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White House hints at new airline bailout; Pelosi, experts call new CDC guidelines ‘scary and dangerous’

The White House may provide relief to airline workers to keep them employed if Congress fails to reach agreement on a package for them, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff said Wednesday.

And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines and now says people without symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

The move comes a week after the CDC updated travel guidelines that no longer mandate a 14-day quarantine for anyone who’s traveled outside of their state or the country. The revisions to CDC guidelines have been met with concern by medical experts, who caution that less testing may lead to more cases and hinder contact tracing efforts. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also condemned the revised CDC guidelines on testing, saying Wednesday it “reinforces the lack of attention and understanding that we have to have in

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CDC changes testing guidelines for asymptomatic people; University of Alabama cases skyrocket; 2 reinfections in Europe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines and now says people without symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Just last week, the CDC updated its travel guidelines that no longer mandate a 14-day quarantine for anyone who’s traveled outside of their state or the country. The revisions to CDC guidelines have been met with concern by medical experts, who caution that less testing may lead to more cases and hinder contact tracing efforts.

Tensions between the federal government and scientists remain high: Earlier this week, some doctors spoke out against the approval of blood plasma as a COVID-19 treatment, and what that may mean for future vaccines, as the Food and Drug Administration offered inaccurate data as evidence of its effectiveness.

Meanwhile, efforts to learn more about how the virus spreads remain unwavering. Researchers in

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Governor Gavin Newsom Relaxes Some Workplace Guidelines, Announces New Testing Method

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California Governor Gavin Newsom said at his Monday press conference that the state was adjusting some of the workplace closure guidelines it issued last week, specifically those around hair salons and barbershops and the “personal care services industry.” The governor said he had wanted to make the changes earlier, but that it “turned out that was more challenging than it may have appeared.”

“The good news is,” said Newsom, “we now have new guidelines out on the COVID-19.ca.gov website clarifying what we can and can’t do as it relates to hair cuts and activities that we want to move from indoors to outdoors for personal care services industry,” said Newsom.

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“It turned out, without getting into too many details, that issues of chemicals and shampoos and perms were more complicated than some had considered, particularly as relates to local ordinances

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Trump administration reverses new visa guidelines for international students

The Trump administration walked back a sudden policy change that would have potentially blocked hundreds of thousands of international students from remaining in or returning to the U.S. while pressuring universities to resume in-person classes in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Following a week-long fight by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and more than a dozen state attorneys general, the government agreed on Tuesday to “rescind” a policy that would have affected international students who are attending institutions that have opted to go completely remote over the fall.

“For the hundreds of thousands of international students across this country who enrich our institutions and strengthen our communities — we celebrate this victory with you,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “This ICE rule was senseless and illegal the minute it came out, and the Trump Administration knew it didn’t have

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U.K. Sets Safety Guidelines For Cinema Reopening But Masks Not Yet Mandatory

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The UK Cinema Association has published safety guidelines for the reopening of cinemas, less than 10 days before some movie theaters are set to open. Face coverings in cinemas are not mandatory, in line with U.K. law.

Guidelines reflect advice from a working group of senior executives from over a dozen of the U.K.’s largest cinema operators, as well as input from the group’s wider membership.

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The guidelines include:

  • Measures to ensure social distancing at every point during a visit to the cinema, with a particular emphasis on auditoriums
  • Enhancing cleaning and hygiene regimes, including the provision of antibacterial gels stations for cinema-goers throughout each site
  • The installation of plastic screens at key contact points to help protect customers and staff
  • Encouragement wherever possible of online booking, e-ticketing and contactless payment
  • Revised scheduling of films to allow time for cleaning
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Face Masks Will Not Be Mandatory At UK Cinemas, Say Country’s Full COVID Guidelines

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Today, the UK Cinema Association (UKCA) has published its set of coronavirus preventative measures for exhibitors to adhere to from July 4 when they begin re-opening.

This week, individual chains such as Odeon, Showcase and Cineworld have been outlining their plans. They have followed a similar path of increased hygiene, ventilation, distancing, managing capacity and online purchases, all of which are ratified in today’s UKCA document. Showcase even put together a short video illustrating how the procedures might look in practice.

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But what everyone has been waiting for is the answer to a crucial question – will face masks be mandatory? Cineworld workers, for example, have been petitioning the company this week after its CEO said it would make masks a requirement for staff but not for customers.

Today’s doc effectively confirms that masks will not be part of the

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