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Tune in to MMWR’s Weekly COVID-19 Briefing for an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every week.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports: two about COVID-19 and two related to lead and other metal exposures in honor of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The first report looks at infection-induced immunity versus vaccine-induced immunity. The second describes ACIP recommendations for additional primary doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The third report examines blood lead levels in children. And the last report explores toxic metals found in some decorative luster dusts used in baking.

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This episode discusses four MMWR  COVID-19 reports: two about COVID-19 and two related to lead and other metal exposures in honor of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The first report looks at infection-induced immunity versus vaccine-induced immunity. The second describes ACIP recommendations for additional primary doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The third report examines blood lead levels in children. And the last report explores toxic metals found in some decorative luster dusts used in baking.

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This episode discusses three MMWR  COVID-19 reports. The first report highlights the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination against hospitalization in adolescents. The next report evaluated COVID-19 vaccine safety and found no increased risk of death among vaccine recipients. And the last report describes the proportion of COVID-19 hospitalizations and severe outcomes during the period when Delta became the most common variant.

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This episode discusses five MMWR  COVID-19 reports. The first report looks at the safety of an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The next two highlight the association between K-12 school mask policies and pediatric COVID-19 cases. The fourth describes COVID-19-related school closures and disruptions. And the last report looks at trends in anxiety and depression among adults during the pandemic.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first looks at the rate of body mass index, or BMI, increase in children during the pandemic. The next report highlights the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines by vaccine type. The third examines detailed race data from Hawaii to better understand COVID-19 cases and deaths among the population. The last report looks at COVID-19 symptoms months after a positive test.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first three reports look at the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including during the rise of the Delta variant. The fourth report highlights how untreated wastewater is being used to detect community infection trends. The next report describes the frequency of long-term symptoms of COVID-19, and the last report looks at a modified quarantine policy at a private university.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report looks at a heart complication that COVID-19 patients are at higher risk of developing. The next two highlight the increase in emergency department visits and hospitalizations among children and adolescents. The next two reports describe a testing program at the University of Texas at Austin and an outbreak following Spring Break 2021 at a university in Chicago. And the last report highlights two linked outbreaks among attendees, staff, and close contacts of a youth camp and a men’s conference in Illinois. Myocarditis is inflammation of the part of the heart muscle that can result in hospitalization, heart failure, and death.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first three highlight how easily Delta can spread among people who are unvaccinated and the next two describe how COVID-19 rates remain low when vaccination coverage is high and prevention measures are followed. The last report shows that adults with disabilities were far more likely than adults without disabilities to report serious mental health concerns and substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This episode discusses five MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first three reports highlight the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against infection and hospitalization among adults and nursing home residents. The fourth report describes how there were many more deaths than usual in 2020 and how people from racial and ethnic minority groups were disproportionately affected. The last report shows how rapid antigen testing has been a valuable tool in helping control the spread of COVID-19 in remote areas of Alaska.

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This episode discusses two MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report highlights the benefits of all three FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines in preventing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. The second report explores alternative methods for analyzing race and ethnicity data for COVID-19 cases and vaccinations.

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This episode discuses three MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report describes how vaccination provides better protection from reinfection than does natural immunity among people who were previously infected with COVID-19. The second report highlights the rapid increase in Delta variant cases in Mesa County, Colorado, including breakthrough cases for people who have been vaccinated. The last report emphasizes how all COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing COVID-19 related hospitalizations in older adults.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report presents five factors CDC recommends that communities and organizations consider when deciding how to best prevent COVID-19. The second report describes a COVID-19 outbreak after multiday gatherings in Massachusetts where most cases were breakthrough infections caused by the Delta variant among fully vaccinated people. The third describes that serious adverse reactions are rare after COVID-19 vaccination among 8.9 million adolescents. The last report describes lower COVID-19 vaccination rates among some health care staff in long-term care facilities.

