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Los CDC endurecerán las pruebas de COVID para los viajeros internacionales

Mientras el mundo se esfuerza por encontrar formas de frenar la propagación de la nueva variante ómicron, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) de EE. UU. anunciaron el martes que los viajeros internacionales a Estados Unidos pronto tendrán que proveer un resultado negativo de una prueba del coronavirus que hayan tomado en un plazo de 24 horas antes de su salida....

First U.S. Omicron Case Reported in California

The first confirmed U.S. case of the Omicron variant has been reported in California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

The patient was a traveler, apparently from the San Francisco area, who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, the CDC said in a statement<...

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 ...

Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Don't drive drunk. That's simple and obvious advice. And it appears ridesharing services are making it easier for people to take it.

In a new study that looked at Chicago data, more rideshare trips meant fewer alcohol-involved crashes.

"This study was designed to look specifically at drunk driver crashing," said study auth...

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 ...

Is Sheltering Under an Overpass Safe When Tornadoes Strike?

You're driving down the highway when a tornado warning is issued over your car radio. Is it safe to follow widespread advice and seek shelter under an overpass?

While the U.S. National Weather Service warns that the wind from a tornado can accelerate as it flows under the overpass, creating a wind tunnel effect, a new study found differently.

"In our research, there is no one findin...

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...

Injuries From Bikes, Guns Rose During Lockdowns

In yet another example of the cost of the pandemic, a new study finds there were significant increases in bicycle- and gun-related injuries during coronavirus lockdowns in the United States, but a decrease in traffic injuries.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 27,600 trauma cases at four Level I trauma centers in Orange County, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Tulsa, Okla., and Miami between ...

Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Researchers may be one step closer to developing the equivalent of a Breathalyzer for detecting marijuana use.

In an early study, scientists found that their rapid test was able to reliably detect THC in people's saliva in under 5 minutes. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana.

Right now, the "gold standard" for detecting marijuana use is to meas...

Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

Parents of teen drivers can play a crucial role in making their children safe drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association says.

Millions of U.S. teens are learning to drive at an especially challenging time as risky and dangerous driving has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the association noted.

"Teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a...

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 ...

When Cardiac Arrest Strikes, Survival Odds Are Better at Airports

If you have a cardiac arrest, your odds of survival are best in an airport or airplane, a new study finds.

That's because automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available and so are people ready to help, researchers explained.

"Our findings emphasize that cardiac arrest in travelers is survivable and that early resuscitation interventions matter," said lead researcher ...

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,

U.S. to Be Removed From E.U. Safe Travel List

Due to surging coronavirus cases, the United States will be removed from the European Union's "safe list" of countries whose citizens can travel to the 27-nation bloc without additional restrictions such as testing and quarantines.

The change is expected to be announced Monday, but will not be mandatory for EU member nations, who can decide for themselves whether or not to impose the new ...

COVID Vaccination Will Be Required on Disney Cruises to Bahamas

U.S. passengers aged 12 and older boarding Disney Cruise Line voyages to the Bahamas will have to start providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination as of Sept. 3, the company said Wednesday.

The new policy is in effect until November and requires passengers to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before ...

One Activity Causes 4 Out of 5 Sports-Linked Spinal Injuries

Football and other contact sports get a lot of attention for their injury hazards. But for most adults, bike riding is the biggest back-breaker, a new study suggests.

Of more than 12,000 sports-related spinal injuries among U.S. adults, researchers found that a full 81% were due to bicycling mishaps. The injuries mostly included vertebral fractures, often in the neck but also in the middl...

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 ...

    Vaccinated Americans Can Soon Visit the U.K. Without Quarantining

    Starting Aug. 2, the United Kingdom will allow fully vaccinated travelers from the United States into the country without having to quarantine upon arrival, officials there announced Wednesday.

    Right now, people who have been vaccinated in Britain don't have to isolate when returning from most "amber list" countries, but that exemption doesn't apply to people who have been vaccinated outs...

    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...

    Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

    New research offers some reassuring news for parents of kids returning to school soon: The risk of acquiring COVID-19 on the school bus is very low when proper precautions are taken.

    With open windows, mandated masking and two kids per seat, there was no transmission of the new coronavirus linked to busing even during the height of the pandemic, the study found.

    "Until recently, the...

    Big Road Trip This Weekend? Keep Baby Safe

    If you're hitting the road with your infant this summer, you need to ensure your child's safety and comfort, a pediatric expert says.

    First, check your car safety seat to make sure it's installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. It needs to be rear-facing and at the correct angle to prevent your infant's head from slumping and potentially blocking the airway, Dr. Dina DiMaggi...

    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.

    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

    More E-Scooter Rideshares, More Injuries

    As the use of e-scooters has risen with the introduction of urban rideshare programs, so have serious injuries associated with their use, a new study finds.

    Neck and head injuries are especially common.

