Kids & school

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Do I Have the All-Clear?

How to tell whether it’s safe to remove your mask where you work, learn, and play.

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Get Ready for a Bad Flu Season

We haven’t had a real flu season in two years. This year we will - and the forecast doesn’t look good…

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It’s Booster Season

We now have a booster against both the original strain of the virus and the Omicron variant.

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How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

Not sure if you want to put the contents of that little vial in your — or your kid’s — body? Find out what it actually does once it gets in there.

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    Quick answers

    Want to know more about keeping your kids safe during COVID-19? Check out My COVID Toolkit.

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    I Need a PCR Test. Where Do I Go Now?

    Tests are still widely available, if you know where to look.

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    Back . . . to Normal?

    Not sure what to expect during the 2022-23 school year? Don’t worry, it’s not just you — nobody else knows what it’s going to look like, either.

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    At Last: COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Under Five Are Here

    Here’s why getting your littlest ones vaccinated now is a great idea.

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    How Can I Keep My Child COVID-Safer at School?

    In-person learning can be safe enough for kids — as long as we take precautions.

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    Questions My Friends Ask | Part 3: I Have COVID. Now What?

    It’s a smart question. The virus is constantly evolving, our level of immunity has increased, and public health guidelines have changed. Confused? We have answers.

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    New Phase, New Rules

    On August 11, 2022, the CDC came out with a new set of guidelines relating to COVID-19. A few of the rules have changed a lot.

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    A COVID-Safer Summer Camp

    Camp is supposed to be fun for the kids and a respite for parents. With a few sensible precautions, it can be both — while being COVID-safer, too.

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    Was I Exposed to COVID-19?

    An app on my phone told me I might have been “exposed” to the virus. Here’s what that means — and how I think about different levels of exposure risk.

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    It’s All About BA.5 Now

    You’ve certainly heard about the surgence of BA.5. Here’s what we know about the variant driving our summer 2022 surge and how to protect yourself.

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    Will My Rapid Test Still Work?

    If the expiration date of your COVID-19 test has passed, or your test got very hot (or very cold), don’t panic. Here’s how to know whether it’ll still work.

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    How to Have a Happy Birthday Party

    Throwing a birthday party was complicated enough before COVID-19. Now parents have to factor infectious-disease risk into their plans, too. But don’t worry — our four-step plan breaks things down into manageable tasks.

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    Location Matters | Updates to the Workplace Testing Planner Help Make K-12 Schools Safer

    The Workplace Testing Planner has two new inputs that make its COVID-19 testing recommendations even more personalized for your school (or workplace): The number of people participating in your testing program and your location. Check it out!

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    Who is That Masked Man?

    Wearing a mask helps protect you from COVID-19, even if you’re the only person in the crowd who’s wearing one.

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    Do the Two-Step

    Ever wonder why most rapid tests for COVID-19 are sold in packs of two? There’s a critical reason for it — and if you don’t know what it is, you might end up making a big mistake.

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    COVID Calculator New Features

    New Variant, New Features

    Omicron has forced us all to adapt. The Workplace Testing Planner is here to help you do that — with new features and updates that reflect how the virus has changed, and how we’ve changed to face it.

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    Free COVID-19 Tests Are Coming!

    Free COVID-19 Tests Are Coming! Know When to Use Them

    With the release of free-by-mail & insurance-covered over-the-counter COVID-19 tests, the question is: When is the best time to use your COVID-19 kits?

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    COVID-19 Resolutions for the New Year

    COVID-19 Resolutions for the New Year

    From masks to boosters to self testing, we're adding them all to our list of 2022 resolutions!

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    Get Ready for the Omicron Winter

    Put on your mask, get boosted, and buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but we’ve got the tools to get through it.

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    At-Home Testing: Bringing the COVID-19 Test to You

    At-Home Testing: Bringing the COVID-19 Test to You

    Don't stress, get an at-home test! Learn how the COVID-19 testing game has changed with the convenience of over-the-counter testing.

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    Step 4: Cohorting: Shrink the High-Risk Circle

    Four Steps to Fewer COVID-19 Outbreaks | Step 4: Cohorting: Shrink the High-Risk Circle

    In this short series, we cover four key strategies that will help reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak in your organization.

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    Step 3: Notifying Close Contacts: Win the Race Against Time

    Four Steps to Fewer COVID-19 Outbreaks | Step 3: Notifying Close Contacts: Win the Race Against Time

    In this short series, we cover four key strategies that will help reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak in your organization.

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    Four Steps to Fewer COVID-19 Outbreaks | Step 2: When Indoors, Mask Up

    In this short series, we cover four key strategies that will help reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak in your organization.

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    You Can’t Find What You Don’t Look For: Delta Makes Testing Even More Critical

    In our can't miss blog about the COVID-19 Delta Variant, we discuss the variant's contagiousness and how testing and vaccines are impacted.

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    Four Steps to Fewer COVID-19 Outbreaks | Step 1: Get Vaccinated!

    In this short series, we cover four key strategies that will help reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak in your organization.

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