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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?

Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?

On May 10, 2021, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. On May 12, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended this vaccine for use in kids age 12 and up. With this announcement, many parents are wondering when, and even if, to get the COVID vaccine for their kids. … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?

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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?