A panel of independent advisers are starting the first step in the process of deciding whether additional doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines should be distributed and, if so, who should get them and when.
Additionally, Chicago is releasing new tip or treat guidelines ahead of Halloween.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:
Moderna, J&J Booster Shots: What to Know at the FDA Panel Meeting
The first step towards authorizing booster shots for millions of Americans who have received COVID vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson begins Thursday as a panel of experts outside the Food and Drug Administration meet to determine his recommendation.
Last month, the FDA cleared booster shots of Pfizer’s vaccine for older Americans and other groups with increased vulnerability to COVID-19.
Here’s what you need to know about booster shots and what to expect.
Chicago publishes 9 guidelines for a trick or treatment this Halloween
As Halloween approaches, Chicago officials released nine guidelines for those participating in Halloween festivities, including candy or a spell, in the last week of October.
Chicago’s Halloweek will take place Oct. 23-30, according to a statement from city officials, and involves nine major COVID-19 precautionary guidelines.
Here are the city’s tips for Halloweek.
CAT organizes vaccination events for teachers and CPS staff
The Chicago Teachers Union will host two vaccination events this week “to encourage unvaccinated workers to get vaccinated.”
The first event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at CTU Headquarters, located at 1901 W. Carroll Ave. A second will take place on Friday at the same time and at the same location.
The event will aim to vaccinate all base members of the CTU or SEIU who have not yet received the COVID vaccine.
PCR vs rapid tests: what to know about COVID testing in Illinois
As positive cases of COVID-19 continue to emerge in Illinois, residents have sought the latest information regarding PCR and rapid coronavirus tests.
From the time it takes to receive test results to when health officials recommend getting tested for COVID, here’s what we know.
After the delay, no changes made to Chicago Travel Advisory; 6 locations close to deletion
Following a delay due to the long holiday weekend, Chicago’s travel advisory remained unchanged this week, but city officials said up to six locations could be removed from the list next week.
The advisory, updated weekly, continues to apply to 47 states and three territories after the last review of the data, but the Chicago Department of Health said six states and territories could disappear next week.
These include Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and the Virgin Islands.
Read more here.
How long after exposure do symptoms of COVID appear? This is what the doctors say
People who are COVID-positive have reported having a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and many other symptoms associated with the virus.
But how long does it take for symptoms to appear after a person has been exposed? And when is COVID most transmissible?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incubation period, the time from exposure to when symptoms develop, ranges from two to 14 days after the initial exposure. Scientists caution, however, “the period of contagiousness” for COVID-19 is not yet known with certainty.
Read more here.