COVID-19 Updates/ Actualizaciones sobre COVID-19

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February 10, 2023: COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality Among Unvaccinated and Vaccinated Persons Aged ≥12 Years by Receipt of Bivalent Booster Doses and Time Since Vaccination — 24 U.S. Jurisdictions, October 3, 2021–December 24, 2022

June 18, 2022: FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 6 Months and Older

“Parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months through 5 years of age vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19. All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.” (Source)

May 17, 2022: FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 5 through 11 Years

“Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, authorizing the use of a single booster dose for administration to individuals 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.” (Source)

April 2022: Omicron and the BA.2 Subvariant

“In the first months of 2022, experts turned their focus to Omicron BA.2, a genetically distinct subvariant of Omicron (or BA.1), which soon became the predominant variant in the United States. By April they had started watching subvariants that were branching out from BA.2. These have included BA.4 and BA.5, which are not multiplying in the U.S. at this time. But another subvariant, BA.2.12.1, already accounts for 20% of new cases here.” (Source)

February 16, 2022: The state of California ends mask mandate

CDPH no longer requires masks in most indoor public spaces if you’re vaccinated. Everyone still needs to wear a mask in some places, like airports and hospitals. People who are not vaccinated are expected to continue to use their masks. Learn more here.

However, the CDC still urges that everyone still wears a mask due to the new 151,000 COVID cases daily (as of February 16, 2022).

January 14, 2022: Get free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

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January 5, 2022: CDC Expands Booster Shot Eligibility from 12 to 17 years old

CDC now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Learn more here.

December 27, 2021: CDC shortens isolation period

The CDC shortens the recommended times that people should isolate when they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days if they don’t have symptoms, and if they wear a mask around others for at least five more days. Learn more here.

December 22, 2021: Pfizer’s antiviral pill, Paxlovid

The FDA authorizes Pfizer’s antiviral pill, Paxlovid, to treat Covid-19, the first antiviral Covid-19 pill authorized in the United States for ill people to take at home, before they get sick enough to be hospitalized. Learn more here.

November 30, 2021: US classifies Omicron as Variant of Concern

The United States also classified it as a Variant of Concern. Backups and general prevention strategies are necessary to protect against COVID-19. Everyone over the age of 5 should be vaccinated, and boosters are recommended for everyone over the age of 18. Learn more here.

November 26, 2021: WHO classifies new varient Omicron

The World Health Organization (WHO) has annoucned the classification of a new variant, B.1.1.529, a Variant of Concern and named it Omicron.

November 2, 2021: CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years

Children 5 years and older can get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Children 5 through 11 years old will receive a separate vaccine formulation denoted with an orange cap of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will receive the vaccine with a smaller needle.

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May 10, 2021: Pfizer vaccine is expanded to those 12 years and older

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine becomes available for individuals between 12 and 15 years of age. To support the FDA’s approval decision today, the FDA reviewed updated data from the clinical trial which supported the EUA and included a longer duration of follow-up in a larger clinical trial population. Learn more here.

Late-December 2020: Delta varient is first identified in India

Delta sweeps rapidly through India and Great Britain before reaching the U.S., where it quickly surges. It isn’t until mid-December, the predominant SARS CoV-2 variant, accounts for more than 99% of COVID-19 cases (at the time) and leading to an overwhelming increase in hospitalizations in some states. Learn more here.

December 18, 2020: Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available

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December 14, 2020: Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is available under for individuals 16 years of age and older. Learn more here.

April 28, 2020: U.S. passes one million confirmed cases of COVID-19

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March 11, 2020: COVID-19 outbreak is declared a pandemic

Trump announces that he is restricting travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. The ban, which applies to the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, applies only to foreign nationals and not American citizens and permanent residents who’d be screened before entering the country.

February 11, 2020: WHO names virus the coronavirus (COVID-19)

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January 30, 2020: WHO declares Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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January 21, 2020: Officials in Washington state confirm the first case on US soil

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December 31, 2019: First case of COVID-19 in China

Cases of pneumonia detected in Wuhan, China, are first reported to WHO. During this reported period, the virus is unknown. The cases occur between December 12 and December 29, according to Wuhan Municipal Health.