Rapid Antigen or PCR Covid tests? Which should you take?

Watch this video from NBC news on the differences between the rapid antigen and PCR Covid tests and which is better for determining if you are contagious.

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CDC cuts the recommended isolation and quarantine periods for coronavirus infections

The CDC has changed its recommended quarantine period for people exposed to the virus to only five days if they don’t show symptoms.

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What’s next for HR after court reinstates Biden’s vaccine mandate?

The Biden administration’s vaccine rules for employers are back on—at least for now—making quick action and compliance key for HR as deadlines approach.

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Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule for 84 million workers is back after court lifts stay

A Biden administration rule that requires workers at companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated against Covid or undergo weekly testing is back on after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay on the rule.

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FDA finds 3 COVID-19 tests that fail to detect the omicron variant

FDA has identified three COVID-19 molecular tests that are not able to detect the omicron variant and warned that the diagnostics from Applied DNA Sciences, Meridian Bioscience and Tide Laboratories will return false negative results

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Senators take aim at fraudsters flooding the market with fake masks

Two senators are taking aim at the widespread issue of fake and ineffective masks flooding the U.S. market.

A new bill will grant more authority to the Food and Drug Administration to enforce and punish counterfeiters in the mask industry.

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Omicron is prompting new rules for international travel to the U.S. Here’s what you need to know

The emergence of the omicron variant of Covid in southern Africa and its detection around the world has sparked a host of new travel requirements and, in some cases, outright bans — further complicating international trips that were just starting to pick up.

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The 2 biggest mistakes companies make when planning vaccine mandates

As coronavirus cases rise again in cities throughout the United States and fear over the omicron variant grows, more companies are requiring or planning to mandate vaccines for their employees.

A workforce transformation expert shares the two mistakes companies make when enacting their vaccine policies and what their leaders should do instead.

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Four Big Questions About Omicron

Scientists around the world are racing to understand the Omicron variant, and there are some clearer signs than a week ago.

The New York Times answered four big questions about Omicron, with help from experts.

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Abbott Evaluating Omicron and Other COVID Variants to Ensure Test Effectiveness

Abbott has been intently monitoring the mutations of COVID-19 so we can ensure our tests can detect them. We have already conducted an assessment of the Omicron variant and we’re confident our rapid and PCR tests can detect the virus. While the Omicron variant contains mutations to the spike protein, Abbott’s rapid and molecular tests – antigen and PCR – do not rely on the spike gene to detect the virus.

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What to know about omicron, the new COVID variant

The World Health Organization announced Friday that it deems this strain, B.1.1.529, a variant of concern, and has named it omicron. It’s the first new variant of concern since delta.

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Do COVID-19 At-home Test Kits Expire?

Rapid at-home COVID-19 tests (or rapid antigen tests) have become increasingly popular over the past few months. These tests can be bought over-the-counter and administered at home, providing results in 30 minutes or less. But do they have a shelf life?

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The Rapid Antigen Test: What Is It, and How Does it Work?

Recent weeks have seen a surge in demand for COVID-19 tests across the U.S., fueled in large part by President Biden’s mandate for weekly testing for unvaccinated employees at businesses with more than 100 employees. Specifically, employers are looking for the Rapid Antigen test, which yields results in minutes and can be administered almost anywhere including in clinics, pharmacies, offices and at home.

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2 Million At-Home COVID-19 Tests Are Being Recalled Due to False Positives, FDA Warns

Ellume is recalling 2.2 million of its at-home COVID-19 tests, according to a recall notice shared by the FDA. So far, 35 false positives have been reported.

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OSHA’s vaccine rule is on hold. Employers urged to still comply

Businesses across the U.S. are facing uncertainty over the Biden administration’s new vaccine rule after a federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted the regulation. But legal experts say companies subject to the requirement should plan on complying with the 490-page order or risk being caught unprepared — and potentially face costly fines — if the rule moves forward.

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Biden’s vaccine rules for 100 million workers are here. These are the details

In early September, President Biden announced he was taking steps to get more Americans vaccinated and turn the tide on COVID-19.

On Thursday, the administration rolled out two of those steps — two different vaccine rules covering more than 100 million workers.

Here are the details:

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Medical exemptions to mandates? 5 answers from a legal expert

As private employers begin to widely adopt COVID-19 vaccine mandates, they are increasingly encountering resistance from employees who claim to have a medical reason for why they cannot be vaccinated. How are HR leaders, most of whom have no medical background themselves, supposed to evaluate these claims?

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6 experts on what Biden’s vaccine mandate means for HR

President Biden’s announcement that a majority of employers will need to mandate vaccines or weekly testing for all employees is making waves throughout the HR industry. Here are insights and suggestions for what HR leaders should do to respond right now.

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