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Whoopi Goldberg was shocked when she tested positive for Covid-19 despite being vaccinated and boosted (3 shots) against the coronavirus.

Whoopi, 66, told viewers she contracted Covid-19 during her holiday break from "The View," according to Page Six.

"I left a couple of weeks ago, just before the break, because somebody I had been around tested positive for coronavirus, so I left," Whoopi told her co-hosts via Zoom on Wednesday. She wore a black shirt with the words "Over It" on the front.

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Whoopi was surprised at her positive results because she was triple vaccinated and she had been careful.

"I was all excited and, you know, they have to test us, and so they sent people to test me, and they tested me, and it was like, 'Oh no, you're not coming back. We're not sending anybody to your house. You have corona.' And it was like, 'Wait, what?'"

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Millions of vaccinated Americans are similarly surprised when their COVID results come back positive.

Whoopi told her co-anchors she did everything she was supposed to do, yet she still caught the virus.

"But that's the thing about the Omicron, you just don't know where it is. You don't know where it is, who's got it, who's passing it. It's one of those things where you think, 'I've done everything I was supposed to do.'"

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Whoopi said the pandemic won't end until everyone is vaccinated. She also spread misinformation about the coronavirus, saying it "gets stronger" with every mutation.

"Yeah, it doesn't stop Omicron, and that's the problem with a variant, because it gets stronger and does different stuff to you. So, you know, unless everybody gets vaccinated, this is what we're going to be facing for the next, you know, little while."

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In unrelated news, "Today" anchor Hoda Kotb, who is also fully vaccinated and boosted, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. She is isolating at home for 5 days.

On Wednesday, Kotb, 57, thanked her fans for their support.

"Thx for well wishes! Feeling good.. [heart emoji] cant wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo," the mom of two tweeted.

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On Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained why the CDC continues to play fast and loose with COVID rules.

Democrats and health officials reacted with outrage when the CDC shortened the quarantine guideline from 10 days to five days for people who test positive with no symptoms.
 
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On Wednesday, Walensky appeared on both CBS Mornings and CNN's New Day, to contain the damage. She said she hopes the guideline change will make it easier for people to do the right thing and willingly isolate themselves.

"We really do need people to follow these recommendations for them to work," she said.

Under the new guidelines, people who tested positive but remain asymptomatic are asked to quarantine for 5 days then wear a mask around others for the next five days.

On Tuesday, the CDC downgraded the Omicron variant to a tropical storm.

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The CDC says the Delta variant is responsible for 77% of new COVID cases, while the Omicron variant is only responsible for 23% of cases.

The CDC previously said the Omicron variant had become the dominant strain in America.

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By now the CDC's credibility is pretty much shot. Even Pres. Joe Biden has thrown in the towel.

Before heading to Delaware for a one week vacation on Monday, Biden told a group of governors there is "no federal solution" for COVID, and that the COVID problem "gets solved at the state level."
 

This is exactly what Republican governors wanted all along.

Does this mean Biden will cancel his federal vaccine mandates?
 

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized NBA superstar LeBron James for posting a cryptic meme about Covid-19 on Instagram.

The meme shows three versions of Spider-Man pointing at each other. Each version is labeled COVID, flu and cold.

LeBron's IG post implied there is no difference between COVID, the common cold virus or the flu.

He captioned the meme, "Help me out folks" with a shrugging emoji.

The post generated over 2.5 million likes and more than 47,000 comments.

Abdul-Jabbar, a vocal supporter of the mRNA vaccines, took to his Substack page to scold LeBron.

"The meme's implication is that LeBron doesn't understand the difference among these three illnesses, even after all the information that's been presented in the press," Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

"Well, since he asked, let me help him out by explaining the difference—and how knowing that difference might save lives, especially in the Black community.

