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How will the pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame

January 7, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in New York’s Times Square on Dec. 13, 2021. The fast-moving omicron variant is complicating a key question: How does the COVID-19 pandemic end and the world co-exist with this virus? Experts agree that the coronavirus is here to stay. Ending the pandemic won’t…

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Sundance cancels in-person film festival due to virus surge

January 5, 2022

(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) By JAKE COYLE NEW YORK (AP) — Just two weeks before it was to be held in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is canceling its in-person festival and reverting to an entirely virtual edition due to the current coronavirus surge. Festival organizers announced Wednesday that the festival will start as…

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Jan. 4: List of 81 Philadelphia schools going virtual through Jan. 7

January 4, 2022

Jan. 4: List of 81 Philadelphia schools temporarily shifting to virtual learning through Jan. 7. All other students return in person on Tuesday January 4th. List compiled by 6abc. Academy At Palumbo Add B. Anderson School Alexander McClure School Allen M. Stearne School Anna B. Day School Anna L. Lingelbach School Bache-Martin School Baldi Middle…

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EXPLAINER: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

December 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Lyanna Escalante, 5, center, stands with her father, Robinson Escalante, center left in red jacket, of Washington, as a line of people waiting for COVID-19 testing curves through the entire park at a walk-up testing site at Farragut Square on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, just blocks from the White House in Washington. “Her…

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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?

December 30, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS  Yes, U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for younger children after millions of 12- to 17-year-olds already safely got the shot, the only one available for children in the country. More than 5 million children ages 5 to 11 have gotten a first dose since early November, and government safety monitoring…

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Restaurants anxious as omicron, high food costs take toll

December 23, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Amy Brandwein, chef and owner of Centrolina, prepares a dish in her restaurant kitchen, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Washington. While restaurants in the U.S. and United Kingdom are open without restrictions and often bustling, they are entering their second winter of the coronavirus pandemic anxious about what’s ahead. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) By…

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Pfizer pill becomes 1st US-authorized home COVID treatment

December 22, 2021

By MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus. The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all rising and health officials warn…

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Pause on student loan payments is extended through May 1

December 22, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday extended a student loan moratorium that has allowed tens of millions of Americans to put off debt payments during the pandemic. Under the action, payments on federal student loans will remain paused through May 1. Interest rates will remain at 0% during that period, and debt collection…

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Biden to pledge 500M free COVID-19 tests to counter omicron

December 21, 2021

By JOSH BOAK and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — With the omicron variant on the march, President Joe Biden plans to announce 500 million free rapid tests for Americans, increased support for hospitals under strain and a redoubling of vaccination and boosting efforts. In a speech scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, Biden is detailing major changes to his COVID-19…

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