’s vaccine work group, took a moment to acknowledge the severity of COVID-19

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Here’s Who the CDC Says Will Get the COVID-19 Vaccine First


Frontline healthcare workers and elderly residents of long-term care facilities will receive the very first COVID-19 vaccinations, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory board recommended Tuesday.

These groups will make up Phase 1A of U.S. vaccine recipients who will receive the first 40 million or so doses that could be available by the end of the year. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing two vaccines, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, for emergency use authorization.

According to the CDC, there are about 21 million healthcare workers, including people who work in hospitals, long term care facilities, home healthcare, pharmacies, emergency medical services as well as in public health, and about 3 million older Americans living in skilled nursing or long term care facilities.

The 13 to 1 vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) was the first official step toward prioritizing who

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CDC Panel Reveals Who Should Get Coronavirus Vaccine First


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  • The ACIP recommends health care workers and long-term care facility residents to receive the vaccine first
  • The second phase of vaccine distribution may include essential workers
  • The FDA is reviewing data from Pfizer and Moderna

A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday voted on who would be the first in line to get a coronavirus vaccine. 

The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13-1 to have health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities be the first to receive any coronavirus vaccine that gets emergency-use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), NBC News reported. The first phase of the vaccine rollout has been named Phase 1a. The FDA is currently reviewing applications and data from Pfizer and Moderna..

“Long term care facility residents are defined as adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of

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