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This episode discusses two MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report describes differences in access to full-time, in-person instruction across racial and ethnic groups in K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second highlights how portable, high-efficiency particulate air cleaners may help reduce exposure to COVID-19 in indoor environments.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first two reports describe vaccination coverage and intent among adults. Another report shows that workplace investigations of COVID-19 outbreaks can help identify employee cases and contacts. The last report highlights that over half of surveyed public health workers reported depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report highlights how COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths declined among older adults, likely due to higher vaccination in this age group. The second report describes declines in routine child and adolescent vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The third report describes COVID-19 vaccination coverage among pregnant people. Another report describes the rapid expansion of national genomic surveillance to monitor COVID-19 variants in the U.S. The fifth report brings to light how emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts among adolescents, especially girls, have increased during the pandemic. The last report describes how the mental health of parents and unpaid caregiver of adults has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report details the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents and mask use for those not yet vaccinated. Another report describes excess deaths in patients with end-stage renal disease during the early months of COVID-19. The third report focuses on how people living with severe HIV disease in sub-Saharan Africa were more likely to have severe outcomes from COVID-19. And the final report highlights how COVID-19 surveillance data in South Sudan and other countries are likely to have been affected by changes in strategy, funding, and policy.

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This episode discusses three MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report describes COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC. Another report shows that disparities in vaccination coverage increased as more people became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. The third examines innovative approaches to the routine care of HIV patients during the COVID-19 pandemic through PEPFAR and CDC.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report describes how COVID-19 vaccination rates in rural counties were lower compared with urban counties. The second report highlights how child care facilities in Washington, DC, were able to reduce COVID-19 spread by using a combination of prevention measures. A third report underscores how elementary schools with improved ventilation and mask requirements for teachers and staff helped slow the spread of COVID-19. And the final report describes how COVID-19 testing in Utah high schools helped them continue in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

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This episode discusses five MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report provides more evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are effective in real-world conditions. The second report describes how nearly 80% of people 65 years and older received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The third report describes the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine among adolescents. The fourth report reiterates that people with COVID-19 symptoms and a negative antigen test should get a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test. Finally, the last report highlights how a free community-based COVID-19 testing initiative in Chicago was effective at reaching people in areas with less access to testing.

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This episode discusses three MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report projects how increasing vaccination coverage and the use of preventive measures will affect new COVID-19 cases. Two other reports describe the identification of COVID-19 variants in the United States.

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This episode discusses seven MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first report provides an update on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The next two reports are about safety monitoring of the Janssen vaccine. Next is a report on an evaluation of the benefits of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines against hospitalization. Two reports detail COVID-19 outbreaks in workplace settings. The last report examines linked clusters of a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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This episode discusses five MMWR COVID-19 reports. Two reports show that COVID-19 vaccination was effective in preventing illness among residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities. Another is about post-COVID conditions among adults with COVID-19 who did not require a hospital stay. The fourth highlights how Alaska’s testing and quarantine requirements for air travelers may have reduced COVID-19 spread. The last report describes COVID-19 cases among incarcerated people in work-release programs.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. One describes how leaving the middle seat vacant on airplanes could reduce exposure to COVID-19. Two describe higher proportions of emergency department visits and hospitalizations among people from racial and ethnic minority groups. The fourth report shows that U.S. emergency department visits during the pandemic included a larger proportion of patients seeking care for mental and behavioral health concerns. Another report underscores that over half a million more people than expected died in the U.S. during the past year. The last report shows that the during the COVID pandemic, there were almost no emergency department visits in the United States for influenza.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. One report describes an indoor bar opening event that led to a COVID-19 outbreak in a rural Illinois community. Another details how participation in a free, in-school testing program at a Utah elementary school was higher among students identifying as Hispanic or Latino, or as from a racial minority group. The third report highlights how testing protocols in colleges and universities differed by class instruction type. Three reports describe the impact of COVID-19 on American Indian or Alaska Native people in the United States.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. One report highlights the effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in preventing COVID-19 among health care and other essential workers. Two reports spotlight COVID-19 mortality in the United States. Three reports detail the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. prisons and detention facilities.

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This episode discusses four MMWR COVID-19 reports. One report describes how the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color changed during the pandemic. The second report highlights a CDC HIV program in Nigeria that increased the number people living with HIV who began receiving treatment. Another report describes the current status of the Global TB epidemic and explains how the pandemic has slowed global tuberculosis progress. The final report looks at the increasing number of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression during the pandemic.

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This episode discusses nine MMWR COVID-19 reports. Three reports look at COVID-19 vaccination, including real-world effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine series completion, and vaccination coverage in communities with high levels of social vulnerability. Three reports show how the pandemic has affected schools’ operations, as well as, the mental health of students and their parents. The last three reports provide further evidence that schools can resume in-person learning without resulting in rapid spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.

