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MMWR  Weekly COVID-19 Briefing

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MMWR Weekly COVID-19 Briefing is a weekly podcast to update readers on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response. In each episode, MMWR’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Charlotte Kent provides an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every Monday.

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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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Page last reviewed: February 23, 2021