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Fauci Recounts Trump’s Screaming F-Bombs In Memoir

The Daily Beast reports: Donald Trump shouted foul-mouthed abuse at Anthony Fauci, then lurched into telling him he loved him—and claimed he would win the 2020 election in a “fucking landslide,” the top medical adviser reveals in his new memoir. In the eagerly awaited book, Fauci describes conversations with Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic in which the then-president would “announce …

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CDC Alert Notes Concerning New COVID Variants

USA Today reports: A new set of COVID-19 variants, nicknamed FLiRT, has been detected in wastewater surveillance, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From April 14 through April 27, the variant, labeled KP.2, makes up about 25% of the cases in the United States, according to the CDC. Megan L. Ranney, dean of the Yale …

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DOJ Plans To Ramp Up COVID Relief Fraud Prosecutions

USA Today reports: During the last three years, the Justice Department’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force has charged more than 3,500 people with federal crimes, recovered more than $1.4 billion in stolen pandemic funds and reached more than 400 civil settlements and judgments, officials said Tuesday. White House officials and lawmakers used the announcement as a springboard to propose legislation to …

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CDC Drops Five-Day Isolation Guidance For COVID

CNN reports: People who test positive for Covid-19 no longer need to routinely stay away from others for at least five days, according to new guidelines from the CDC issued Friday. The change ends a strategy from earlier in the pandemic that experts said has been important to controlling the spread of the infection. The agency says it’s updating its …

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Anthony Fauci To Release Memoir In June: “On Call”

Axios reports: Anthony Fauci, arguably the world’s most famous living doctor, will be out June 18 with a memoir called “On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service.” Fauci, 83 — as chief medical adviser President Biden, and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — helped steer the U.S. through peak COVID with calm, relentless …

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Study: COVID “Cure” Likely Killed Tens Of Thousands

Politico Europe reports: Nearly 17,000 people may have died after taking hydroxycholoroquine during the first wave of COVID, according to a study by French researchers. The anti-malaria drug was prescribed to some patients hospitalized with COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic, “despite the absence of evidence documenting its clinical benefits,” the researchers point out in their paper, published …

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NYC Public Hospitals Bring Back Mask Mandates

The New York Daily News reports: With COVID, flu and other respiratory illnesses on the rise, the NYC public hospital system is bringing back masking requirements. The mandate applies to anyone entering New York H+H hospitals, community health centers and nursing homes. It went into effect just after Christmas. “As we’ve seen an increase in COVID, flu and RSV, this …

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Politicians Shrug At US Decline In Life Expectancy

The Washington Post reports: Americans’ life expectancy decline remains a pressing public health problem — but not a political priority. The Washington Post spoke with more than 100 public health experts, lawmakers and senior health officials, including 29 across the past three presidential administrations, who described the challenges of attempting to turn around the nation’s declining life expectancy. Those challenges …

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CDC: Latest COVID Strain Now Dominant Across US

The New York Times reports: As the holiday season winds down and Covid-19 cases start to pick up, a variant called JN.1 has now become the most common strain of the virus spreading across the United States. JN.1, which emerged from the variant BA.2.86 and was first detected in the United States in September, accounted for 44 percent of Covid …

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Bernie Sanders Isolates After Testing COVID Positive

The Hill reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19, amid a nationwide spike in infections. The 82-year-old Sanders, said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, he was experiencing “minimal” symptoms and will continue to isolate while working from his home in Vermont. The U.S. is seeing elevated levels of respiratory illness this …

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CDC: New COVID Strain Is Surging Across Northeast

CBS News reports: The new COVID-19 variant that scientists call JN.1 now makes up about 44.1% of COVID-19 cases across the country, the CDC estimated Friday, marking another week of the fast-spreading variant’s steep rise in the U.S. The increase is more than two times larger than the 21.3% that the CDC now estimates the strain made up of infections …

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Experts Warn Of Rapidly Spreading New COVID Variant

Axios reports: A fast-spreading new COVID-19 variant called JN.1 could drive a new wave of disease across the U.S. this holiday season just as other respiratory viruses are cresting, experts say. COVID modeler Jay Weiland estimated on Monday that JN.1 would become the dominant strain within a week and that daily new infections, now around 965,000, aren’t close to peaking. …

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CDC: High COVID Levels Ahead Of Holiday Travel

Axios reports: Wastewater analysis sites nationwide are showing high levels of COVID-19 as we head into the holiday travel season, per the latest CDC data. Almost every state reporting such data is showing at least “high” levels compared to baseline trends, with many reporting “very high” levels, as defined by the CDC. As of early December, 22 states had “very …

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Makers Of “Ion Badge” Anti-COVID Device Once Touted By NYC Sheriff Pay $150K FTC “Deception” Settlement

The City reports: The makers of the “Invisible Mask” — which New York City Sheriff Anthony Miranda [photo] touted as a shield against COVID-19 in the weeks before Mayor Eric Adams brought him into the administration — have agreed to a $150,000 settlement following a FTC complaint that charged them with making a host of “deceptive claims.” Gary Kong, a …

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COVID Deaths Up 25% Over Last Week Per CDC Data

The Messenger reports: Hospitalizations and deaths owed to COVID-19 are rising as the nation heads into the holidays, according to new data from the CDC. The CDC’s most recent report highlights a nearly 18% increase week over week in COVID hospitalizations. Concerningly, the data also shows a 25% increase in COVID deaths during the same week. The CDC estimates that …

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Rishi Sunak “Sorry” About COVID Response By Tories

Reuters reports: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told bereaved families at an official inquiry into the UK’s handling of COVID on Monday that he was “deeply sorry” and he hoped the country could learn lessons from the pandemic. “I just wanted to start by saying how deeply sorry I am to all of those who lost loved ones, family members …

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CDC Warns Of Latest Rise In COVID Hospitalizations

The Messenger reports: Tens of thousands of Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, as the world braces for a fourth year dealing with the deadly virus. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, COVID hospitalizations are on the rise for the third straight week. COVID hospitalizations have increased by nearly 11%, resulting in almost 20,000 new hospitalizations …

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Feds To Allow All Schools To Order Free COVID Tests

Axios reports: The Biden administration for the first time will allow all schools to order free COVID-19 tests from the federal government ahead of the holidays, officials told Axios first. The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), an agency within HHS, has a stockpile of hundreds of millions of COVID tests. It is teaming up with the Department of …

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STUDY: Unvaxxed 4X More Likely To Get Long COVID

The Messenger reports: Getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before your first bout of infection can significantly cut the risk of developing long COVID, according to a new study. Researchers from Sweden, who published findings Wednesday on The BMJ, analyzed data from over half a million Swedes aged 18 and over, who registered their first COVID infection …

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CDC Data Shows New COVID Variant Now Dominant

NBC News reports: A new Covid variant has become dominant in the U.S., but relatively few people have thus far gotten the new shots that could offer some protection against it. The variant, called HV.1, replaced EG.5 as the country’s most prevalent this week, according to data released Friday by the CDC. Just around 3.5 % of the U.S. population …

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