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Who gave a 50-year-old federal agency the power to create a vaccine mandate? Behind the Supreme Court's decision to block Biden's employee mandate

Who gave a 50-year-old federal agency the power to create a vaccine mandate? Behind the Supreme Court’s decision to block Biden’s employee mandate

Did anyone actually give a 50-year-old federal agency — the government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration — the legal ability to create COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing rules that could affect 84 million private sector workers? The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling that stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses …

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Why do you test negative on an antigen test with COVID-19 symptoms? Do you have flu? Not necessarily --- here's why

Why do you test negative on an antigen test with COVID-19 symptoms? Do you have flu? Not necessarily — here’s why

You have a blistering headache. Your body aches. You’ve developed a cough. You’re sneezing. But you test negative on an antigen test. Do you have COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2? Or the flu? Or flurona — both? It’s a stressful dilemma and an increasingly common question. Flu season is upon us. Omicron …

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I have a fake COVID-19 vaccine card. My best friend won’t speak to me. Don’t I have the right to make these decisions for myself?

I’m not sure this is a question for the Moneyist, but here goes. I’m 34, I live alone, and I have not gotten vaccinated. Here’s my issue: I have a fake vaccine card that I only very occasionally flash to get into bars and restaurants. I choose restaurants that I know are not crowded, and …

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'Each society creates its own pathology': Mayo Clinic vaccine specialist says don't blame the CDC for cutting COVID-19 isolation times

‘Each society creates its own pathology’: Mayo Clinic vaccine specialist says don’t blame the CDC for cutting COVID-19 isolation times

It’s easy to point the finger. This week, U.S. health officials reduced isolation times for Americans who test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms from 10 to five days, and also cut the time that close contacts need to self-quarantine. After those five days, Americans should still wear a mask around others for another …

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A COVID-19 recovery offers low protection against omicron variant but boosters are effective, London study finds

A COVID-19 recovery offers low protection against omicron variant but boosters are effective, London study finds

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 evades immunity from past infection or from two doses of a vaccine, according to a new research report from England published on Friday. The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, was conducted by the COVID-19 research team at Imperial College London, and used data from the …

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'Would you and I go into a building where we can see smoke?' That's how one doctor sees New Year's Eve parties

‘Would you and I go into a building where we can see smoke?’ That’s how one doctor sees New Year’s Eve parties

The new omicron variant of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus SARS-CoV-2, has complicated the prospect of heralding in the New Year with friends — even vaccinated ones. It’s just one night, after all. A bottle of champagne and some dancing. It couldn’t hurt. Or could it? Everyone dreads that post-party contact-tracing email or …

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'The days you were considered fully vaccinated with two shots are going to be a thing of the past'

‘The days you were considered fully vaccinated with two shots are going to be a thing of the past’

With employer vaccination requirements already widespread, workplace experts say it’s possible some companies will convert their full vaccination requirement, now two shots, into a three-shot requirement as the omicron variant emerges. Pfizer PFE, +1.34% and BioNTech BNTX, -9.33% said three of its vaccine doses can “neutralize” the omicron variant, while two doses may not be …

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A new study finds that most COVID-19 boosters strengthen immunity, though there is no winning shot

A new study finds that most COVID-19 boosters strengthen immunity, though there is no winning shot

The first study directly comparing COVID-19 boosters found that most shots improved immune responses in fully vaccinated people, but there is no obvious “winner” to help make a decision.  “In terms of a ‘best’ booster, there is no definitive winner, but there are some losers,” SVB Leerink analysts told investors on Friday. The research, which …

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This holiday travel season will be a challenge — here's how travelers can prepare themselves

This holiday travel season will be a challenge — here’s how travelers can prepare themselves

Planning a trip to visit family for the holidays this year? You won’t be alone — and that makes the potential for widespread flight delays and cancellations all the more likely. With nearly 200 million Americans vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 and the delta variant receding, many more people are feeling comfortable taking …

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