Health

Governors want to move beyond COVID restrictions and return to ‘a great state of normalcy’

WASHINGTON — “We need to step back from the pandemic,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Monday outside the West Wing, shortly after the group he leads, the National Governors Association, met with President Biden at the White House . “We’ve asked the president to help us provide clear guidance on how we can return to …

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Doctors say ‘child health is more than the absence of COVID-19’

If there’s one thing parents have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, it’s the importance of personalized learning for children. “Distance learning exacerbated existing educational inequalities and was detrimental to the educational attainment of students of all ages and exacerbated the growing mental health crisis among children and adolescents,” the statement …

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Most Americans are not “done with COVID.” But new numbers indicate they could be soon.

COVID-19 updates. View the latest news. Are Americans “done with COVID”, as journalist Bari Weiss said she was on last week’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” which caused a frenzy from commentary and controversy† The short answer is: not yet. According to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov survey, nearly 7 in 10 Americans (69 percent) say …

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‘We know people are anxious’ to return to pre-pandemic life

WASHINGTON — Asked at a Wednesday briefing from the White House pandemic response team about when Americans could expect life to return to normal, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave a somewhat cryptic but revealing answer. “We know people are anxious,” Walensky said. Asked what fear she was referring …

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‘Nobody wants face masks in schools’

WASHINGTON—The Debate About whether children should wear face masks in classrooms to prevent the spread of the coronavirus took a new turn on Tuesday, with Randi Weingarten, head of the influential American Federation of Teachers, saying she favors exposure, provided certain statistics were met. “I think we should talk about the exit for masks,” Weingarten …

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Is LA making a mistake by refusing to cancel its mask mandate with the rest of California?

LOS ANGELES — On Wednesday, California — the country’s most COVID-cautious state — finally lifted its mandate for indoor masks. But Los Angeles, the state’s largest city, has refused to follow suit. According to LA County Director of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, Angelenos will: probably have to wait another month before they can officially remove …

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The end of mask mandates? CDC is relaxing guidelines for schools and public spaces, signaling a bigger shift.

As COVID-19 rates plummeted, the Biden administration on Friday relaxed its recommendations for indoor masks for about 70 percent of Americans, including most schoolchildren — a shift that could hasten the end of mask mandates in the United States. Before Friday, more than 96 percent of U.S. counties were considered “substantial” or “high” transmission areas, …

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10 things to know about bed bugs, including how to find them

When you hear the words “bed bugs,” you probably cringe. Sure, we’ve all heard of the creatures (the nursery rhyme, “Good night, sleep well, don’t let the bed bugs bite” may sound familiar), but they often resemble a pest that other people handle. In reality, according to PestWorld.org, 20 percent of Americans have a bed …

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DeSantis scolds students for wearing face masks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of the nation’s most prominent opponents of coronavirus restrictions, lashed out at a group of students attending a cybersecurity event for wearing face coverings on Wednesday. “You don’t have to wear those masks,” DeSantis said as he approached the students, who would stand behind the stage where he would make …

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