New COVID Control Recs? Death in Legionnaires’ Outbreak; Ron Johnson’s Medicare Plan

New COVID Control Recs? Death in Legionnaires’ Outbreak; Ron Johnson’s Medicare Plan

August 4, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

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The CDC may relax guidance for COVID-19 control, including for schools, possibly as early as this week. (CNN)

And Los Angeles schools plan on updating COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year by dropping “overly aggressive” testing, masking, and vaccination requirements. (KTLA)

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents who live near ethylene oxide-emitting medical sterilizing plants in more than a dozen states about an increased cancer risk.

Despite the fact that Florida ranks fifth in U.S. monkeypox cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is saying politicians and the media have overblown the severity of the disease. (Politico)

The Red Cross is adding checks for monkeypox lesions as part of standard health screens for prospective blood donors. (STAT)

And technicians at some of the largest commercial laboratories in the U.S. have been refusing to draw blood from patients who may have monkeypox. (CNN)

Moderna executives say the company is considering developing a monkeypox vaccine with mRNA technology. (ABC News)

Meanwhile, leaders at the FDA, CDC, and NIH are calling for clinical studies to better test the efficacy of tecovirimat (Tpoxx) for monkeypox in a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece.

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Napa County, California has left one person dead and 11 sickened. (NBC News)

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 91,794,887 cases and 1,032,097 deaths, increases of 205,777 and 1,099, respectively, since this time yesterday.

President Biden was still testing positive for COVID-19 and experiencing an occasional cough, although he “continues to feel well,” his physician reported on Wednesday.

The European Medicines Agency is recommending that Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine carry a warning due to the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis.

Juvéderm Volux XC dermal filler gained FDA approval for improving jawline definition in adults 21 and up with moderate-to-severe loss of jawline definition, Allergan Aesthetics announced.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) was killed in a car crash along with three other individuals on Wednesday; Walorski had represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2013. (ABC News)

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is up for re-election this November, is suggesting that Medicare and Social Security should become discretionary programs subject to annual approval. (The Hill)

Availability of the overdose reversal drug naloxone (Narcan) is becoming more common at music festivals. (NPR)

While hospitals routinely have different codes for everything from patient emergencies to hurricanes, Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., now has a special code for cyberattacks. (Wall Street Journal)

Researchers at a U.K. hospital are conducting a trial of Pathisol, a product they say can disinfect surfaces five times faster than bleach. (Forbes)

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    Mike Bassett is a staff writer focusing on oncology and hematology. He is based in Massachusetts.