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Omicron May Overcome Prior COVID Infection

People who've already had COVID-19 have a higher risk of reinfection with the Omicron coronavirus variant than with earlier variants, new research shows.

The South African scientists who reported the findings believe that vaccination will have the power to stop severe illness, however.

Speaking at a World Health Organization briefing, study team member Anne von Gottberg, of the ...

CDC to Toughen COVID Testing for International Travelers

As the world struggles with ways to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that international travelers to the United States will soon have to provide a negative result from a coronavirus test taken within 24 hours of departure.

That's a much tighter turnaround: Current rules allow fully vaccinated people to take a ...

Most Older Adults Plan to Travel Soon, With Precautions: Poll

Nearly 1 in 3 older Americans plan an extended trip next year, and 1 in 4 plan to travel for the holidays, but many will take COVID-19 into account, a new survey shows.

If COVID cases surge at their destination, 20% said they would definitely change their plans, and another 52% said they might do so.

"These poll findings are consistent with previous AARP research which shows that op...

U.S. Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Foreign Travelers

For the first time in more than18 months, fully vaccinated travelers from dozens of other countries can enter the United States on Monday.

Visitors will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test taken within three calendar days of travel. Unvaccinated Americans and children under the age of 18 are exempt from the requirement, but must take a test within one day of ...

Biden Administration Announces Details of Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Travelers

The Biden administration on Monday released the specifics of its plan to allow the return of foreign travelers to the United States.

While adult visitors will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to be tested for the virus before boarding a plane to the United States, visitors younger than 18 will not have to be fully vaccinated, but will still need to take a COVID-1...

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times.

The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that the United States would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time ...

U.S. to Reopen Borders to Vaccinated Travelers from Canada, Mexico

Beginning in November, the United States will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time since pandemic closures began 19 months ago, the Biden administration will announce Wednesday.

The move comes just weeks after U.S. officials said they would soon lift a similar ban on foreigners traveling to America from overseas.

Tuesday's action...

Big Rise in Injuries From E-Scooters, Hoverboards

Hoverboards, electric scooters and electric bikes are the transportation of choice for a growing number of Americans, but they're taking many straight to the emergency room.

Injuries associated with these so-called "micromobility products" skyrocketed 70% between 2017 and 2020, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

That in...

U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to relatives separated from families as well as business travelers. The restrictions, involving many European countries, China, Iran and Brazil, have been in place since March ...

Could Traffic Noise Raise Your Odds for Dementia?

It's more than just an annoyance: Long-term exposure to traffic and train noise may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Danish researchers report.

The study authors said that more than 1,200 of Denmark's nearly 8,500 cases of dementia in 2017 may have resulted from exposure to noise, which means that reducing traffic noise might help prevent the thinking, memory and beh...

Be 'Boat Safe' This Labor Day Weekend

Boat traffic picks up on Labor Day weekend, and the Safe Boating Campaign offers some safety reminders for those leaving shore.

"No matter your age, wear a life jacket from the moment you reach the dock and while you're out on the water," Yvonne Pentz, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council, said in a council news release. The council leads the Safe Boating Campaign....

Unvaccinated Should Not Travel This Labor Day Weekend: CDC

Unvaccinated Americans should stay home during the holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases surge due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

"First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing,

Delta Variant Has Americans' Stress Levels Rising Again: Poll

As coronavirus cases spike in the United States due to the highly contagious Delta variant, a new poll finds Americans' anxiety about COVID-19 at its highest since January.

"I wouldn't have said this a couple of years ago, but I'm not as confident as I was in America's ability to take care of itself," David Bowers, 42, a Peoria, Ariz., Democrat told the Associated Press, adding: ...

Coronavirus Outbreak on Carnival Cruise Ship

A coronavirus outbreak on a Carnival Cruise Line ship that sailed from Galveston, Texas, to Belize is one of the largest reported on a vessel sailing from the United States since cruises relaunched this summer.

The 27 cases on the Carnival Vista reported by the

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  • Biden Administration Plans to Require Vaccination for Most Foreign Visitors

    Plans are underway to require nearly all foreign travelers to the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a Biden administration official confirmed Wednesday.

