How many times can you get COVID? What experts know about reinfection

The new normal is now. For what seemed like a moment, COVID-19 became an unavoidable part of daily life more than two years ago – with no signs to suggest we’ll ever see the opposite again. As we look to our lives ahead with waves of new “stealth” variants and subvariants, and seasonal vaccine reminders, … Read more

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 now | CNN

CNN — Covid-19 infections are on the rise, with most US states reporting an increase in cases. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highly contagious BA.2.1.21 subvariant of Omicron is now the dominant strain of coronavirus nationwide. Two years into the pandemic, many don’t know what to do after … Read more

House Democrats to hold hearings on infant formula crisis, introduce bill to strengthen FDA inspections

House Democrats will hold hearings on the U.S. formula shortage and pass legislation to increase Food and Drug Administration inspection staff to ensure imported products are safe for infants. Representative Rosa DeLauro, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday introduced a bill that would provide the FDA with $28 million in emergency funding to … Read more

FDA authorizes coronavirus booster shot for children as young as 5

Placeholder while loading article actions Federal regulators on Tuesday authorized a coronavirus booster shot for school-aged children, a key step toward making a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available for children ages 5 to 11 as cases are increasing nationwide. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the booster for use at least five … Read more

Should you mix and match COVID boosters for your fourth dose?

Now that people over 50 or those who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second COVID booster, you may be wondering if you should change the type of vaccine you receive for your fourth dose. Evidence suggests that doing so for the third dose produces a stronger and more robust immune response, likely because vaccines … Read more

How long should I quarantine if I test positive for COVID-19?

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Massachusetts and most states now considered high risk for community transmission, it may be time to revisit quarantine guidelines. What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19? The latest virus quarantine guidelines, as posted on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, are primarily based on … Read more

Is Paxlovid, the Covid pill, reaching those who need it most?

Editor’s Note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and advice in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As the country largely abandons mask mandates, physical distancing and other covid-19 prevention strategies, elected officials and health departments are now championing antiviral pills. But the federal government does not say how many people have received these potentially life-saving drugs or … Read more

‘Significant increase’ in California coronavirus outbreaks brings new warnings

Palisades Charter High School students ride the Expo Line after school on April 21. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times) Coronavirus conditions are likely to worsen as case rates continue to rise and hospitalizations begin to rise, according to the top health official for the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area. “We are also … Read more

‘Significant increase’ in California coronavirus outbreaks brings new warnings

SAN FRANCISCO— Coronavirus conditions are likely to worsen as case rates continue to rise and hospitalizations begin to rise, according to the top health official for the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area. “We are also seeing quite a significant increase in reports of outbreaks, coming from schools, workplaces and other congregate … Read more