COVID-19 Variants

COVID-19 Variants

Mask and Vaccine Mandates in the 50 U.S. States.
Public Health

Mask and Vaccine Mandates in the 50 U.S. States.

As of February 17, 2022, only four U.S. states (Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington) continue to have indoor mask mandates. Other states have switched to requiring masks only for unvaccinated individuals and in public spaces. The remaining eleven states have not imposed any mask mandates to date. As for a vaccine mandate, 46% of the states require their residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19, while 30% have no active mandate in place.

Girisha Bharadwaj
Girisha Bharadwaj19 Feb 2022
Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Protect Against the Omicron Variant?
COVID-19

Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Protect Against the Omicron Variant?

The currently available COVID-19 vaccines protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the Omicron variant. Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated may occur, but most vaccinated individuals have reported mild or no symptoms from the Omicron variant.

Alexis Bryan
Alexis Bryan26 Jan 2022
Are At-Home COVID-19 Tests Covered By Insurance?
Health Insurance

Are At-Home COVID-19 Tests Covered By Insurance?

With new variants emerging, at-home COVID-19 tests are becoming more widespread within various drug stores. However, their costs have remained an issue for many Americans. In general, health insurance companies do not cover the cost of an at-home COVID-19 test.

Madeline Hlobik
Madeline Hlobik6 Jan 2022
Are At-Home COVID-19 Tests Accurate?
COVID-19

Are At-Home COVID-19 Tests Accurate?

At-home COVID-19 tests, called rapid antigen tests, are a quick, convenient way to test yourself for COVID-19. However, these tests are not perfect. At-home COVID-19 tests detect about 85% of positive cases on average.

Alexis Bryan
Alexis Bryan29 Dec 2021
What Are the Symptoms of the Omicron COVID-19 Variant?
COVID-19

What Are the Symptoms of the Omicron COVID-19 Variant?

The symptoms of the Omicron COVID-19 variant are similar to other COVID-19 variants: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and muscle aches; however, there are fewer reports of significant loss of taste and smell with the Omicron variant.

Alexis Bryan
Alexis Bryan6 Apr 2022
Lambda and Delta Plus: What To Know About COVID-19 Variants
COVID-19

Lambda and Delta Plus: What To Know About COVID-19 Variants

In recent news, a John Hopkins University COVID researcher described the Lambda variant as a “potential threat to human society”, and there has been widespread concern about the efficacy of vaccines against the Delta and Delta Plus variant. What do we know about these COVID-19 variants thus far?

Alexis Bryan
Alexis Bryan2 Sep 2021