US Health Officials Encourage Face Masks at Big Gatherings

U.S. health officials urged organizers of large gatherings that involve shouting, chanting or singing to “strongly encourage” attendees to wear face masks, following more than a week of protests during which many attendees did not wear masks. The new recommendations Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are part of long-awaited guidelines from […]

As World Blood Donor Day Approaches, COVID-19 Strains Supply

Even before the emergence of the new coronavirus, Africa’s blood supply fell short of demand. The pandemic has increased the deficit, raising risks to people needing treatment for ailments and medical emergencies, health officials say. “The problem that we are seeing is that we have a reduction [in] the number of blood donors during this […]

India Reports 2nd Record-Breaking Day of New Coronavirus Cases

India reported its largest surge in new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period Saturday.  The 11,458 new infections surpassed the previous record of 10,956 cases reported Friday. The surge comes as India has reopened stores, shopping malls, manufacturing plants and places of worship. The country’s two-month lockdown that began in March has been eased, with […]

Six Things to Know About the COVID-19 Pandemic Now

WASHINGTON – Every day for the past two weeks, roughly 900 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States. The case count has been stuck at about 20,000 per day. That’s down from the peak in mid-April, when more than 2,000 were dying and more than 30,000 were testing positive every day. But progress on […]