May 18, 2022

Latest CDC guidelines follow localities dropping mask mandates, but free COVID tests still unclaimed | national news

Here are some of your COVID-19 news for February 27.

Many Americans, including parents of school children, are calling for an end to face coverings while others remain cautious that the pandemic could kick a new curve. Now states, cities and school districts are weighing Friday’s advice to determine if it’s safe to stop wearing a mask – long after others rejected such mandates and many Americans ignored them. .

Under the new guidelines, the CDC says people can stop wearing masks if they live in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium threat to hospitals — representing more than 70% of the U.S. population.

CHICAGO (AP) — Grace Thomas is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but still isn’t ready to take off her mask, especially around the children at the home daycare she runs in Chicago.

Two preprint studies published on Saturday offer further evidence that the coronavirus originated in animals and spread to humans in late 2019 at the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China.

One of the studies – neither of which has been peer-reviewed or published in a professional journal – used spatial analysis to show that the earliest known cases of Covid-19, diagnosed in December 2019, were market-centric . The researchers also report that environmental samples that tested positive for the virus, SARS-CoV-2, were strongly associated with live animal sellers.

Nearly half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the Biden administration recently made available to the public remain unclaimed as virus cases plummet and people feel less urgency to test.