    The policy will be put in place once the current restrictions on travel into this country are lifted, but officials haven't decided exactly when that will happen, The New York Times reported.

    President Joe Bi...

    Moderna Vaccine's Protection Does Not Wane After 6 Months: Report

    Moderna Inc. announced on Thursday that the potency of its vaccine does not dim in the first six months after the second dose.

    The news came in a statement that contained little actual data, but the findings may comfort the 63 ...

    U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

    The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world means that the United States will continue with COVID-19 international travel restrictions for now, a White House official said Monday.

    The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all U.S. coronavirus cases, according to the U.S. Ce...

    As Olympics Begin, Tokyo Posts Highest Number of New COVID Cases in Six Months

    One day before the official start of the Tokyo Olympics, the city has recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in six months.

    The 1,979 cases reported on Thursday are the most seen since 2,044 cases were recorded on Jan. 15, according to the Associated Press.

    Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the pandemic began, most of them this year....

    Empty Stadiums, COVID Fears: How Will It Affect Olympic Athletes?

    To do their best, Olympic athletes need to be both physically and mentally fit, but the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions at the Tokyo Olympics has made that a real challenge, experts say.

    "This Olympics is unprecedented," said Dr. Michael Lardon, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

    The Tokyo Olympics itself, which officiall...

    U.S. Issues Toughest Travel Alert for Britain As COVID Cases There Climb

    The U.S. government issued its most dire warnings against travel to Britain on Monday as coronavirus cases surged in that country while nearly all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in an effort to restart the economy.

    Both the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Level 4 travel alerts and urged all Americans to avoid visiting the U.K...

    Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

    Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers will be allowed into Canada as of Aug, 9, Canadian officials announced Monday.

    Canada's 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived for people who are residing in the United States and are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada, CBS News reported. All three vaccines available in the United States are also approved in Canada.

    Canada Surpasses U.S. COVID Vaccination Rates

    COVID-19 vaccination rates in Canada have now beaten those in the United States.

    As of Saturday, more than 49% of eligible people in Canada were fully vaccinated, and 70% had received at least one dose of vaccine, according to figures from the Our World in Data project, The New York Times reported. The rates in the United States are about 48% and 55.5%, respectively. In the Europ...

    Court Blocks Lifting of COVID Restrictions on Cruise Ships

    A federal appeals court has ruled that Florida-based cruise ships will be able to keep COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place for now.

    On Saturday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked a June ruling in favor of a Florida lawsuit that had challenged the regulations, the Associated Press reported.

    The latest ruling means that U.S. Centers for Disease Co...

    Canada May Open Borders to Fully Vaccinated Americans by Mid-August

    Fully vaccinated Americans may be able to visit Canada by mid-August, and fully vaccinated travelers from all countries may be able to visit by early September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada closed its land border with the United States in March 2020 and later restricted entry to other foreign visitors, the Washington Post

    Hawaii to Ease COVID Rules for Fully Vaccinated Tourists

    Hawaii will drop COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. mainland in two weeks, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday.

    When the restrictions are lifted on July 8, visitors using the quarantine exemption will have to upload their vaccination cards to a state website and bring a hard copy of their vaccination card with them, the Associated Press

    Americans on the Move as Post-Pandemic Life Begins

    Americans flocked to beaches, parks and stadiums over Memorial Day weekend, as new coronavirus cases dropped to levels not seen since March 2020.

    With more than 40% of the country fully vaccinated and the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases falling to about 12,000 per day, Americans showed they were eager to embrace post-pandemic life.

    The Indianapolis 500 became the larges...

    What Was Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton's Mystery Illness?

    Famed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton may have suffered from a deficiency of the nutrient thiamine, a condition known as beriberi, say researchers who claim they have cracked this nearly 120-year-old mystery.

    Shackleton is known for his daring expeditions to Antarctica in the early 20th century. He experienced prolonged bouts of extreme shortness of breath and physical weakness on t...

