It wasn't just autocrats who were frequently tempted to address "fake news" about the pandemic through state pressure and coercion.
The estimate implies an overall infection fatality rate of about 0.5 percent, although that number should be viewed with caution.
The president’s COVID-19 adviser embodies the arrogance of technocrats who are sure they know what’s best for us.
If the CDC's Mask Mandate Is 'Necessary for the Public Health,' Why Didn't the DOJ Seek a Stay To Restore It?
The Biden administration's main priority seems to be leaving the agency's authority vague enough to allow future interventions.
The DOJ Is Reluctant To Continue Defending the CDC's Mask Mandate Because It Worries It Will Lose Again
Clarifying the agency's authority could impede future power grabs.
The decision against the rule hinged on whether the agency had the power it asserted.
Vivek Murthy's Demand for Data on COVID 'Misinformation' Is Part of a Creepy Crusade to Suppress Dissent
The surgeon general's definition of misinformation includes statements that are arguably or verifiably true.
The agency emphasizes that children face a very low risk from COVID-19, which it has known all along.
The unions' support for hygiene theater is of a piece with their support for security theater.
Case trends in states with mandates were very similar to case trends in states without them.
The president is waiting until children, who have always faced an infinitesimal risk from COVID-19, are "more protected."
Rochelle Walensky says "now is not the moment" to stop forcing masks on children. Democratic politicians increasingly disagree.
The agency further undermines its credibility by desperately trying to back up conclusions it has already reached.
That recommendation, which never had a firm basis, is even harder to justify in the current context.
Supporters of that policy assume it works, then desperately search for evidence to validate that conviction.
That process takes a long time, and the result would face the same legal objection cited by the Supreme Court.
The country, which has a much lower fatality rate than the U.S., eschewed lockdowns in favor of information.
Nationwide, newly reported infections have been falling since January 14.
Judge Lawrence VanDyke included a satirical opinion that his colleagues can use when they decide otherwise.
Unvaccinated Americans over age 50 are 44 times more likely to be hospitalized than triple-vaccinated folks.
Why did it take so long?
In the Case That Blocked OSHA's Vaccine Mandate, the Justices Disagreed About When COVID-19 Counts As a Workplace Hazard
The crux of the argument is the distinction "between occupational risk and risk more generally."
Some epidemiologists estimate that the actual number of new infections peaked last week.
Omicron patients were much less likely to have severe symptoms.
Defending OSHA's Vaccine Mandate, Sonia Sotomayor Says 'I'm Not Sure I Understand the Distinction' Between State and Federal Powers
The justice's reference to a national "police power" raised some eyebrows.
Rochelle Walensky Said an Antigen Test Is a Good Tool for 'Judging Infectiousness.' Now She Says 'Its Information Will Not Be Useful.'
The CDC director's explanation of her agency's confusing advice about home COVID-19 testing is hard to understand.
The Supreme Court will ultimately decide how convincing that disguise is.
Anthony Fauci Is Right To Distinguish COVID-19 Infections, Which Are Exploding, From Severe Disease, Which Is Not
Based on the experience in South Africa, the Biden administration's top medical adviser says "this thing will peak after a period of a few weeks and turn around."
Vaccination and prior infection induce a strong second line of immunological defense, finds South African study.
Focusing on infections rather than severe disease is more misleading than ever.
As the NFL goes, so goes the nation?
The CDC Director's Slippery Response to Criticism of School Mask Mandates Further Undermines Her Agency's Credibility
Rochelle Walensky willfully ignores the weaknesses of a study she repeatedly cited to justify "universal masking" of students.
Researchers are still uncertain about how severe the variant will be.
The argument hinges largely on what makes an emergency standard "necessary."
Pfizer/BioNTech reports that a third shot significantly neutralizes the emerging variant.
The appeals court is skeptical of the claim that the Texas governor's order illegally discriminates against people with disabilities.
The World Health Organization warns that such restrictions can cause more harm than they prevent.
Just how infectious and dangerous the new variant could be is not known at this time.
The Biden Administration Is Asking an Appeals Court to Lift the Order Blocking OSHA's Vaccine Mandate
The government argues that the 5th Circuit erred in concluding that the rule "grossly exceeds OSHA's statutory authority."
A unanimous three-judge panel concludes that the decree "grossly exceeds OSHA's statutory authority."
A federal judge concluded that the Texas governor's ban on mask mandates illegally discriminated against students with disabilities.
The CDC's Director Implies That Face Masks Are More Effective Than Vaccines at Preventing COVID-19 Infection
Rochelle Walensky seems to be relying on a laboratory study that did not measure infection risk.
Here Are the Arguments That Persuaded the 5th Circuit To Block OSHA's Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers
The appeals court said the rule, which was published on Friday, raises "grave statutory and constitutional issues."
Because the agency ties mask recommendations to virus transmission rather than serious cases, its guidance is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Neither politician is willing to tolerate deviation from the one business policy he thinks is best.
Even If Requiring People Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 To Be Vaccinated Is Legal, That Doesn't Mean It Makes Sense
The failure of legal challenges obscures an ongoing scientific debate.
When you are already convinced a policy makes sense, any evidence will do.