Hospitality staff are no longer required to wear masks.
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The decision to remove the testing requirement for international arrivals seems shortsighted. All outbreaks in Aotearoa have been caused by new variants coming across the border.
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With the goal of ‘business as usual’, politicians will continue to reduce COVID protections without immediate consequence while transmission is low. But then the next wave will come.
Is it time to accept the limits to COVID control and invest elsewhere in the health system?
With governments seemingly giving up their responsibility to keep people safe, it is time for businesses to take the lead on health and safety.
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We expect businesses to be more socially and environmentally responsible by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating harmful business practices — why don’t we do the same for COVID-19?
If our immunity from COVID vaccines is waning, then wearing a mask to prevent infection is even more valuable. But not many people seem to be thinking that way when they’re out and about.
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Based on certain criteria, New Zealand is clearly ‘winning’. But getting policy settings right over the long haul is about more than just having the most favourable assessment on selected criteria.
With mask mandates and vaccine requirements lifting, public health information remains crucial so people can weigh their own COVID-19 risks.
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To help people make informed decisions about ongoing COVID-19 risks, public health messaging needs to adapt as the pandemic evolves, just as immune systems adapt to new viruses and variants.
Despite rising cases and deaths, governments are have not even raised the prospect of imposing some public health restrictions.
People’s opinions about public health orders, mask mandates and vaccination requirements have divided friends.
Friendships can end for many reasons, like a betrayal of trust or changing circumstances. The pandemic has highlighted fundamental belief differences between people, which has affected relationships.
Teachers in Pennsylvania and around the world adapted to handle the pandemic.
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A study of rural schools in Pennsylvania found that schools ended up in a clash between local residents and state and federal agencies.
Many countries are winding back COVID-19 restrictions, but governments should be continuing to promote the importance of voluntary mask use and catching up outdoors.
The public health mandates are relaxing, but a number of New Zealanders are going further, ditching masks despite the ongoing pandemic. What is driving the rush back to ‘normal’?
COVID guidelines have changed a lot over the past few years as the pandemic has ebbed and flowed.
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The constantly changing COVID-19 rules can be frustrating. But this pandemic is like no other public health crisis in history. It is better to think of the virus and US responses the way we think about hurricanes.
Some school-age children may not even remember what it was like to go to school without masks.
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As mask mandates fall and the CDC issues new mask guidance, kids may experience anxiety around removing their masks. Clear communication from grown-ups can help children navigate the uncertainty.
What college students do during and after spring break can affect the number of COVID-19 cases on campus.
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An expert weighs in on how colleges can lower their chances of being hit by surges of COVID-19 cases after spring break 2022.
President Joe Biden addresses the nation on latest coronavirus plan.
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President Biden outlined a six-point strategy to confront the pandemic. But two public health scholars believe it would work better with help from states.
Southern states’ bans on mask mandates in schools may violate the rights of disabled students.
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Fighting against federal authority is a political tradition in the South – and resisting federal guidance to wear masks in schools is just the latest example, an education policy expert writes.
Italians must now present a form of vaccine passport called a ‘Green Pass’ to enter many indoor establishments.
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After enduring a devastating wave of infections, deaths and lockdowns at the start of the pandemic, Italy is putting in place tougher anti-COVID measures, including a vaccine passport.
The Richardson Independent School District in Texas is among the many districts across the state defying the governor’s mask mandate ban to require masks for students.
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If it sounds like the law is all over the place on school mask mandates, that’s because it is. The nation’s schools are subject to a complex web of local, state and federal laws.
Amid growing COVID-19 transmission, hospitalization and death rates, mask mandates are returning in some states.
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After the CDC changed course in late July, recommending universal masking indoors, Nevada became the first state to adopt a flexible masking policy that can quickly adjust to changing COVID-19 rates.