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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed Covid-19 guidelines for unvaccinated people in a press release on Friday.

Unvaccinated people who are exposed to the coronavirus no longer need to quarantine, according to the CDC.

The CDC recommends people who are unvaccinated and exposed to Covid should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on the fifth day.

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"This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives," Greta Massetti, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC, said in a news release.

Additionally, people no longer need to stay six feet away from others, the agency said.

The news left vaccinated people outraged, as many vaccinated Americans have tested positive or fallen ill with the virus.

"I mean no one was following these regulations anyway," one Instagram user wrote.

Another person wrote: "people are still dying! Does that no longer matter?"

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President Joe Biden returned to Kaiwah Island in South Carolina for what the White House said was a "family vacation" at a $20 million estate.

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Biden, who was vaccinated and boosted four times, tested positive for Covid-19 twice recently.

Biden had a wet productive cough during two recent public appearances.

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The White House press secretary's response about how President Joe Biden got COVID left Twitter users seeing red.

The White House announced Joe Biden was infected with the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, July 21.

Biden, 79, reportedly has mild symptoms, such as a low-grade fever that returned to normal after a dose of Tylenol.

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The White House released a photo of a maskless Biden working at his desk in the White House residence while on lockdown.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre interrupted a reporter's exchange with the White House COVID-19 coordinator about where the President contracted the virus.

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"I don't think that matters" where he got the virus, said Jean-Pierre. She later clarified what she meant, saying "what's important now is that he has mild symptoms."

"I think what matters is we prepared for this moment," Jean-Pierre added.

She then clarified her clarification: "What I was trying to say is what's important now is that he has mild symptoms, is that he's working from the residence on behalf of the American people."

Biden contracted the virus despite being vaccinated and boosted four times.

He tested positive for the coronavirus exactly a year after he said "vaccinated people won't catch COVID-19."

Jean-Pierre said Biden is being treated with Paxlovid, an antiviral medication similar to Tamiflu. She said he will be in isolation for five days or until he has received a negative test.

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Just days after the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older, Publix grocery store announced it will not offer the vaccines for babies.

Publix, which is based in Lakeland, Florida, issued a statement on Wednesday saying its pharmacies will not offer the vaccine approved for children ages 4 and under "at this time."

The company said it would not issue any further statements explaining its decision.

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The policy is in effect at Publix pharmacies nationwide.

The company's website offers vaccine appointments for children ages 5 and older. Publix still offers other childhood vaccinations, such as flu shots for babies as young as 6 months.

Florida is the only state that did not preorder vaccines for healthy children under age 5.

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo recommended against administering the COVID vaccines to healthy children.

The White House said Florida's decision not to preorder the vaccines for babies could delay delivery of the shots to pediatricians and other medical providers in the state.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for babies 6 months and older and boosters for children 5 years and older. The CDC's recommendations were based on clinical trials that found the shots were "safe and effective" for babies.

The CDC said any potential risks of the vaccines were outweighed by the known risks of COVID-19.

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The U.S. Department of Justice will appeal a Florida judge's decision to block the CDC's "unlawful" face mask mandates.

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida ruled the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the authority of the CDC.

The DOJ announced its decision to appeal the ruling after the Biden Administration said it was up to the traveling public to decide whether they want to wear face masks.

Flight attendants and passengers cheered when the announcement was made during flights on Monday. Most passengers removed their face masks, while a few people continued to mask up.
 
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The White House chastised Delta Airlines for calling Covid-19 "an ordinary seasonal virus."

"We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as Covid-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus," Delta said, according to The New York Times.

The airline walked back its statement on Monday, saying COVID is transitioning "to a manageable respiratory virus."

On January 29, 2021 the CDC issued an order forcing travelers to wear masks on mass transit. Anyone who refused to wear a mask was in violation of federal law.

However, the federal judge said the Centers for Disease Control, the nation's health agency based in Atlanta, does not have the power to bypass Congress and create laws.

The White House disagreed with the court's ruling and said masks should still be worn on public transportation, plans, trains and buses.

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"We're continuing to recommend people wear masks," said Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. She backtracked on Tuesday and said it was up to the DOJ to appeal the ruling.

"I'm not gonna get ahead of the Department of Justice," Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "We'll let them make any decisions or announcements."

