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Ask SciMoms: Why did CDC mask recommendations change again?

On July 27, 2021,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their masking and other recommendations to help mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This post will discuss why the recommendations have changed, review the current CDC masking guidelines, and compare the guidelines to masking recommendations from other organizations and countries.  Why do CDC … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: Why did CDC mask recommendations change again?

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Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?

Yesterday, the CDC released new guidance for fully vaccinated people in response to very encouraging real-world data about COVID-19 vaccines. To reflect this growing body of evidence, the CDC updated their guidance to recommend that:  “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, … Continue reading Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?

Ask SciMoms: When can my kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccination?

The CDC recently released guidelines about what is safe after COVID vaccination. With a growing proportion of fully vaccinated older Americans, the most burning question the SciMoms and many of our readers have is: when can our kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccinations?  The new guidelines do not specifically mention kids, but most kids … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When can my kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccination?

SciMoms COVID FAQs: Do masks slow the spread of COVID-19?

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we focus on masks. Do masks slow the spread of COVID-19? Are masks dangerous? Should kids wear masks? What are current mask recommendations in the US? Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash CDC currently … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQs: Do masks slow the spread of COVID-19?

COVID-19 Science Has Become Partisan. Who Can You Trust?

Image credit: Наркологическая Клиника The United States has one of the highest numbers of daily COVID-19 deaths in the world. There are many underlying causes, like poor healthcare in many populations, the lack of social safety nets, and low pandemic readiness. Perhaps most frustrating of all? The way our government’s partisanization of science has broken … Continue reading COVID-19 Science Has Become Partisan. Who Can You Trust?

SciMoms COVID FAQs: Diagnostic COVID testing

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we focus on diagnostic testing. What is a COVID-19 test? How accurate are COVID-19 diagnostic tests? Why is testing important? Image by Fernando Zhiminaicela from Pixabay  What is a COVID-19 test?  A COVID-19 test is when a … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQs: Diagnostic COVID testing

SciMoms COVID FAQs: Who is at high-risk for COVID-19?

In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer your frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. For our third FAQ, we focus on high-risk groups for COVID-19. Defining risk: it's not about you Risk is a population-based measure, which means it doesn’t necessarily apply to every individual in that population. Since … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQs: Who is at high-risk for COVID-19?