"As is evident by some of the comments that cheer LeBron's post, he's given support to those not getting vaccinated, which makes the situation for all of worse by postponing our health and economic recovery. The CDC reports that those who are unvaccinated are 9 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and 14 times more likely to die from COVID than those vaccinated. The number rises to 20 time more likely when compared to someone who's gotten a booster shot. By posting the uninformed meme, LeBron has encouraged vaccine hesitancy which puts lives and livelihoods at risk."

Six of LeBron's teammates and Lakers head coach Frank Vogel entered the NBA's health and safety protocol last week after testing positive for the virus. All are vaccinated and none are experiencing any symptoms of infection.

Other influential sports figures questioned the logic of quarantining perfectly healthy athletes.

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LeBron sat out one game after testing false-positive with no symptoms. He tweeted there was something "fishy" about the NBA's Covid-19 tests.

Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he had no plans to pause the NBA season, since players who tested positive are asymptomatic.

"No plans right now to pause the season," Silver told ESPN.

"We've of course looked at the options but frankly, we're having trouble coming up with what the logic would be behind pausing right now... this virus will not be eradicated, and we're going to have to learn to live with it."

The CDC seemed to respond to the pushback on Monday by shortening the quarantine time from 10 days to 5 days for people who test positive without symptoms.
 

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White House advisor Anthony Fauci says a fourth booster shot will be necessary in the new year to combat the mild Omicron variant.

"It's conceivable that, sooner or later, that everybody will have been infected and/or vaccinated or boosted," Fauci told Axios.

"When you get to that point, unless you have a very bizarre variant come in that evades all protection — which would be unusual — then I think you could get to that point where you have this at a steady level."

Fauci also warned that airline CEOs should not consider ending the face mask policy. Major airlines are reconsidering their face mask policies amid ongoing mask-related violence aboard planes.

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Patricia Cornwall was arrested Thursday by the FBI after she slapped and spat on an 80-year-old passenger who pulled his mask down to eat.

Cornwall, who also pulled her mask down, was seen on cell phone video yelling at the man to "put on your f---king mask". Passengers restrained Cornwall in the back of the plane until the Delta flight from Tampa landed in Atlanta.

Cornwall, who is still in FBI custody, had an initial hearing on Monday at the Federal Courthouse in Atlanta.
 

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Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President, says Americans should ban unvaccinated family members from Christmas gatherings.

"You may have to make the tough decision not to expose yourself to that person," he said.

Fauci made the statement on MSNBC's "The Beat" on Tuesday.

"If someone in your family isn't vaccinated, should you ask them not to show up?" The MSNBC host asked Fauci.

"Yes, I would do that," Fauci replied. "I mean I think we're dealing with a serious enough situation right now that if there's an unvaccinated person, I would say 'I'm very sorry, but not this time. Maybe another time when this is all over.'"

Fauci said it's "unacceptable" that 50 million Americans refuse to get vaccinated.

Studies show vaccinated and unvaccinated people can acquire and spread the coronavirus.
 

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first injectable HIV prevention drug for adults and adolescents.

Apretude is administered one month apart, then every two months to prevent the risk of acquiring HIV.

The long-acting cabotegravir (or Apretude) injectable drug is approved for at-risk adults and adolescents who weigh at least 77 pounds.

Apretude is not intended for people who are already diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.
 
READ ALSO: CDC recommends HIV drug PrEP for everyone who is sexually active
 
The news comes about a month after the Centers for Disease Control updated its guidelines recommending physicians talk to all sexually active adult and adolescent patients about taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).

"I really think this puts PrEP in the same place as so many other really good preventive interventions like talking about smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc," Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the director of CDC's Division of HIV Prevention, told CNN.

The injectable drug is expected to replace the daily PrEP pill for high-risk individuals such as men who have sex with men (MSM).

"Today's approval adds an important tool in the effort to end the HIV epidemic by providing the first option to prevent HIV that does not involve taking a daily pill," said Debra Birnkrant, director of the Division of Antivirals in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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Stephen A. Smith, who bad-mouthed Kyrie Irving for his vaccination stance, has tested positive for Covid-19.

