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Billie Eilish finds dealing with Tourette's 'exhausting': What is syndrome, what are its symptoms?
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Billie Eilish finds dealing with Tourette's 'exhausting': What is syndrome, what are its symptoms?

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention defines Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) as a condition of the nervous system. It causes people to have “tics” – sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people make repeatedly

Theories emerge for mysterious liver illnesses in children, health officials remain puzzled
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Theories emerge for mysterious liver illnesses in children, health officials remain puzzled

The illnesses are considered rare. CDC officials last week said they are now looking into 180 possible cases across the US. Most of the children were hospitalised, at least 15 required liver transplants and six died

US officials extend mask rule for travel by a month while considering road ahead
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US officials extend mask rule for travel by a month while considering road ahead

The mask mandate was scheduled to expire 18 March, but the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that it will extend the requirement through 18 April.

As Omicron variant surges across US, CDC mulls over COVID test requirement for asymptomatic
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As Omicron variant surges across US, CDC mulls over COVID test requirement for asymptomatic

US is looking to add a negative test along with its five-day isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus

US health agency recommends shorter COVID-19 isolation, quarantine amid surging cases
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US health agency recommends shorter COVID-19 isolation, quarantine amid surging cases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence that people with coronavirus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop

US lifts pandemic travel ban at airports and land borders from today; only vaccinated travellers allowed
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US lifts pandemic travel ban at airports and land borders from today; only vaccinated travellers allowed

According to CDC, the US will accept travellers who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, not just those in use in the US

COVID-19 Fact Check: The Pfizer COVID vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11 years says FDA
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COVID-19 Fact Check: The Pfizer COVID vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11 years says FDA

The FDA assessed the safety of the kid-size doses in 3,100 vaccinated youngsters and has said that kids between 5 to 11 years will get just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

COVID-19 outbreak underlines need for India to develop its own epidemic intelligence service
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COVID-19 outbreak underlines need for India to develop its own epidemic intelligence service

Inputs of NEIS can greatly aid policymakers and various arms of the Indian government to prepare for future potential threats to public health in India

COVID-19 Fact Check: You are fully vaccinated when you get two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
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COVID-19 Fact Check: You are fully vaccinated when you get two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccines offer strong protection against serious illness but US health officials now recommend boosters for some people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Two Johnson & Johnson doses provide 75 percent protection against COVID symptoms, finds official trial
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Two Johnson & Johnson doses provide 75 percent protection against COVID symptoms, finds official trial

The CDC said it expects a second dose of the J&J vaccine will be required, but that it needs more data before making a firm recommendation.

Moderna vaccine provides better long term protection against COVID-19 hospitalisation than Pfizer: CDC study
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Moderna vaccine provides better long term protection against COVID-19 hospitalisation than Pfizer: CDC study

The Moderna vaccine was 93 percent effective against hospitalization, Pfizer was 88 percent effective, and J&J was 68 percent effective.

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID, finds CDC study
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Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID, finds CDC study

They are also 4.5 times more likely than the fully vaccinated to get infected and over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized.

US eases travel advisory on India from Level 4 to Level 2 as COVID situation improves
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US eases travel advisory on India from Level 4 to Level 2 as COVID situation improves

The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for India indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. Early this year, the US had put India in Level 4

CDC advises third COVID-19 vaccine shot for people who are immunocompromised
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CDC advises third COVID-19 vaccine shot for people who are immunocompromised

A CDC official said people who qualify for a third dose should ideally take the vaccine they already received, but that they could take the other two-dose vaccine if necessary.

US eases travel advisory on India from Level 4 to Level 3 but 'urges citizens to reconsider travel'
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US eases travel advisory on India from Level 4 to Level 3 but 'urges citizens to reconsider travel'

The latest travel advisory replaces the one issued on 5 May that had placed India in the Level 4 category

What do you need to know about the Guillain-Barré disease and Johnson and Johnson vaccines
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What do you need to know about the Guillain-Barré disease and Johnson and Johnson vaccines

This is not the first vaccine that has been linked to Guillain-Barré, although the risk appears to be tiny.

Why Uddhav Thackeray wants India to have a public policy to control crowding
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Why Uddhav Thackeray wants India to have a public policy to control crowding

The Maharashtra chief minister made this suggestion in a virtual meeting held by the prime minister on Friday during which he took stock of the coronavirus situation

How the idea of wearing a mask has gone through phases of acceptance and resistance since the Spanish Flu
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How the idea of wearing a mask has gone through phases of acceptance and resistance since the Spanish Flu

The World Health Organisation in no uncertain terms makes it clear that masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives.

President Joe Biden encourages countrywide July Fourth celebrations to mark return to normalcy following COVID-19
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President Joe Biden encourages countrywide July Fourth celebrations to mark return to normalcy following COVID-19

The planned celebration will be the largest event of Biden’s presidency and is designed to demonstrate the nation’s victory over the virus as COVID-19 cases and deaths drop to levels not seen since the first days of the outbreak.

'Very high level' of COVID-19 in India: US advises its citizens to avoid travel even if fully vaccinated
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'Very high level' of COVID-19 in India: US advises its citizens to avoid travel even if fully vaccinated

The recommendation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's comes a day after Britain placed India on its COVID-19 travel red list