Combo COVID-Flu Home Test OK’d; Giuliani Positive, Hospitalized

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FDA authorized the first combination COVID-19 and flu combination test, developed by Quest, to allow for at-home collection of respiratory samples. It will be available by prescription only for patients with symptoms of respiratory viral infection.

As of Monday at 8:00 a.m. EST, the unofficial COVID-19 toll is 14,761,732 cases and 282,345 deaths, up nearly 1.4 million cases and nearly 15,500 deaths versus this time a week ago.

That makes COVID-19 now the leading cause of death for Americans by a considerable margin, topping heart disease and cancer, which each kill roughly 12,000 people in the U.S. each week.

President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, and now others who came into contact with him — he rarely wore a mask at meetings — are taking belated precautions. (AP, Washington Post)

With over 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine expected, the U.K. could start its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday. (AP)

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, praised president-elect Joe Biden’s plan for all Americans to wear a mask for 100 days. (Politico)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated guidelines to recommend kids and teens wear face masks during all sports games and practices, not just on the sidelines.

CDC reiterated its multi-pronged approach to prevent COVID-19 transmission, including recommending “universal face mask use,” and avoiding non-essential indoor spaces. (MMWR)

Experts debate on what a national COVID-19 testing strategy might look like, and whether one is even possible. (AP)

The NIH recently held a workshop to address the ongoing symptoms and clinical issues facing COVID “long-haulers.” (New York Times)

An animal challenge study in monkeys provided promising news about immunity to the virus, if the results hold up in humans. (Nature)

Switzerland’s latest attempts to battle COVID-19 spread: ski resorts can stay open, but singing outside of family gatherings and schools is a no-no. (Reuters)

Sobering survey data on vaccine hesitancy among New York City firefighters. (CBS2)

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