Reporters were asked to wear masks on Air Force One.

"The CDC continues to advise and recommend masks on airplanes," Psaki said. "We're abiding by the CDC recommendations. The president is and we would advise all Americans to do that."

The CDC extended the mask mandates to May 3 to allow for the study of the BA.2 omicron variant which the CDC claims is causing the majority of new Covid-19 cases in the US.

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Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kay Slay died Sunday, April 17, after a four-month battle with the coronavirus, Hot 97 and his family confirmed in a statement. He was 55.

"Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay. We cherish the many memories created through the twenty-plus years he dedicated to the “Drama Hour," the radio station wrote.

Kay Slay's family issued the following statement:

"Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay. A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations. In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss."

The New York native, born Keith Grayson, was also known as The Drama King and graffiti artist Dez in his early days.

Music manager Wack 100 announced Kay Slay was on life support in a NY hospital in January:

"Pray for my brotha @djkayslay it's not looking good. He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get... Been 14 days fighting Ovid and he's just be put on a ventilator. Keep him in your prayers please [sic]."

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Kay Slay was a mixtape DJ, graffiti artist, and record executive who released four albums: The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, The Champions: North Meets South (with Atlanta's own Greg Street), and More Than Just a DJ.

When the graffiti movement faded in the late 1980s, Grayson began selling hip-hop mixtapes.

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Grayson's mixtapes were wildly popular and gained a large following. His studio became the top destination for many rappers and artists including 50 Cent, Eminem, Foxy Brown, Kid Capri, and more.

The New York Times referred to Kay Slay as "Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults".

Wack 100 wrote in a statement on Sunday:

"A cultural icon, Kay Slay was more than just a DJ, to us he was family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans worldwide and we will always and forever celebrate The Drama King's legacy."

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2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has tested positive for Covid-19 with "mild" symptoms.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, announced she tested positive on Twitter and was quarantining "until our household is fully in the clear."

"Well, I've tested positive for COVID," Clinton, 74, tweeted on Tuesday, "I've got some mild cold symptoms but am feeling fine."

She said that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, 75, has tested negative.

Clinton added that she was "grateful" for the mRNA vaccines.

"I'm more grateful than ever for the protection vaccines can provide against serious illness. Please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven't already!"

Last week, Clinton tweeted "Free Brittney" for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner who is locked up in a Russian jail. Griner, 31, was arrested at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 and charged with smuggling drugs into the country after a search of her luggage turned up vape cartridges.

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The seven time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist is being held in pre-trial detention until a hearing on May 19.

The United States pressed Russia for consular access to Griner after a prison watchdog representative in Russia said no one from the U.S. consulate had asked to see Griner.

Ekaterina Kalugina, who visited Griner in jail, said on Friday that Griner hasn't seen anyone from the U.S. consul yet.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement saying "We are closely engaged on this case and in frequent contact with Brittney Griner's legal team. We insist the Russian government provide consular access to all U.S. citizen detainees in Russia, including those in pre-trial detention, as Brittney Griner is."

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive again for the coronavirus. Psaki, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, said she will miss the Presidents's trip to Europe this week.

Joe Biden tested negative for COVID on Tuesday, and is leaving Wednesday for NATO meetings in Brussels followed by a trip to Poland, according to DailyMail.com.

Psaki, 43, took the test Tuesday morning. She previously had a breakthrough Covid-19 case in October 2021.

The announcement came moments before she was scheduled to host her daily press briefing at the White House on Tuesday.

"Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President's trip to Europe," she tweeted.

Psaki thanked the mRNA vaccines for her mild symptoms.

"Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms. In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test," she wrote.

White House staff no longer wear face masks in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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White House health director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans will need "more vaccines," a day after Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said a fourth booster is "necessary".

In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Fauci was asked how many more mRNA injections will be needed.

"The answer is: we don't know... it is likely that we're not done with this when it comes to vaccines," Fauci said, before adding that people are still dying from COVID.

According to CNBC, the U.S. is still recording more than 1,200 deaths per day from the coronavirus. But most cities and states have ended COVID restrictions.

"Everybody wants to return to normal, everybody wants to put the virus behind us in the rearview mirror, which is, I think, what we should aspire to," said Fauci.

