• Biden to Double Free COVID-19 Tests and Provide N95s to Fight Omicron

    3 days ago - By Time

    President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with the most protective N95 masks, as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases.
    Biden also announced that starting next week 1,000 military medical personnel will begin deploying across the country to help overwhelmed medical facilities ease staff shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant .
    Many facilities are struggling because their workers are in...
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  • An N95 Is the Best Mask for Omicron. Here's Why

    3 days ago - By Time

    As health officials scramble to minimize spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, many experts have recommended that people switch from cloth or surgical masks to more-protective N95 and KN95 masks.
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current mask guidance does not recommend one type of mask over another, instead specifying that people should wear a mask that fits snugly and covers the nose and mouth. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that fundamental guidance won't change-despite recent reports to the contrary -but told reporters that the agency will soon...
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