Shrinking Quarantine
Shrinking Quarantine
The CDC now suggests that only children who were within 3 feet, not 6 feet, of an infected student should quarantine, provided they were masked in a classroom. Does the science support this change?
Shrinking Quarantine
Shrinking Quarantine

The CDC now suggests that only children who were within 3 feet, not 6 feet, of an infected student should quarantine, provided they were masked in a classroom. Does the science support this change?

The CDC now suggests that only children who were within 3 feet, not 6 feet, of an infected student should quarantine, provided they were masked in a classroom. Does the science support this change?

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Moderna Vaccine Paused for Young People in Two European Countries
Moderna Vaccine Paused for Young People in Two European Countries
Chloe Tenn | Oct 6, 2021
Health authorities in both countries announced that people under certain age cutoffs are now ineligible for the Spikevax COVID-19 shot due to its association with heart inflammation.
Updated Oct 15
To Booster or Not: Scientists and Regulators Debate
To Booster or Not: Scientists and Regulators Debate
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2021
President Biden’s planned rollout of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses is set to begin next week, but questions remain about who should get them.
Immunologist Thomas Hodge Dies of COVID-19 at 69
Immunologist Thomas Hodge Dies of COVID-19 at 69
Lisa Winter | Aug 30, 2021
A former academic and consultant, Hodge cofounded the CrisiScience Collective to help combat the pandemic.
Study Reveals Declining COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Against Infection
Study Reveals Declining COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Against Infection
Annie Melchor | Aug 25, 2021
The vaccines remain protective against serious disease and death.
FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Annie Melchor | Aug 23, 2021
The milestone marks the first fully-approved COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
Q&A: What You Need to Know About Melioidosis
Q&A: What You Need to Know About Melioidosis
Christie Wilcox | Aug 16, 2021
CDC investigators continue to search for the source of the bacteria that caused four infections—two of them lethal—in four different states. The Scientist spoke with melioidosis expert Bart Currie about the disease.
The Data Behind the CDC’s New Masking Recommendations
The Data Behind the CDC’s New Masking Recommendations
Annie Melchor | Aug 2, 2021
As a result of massive summer gatherings in and around Cape Cod, hundreds of vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19 with viral titers similar to unvaccinated patients.
COVID-19 Vaccines Appear Safe During Pregnancy: Early Data
COVID-19 Vaccines Appear Safe During Pregnancy: Early Data
Christie Wilcox | Apr 22, 2021
Scientists at the US CDC report no red flags in a preliminary analysis of the safety of Pfizer/BioNTech’s and Moderna’s mRNA-based immunizations among expectant mothers.
Severe Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine Are Rare: CDC
Severe Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine Are Rare: CDC
Lisa Winter | Jan 7, 2021
The majority of people experiencing anaphylaxis had a history of allergic reactions, a report by the agency finds.
Science Advocates’ Wishlist for the Biden Administration
Science Advocates’ Wishlist for the Biden Administration
Amanda Heidt | Jan 7, 2021
From immigration reform to climate change amelioration, researchers and science policy advocates share their hopes for 2021 and beyond.
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2020
J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.
No, the CDC Has Not “Quietly Updated” COVID-19 Death Estimates
No, the CDC Has Not “Quietly Updated” COVID-19 Death Estimates
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2020
An online conspiracy theory retweeted by President Donald Trump misconstrued data regarding the number of people who have died from the coronavirus.
Largest Seroprevalence Study in US Shows Vast COVID-19 Undercount
Largest Seroprevalence Study in US Shows Vast COVID-19 Undercount
Amanda Heidt | Jul 22, 2020
Actual cases may be as much as 6 to 24 times higher than reported, but we’re still a long way off from herd immunity.
CDC Bypassed Under New COVID-19 Reporting Guidelines
CDC Bypassed Under New COVID-19 Reporting Guidelines
Amanda Heidt | Jul 15, 2020
The Trump administration suggests deploying the National Guard to ensure timely data sharing into a new, centralized database.
Scientists Urge Consideration of Airborne SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Scientists Urge Consideration of Airborne SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Amanda Heidt | Jul 6, 2020
An open letter points to outbreaks that cannot be explained by large droplets and contact with surfaces alone.
First US COVID-19 Deaths Happened Weeks Earlier than Thought
First US COVID-19 Deaths Happened Weeks Earlier than Thought
Catherine Offord | Apr 22, 2020
Autopsies recently carried out in California show that one person died of the disease on February 6—three weeks before the nation recorded its first fatality.
CDC Lab Contamination Delayed Coronavirus Testing
CDC Lab Contamination Delayed Coronavirus Testing
Ashley Yeager | Apr 20, 2020
Assembling the first COVID-19 test kits in the same room as coronavirus material, along with other practices that didn’t follow protocol, made the tests unusable, officials say.
Logistical Hurdles Leave COVID-19 Test Kits Unused
Logistical Hurdles Leave COVID-19 Test Kits Unused
Amy Schleunes | Apr 10, 2020
Scientists at academic labs equipped to test for SARS-CoV-2 report that multiple barriers are preventing from them from operating at full capacity.
How SARS-CoV-2 Tests Work and What’s Next in COVID-19 Diagnostics
How SARS-CoV-2 Tests Work and What’s Next in COVID-19 Diagnostics
Bianca Nogrady | Mar 3, 2020
Current methods to detect infections of the novel coronavirus rely on identifying particular genetic sequences, but new assays are being developed to meet the growing demand for rapid answers.