PR Newswire: CDC Foundation and National Council on Aging Launch New Online Tool to Help Older Adults Prevent Falls and Fall Injuries (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: CDC Foundation and National Council on Aging Launch New Online Tool to Help Older Adults Prevent Falls and Fall Injuries (PRESS RELEASE). “Each year, 1 in 10 older adults will experience a fall that results in injury, such as a broken bone or head injury, according to CDC. Fall prevention is very important because these injuries can be life-altering and difficult to recover from. The Falls Free CheckUp asks 13 simple questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. It can be completed by either the individual or by a family member on their behalf.”

Associated Press: CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises

Associated Press: CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises. “The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is extending the nationwide mask requirement for public transit for 15 days as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was extending the order, which was set to expire on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.”

Washington Post: CDC, under fire for covid response, announces plans to revamp agency

Washington Post: CDC, under fire for covid response, announces plans to revamp agency . “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky announced plans Monday to revamp the agency that has come under blistering criticism for its performance leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying, ‘it is time to step back and strategically position CDC to support the future of public health.’”

CDC: CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals

CDC: CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals. “Following FDA’s regulatory actionexternal icon today, CDC is updating its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Separately and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.”

Politico: CDC updates Covid-19 guidance to allow patients wear N95s

Politico: CDC updates Covid-19 guidance to allow patients wear N95s. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday updated its guidance so that people visiting health care facilities are allowed to wear highly protective masks such as N95s. The change comes after a POLITICO report last week found that hospitals around the country routinely ask patients and visitors to wear a surgical mask instead of their own N95.”

The Guardian: CDC coding error led to overcount of 72,000 Covid deaths

The Guardian: CDC coding error led to overcount of 72,000 Covid deaths. “Last week, after reporting from the Guardian on mortality rates among children, the CDC corrected a ‘coding logic error’ that had inadvertently added more than 72,000 Covid deaths of all ages to the data tracker, one of the most publicly accessible sources for Covid data. The agency briefly noted the change in a footnote, although the note did not explain how the error occurred or how long it was in effect.”

Politico: Some hospitals ask patients, visitors to remove N95s, citing CDC

Politico: Some hospitals ask patients, visitors to remove N95s, citing CDC. “They fear that surgical masks put the most vulnerable people at higher risk of catching Covid-19. N95s, which seal tighter to the face, offer better protection against the airborne virus, studies show. For more than a year, many have called on the Biden administration to change its guidance to offer more protection inside hospitals, even as mitigation measures have been dialed back and case counts decline. And yet, patients across the country say they are often told to replace their N95s with surgical masks as they enter hospitals.”

The Hill: CDC lowers COVID-19 warning on cruise ships from ‘high’ to ‘moderate’

The Hill: CDC lowers COVID-19 warning on cruise ships from ‘high’ to ‘moderate’. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered its COVID-19 warning for cruise ships from ‘high’ to ‘moderate’ on Monday as the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. decreases. The agency, however, still recommends that individuals boarding a cruise ship are ‘up to date’ with COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots for those eligible and additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised.”

CDC wants to monitor poop: States aren’t all on board (Politico)

Politico: CDC wants to monitor poop: States aren’t all on board. “Probing poop can help public health officials more quickly identify and respond to clusters of Covid cases or other viruses. But lackluster participation leaves gaping holes in what public officials intend to be a comprehensive early warning system for infectious diseases, rendering the country vulnerable to the next Covid-19 variant or public health crisis, according to POLITICO interviews with state health officials and wastewater experts across 17 states.”

NBC News: Indoor masking no longer necessary across most of the U.S, CDC says

NBC News: Indoor masking no longer necessary across most of the U.S, CDC says. “Most Americans are safe going without a mask in indoor settings, including in schools, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The highly-anticipated change to the agency’s mask guidance leans less heavily on Covid-19 cases as a key metric, instead giving more weight to hospitalizations and local hospital capacity.”