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Mother Knows Best: Wash Your Hands

In honor of World Hand Hygiene Day and Mother’s Day, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has compiled resources to encourage everyone to follow moms’ advice and wash their hands to help #StopTheSpread of #COVID-19 and other infectious diseases …

Schaffner Report: Facing the Mask Question Head On

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated COVID-19 guidance on masking and launched a new tool to help communities decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest data. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton, CAE, about current masking guidance, COVID-19 community levels, and whether we should continue wearing masks …

Schaffner Report: Insights on Updated COVID-19 Guidance

With the Omicron variant on the rise and ongoing changes in public health guidance as the science evolves, it is not surprising that there are many questions about what to do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, William Schaffner, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton about the latest guidance around COVID-19 vaccine booster doses, masks, quarantine, and testing, as well as the rationale for the recommendations.

Schaffner Report: Widening Circle of Eligibility for COVID-19 Boosters

The widening circle of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses has expanded once again and now includes all adults age 18 years and older. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to share important information about the new booster recommendations …

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Boosters and Vaccines for Children

Millions of US adults are newly eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, and—at long last—children age 5-11 years can now get vaccinated for COVID-19.

In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director & CEO Marla Dalton to help put it all into context …

Schaffner Report: Who Needs a COVID-19 Booster Dose?

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise and the Delta variant surging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends COVID-19 booster shots for certain populations. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, Marla Dalton, NFID Executive Director and CEO, talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the updated CDC guidance …

A Safer Way to Reopen: Focusing on Workplace Testing for COVID-19

Even with the availability of new vaccines, COVID-19 remains a threat. With one in four US adults not planning to get vaccinated and new variants emerging, epidemiologists are predicting another wave of COVID-19 this fall. Special thanks to Steven Phillips of the COVID Collaborative for this guest blog post on the use of rapid testing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 …

Schaffner Report: Are We on Track to End the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Although the US may have fallen short of the ambitious goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population by July 4, 2021, those states and communities with high vaccination rates are seeing declines in cases and deaths due to COVID-19. Are we nearing the end of the pandemic, or does the Delta variant threaten the progress made thus far? In this episode of the Schaffner Report, NFID Executive Director and CEO Marla Dalton talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about current issues regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic …

ID News Round-Up: #COVID-19 Vaccination Risks and Benefits

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue across the US, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and other public health experts continue to evaluate the risks and benefits of the new vaccines. Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases, with a focus on COVID-19 vaccines and associated heart inflammation …

The Father’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on many families, but thanks to vaccination, that burden is now lifting for many. Father’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate dads everywhere and reflect on their role in our lives. NFID leaders share their Father’s Day thoughts and wishes …  

Schaffner Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects—Cause or Coincidence?

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue across the US, some questions and concerns about potential side effects are also circulating. In addition to the typical sore arm and fatigue, reports have recently surfaced about individuals suffering from various symptoms after getting vaccinated, including ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis). But just because one event follows another in time does not necessarily mean it was caused by the event itself. In this episode of the Schaffner Report, Marla Dalton, Executive Director and CEO of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) talks with NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, about the difference between causation and coincidence, and how to distinguish COVID-19 vaccine facts from fiction …

The Last Mile: Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

There is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel in the US, thanks to the rapid development and efficient distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. We have plenty of reasons to rejoice, but a lingering and frustrating impediment to attaining nationwide herd immunity persists—continued vaccine hesitancy fueled by misinformation, especially among particular segments of the US population …