Rob Stein

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As the pandemic ebbs, an influential COVID tracker shuts down

Friday, February 10, 2023

After three years, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center is ceasing operations. Its data dashboards and maps became go-to sources for information from the early days of the pandemic.


This winter's U.S. COVID surge is fading fast, likely thanks to a 'wall' of immunity

Friday, February 03, 2023

The main reason the surge is ebbing now, pandemic experts suspect, is the significant immunity many people in the U.S. have acquired from prior infections and COVID vaccinations many received.


FDA proposes easing restrictions on blood donations, seeks public comment

Friday, January 27, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration proposes easing many restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood.


FDA moves to ease restrictions on blood donations for men who have sex with men

Friday, January 27, 2023

Long criticized as discriminatory, the policy has prevented many gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The Food and Drug Administration revealed a draft of its new approach on Friday.


A controversial proposal would update COVID vaccines each year for dominant strain

Thursday, January 26, 2023

FDA advisers debate the agency's controversial proposal to start handling the COVID vaccines like the flu shots — updating them annually to target the most likely strain to be dominant each winter.


FDA considers major shift in COVID vaccine strategy

Monday, January 23, 2023

The new approach would simplify vaccination guidance so that, every fall, people would get a new shot, updated to try to match whatever variant is dominant.


Can you get COVID and the flu at the same time?

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

And what about a cold or RSV? With all the illness spreading, it's virus soup out there these days. Some people feel so sick they're wondering if they're fighting more than one germ at once.


China's COVID surge prompts CDC to expand a hunt for new variants among air travelers

Saturday, January 14, 2023

It would make more sense to screen a plane's wastewater to look for new variants than to screen individual passenger volunteers, some researchers say. Others say any information is helpful.


Screening at U.S. airports expands to try to detect new COVID variants

Friday, January 13, 2023

The CDC has expanded screening of incoming international air travelers to try to more quickly spot any new variants that might emerge from China's massive COVID outbreak.


The RSV surge has peaked, and the flu is receding — but COVID rates are up again

Sunday, January 08, 2023

The Respiratory Syncytial Virus - or RSV - surge has peaked, and the flu appears to be receding. But COVID rates are up again, driven by holiday gatherings and an even more transmissible variant.


RSV recedes and flu peaks as a new COVID variant shoots 'up like a rocket'

Friday, January 06, 2023

RSV and the flu appear to be receding in the U.S., but COVID is on the rise, new data suggests, driven by holiday gatherings and an even more transmissible omicron subvariant that has become dominant.


Travelers from China must now test negative for COVID to enter the U.S.

Thursday, January 05, 2023

The U.S. has started requiring all travelers from China to test negative for COVID, even though many experts think it won't help much.


Government agency examined how often long-COVID was cited as a cause of death

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that cases of long-COVID have caused more the 3,000 deaths in the U.S., but this is undoubtedly an undercount.


CRISPR gene-editing may boost cancer immunotherapy, new study finds

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Using CRISPR to modify certain immune cells could make cancer-fighting immunotherapy more potent for a broader set of patients. Two people who went through the treatment share their stories.


What to know about the fears of a 'tripledemic' this holiday season

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association warn that the surge in RSV, flu and COVID is threatening the upcoming holiday season.


CDC updates the status of the 'tripledemic'

Monday, December 05, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the status of the "tripledemic" in the wake of Thanksgiving.


The FDA considers easing restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men

Thursday, December 01, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration is likely to propose easing restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.


This year's holiday season is making infectious disease doctors very nervous

Monday, November 28, 2022

Looming over the holiday season this winter are three viruses instead of two: RSV, COVID and flu.


Experts are concerned Thanksgiving gatherings could accelerate a 'tripledemic'

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

As the holiday approaches, infectious disease specialists are bracing for the possibility that big family get-togethers and travel will propel the spread of RSV, flu and COVID-19.


New omicron subvariants now dominant in the U.S., raising fears of a winter surge

Friday, November 11, 2022

Step aside, BA.5. The new variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, appear to be among the most adept yet at evading immunity from previous infection and vaccination.