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What You Should Know About New Omicron Subvariants
The presence and spread of new, more-infectious and immune-evading variants show that the coronavirus is not done mutating.
ABOVE: © iStock.com, Edwin Tan
What You Should Know About New Omicron Subvariants
What You Should Know About New Omicron Subvariants

The presence and spread of new, more-infectious and immune-evading variants show that the coronavirus is not done mutating.

The presence and spread of new, more-infectious and immune-evading variants show that the coronavirus is not done mutating.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, Edwin Tan

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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
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Does Science Support Lifting School Mask Mandates?
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Feb 28, 2022
The CDC has given the OK to lift indoor mask mandates in much of the US, and a growing number of states no longer require face coverings in schools. But most experts agree that masks slow school spread of SARS-CoV-2, and whether now is the right time to allow teachers and students to unmask is a matter of debate.
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Ophthamologist Alan Scott Dies at Age 89
Chloe Tenn | Dec 29, 2021
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute scientist developed Botox for medicinal use.
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CDC Pathology Investigator Dies Unexpectedly at 65
Jef Akst | Nov 23, 2021
Sherif Zaki worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more than 30 years, and was renowned for uncovering crucial intel on various outbreak-causing scourges, from Ebola and Zika to SARS and influenza.
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CDC Green Lights Pfizer’s Vaccine for Younger Kids
Shawna Williams | Nov 3, 2021
With the final hurdle cleared, the COVID-19 vaccine could be administered to US children ages 5 through 11 as early as today.
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Shrinking Quarantine
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Oct 15, 2021
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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Study Reveals Declining COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Against Infection
Annie Melchor | Aug 25, 2021
The vaccines remain protective against serious disease and death.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Lisa Winter | Jan 7, 2021
The majority of people experiencing anaphylaxis had a history of allergic reactions, a report by the agency finds.
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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
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2020
J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.
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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.
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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.