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Coronavirus FAQ: I’m a one-way masker. With mask mandates going away, is that helpful?

Even as mask mandates on transportation and public spaces are being lifted, some folks still want to mask up to reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection. Here's a guide to one-way masking.
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CDC extends transportation mask mandate until May 3

The Biden administration will continue to require travelers to wear masks on planes and other forms of public transport.
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Sleeping with even a little bit of light isn’t good for your health, study shows

Just a night or two of exposure to faint light is enough to raise your pulse and increase insulin resistance — factors that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, researchers find.
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Evidence grows that vaccines lower the risk of getting long COVID

Being fully vaccinated seems to substantially cut the risk of later developing the persistent symptoms that characterize long COVID.
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It’s safe to unmask in many places, says the CDC. These experts aren’t quite ready

Infectious disease specialists surveyed by NPR say they're not ditching their masks just yet.
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Americans get sicker as omicron stalls everything from heart surgeries to cancer care

Slammed by COVID-19, many U.S. hospitals have put off essential procedures. Delays are leading to consequences like heart attacks and sending people to emergency rooms to get care.
A health care worker fixes her mask.

U.S. COVID hospitalizations hit new record high, raising risks for patients

There are more patients and, in some places, not enough health care workers to go around. Research shows the crowding will impact care and increase mortality for all patients.
A person in a mask.

What we know about the symptoms — and the severity — of the omicron variant

Researchers are looking at data from U.S. cases to determine if the variant causes milder disease. Even if the answer is yes, they say, rates of hospitalization could be high during the surge.
A woman in purple gloves and a mask fills a shot with vaccine.

I’m fully vaccinated and I also had COVID. Do I need a booster?

Booster shots have been authorized for all U.S. adults, and the government is urging people to get them. But what if you've already had COVID and the vaccine? Here's what scientists say.
A covid-19 Testing Center is set up in the yard of the Union Station, downtown L.A. where part of the Oscars Ceremony will take place Sunday, April 25, in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2021. - Academy president David Rubin confirmed this year's Oscars would be broadcast from Los Angeles' cavernous Union Station as well as its traditional Dolby Theatre home in Hollywood. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. COVID cases start to rise again as the holidays approach

After declining most of the fall, new infections are up again in more than half of U.S. states, worrying experts about what the holiday season may bring.
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What you need to know about COVID boosters

You've seen the headlines about COVID boosters. But what does it all mean for you? Here's how to sort through the science and figure out if and when you need a booster and which one to get.

What causes long COVID is a mystery. Here’s how scientists are trying to crack it.

It's not clear why some people who get COVID-19 are plagued with symptoms for many months after being infected, but scientists are investigating what's behind these "long haul" cases.
A man wearing a hat has a big smile as he hands over his vaccine card -- through a hole in a plexiglass shield -- to another man.

Even with the no-mask guidance, some pockets of the U.S. aren’t ready to let go

Many Americans are still making sense of new CDC guidance that vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most indoor settings.