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This episode discusses three MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first one presents the link between elevated body mass index and the risk for severe COVID-19 illness, especially for people younger than 65. Another report describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. The last report shows how the number of fatal opioid overdoses in an Illinois county increased during a stay-at-home order.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first one describes recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Two reports detail how two new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 were discovered in the United States. The fourth report underscores how proper resources and infection control measures can keep infection rates low among healthcare personnel. Another report found that the actual number of children in Mississippi with COVID-19 might have been much higher than the number of cases reported. The last report describes changes in rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in counties with statewide mask mandates and counties where states allowed on-site dining at restaurants.

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This episode discusses five MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first one describes the early success of a national COVID-19 vaccine campaign in Israel. Two reports detail COVID-19 outbreak investigations in gyms. The fourth shows how some skilled nursing facility residents may have been reinfected after being infected in a previous outbreak. The last report looks at clusters of COVID-19 in Georgia elementary schools and illustrates how the virus spreads.

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This episode discusses six MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first two describe the detection and spread of COVID-19 variants in the United States and internationally. The third looks at data from the first month of COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring. The fourth describes declines in routine vaccination rates among Medicare beneficiaries during the pandemic. The fifth report emphasizes how telehealth helps ensure access to care while limiting exposure to COVID-19. The last report discusses how employers can protect workers against COVID-19 by requiring and providing protective equipment such as face masks and physical barriers.

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This episode discusses five MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first highlights how wearing a tighter-fitting mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Two reports detail mask use among students at schools and universities and another indicates how mask mandates impact COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the community. The last report shows that, although many Americans intend to be vaccinated against COVID-19, fewer people in certain at-risk groups plan to get the shot.

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This episode discusses five MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first describes the demographics of people who have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The second report describes the percentage of residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities who have been vaccinated. Two reports spotlight disparities in health outcomes among certain minority groups. The last report presents the reduced number of children receiving testing for elevated blood lead levels during the first part of 2020.

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This week’s episode covers seven MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first describes the small number of severe allergic reactions after people received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The second report presents strategies the National Football League used to prevent COVID-19 spread during the most recent season. The third report highlights how K through 12 schools used preventive measures to limit spread, even with high rates of COVID-19 in the community. Three reports detail how COVID-19 outbreaks continue to impact different settings in the United States, such as colleges and universities, athletics, and correctional facilities. The final report describes how a state COVID-19 stay-at-home order affected cervical cancer screening among women in a large health system in Southern California.

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This week’s episode covers four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first describes the rise of new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. The second report highlights U.S. vaccination coverage data among kindergarteners during the 2019‒2020 school year. The third report evaluates the performance of an antigen test and highlights how antigen tests can be an important tool in an overall community testing strategy. The last report describes baseline health department data metrics for assessing case investigation and contact tracing efforts.

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This week’s episode covers four MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first describes how lapses in infection control likely led to an outbreak of a multidrug resistant threat in a hospital’s COVID-19 unit. The second report details how COVID-19 cases among nursing home residents and staff followed similar trends to those in surrounding communities. The third report demonstrates how European countries that implemented stricter mitigation policies earlier in the pandemic tended to report fewer COVID-19 deaths. Finally, the last report describes trends in COVID-19 incidence among children, adolescents, and young adults.

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This week’s episode covers five MMWR COVID-19 reports. The first describes that severe reactions following Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination appear to be very rare. Another report describes how U.S. counties with large colleges and universities saw a substantial increase in cases after starting in-person classes this fall. A third report shows how an increase in COVID-19 cases at an Arkansas university was linked to Greek Life activities. The last two reports provide data supporting options for health department to shorten quarantine periods.

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This week’s episode covers six MMWR COVID-19 reports. In the first, I’ll discuss interim recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or ACIP the second COVID-19 vaccine available under Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. The second report focuses on ACIP’s recommendations for the next phases of who should receive COVID-19 vaccines. The first report describes how antigen tests can be fast and inexpensive but sometimes require a second test to confirm the result. The second report is a joint CDC-WHO report that details how innovations in testing and sampling, transportation and data visualization allowed the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to keep investigating and detecting polio despite unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The third report looks into the household spread of COVID-19 and implications of shortening the quarantine period. The last report is a COVID-19 Stats that illustrates how COVID-19 rates changed over time by age group and highlights crucial data to drive public health action.