    "Since e-scooters became a popular form of transportation in major cities, the number of injuries jumped significantly because they've become more available to more people," said stu...

    Teens Who Text While Driving May Take Other Risks Behind the Wheel

    When it comes to teens, one risky driving behavior may beget other risky behaviors on the road: New research finds that those who use cellphones while behind the wheel are more likely to engage in other types of risky driving.

    "This study found that frequent cellphone use while driving was only one indicator of a more general pattern of risky driving practices associated with prior crashe...

    Woman Dies From Dengue Fever Acquired in Florida

    The death of a Miami woman in her 30s from locally acquired dengue fever highlights the need for awareness of a potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus that's now found in the United States.

    Once only seen in hot and steamy tropical or subtropical locales, dengue has been on the rise in parts of the southern United States due to global warming, travel and other factors. While most American...

    Rideshare Apps Could Be Saving Lives, Study Shows

    WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) - You've heard it often: Don't get behind the wheel of a car after a night of drinking. Now, a new study confirms that rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are making it easier for people to follow that advice and get home unharmed and alive.

    Texas researchers saw a marked change in motor vehicle collision traumas from before Uber entered the Hou...

    Girl's Tragedy Has Parents Calling for Changes to Car Design

    Jay-Fay Fraser was in the back seat of her father's sedan, heading home from feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving 2016, when another car rear-ended them on the highway.

    The driver's seat collapsed backward from the sudden force of the rear impact, slamming into Jay-Fay's head, her mother, Michelle Fraser, recounted.

    "She lurched forward, the seat collapsed backward, and it basically...

    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...

    Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

    It's the first holiday since the pandemic began where Americans can mingle without masks if they are fully vaccinated, so celebrations are in order. But folks still need to avoid alcohol if they're driving or boating over the Memorial Day weekend.

    "This Memorial Day weekend, as we honor our nation's heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect ours, please remember to keep yourselves and ...

    U.S. Issues Tough Travel Warnings for Japan Ahead of Olympics

    U.S. officials on Monday warned all Americans not to visit Japan because of a spike in coronavirus cases there just two months before the Tokyo Olympics are set to start.

    The travel advisories, one issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one that came from the U.S. State Department, don't ban Americans from visiting Japan, but they could trigger higher trave...

    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...

    Most Parents Skip Child Car Seats When Using Uber, Lyft

    Many U.S. parents don't use child safety seats when they take ride-share vehicles like Uber or Lyft with their young children, a new study finds.

    "Our results are concerning, as ride-share services are increasingly popular," said senior study author Dr. Michelle Macy, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

    "Car accidents rem...

    Have to Travel During Spring Break? Here's How to Stay Safe

    If you must travel during the spring break, be sure to follow recommended COVID-19 pandemic safety measures, an emergency medicine doctor advises.

    Millions of people are packing airports, while only one-quarter of the U.S. population has received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, noted Dr. Lewis Nelson, director of the department of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical ...

    U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Rose in 2020, Even Though Driving Declined

    Despite the fact that Americans have been driving less during the pandemic, pedestrian deaths per mile in the United States spiked 20% in the first half of 2020, new research shows.

    The culprits? Increases in speeding, distracted and impaired driving, and other dangerous driving behaviors, researchers said.

    Factoring in a 16.5% reduction in vehicle miles traveled nationwide, the rat...

    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" ...

    Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

    Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday often marked by one (or more) too many drinks. But experts warn that simple holiday fun can quickly turn deadly when alcohol is involved.

    The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offered these reminders about the dangers of alcohol overdose and urged everyone to drink responsibly or not at all.

    Binge or high-intens...

    For Some Young Drivers, Smartphone Use Is One of Many Bad Habits

    Young drivers who cruise down the highway with a cellphone in hand probably exhibit other risky behind-the-wheel behaviors, a new study suggests.

    Talking or texting on a smartphone while driving correlates with a whole range of dangerous driving practices for many young, novice drivers -- from intoxicated driving to speeding, unsafely passing other vehicles or running red lights, said res...

    Drivers May Be Inhaling Dangerous Carcinogens Inside Their Cars

    Worried about what damage the polluted air outside might pose to your health during your work commute? New research suggests you might want to worry more about the chemicals you are exposed to inside your car.

    Benzene and formaldehyde are used in automobile manufacturing, and both are known to cause cancer at or above certain levels of exposure. Benzene also poses a risk of repro...

    Speeding on U.S. Roads Is Taking Thousands of  Teenagers' Lives

    Nearly half -- 43% -- of all fatal car crashes involving teens and their passengers are the result of speeding, a new automobile safety report reveals.

    The finding stems from an in-depth analysis of all fatal motor vehicle accidents across the United States between 2015 and 2019. During this five-year period, 4,930 teen drivers and passengers died in crashes involving speeding.

    And ...