On Sunday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, a licensed veterinarian, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that a fourth booster shot "is necessary... right now."

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Bourla (right) said a fourth booster is necessary because immunity begins to wane three to four months after the third booster.

Last week, Bourla said that data for a fourth booster shot will be submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Stephane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna, also said last week that a fourth vaccine booster is in the works.

Pfizer hopes to submit data to the FDA on a vaccine for children under 5 years old by next month. The shots could be available for infants and toddlers as early as May.

Dr. Fauci and members of Congress own stocks in Moderna or Pfizer.

Pfizer reported revenue of $37 billion from sales of its mRNA vaccines in 2021, and expects revenues of $92 billion in 2022.

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (right) said a fourth booster shot is "necessary" due to "waning effectiveness" of the third shot.

Mr. Bourla, a licensed veterinarian, said a 4th dose is needed during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"Right now, the way that we have seen, it is necessary, a fourth booster right now," Bourla said.

"The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths. It's not that good against infections, but doesn't last very long. But we are just submitting those data to the FDA and then we will see what the experts also will say outside Pfizer."

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By coincidence, triple vaccinated former President Barack Obama announced his breakthrough COVID case on Twitter the same day.

Pfizer is reportedly testing a vaccine that would work against COVID variants that haven't been discovered yet.

Pfizer hopes to submit data to the FDA on a vaccine for children under 5 years old by next month, which could make the shots available for infants and toddlers as early as May.

Pfizer reported revenue of $37 billion from sales of its mRNA vaccines in 2021. The pharma corporation expects revenues of $92 billion in 2022.

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Former President Barack Obama revealed he tested positive for breakthrough Covid-19 and his only symptom is a "scratchy throat."

"I just tested positive for COVID. I've had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise," he tweeted on Sunday. The 60-year-old Democrat seemed to confirm rumors that he and his wife Michelle Obama are living separately.

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"Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative," he wrote. "It's a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven't already, even as cases go down."

Despite being triple vaccinated, Obama said he believes he caught COVID in Washington, DC after traveling there from his native Hawaii.

Former presidents Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton volunteered to take the experimental mRNA vaccines publicly to calm jittery Democrats in December 2020.

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The news of Obama's breakthrough COVID case spread rapidly on social media, and his post was retweeted over 33,000 times with 27,000 comments.

Some of his followers prayed for his speedy recovery. While others wondered why he announced he has a cold.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eased its mask guidance for cities with low rates of COVID cases.

98% of Americans in 94% of counties do not need to wear face masks. Many red states, including Florida and Georgia, dropped their indoor mask mandates last year.

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A top emergency room doctor who pushed for COVID restrictions, masks and lock downs during the pandemic now admits he was wrong.

Dr. Joseph Fraiman, an emergency room physician in New Orleans, Louisiana, apologized to doctors who criticized face masks, lockdowns and other policies to combat COVID in 2020.

In a Zoom session, Dr. Fraiman said:

"Personally, I would like to apologize to the three other scientists sitting with me here on Zoom... I'm sorry, because I believe now you guys were correct. And you were correct from the beginning."

He continued:

"These policies were harmful. Initially, I was - I don't want to say I was ignorant but it was irrelevant because there were lives on the line, I'm an emergency doctor. There were lives on the line. No, we have to do it. But if the policies didn't make a big difference and they only caused harm then you have to start rethinking what we're doing,"

Dr. Fraiman called on other doctors to admit they were wrong about "harmful" COVID policies.

"The reality is hospitalizations and deaths were not reduced by 20% by any policies," Fraiman said.

"Because if they were we would have had studies at this point that would have consistently identified that. And that just has not occurred at all. So, I think as a society we have to decide if we want to continue a public policy that's obviously producing large harm and offering only a minimal benefit at best. It's currently unmeasurable."

One doctor on Twitter agreed that lock downs were unnecessary:

"I also have to count myself as a Dr who at the beginning, thought that the lock-downs were necessary to save lives, but now think they did far more harm than good, and actively speak out against them."

Twitter responded to Dr. Fraiman's apology:

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This video will warm your heart. A viral TikTok video shows how students at a Las Vegas elementary school reacted to the news that they don't have to wear masks anymore.

After a teacher announced the news, the entire classroom erupted in cheers, dancing and tears. The children couldn't contain their excitement after finally being free of face masks for the first time in 2 years.