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This week’s episode covers six MMWR COVID-19 reports. In the first, ACIP issued an interim recommendation for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in people 16 years and older. The second report estimates the added costs of adopting recommended prevention and control measures to reduce the risk for spread of COVID-19 in schools. The third report compares the differences in school and community close contacts exposures in children testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 and those testing negative. Another report investigated factors that might affect spread of COVID-19 among workers at 2 poultry processing facilities in Maryland. The fifth report discusses how health centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, have provided access to COVID-19 tests for racial and ethnic minority populations. The final report shows how telehealth is a promising approach to promoting and expanding access to care.

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This week’s episode covers five MMWR COVID-19 reports. One report outlines a combination of ten actions that individuals, families, and communities can take to save lives, and speed up community and economic recovery. The second report describes how Head Start programs successfully implemented CDC COVID-19 guidance for childcare programs that offer in-person learning as well as other ancillary measures.  The third report details data from July 2020 surveys on parental attitudes about school reopening. The fourth report looks at trends in emergency department visits related to child abuse and neglect. The final report shows how the COVID-19-associated death rate among adults who are American Indian or Alaska Native are higher than that of non-Hispanic White adults.

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This week, MMWR published four reports. One report describes ACIP recommendations for the priority populations for the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in the United States. Another report describes multiple cases of drug-resistant bacteria in a New Jersey Hospital while the facility was experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases. A third and fourth report describe the disproportionate rates of COVID-19 in Marshallese and Hispanic and Latino persons and how we can reduce these disparities.

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This week, MMWR published five reports. One describes four ethical principles that will guide decision-making on how COVID-19 vaccines will be allocated once vaccines are authorized or approved. The second report describes trends in new cases of COVID-19 in Kansas counties with and without mask mandates. The third report details a COVID-19 outbreak investigation in Minnesota following a motorcycle rally in South Dakota. The fourth report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic might be negatively affecting hospital maternity care practices supporting breastfeeding. The last report looks at how health care workers with antibodies against COVID-19 had a decline in antibody levels over time.

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This week, MMWR published three reports and a new feature called COVID-19 Stats. One report demonstrates how frequent testing combined with preventive behaviors limited the spread of COVID-19 on a university campus. The second report describes the rapid spread of COVID-19 in New York City in early spring. The last report details how COVID-19 impacts residents and staff in assisted living facilities in the United States. Lastly, COVID-19 Stats, our new feature, showcases recent data in a figure to inform public health action. This week’s COVID-19 Stats highlights increases in rates of COVID-19 in rural areas and small cities compared to urban areas.

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This week, MMWR published five reports. Two reports show how social gatherings likely contributed to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in rural communities. The third report looks at hospital readmissions after COVID-19 hospitalizations. The fourth report describes the evaluation of a symptom-based COVID-19 screening program at U.S. airports. The last report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic might be negatively impacting children’s mental health.

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This week, MMWR published seven reports. One looks at how COVID-19 spreads within households. Two reports underscore the importance of counseling pregnant women about their risk for severe COVID-19 illness and the potential risk for preterm birth. Another report looked at possible workplace exposures to COVID-19 and found that among employed people, those with infection were less likely to report teleworking. Two reports published this week focus on the Hopi Tribe in Arizona – one report detailed an outbreak among the tribe and another report described the development of a community surveillance program. The last report highlights the success of a county jail in using network science to identify points of high transmission in the jail.

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This week, MMWR published seven reports. Two reports examine the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers. Another report focuses on the increasing role of telehealth in delivering healthcare during the pandemic. One report describes how COVID-19 spread rapidly during an overnight high school retreat in Wisconsin among people who had recently tested negative. A report details a COVID-19 outbreak among a university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams. Another report describes how behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while reported by the majority of all adults, are least common among young adults. The final report describes the successful adoption of mitigation strategies by election officials, poll workers and voters to minimize COVID-19 spread during a statewide primary in Delaware.

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This week, MMWR published seven reports. One report compares adverse outcomes from patients hospitalized with COVID-19 versus influenza. Two reports examine deaths during the pandemic including COVID-19–associated deaths and excess deaths. Another report finds that socially vulnerable communities are more likely to become COVID-19 hotspots. A theme that runs through these first four reports is the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority groups. Another two reports highlight COVID-19 public health strategies in two countries in Africa. Lastly, a report looked at how new protocols put in place by Major League Baseball might have prevented a COVID-19 outbreak.