    Astronauts Will Need Tough Workouts on Any Mission to Mars

    As NASA astronauts set their sights on reaching Mars and building an outpost on the moon, they are likely to need regular, rigorous exercise to keep their hearts in shape, a new study suggests.

    Researchers analyzed data gathered from U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly during his year in space from 2015 to 2016 and from BenoƮt Lecomte's attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean in 2018. Investigat...

    As U.S. Vaccinations Rise, Are 'Vaccine Passports' for Americans Coming?

    With tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses going into American arms, pressure is mounting for a U.S. "vaccine passport" that would allow the fully immunized to travel freely and more easily enjoy other aspects of pre-pandemic life.

    More than two dozen airline trade organizations, labor unions and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have asked the White House to "establish uniform guidance" ...

    Got Wanderlust? Travel Makes Folks Happier, Study Shows

    It might be tough to imagine jetting off to far-flung destinations right now, but new research shows that people who love to travel are happier than homebodies.

    Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen, an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University Vancouver, surveyed 500 people to find out why some travel more than others and if travel experiences a...

    NBA's COVID 'Bubble' Reveals Home Court Advantage

    The protective "bubble" that allowed National Basketball Association teams to keep playing during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the magic of the home court advantage, new research shows.

    The NBA halted its 2019-20 season in March, then resumed in July with 22 teams that were confined to play in a protective bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., instead of traveling.

    For the...

    CDC Shrinks COVID Quarantine Time, Advises Against Holiday Travel

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention delivered some good news and some bad news on Wednesday: The recommended length of quarantine after exposure to the new coronavirus has been shortened, but Americans are again being asked to avoid any and all travel during the coming holiday season.

    The new quarantine guidelines will allow people who have come in contact with someone inf...

    ADHD May Help Predict Adults' Car Crash Risk

    Young adults who've had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) since childhood are at increased risk for road crashes, researchers say.

    But there is no increased risk for those whose ADHD symptoms have decreased, according to the study published online recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    For the study, the resea...

    Coronavirus on a Plane: One Flight's History Outlines the Risk

    Just how safe is it to fly during the pandemic?

    The story of one international flight in March -- before the advent of mask and glove protocols -- suggests that even with infected passengers aboard, the odds of catching COVID-19 are relatively small.

    Reporting Aug. 18 in the journal JAMA Network Open, German researchers recount the health outcomes for 102 passengers w...

    Gene Study Shows How Coronavirus Swept Through the <i>Diamond Princess</i>

    The fate of more than 3,600 quarantined passengers and crew on the cruise ship Diamond Princess made headlines in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic in February.

    An outbreak aboard the ship eventually led to nearly 700 infections and seven deaths from COVID-19.

    Now, a genetic retracing of events shows the outbreak likely stemmed from just one infected person,...

    'Silent' COVID-19 More Widespread Than Thought

    A new cruise ship study suggests that the number of people who are infected with the new coronavirus but have no symptoms may be much higher than believed.

    More than 80% of those who tested positive for the infection had no symptoms, according to the study published online May 27 in the journal Thorax.

    The findings could be important as...

    Bike-Sharing Gets Commuters Out of Cars: Study

    When bike-sharing services open in cities, more people start to commute by bicycle and take public transit, new research shows.

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, bike commuting had increased by 20% in cities where bike-share systems were introduced, according to study author Dafeng Xu, assistant professor of public policy and governance at the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Women Are Much Safer Drivers Than Men, British Study Finds

    If more women were hired for trucking jobs, the roads would be a lot safer, British researchers suggest.

    That's because men, who hold most driving jobs, are more likely to drive dangerously. This puts other road users at risk, said lead researcher Rachel Aldred. She's a reader in transport at the University of Westminster in London.

    "Greater gender equity would have a posi...

    Should You Cancel Travel Plans Due to Coronavirus? Take This Quiz

    The coronavirus crisis has millions of Americans questioning whether it's wise, or even safe, to travel this spring.

    Now, an infectious disease expert has created a checklist to help you decide whether to go ahead with your trip or cancel it.

    COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new coronavirus. For most people with healthy immune systems, infection appears to result in mild ...

