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When do we have to wear a mask outside? The C.D.C. says less often, and here’s how and why

Vaccinated people can often skip masks outdoors when they won’t be in crowded situations with strangers, the new guidance says, but unvaccinated people should still wear them in many outdoor settings.
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CDC details new outdoor mask advice

Because the risk of infection is much lower outdoors, health officials also relaxed advice for those who haven’t gotten their shots, saying they could safely shed their masks for some outside activities.
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CDC updates masks and distancing guidance for summer camps

The updated guidance was issued just weeks before many U.S. camps resume operations in mid-May.
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U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after blood clotting cases

Federal health officials called for a halt in the use of the company’s coronavirus vaccine while they study serious illnesses that developed in six American women.
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J&J vaccine and blood clots: A risk, if it exists, is tiny

Out of an “abundance of caution,” the F.D.A. is advising doctors to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while it investigates extremely rare blood clots.
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More contagious COVID variant is now dominant in the U.S., C.D.C. says

The B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in Britain, is now the source of most new coronavirus infections in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
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Many children with serious inflammatory syndrome had no COVID symptoms

Pediatricians should be vigilant, experts said, after the release of the largest U.S. study of the syndrome, MIS-C, that can strike young people weeks after their coronavirus infection.
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Salmonella outbreak is linked to wild birds and feeders, C.D.C. says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 19 people had been sickened in eight states.
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Biden pushes mask mandate as C.D.C. director warns of 'impending doom'

The administration is stepping up the pace of vaccinations and expanding access to shots, but it remains in a race against a virus on the upswing.
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CDC identifies public-health guidance from the Trump administration that downplayed pandemic severity

The analysis was done to promote public trust and ensure that CDC’s coronavirus guidance "is evidence-based and free of politics," a memo says.
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Pandemic raises concerns about childhood lead poisoning

Lead screenings for children plummeted last spring, and stay-at-home orders may have increased household exposure to the toxic metal.
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Brazil’s COVID crisis is a warning to the whole world, scientists say

Brazil is seeing a record number of deaths, and the spread of a more contagious coronavirus variant that may cause reinfection.
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CDC prioritizing farmworkers for COVID vaccine. Some large agricultural states have not

A few states with large agricultural populations have, so far, left farmworkers out of their COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
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U.S. reaches 500,000 COVID deaths

In a single year, COVID-19 became a leading cause of death in the United States, rivaling heart disease and cancer, and has driven life expectancy down sharply.

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