- Health: New CDC mask guidance tests risk tolerance — Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated.
- Politics: Pelosi says masks will still be required on House floor, despite CDC guidance — Pfizer’s argument against waiving patent rights.
- Vaccines: Unvaccinated Hispanic Americans are more likely to say they want a shot ASAP — Franklin Graham prods Christians to vaccinate or “it could be too late.”
- States: DeSantis says he will pardon people who violate COVID-19 restrictions.
- Economy: The states ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits early.
- Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
- Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday: 161,290,797— Total deaths: 3,347,183 — Total vaccine doses administered: 1,405,678,417 — Map
- U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday: 32,854,645 — Total deaths: 584,510 — Total tests: 449,158,929 — Map
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- Masks, lending books and self-isolating
- Exercise, laundry, what counts as soap
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Editor’s note: Johns Hopkins University stopped reporting U.S. COVID-19 recoveries on its dashboard on Dec. 15, citing a Coronavirus Tracking Project post that explained the national data is incomplete since several states do not keep records of recovered patients. It stopped reporting global recoveries and began reporting doses administered in May.
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