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Children accounted for more than 20% of weekly US cases; Iowa governor declines to recommend masks for students: Live COVID-19 updates

September 3rd, 2021
Children accounted for more than 20% of weekly US cases; Iowa governor declines to recommend masks for students: Live COVID-19 updates

Kids accounted for more than one-fifth of total COVID-19 cases in the U.S. for week ending Aug. 26, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.Last week, children made up 22.4% of the reported cases. That’s higher than the overall total average of child cases during the pandemic, which is 14.8% of total cumulative cases. The report also noted there was a 9% increase in the cumulative number of child cases from Aug. 12 to Aug. 26. The increase comes as children have begun in-person schooling for the first time since the pandemic began... Read More

Hospitalizations hit highs for those under 50; Texas Supreme Court blocks orders allowing masks: Live COVID-19 updates

August 16th, 2021
Hospitalizations hit highs for those under 50; Texas Supreme Court blocks orders allowing masks: Live COVID-19 updates

The United States accounts for more than one-fifth of the world’s total COVID-19 cases for the first time since mid-February, before vaccines were widely available, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. And hospitalizations have hit pandemic highs among all ages under 50, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re seeing a lot of people get seriously ill,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Biden administration’s lead adviser on the pandemic, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “The hospitalizations are on the brink of actually overrunning... Read More

FDA set to authorize third vaccine dose for immunocompromised people, reports say: Live COVID-19 updates

August 12th, 2021
FDA set to authorize third vaccine dose for immunocompromised people, reports say: Live COVID-19 updates

Federal regulators are expected to amend the Emergency Use Authorizations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow for a third shot of coronavirus vaccine as soon as Thursday for some immunocompromised people, multiple reports said Wednesday.An official familiar with the plan told The New York Times that the third shot covers those with solid organ transplants and others whose immune systems are similarly compromised, roughly 10 million Americans.  A May study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that only 17% of transplant recipients had antibodies after their first... Read More

Fact check: 6 of the most persistent misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines

August 5th, 2021
Fact check: 6 of the most persistent misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines

Because of the highly contagious delta variant, some states are seeing their highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations since the pandemic began. Those most at risk: unvaccinated people.Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in mid-July that more than 97% of people who had been hospitalized for COVID-19 were unvaccinated. Some vaccinated people have gotten sick, but serious illness is rare in that group  –  another indication the coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective.Roughly half of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19,... Read More

Fact check: Post misleads on origin of delta variant name

July 31st, 2021
Fact check: Post misleads on origin of delta variant name

Skip to main content The claim: The “delta” in delta variant means “deep sleep”The delta coronavirus variant has caused a sharp spike in cases around the country, according to public health officials..But some people online say there’s something even more sinister about the delta variant: its name. “You’re under a spell,” reads text in a July 31 post on Facebook, which has more than 1,400 shares. “Delta variant. Delta = Deep sleep.”The text is overlaid on a photo that depicts a man sleepwalking, with faded images of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute... Read More

Tennessee vaccine program has ‘critical gaps’ as COVID-19 rebounds

July 20th, 2021
Tennessee vaccine program has ‘critical gaps’ as COVID-19 rebounds

Skip to main content This content is only available to USA TODAY subscribers.Subscribe for as low as $4.99 per month.Your subscription includes access to:Exclusive, subscriber-only content and weekly email newsletterOur most popular newsletter, Daily Briefing, to keep you updated on the day’s top storiesFull access on your desktop, tablet and mobile deviceThe eNewspaper, a digital replica of the print editionOriginal reporting that provides diverse perspectives on news and issues of todayWe know you have many choices and appreciate you investing in us and the future of journalism.This content... Read More

ESPN’s Jay Williams tests positive for coronavirus, won’t broadcast rest of NBA Finals on ABC

July 16th, 2021
ESPN’s Jay Williams tests positive for coronavirus, won’t broadcast rest of NBA Finals on ABC

ESPN host and analyst Jay Williams won’t broadcast the remaining games of the NBA Finals because he has tested positive for coronavirus. Williams, who in a video posted online said he is vaccinated, is “doing OK.” He will, however, miss the remainder of the NBA Finals in his role as an analyst on ABC’s live on-site studio coverage during games alongside Maria Taylor, Adrian Wojnarowski and Jalen Rose. “The last couple of days for me have been challenging. But I wanted to be the first to tell you guys that you will not see me at Game 5, Game 6 or a potential Game... Read More

July 4th at the White House is an annual tradition. Here’s how it started.

July 2nd, 2021
July 4th at the White House is an annual tradition. Here’s how it started.

Skip to main content This content is only available to USA TODAY subscribers.Subscribe for as low as $4.99 per month.Your subscription includes access to:Exclusive, subscriber-only content and weekly email newsletterOur most popular newsletter, Daily Briefing, to keep you updated on the day’s top storiesFull access on your desktop, tablet and mobile deviceThe eNewspaper, a digital replica of the print editionOriginal reporting that provides diverse perspectives on news and issues of todayWe know you have many choices and appreciate you investing in us and the future of journalism.This content... Read More

Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, First Lady Jill Biden on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The game is not over’

June 29th, 2021
Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, First Lady Jill Biden on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The game is not over’

DALLAS — Emmitt Smith extended his hand to 14-year-old high school receiver Chase Walton. Walton, reaching out from beneath a rolled-up sleeve, clasped the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back’s palm in return.“Trust me, I got my shots, too,” Smith told Walton at a Dallas vaccine clinic Tuesday afternoon. “It’s going to be all right.”Walton closed his eyes tightly and received his first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.“You really truly are protecting someone else when you protect yourself,” Smith added. “It’s up to someone else now to do what you just did so they can... Read More

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