Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

What the White House is doing as omicron begins to take off in the U.S.

Monday, December 20, 2021

President Biden is expected to address the surge in omicron cases, but is his administration's response fast and sufficient enough to meet what could be the most challenging month yet in the pandemic?

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COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly across the US

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Coronavirus cases are beginning to surge again in the U.S., just weeks after the discovery of the omicron variant. Data from the U.K. shows it is even more transmissible than delta.

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White House issues a warning to unvaccinated Americans as concerns about omicron grow

Friday, December 17, 2021

The White House continues the same COVID-19 messages and strategies even as models suggest an omicron surge is coming.

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As omicron spreads, health experts push for mask mandates. But few states have one

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Nine states have active mask mandates, even as the new variant is quickly moving in on the U.S. Despite their political unpopularity, research shows masks still work and could save lives.

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As omicron spreads, public health advocates urge states to reinstate mask mandates

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

A new statewide mask mandate in California went into effect Wednesday, bringing the total number of states with mask mandates to 10. That has some public health advocates worried as omicron spreads.

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The NIH director on why Americans aren't getting healthier, despite medical advances

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

As he prepares to leave his post of 12 years, Francis Collins reflects on the agency's biomedical advances, the dangers of polarizing medicine and the huge health gaps that still exist in the U.S.

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Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say.

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Public health messaging about omicron will be vital to curb conspiracy theories

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Much is unknown about the omicron variant. Scientists are scrambling to gather information. But with the first case of omicron confirmed in the U.S., public health officials can't afford to be silent.

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Some parents want to wait to vaccinate their kids. Here's why doctors say do it now

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Physicians weigh in on what you need to know about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and how to think about the risks and benefits of vaccinating your kid

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Approximately 28 million children are now eligible for Pfizer's lower-dose vaccine

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

School-aged children are now eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, as CDC director Rochelle Walensky issued the recommendation supporting this version of the vaccine.

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6 tips to help you pick the right health insurance plan

Monday, November 01, 2021

The open enrollment period to buy health insurance on HealthCare.gov starts now and runs through Jan. 15, 2022. Look for more options and expanded subsidies this year — and more help signing up.

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Life Kit: Picking the right health insurance for you

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Choosing between health insurance plans can be a headache. How do you pick the right one?

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Children ages 5 to 11 are a step closer to being eligible for the Pfizer vaccine

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Children ages 5-11 are a step closer to being eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine. It's a lower-dose formulation and expected to go to an advisory panel of the CDC next.

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FDA extends emergency use authorization of COVID vaccine for kids ages 5-11

Friday, October 29, 2021

Kids are one step closer to being eligible for COVID-19 vaccination after the Food and Drug administration extended its emergency use authorization of Pfizer's vaccine for children ages 5-11.

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When can kids under 12 get their shots? Here's the timeline

Thursday, October 28, 2021

There are a couple of big steps to get through before U.S. kids under 12 might be able to get the vaccine. Here's how the process works and when the shots could arrive.

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Advisers vote on whether FDA should authorize Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisors voted on whether the agency should authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

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U.S. COVID infection rates have been dropping, but that could change

Monday, October 25, 2021

Many COVID-19 trendlines are headed in a positive direction in the U.S., but there are lots of unknowns about what will happen this winter as vaccinations still lag behind many other countries.

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The latest on boosters, vaccines for kids and efficacy

Saturday, October 23, 2021

A lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine showed nearly a 91% efficacy rate in a trial of children ages 5-11, according to the company. Boosters for Moderna and J&J are officially now authorized.

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New federal funds spur expansion of home care services for the elderly and disabled

Thursday, October 21, 2021

These services can make the difference between being able to live at home with family or landing in a nursing facility. But state Medicaid programs don't always pay for them.

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Why helping people pay rent can fight the pandemic

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A family in Houston and a plumber in Maryland couldn't afford rent, which pushed them into crowded living quarters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that common predicament has increased viral spread.

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