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U.S. tops highest seven-day death average since last year

N95 masks, while more costly than cloth masks, provide greater protection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
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The seven-day average for covid deaths in the United States reached 2,230 on Tuesday, its highest point since late February last year, according to Washington Post data.

The highly transmissible omicron variant led to an explosive increase in coronavirus cases nationwide in December and January. Omicron, which has been shown to have less severe symptoms and outcomes than other variants, quickly overtook the delta strain of the virus.

As the two variants overlapped, deaths nationwide started climbing and have steadily risen.

Deaths in the nation started climbing prior to the surge, brought on by the more deadly delta variant, according to data.

Here’s what to know

  • A New York appeals court judge reimposed New York’s statewide mask mandate on Tuesday, reversing a lower court judge’s Monday ruling that stated the order was unconstitutional.
  • Free N95 masks are now available at some U.S. stores as part of the White House’s plan to hand out 400 million of them from the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Two Elton John concerts scheduled this week in Dallas were postponed because the musician has covid-19, the performance venue said Tuesday.
  • Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, have begun testing a vaccine tailored to battle the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the companies announced Tuesday.
  • British police said Tuesday they would begin investigating parties held at 10 Downing Street during coronavirus lockdowns as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces public backlash.
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A New York appeals court judge reimposed New York’s statewide mask mandate on Tuesday, reversing a lower court judge’s Monday ruling that stated the order was unconstitutional.
Free N95 masks are now available at some U.S. stores as part of the White House’s plan to hand out 400 million of them from the Strategic National Stockpile.
Two Elton John concerts scheduled this week in Dallas were postponed because the musician has covid-19, the performance venue said Tuesday.
Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, have begun testing a vaccine tailored to battle the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the companies announced Tuesday.
British police said Tuesday they would begin investigating parties held at 10 Downing Street during coronavirus lockdowns as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces public backlash.

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Coronavirus: What you need to know

Vaccines: The CDC recommends that everyone age 5 and older get an updated covid booster shot designed to target both the original virus and the omicron variant. Here’s some guidance on when you should get the omicron booster and how vaccine efficacy could be affected by your prior infections.

Variants: Instead of a single new Greek letter variant, a group of immune-evading omicron spinoffs are popping up all over the world. Any dominant variant will likely knock out monoclonal antibodies, targeted drugs that can be used as a treatment or to protect immunocompromised people.

Tripledemic: Hospitals are overwhelmed by a combination of respiratory illnesses, staffing shortages and nursing home closures. And experts believe the problem will deteriorate further in coming months. Here’s how to tell the difference between RSV, the flu and covid-19.

Guidance: CDC guidelines have been confusing — if you get covid, here’s how to tell when you’re no longer contagious. We’ve also created a guide to help you decide when to keep wearing face coverings.

Where do things stand? See the latest coronavirus numbers in the U.S. and across the world. In the U.S., pandemic trends have shifted and now White people are more likely to die from covid than Black people. Nearly nine out of 10 covid deaths are people over the age 65.

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