The masks need to be at least two or more layers of breathable fabric and needs to be secured to the head with ties, ear loops or elastic bands, according to the order . Its model now projects 594,624 deaths by May 1, up from its previous forecast of 569,000 fatalities by that date. And a rapid variant spread would take that number up to 620,000 by May 1, IHME said.
Biden is also expected to sign orders that will reexamine waivers surrounding Medicaid and the marketplace that could make it more hard for people to gain access to care, including Medicaid's work requirements. He will also request a review of policies that may reduce enrollment in Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for low-income Americans, such as work requirements for recipients.
Some experts say it's time to buy the highest-quality KN95 or N95 masks that officials have long discouraged Americans from purchasing to reserve supply for health care workers. "But again, some mask is better than none", said Levine. "We needed better masks from the start". Of course, you still need to wear the masks correctly, or you risk not being adequately protected.
The Ontario government is taking steps to help slow the spread of unsafe variants of COVID-19. According to the province, there are at least 1,273 patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Ontario hospitals as of Saturday. The vaccine requires two doses. Saturday's count brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 266,363, including deaths and recoveries.
Trump's second impeachment is scheduled to begin on February 9. "Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022", Mr McCarthy said in a statement that also attacked Democrats for "impeaching a president who is now a private citizen".
Mid-stage trial results released by Novavax on Thursday indicated its vaccine was 50 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 among people in South Africa . It proved to be 60% effective among volunteers who didn't have HIV. Nevertheless, Fauci said the decreased efficacy rates underscore the need to follow variants closely, and to accelerate vaccination efforts before new, and even more unsafe, mutations arise.