CDC updates COVID quarantine guidelines

Illustration of a dead tree with surgical masks on the branches blowing in the wind.  

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nearly two and a half years since COVID-19 altered our sense of space and safety, the CDC is loosening its guidelines on social distancing and quarantining.

Why it matters: The shift marks a significant change in the country's approach to the pandemic. A majority of Americans are now fully vaccinated against the virus or have been exposed to it, Axios' Sareen Habeshian reports.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 5, 2022 - COVID

CDC: Estimated COVID infections more than double official count

Data: Clarke, et al., 2022, "Seroprevalence of Infection-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies"; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Most Texans have probably had COVID-19, newly released CDC data suggests.

Driving the news: Immunity from prior infections and vaccinations has driven down hospitalizations in North Texas and statewide.

Michael Mooney
Mar 28, 2022 - COVID

How Dallas ranks on COVID deaths

Data: Axios analysis of CDC data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios
Data: Axios analysis of CDC data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

COVID is killing more people per 100,000 in red states than in blue states.

Why it matters: "The COVID-19 pandemic removed any doubt that state policies can affect health outcomes," Virginia Commonwealth University professor Steven Woolf recently argued in JAMA.

Michael Mooney
Feb 18, 2022 - Politics

Paxton sues to stop federal mask mandates on planes

Ken Paxton up close

Ken Paxton is a man of many suits. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to end the federal mask mandate on planes.

  • The latest suit comes days after he sued the company that owns Facebook, alleging the technology conglomerate violated the state’s privacy protections by utilizing facial recognition technology without users’ consent.
Michael Mooney
Feb 7, 2022 - COVID

Texas professor dismissed after recommending students mask

A professor professes

Michael Phillips talks about the extensive history of racism in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Michael Phillips

A professor at Collin College says his contract won’t be renewed because he spoke publicly about the school’s COVID-19 protocols.

Why it matters: North Texas has become a flashpoint in the national battle over free speech in public education, with an increase in calls to ban books and strife over restrictions on how teachers can discuss racism.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Jan 13, 2022 - COVID

COVID is disrupting some North Texas school schedules

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Several North Texas school districts have canceled classes for the rest of the week, while others are now requiring students and staff to wear masks in response to a surge of new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: Pediatric hospitals have reported an increase in positive COVID test results in the month since the first omicron case was reported in North Texas.

Michael Mooney
Jan 11, 2022 - COVID

North Texas' at-home COVID test reporting is inconsistent

An at-home COVID swab casting a shadow in the shape of a question mark.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

As Omicron continues to surge, the state of Texas has no cohesive strategy to monitor the results of at-home rapid COVID tests.

Why it matters: Without knowing the results of at-home tests, health officials and the public have less information about the true number of cases.

Michael Mooney
Jan 10, 2022 - COVID

North Texas Covid cases have never been higher

Empty shelves at a CVS

Empty shelves at the CVS on the corner of Ross and Haskell. Photo: Tasha Tsiaperas/Axios

North Texas has more reported cases of COVID than at any other time since the pandemic began.

  • Dallas County reported 6,589 new coronavirus cases Friday, the highest number of single-day cases on record.

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