COVID-19

Apparent Battle Brewing Between Southwest Crew Members

Apparent Battle Brewing Between Southwest Crew Members

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel A battle is apparently brewing at Southwest Airlines between its flight attendants and pilots over the federal mask mandates. In a story by Kyle Arnold of the Dallas Morning News, Southwest’s flight attendants’ union is alleging that while they have to wear facemasks in addition to handling onboard verbal and physical assaults by passengers, some pilots are coming and going as they please without wearing a mask. “As you are well aware, flight attendants have had to enforce this federal mask mandate, which has created issues in the cabin when customers refuse…
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Supreme Court weighs vaccine rules affecting more than 80M

Supreme Court weighs vaccine rules affecting more than 80M

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Friday on major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant. The justices on the conservative-oriented court were taking up the questions of whether to allow the administration to enforce a vaccine-or-testing requirement that applies to large employers and a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers. The arguments were expected to last at least two hours. Legal challenges to the policies from…
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Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately?

Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately?

By LAURA UNGAR, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately? A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if it doesn't make them very sick, and its surge coincided with the holiday travel season in many places. People might mistakenly think the COVID-19 vaccines will completely block infection, but the shots are mainly designed to prevent severe illness, says Louis Mansky, a virus researcher at the University of Minnesota. And the vaccines are still doing…
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Twitter bans personal Greene account for COVID-19 Misinformation

Twitter bans personal Greene account for COVID-19 Misinformation

Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter on Sunday banned the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy, according to a statement from the company. The Georgia Republican's account was permanently suspended under the "strike" system Twitter launched in March, which uses artificial intelligence to identify posts about the coronavirus that are misleading enough to cause harm to people. Two or three strikes earn a 12-hour account lock; four strikes prompt a weeklong suspension, and five or more strikes can get someone permanently removed from Twitter. In a statement on the messaging app…
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Taking a step back: US colleges returning to online classes

Taking a step back: US colleges returning to online classes

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks  #COVID-19 Amid a wave of COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant, dozens of colleges are making plans to move classes online for at least the first week of the semester With COVID-19 cases surging just as students are about to return from winter break, dozens of U.S. colleges are moving classes online again for at least the first week or so of the semester — and some warn it could stretch longer if the wave of infection doesn’t subside soon. Harvard is moving classes online for the first three weeks…
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Wave of canceled flights from omicron closes out 2021

Wave of canceled flights from omicron closes out 2021

By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Travel  #COVID-19 Flight cancellations surged again on the last day of 2021, with airlines blaming it on crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections More canceled flights frustrated air travelers on the final day of 2021 and appeared all but certain to inconvenience hundreds of thousands more over the New Year's holiday weekend. Airlines blamed many of the cancellations on crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections, along with wintry weather in parts of the United States. United Airlines, which suffered the most cancellations among the biggest U.S. carriers,…
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JetBlue Canceling 1,280 Flights Through Mid-January

JetBlue Canceling 1,280 Flights Through Mid-January

PATRICK CLARKE | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel  #COVID-19 JetBlue is scrapping approximately 1,280 flights or nearly 10 percent of its flight schedule from Thursday through January 13 as COVID-19 continues to impact its pilots and flight attendants. "We expect the number of COVID cases in the Northeast—where most of our crewmembers are based—to continue to surge for the next week or two," a JetBlue spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Reuters. "This means there is a high likelihood of additional cancellations until case counts start to come down." "This past week has been one of our most difficult…
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T cells come to the rescue as studies show they buck omicron

T cells come to the rescue as studies show they buck omicron

By Marthe Fourcade - Bloomberg News (TNS) Michelle Fay Cortez - Bloomberg News (TNS) Troy Warren for CNT #Health An unsung arm of the immune system appears to protect against severe disease with the omicron variant even when antibodies wane, helping to explain why a record wave of infections hasn’t engulfed hospitals so far. T cells, the body’s weapon against virus-infected cells, were primed enough by vaccination that they defended against omicron in separate studies from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The findings could help explain why the wave of omicron cases hasn’t so…
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New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #EditorsPicks CHICAGO (AP) — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. New cases per day have more than doubled over the past two weeks, eclipsing the old mark of 250,000, set in mid-January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. The fast-spreading mutant version of the virus has cast a pall over Christmas and New…
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New CDC Quarantine Timeframe Could Help Travel Industry

New CDC Quarantine Timeframe Could Help Travel Industry

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel  #COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened the recommended period for quarantine and isolation. This should help airlines, in particular, as they struggle with staffing shortages as well as stranded travelers. The time period for isolation has been shortened from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. The CDC said that this recommendation comes from research that indicates the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the one to two…
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