Their celebration went viral on Twitter.com where the video gained over 5.5 million views.

While the teacher's announcement seemed spontaneous, half of the kids in the classroom were already mask-free.

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Most school districts mandated face masks on schoolchildren during the peak of Covid-19 — even though kids are rarely affected by the Covid-19 virus and deaths among children are less than flu deaths statistically.

"This makes my heart warm," wrote one Twitter user. Another user wrote: "Congratulations children. You're free again."

A third user tweeted: "Kids can be kids again."

Face masks are not mandated for schoolchildren in the red states of Florida and Georgia.

Watch the adorable video below.

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Stacey Abrams has apologized for requiring school children to wear face masks so she could remove hers for a photo op.

The controversy began when Abrams tweeted a photo that showed her sitting on a floor in a classroom surrounded by schoolchildren who were all masked up while she was bare faced.

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Georgia is one of the red states where face masks are not mandated indoors or outdoors.

Abrams' campaign team allegedly required children and staff members to mask up so she could remove her mask during her visit to Glennwood Elementary School to celebrate Black History Month.

Abrams deleted the image from her Twitter page as outrage and condemnation erupted on Twitter.com.

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Abrams' camp initially blamed "racism" for the public backlash across social media.

"It is shameful that our opponents are using a Black History Month reading event for Georgia children as the impetus for a false political attack," her campaign team wrote in a statement.

But by Tuesday, the 48-year-old Democrat had backtracked and apologized.

"Protocols matter. Protecting our kids is the most important thing, and anything that can be perceived as undermining that is a mistake, and I apologize," she tweeted on Tuesday.

Abrams again admitted she made a "mistake" in an interview with CNN on Tuesday. She said she took her mask off to read to the children at Glennwood Elementary School.

Political pundits and even the liberal co-hosts of "The View" accused the Georgia gubernatorial candidate of violating her own political party's mandate.
 

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India.Arie joined the growing collective of artists who pulled their music from Spotify over the Joe Rogan COVID controversy.

Rock legend Neil Young was the first to ask Spotify to remove his music after the music streaming giant paid Rogan $100 million to host his popular podcast.

However, Arie clarifies that she didn't pull her music over Rogan's COVID misinformation. Arie said her decision was partly due to Rogan's "language around race".

"Neil Young opened a door that I MUST walk through," Arie wrote. "I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons OTHER than his Covid interviews. For me it's also his language around race. What I am talking about is respect... [Spotify] paying musicians a fraction of a penny, and him $100 [million]? This shows the type of company they are and the company that they keep."

Arie's followers begged the singer to re-post her Instagram Story message:

One follower wrote:

"You should post whats in your story!!!!!!! Dont leave it there so it can be gone [tomorrow]. Post it!! Leave it up for all to see!!!! Im wit u an support u queen."

The 46-year-old singer, born India Arie Simpson, is best known for her hit single "I Am Not My Hair," off her third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006). Her other hits include "Video" and "Brown Skin."

Arie has sold over 10 million records worldwide and won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album.


 

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans who've received at least three COVID mRNA injections may need a 4th booster shot soon.

"We may need to boost again. That's entirely conceivable," the White House's chief medical adviser, told ABC News.

The COVID Omicron variant, named after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, has been detected in most states since December 20. It causes mild flu-like symptoms in adults and very rare cases in children.

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Fauci claimed there may be "a bit more pain suffering with hospitalizations in those areas of the country that have not been fully vaccinated or have not gotten boosters."

"You never want to be over confident when you're dealing with this virus, because it has certainly surprised us in the past," he said, before predicting another variant on the horizon.

"We've gotta be prepared for the worst case scenario. I'm not saying it's gonna happen, but we have to be prepared, which is... another variant that has characteristics that would be problematic, like a hard degree of transmissibility or a hard degree of variants."

Fauci said a fourth booster is within the realm of possibility.

"That's where we would like to be, is to have that where you don't have to get more and more always every six months with a booster, we may need to boost again, that's entirely conceivable..."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People at risk of death include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, those with pre-existing conditions, and smokers (cigarettes or marijuana).

Most people are protected from serious illness and death by their robust, God-given immune systems.

Watch Fauci's interview below.