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This week, MMWR published four reports. Two looked at factors influencing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 among young adults in a Wisconsin county, and how younger adults may be spreading the virus to older people. A third report describes a COVID-19 outbreak after a recreational hockey game in Florida. The fourth report looked at hand hygiene experiences and beliefs among adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This week, MMWR published a total of four reports. Reports in this week’s issue looked at a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a three-week family gathering, successful efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, and how hand washing practices among adults have changed since the pandemic. Another report detailed how adults with COVID-19 can develop a condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

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This week, MMWR published a series of reports describing the role that young adults have played in the spread of COVID-19. The issue also looked at COVID-19 among school-aged children and CDC deployments to work with health agencies in state, tribal, local, and territorial areas.

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This week, MMWR published four reports. One describes the likely role of younger adults in the spread of COVID-19 and another describes characteristics of approximately 100,000 health care workers in the United States with COVID-19. This week’s issue also looked at contact tracing efforts in North Carolina and how Utah residents in more disadvantaged areas were more likely to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Americans of all stages of life from babies and young children, to pregnant women, to older adults. This week, MMWR published a total of eight COVID-19 reports. They describe the role of children in spreading COVID-19, COVID-19 deaths among the pediatric, adolescent, and young adult populations, and two reports about health outcomes among pregnant women. MMWR also published three reports about COVID-19 in high-risk congregate settings for older adults. Finally, MMWR published a report about decreased influenza activity levels in the United States and southern hemisphere countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This week, Dr. Kent highlights published reports about how adults with COVID-19 were more likely to have dined at a restaurant before getting sick, the number of adults delaying or avoiding medical care due to COVID-19 concerns, and how many essential workers were found to have underlying medical conditions.

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This week, Dr. Kent highlights published reports about COVID-19 cases going undetected among frontline U.S. health care workers, how stay-at-home orders influenced behaviors in communities, and prescribing patterns for hydroxychloroquine during the pandemic.

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This week, MMWR published three success stories about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two reports describe successes in settings serving groups of children, and one report is about successes in nursing homes in West Virginia. MMWR also published a report about a monitoring system that aided health officials with decision making and reopening in Kentucky.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Kent highlights reports about COVID-19 hotspot counties in the United States, workplace outbreaks in Utah, the rate of COVID-19 infection among American Indian and Alaska Natives, and strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. A theme woven throughout these reports is that long-standing health and social inequities have resulted in increased risk for infection, severe illness, and death from COVID-19 among communities of color.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Kent highlights reports about the impact of COVID-19 on children, nursing homes, and the mental health of Americans.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlights reports about an outbreak of COVID-19 at an overnight youth camp, use of a novel automated technology to monitor contacts of COVID-19 patients, health outcomes among individuals who swallowed hand sanitizer containing methanol, and COVID-19 in meat processing facilities in two midwestern states.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted reports about how long COVID-19 symptoms last in adults who haven’t been hospitalized, efforts to keep voters safe during an election in Milwaukee, and good news about rebounds in vaccination among children in New York City.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted two reports on the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as another report looking at underlying conditions associated with severe illness from COVID-19 at the county level.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted two important MMWR reports related to the use of cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Reports in this week’s issue also looked at characteristics of people who died with COVID-19, symptom profiles of people with COVID-19, and results of a sentinel surveillance project in New York City.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted two MMWR reports looked at aspects of COVID-19’s impact on workplaces, including food production and worker absenteeism. Another report assessed pediatricians’ capacity to provide vaccines to children, and a fourth report suggests ways to improve outcomes and reduce strain on the health care system from COVID-19.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent provided an overview of important insights published in this week’s MMWR on testing and infection control practices in congregate settings as well as sources of exposure during the early phases of the pandemic.

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This week the MMWR released an article about the Potential Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Use of Emergency Departments in the United States, an article looking at a COVID-19 Outbreak Among College Students After a Spring Break Trip to Mexico, an article looking at characteristics Associated with Hospitalization Among Patients with COVID-19 based on data from Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia during March-April 2020, and article that looked at the relationship between laboratory confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection among women of Reproductive Age by their Pregnancy Status.

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