    Global Coronavirus Outbreaks Stoking Fears of Pandemic

    A coronavirus pandemic looked ever more likely on Monday as multiple countries around the world raced to stem outbreaks of "untraceable" cases of the virus.

    Clusters of cases arising in South Korea, Italy and Iran with no clear ties to outbreak's epicenter in China have heightened concerns about local, self-sustaining epidemics and a global pandemic. In a pandemic, outbreaks occur on ...

    Global Coronavirus Outbreaks Raise Fears of Pandemic

    The chances of a coronavirus pandemic continued to climb Sunday as multiple countries around the world raced to stem outbreaks of "untraceable" cases of the virus.

    Clusters of cases arising in South Korea, Italy, Iran and Canada with no clear ties to outbreak's epicenter in China have heightened concerns about local, self-sustaining epidemics and a global pandemic. In a pandemic, out...

    Global Coronavirus Outbreaks Worry Experts, as U.S. Cases Reach 34

    Outbreaks of "untraceable" cases of coronavirus in multiple countries around the world are raising the real possibility of a pandemic, public health experts say.

    Clusters of cases arising in South Korea, Iran, Italy and Canada with no clear ties to the outbreak's epicenter in China have boosted concerns about local, self-sustaining epidemics and a global pandemic.

    As reporte...

    U.S. Coronavirus Cases Reach 34: CDC

    The number of coronavirus cases among Americans jumped to 34 Friday, as U.S. health officials reported that more passengers who were evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the virus.

    "We have 13 U.S. cases, versus 21 cases among people who were repatriated," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. National Center for Immunization and Respiratory ...

    New China Coronavirus Cases Decline, 2 Passengers From Affected Cruise Ship Die

    The number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases in China dropped Thursday, but the decline might just be due to new methods in how case numbers are tallied.

    Also on Thursday, two infected passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that had been quarantined in Japan died.

    The decline in Chinese cases was due in part to Chinese health officials again changing how they tally...

    Quarantine Ends on Cruise Ship in Japan as Coronavirus Cases Near 75,000

    As the number of coronavirus cases reached 75,000 and deaths topped 2,000, a two-week quarantine of a cruise ship docked in Japan ended Wednesday.

    About 300 Americans were recently evacuated from the Diamond Princess over the weekend and are already under quarantine in the United States. Fourteen of those evacuees have tested positive for the new COVID-19 virus.

    More than 10...

    Chinese Report Says Lion's Share of Coronavirus Cases Are Mild

    New details on nearly 45,000 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in China show that 80% of cases are mild and the number of new cases has been declining for most of February.

    The report, released Monday by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, offers some hope that the outbreak might be abating, the Associated Press reported.

    Still, "it's too early to ...

    14 Americans From Cruise Ship Hit By Coronavirus Test Positive for Infection

    Fourteen of the more than 300 U.S. passengers evacuated from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus outbreak have tested positive for infection during their flights home, U.S. health officials said Monday.

    The news comes from a joint statement from the Departments of State and Health and Human Services, CNN reported. The 14 passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, docked in Yoko...

    U.S. to Evacuate Americans on Cruise Ship Hit by Coronavirus; First Death Occurs Outside Asia

    The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak -- and the global response to it -- continues to evolve, with the first death outside Asia reported in France on Saturday.

    Also on Saturday, U.S. health officials announced that a chartered flight will arrive on Sunday to evacuate 400 American passengers stranded on a cruise ship docked in Japan.

    The passengers on board the Diamond Princess...

    Coronavirus Spreads Most Easily When Patients Are Sickest: CDC

    Coronavirus is most infectious when patients are at the peak of their illness, U.S. health officials said Friday.

    "Based on what we know now, we believe this virus spreads mainly from person to person among close contacts, which is defined as about six feet, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National...

    Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Rise Sharply, While 2 New Cases Reported in U.S.

    After charting a slight decline in spread earlier this week, new coronavirus cases in China jumped by almost 15,000 in a single day, while the death count spiked to 1,367, Chinese health officials reported Thursday.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that two new cases have been confirmed in this country, upping the total from 13 to 15.

    ...