The outspoken ESPN personality announced his Covid status Tuesday on "First Take."

Smith, 54, appeared virtually on the show since he is in quarantine at home. He said his positive test result was the reason he missed Monday's episode of "First Take.".

Smith said he is experiencing mild symptoms and had a fever over the weekend.

He confirmed he received two Pfizer mRNA vaccine injections, but has not yet received a booster shot. Smith said he would "probably be much worse" if he was unvaccinated.

He also said he underwent an endoscopy procedure Thursday morning. He said he began experiencing mild symptoms and noticed he had a fever Thursday evening.

Smith said he discovered he tested positive for COVID on Saturday. He will take off the rest of the week for the Christmas holiday and return to work after the New Year.

In October, Smith and Jay Williams got into a heated debate over Kyrie Irving's vaccination status on First Take.

Smith said Irving's refusal to get the vaccine was "some of the stupidest nonsense" he's ever seen. He urged the Brooklyn Nets to cut the All-Star guard.

Smith also criticized the Nets for bringing Smith back last week. Watch the video below.
 


 

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Pfizer-BioNTech is testing a 3-dose vaccine for 2-5 year olds after data showed the 2-dose mRNA vaccines were ineffective in that age group.

The extended research will delay mRNA vaccines for 2-5 year olds until 2022, Pfizer said in a statement on Friday.

The announcement means Pfizer won't have to present data to regulators until the first half of 2022, NBC News reports.

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Earlier this month, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, a Greek veterinarian, said the company would have data on 2-5 year olds by the end of the year.

In a news release on Friday, Pfizer said two doses generated a strong immune response in children under 2, but not in children ages 2 to under 5.

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"We have decided to modify each of the pediatric studies to incorporate a third dose to the series and seek licensure for a three-dose series rather than a two-dose series as originally anticipated," Kathrin Jansen, Pfizer's head of vaccine research, said on a conference call with investors on Friday.

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Nearly 100% of NFL players are fully vaccinated, but Covid-19 cases are surging across the league.

In a memo on Thursday, the NFL announced drastic changes in its COVID protocol to address the surge in cases.

The changes include eliminating in-person meals and requiring more face masks among players on and off the field.

In the memo, the league announced the drastic changes to "address the increase in cases and the advent of the Omicron variant."

According to TMZ, the league is also ordering teams to conduct remote or outdoor meetings, as well as ban outside visitors on road trips.

Players and coaches on nearly every team have tested positive for COVID despite being fully vaccinated.

Players like Jalen Ramsey, Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield have all been sidelined this week due to positive Covid-19 tests, TMZ reports.

In the memo, officials addressed the need for more mRNA boosters: "We will continue to strongly encourage booster shots as the most effective protection."
 

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The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines to recommend pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to all adults and adolescents who are sexually active.

According to the new guidelines, all sexually active adult and adolescent patients should receive information about PrEP.

The new guidance allows primary care doctors to advise patients who are sexually active that the HIV prevention drug PrEP should be a routine part of their care.

PrEP is a drug prescribed to reduce the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or the virus that causes AIDS.

PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%. Studies determined that only about 25% of adults and adolescents who can benefit from PrEP are actually taking the drug.

"It just makes sense to expand it to everyone," Kristen D. Krause, PD, MPH, tells Health.com. "PrEP is a big tool in the tool kit of HIV prevention."

"Having the CDC give the green light and say that this is an expected and routine part of your care potentially gives license to providers who otherwise might not have had this conversation," Seth Glassman, MD, an infectious disease expert, tells Health.

Before going on PrEP, all patients are required to take an HIV test. People who are already HIV-positive should not take PrEP.

The CDC stresses that PrEP is safe for everyone, and side effects caused by PrEP are mild and resolve eventually.

Those side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain

 
"Taking this medication dramatically reduces the chance that you will be infected with HIV if you are exposed to the virus," Jamie Alan, PharmD, PhD, tells Health.

"These side effects should be weighed against the possibility of getting infected with the virus," Alan says.