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Coronavirus lab leak theory ‘plausible,’ report says; new COVID-19 cases in states continue to fall: Live COVID-19 updates

June 8th, 2021
Coronavirus lab leak theory ‘plausible,’ report says; new COVID-19 cases in states continue to fall: Live COVID-19 updates

CLOSEThe hypothesis claiming the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab is “plausible” and deserves further investigation, a report on the origins of COVID-19 from a U.S. government laboratory said.The study, prepared in May 2020, was received in October 2020 by the State Department, when the department investigated the pandemic’s origins, reported the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the classified document.  The report comes as questions grow about whether the virus was the result of an accident in a Chinese laboratory or spread through other means. President... Read More

In California: State to offer $116M in coronavirus vaccine prize money

May 28th, 2021
In California: State to offer $116M in coronavirus vaccine prize money

CLOSEHappy Friday on this holiday weekend! I’m wishing you all a nice Memorial Day on Monday as we honor the women and men who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Interesting fact (as reported by history.com): Memorial Day, which began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971, was originally known as Decoration Day.Just one tiny warning: If you’re in the Fresno area and you’re planning to spend time in a city park, be sure not to annoy any lizards there because, believe it or not, to do so is against the law.I’m... Read More

Infections down 50% from last month; child tax credits expanded, covering majority of children: Live COVID-19 updates

May 18th, 2021
Infections down 50% from last month; child tax credits expanded, covering majority of children: Live COVID-19 updates

CLOSE A day after the CDC issued new masking guidelines, retailers started announcing changes to mask policies for fully vaccinated customers. WochitOhioans on Tuesday began registering for the Vax-a-Million lottery and a chance to claim $1 million cash prizes or college scholarships if they can prove receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot.Drawings for the lottery, designed to combat vaccine hesitancy, are scheduled to take place on five consecutive Wednesdays starting May 26 on live TV.”We have heard that local health departments and pharmacies are seeing more people coming in... Read More

India variant more contagious, WHO says; Massachusetts reports zero new coronavirus deaths: Live COVID-19 updates

May 12th, 2021
India variant more contagious, WHO says; Massachusetts reports zero new coronavirus deaths: Live COVID-19 updates

CLOSE How “conspiracy theories” are working against the goal of getting Americans vaccinated for COVID-19. USA TODAYAs a federal advisory committee meets Wednesday to sign off on allowing one vaccine to go into adolescent arms, the White House reportedly said on a call that states won’t receive any doses for another next week.A new supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which have faced production problems, wasn’t immediately available for ordering Tuesday, according to Politico. The vaccine output has been limited since its authorization in late February — and in... Read More

States rebel against governors’ arbitrary COVID-19 powers. Pennsylvania is the latest.

May 12th, 2021
States rebel against governors’ arbitrary COVID-19 powers. Pennsylvania is the latest.

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‘Afraid of dying in here’: How inmates fought for COVID vaccinations, protections after jails and prisons failed to protect them

May 8th, 2021
‘Afraid of dying in here’: How inmates fought for COVID vaccinations, protections after jails and prisons failed to protect them

CLOSE After 16 years in prison, Gwen Levi was released on home confinement under the CARES Act. Now, she fears she will be sent back after the pandemic. USA TODAYRussell Leaks had more reasons to be worried about the coronavirus than most people.The 66-year-old Tennessee cook suffers from chronic liver disease, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and the toll of a heart attack. And he was in jail, a place where the virus spreads easily.Leaks got COVID-19 in late November while awaiting final court action on a parole violation charge. The disease left him so short of breath he could... Read More

India running out of oxygen, hospital beds amid unrelenting COVID-19 surge

April 20th, 2021
India running out of oxygen, hospital beds amid unrelenting COVID-19 surge

CLOSE Despite the vaccine rollout, Biden sends warning that coronavirus is still dangerous. USA TODAYNEW DELHI – Seema Gandotra, sick with the coronavirus, gasped for breath in an ambulance for 10 hours, as it tried unsuccessfully at six hospitals in India’s sprawling capital to find an open bed. By the time she was admitted, it was too late, and the 51-year-old died hours later.Rajiv Tiwari, whose oxygen levels began falling after he tested positive for the virus, has the opposite problem: He identified an open bed, but the 30-something resident of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh can’t get to... Read More

Shopping for flights? Change fees and other pre-pandemic penalties are back or returning soon on cheapest tickets

April 2nd, 2021
Shopping for flights? Change fees and other pre-pandemic penalties are back or returning soon on cheapest tickets

Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY Published 4:00 a.m. ET April 2, 2021 CLOSE USA TODAY travel reporter Dawn Gilbertson traveled to Cancun, Mexico, to see how the coronavirus pandemic has changed spring break for 2021. USA TODAYReady to travel again?Be careful when shopping for plane tickets: change fees and other fine print are back on some tickets – or will be soon.With vacation travel strongly rebounding as more Americans are vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, several airlines are eliminating travel waivers put in place when travel evaporated during the coronavirus pandemic. The... Read More

Hospital’s COVID ICU closure brings hope, relief

March 18th, 2021
Hospital’s COVID ICU closure brings hope, relief

Skip to main content HomeCoronavirusFactcheckPoliticsRace in AmericaVisual ExplainersNationWorldInvestigationsHealthEducationWeatherJust the FAQsElectionsOptimism is spreading in the U.S. as coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations plummet. An empty COVID-19 ICU unit at a California hospital reflects the improvements as the nurses here breathe a collective sigh of relief after a year of pain. (March 19)AP Continue To Full Article  Read More

One year on: stars’ COVID-19 experiences

March 11th, 2021
One year on: stars’ COVID-19 experiences

Skip to main content HomeCoronavirusFactcheckPoliticsRace in AmericaVisual ExplainersNationWorldInvestigationsHealthEducationWeatherJust the FAQsElectionsAfter contracting and recovering from the coronavirus, stars including Tom Hanks, Katherine Waterston and Bryan Cranston talked about their experience with the disease. (March 10)AP Continue To Full Article  Read More