Coronavirus cases continue to surge during Christmas holiday

The CDC says the Omicron variant accounts for a majority of new COVID cases

(ABC News) —  You may be on a holiday break, but the COVID-19 surge is not taking time off. In fact, it’s continuing to surge through the holidays. The CDC saying Omicron now accounts for a majority of new cases. We’re also seeing a striking increase in the number of children now being hospitalized with COVID. Here’s ABC’s Ines de…

Appeals court rules in favor of enforcing vaccine, testing mandates

Friday the federal court votes 2-1 allowing mandates for companies with100 or more employees

(CNN) — The Biden administration scored a significant victory Friday in its court battles to enforce various federal Covid-19 vaccine mandates, with an appeals court ruling that the government can enforce its vaccine-or-testing rule for companies with more than 100 employees. Soon after the order came down, those challenging the mandate said that they’d turn to the Supreme Court to put it…

Health: Number of adults with high blood pressure up since pandemic began

If you notice your blood pressure is higher than usual, you're not alone.

  Columbia, SC (WOLO) —- The Coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of stress in different aspects of life. Health experts say one of the concerns that appears to be increasing is a rise in the number of adults in the United States with high blood pressure. Mandy Gaither reports. Categories: Health, National News, News

Walmart recalls aromatherapy spray linked to rare bacterial illness, deaths

Officials say so far two deaths have been reported

Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (ABC News) –Walmart has recalled an aromatherapy spray after it identified a bacteria in the product that has now been linked to four illnesses and two deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it had identified the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei in the aromatherapy spray. The spray, “Better Homes…

CDC offers guidance to stop COVID spread before holiday travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges anyone eligible to get vaccinated to do so before gathering

(Courtesy: Twitter/@CDCgov) (ABC News) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its official public health guidance for the 2021 holiday season, offering up mostly general advice on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The recommendations urge people to get vaccinated ahead of the holidays if they haven’t done so already. For young children who aren’t yet…

Keeping babies safe during ‘Safe Sleep’ Awareness month

In your health minute parents, caregivers get tips on SID safety

(CNN) — Aside from breast cancer awareness — October is also safe sleep awareness month. it’s one of the leading causes of death for babies — but sudden infant death syndrome can be prevented. According to the CDC,  about 34-hundred babies younger than 12 months died suddenly and unexpectedly while sleeping in 2019. doctors are reminding all parents and care-givers…

DEA seizes more than 1.8 million ‘ extremely dangerous’ fake Adderall, Xanax

The Agency says the counterfielt pills are often laced with the potentially deadly drug fentanyl

Image: ABC News/ Drug Enforcement AdministrationFront of Counterfeit Xanax vs. Authentic Xanax. (ABC News) –Top U.S. law enforcement officials on Thursday announced the seizure of more than 1.8 million counterfeit pills during a coordinated series of law enforcement raids throughout the country since early August. “In recent years, we’ve seen an alarming increase in the number of counterfeit pills containing…

Ways to keep your kids safely buckled up

Parents may use child car seats, boosters, but are they installing them correctly

CNN — If you have a child that still requires a car or booster seat this is a perfect time to make sure you are keeping them as safe. During child safety week, law enforcement officials are urging parents to double check how they are installing those chairs. While intentions are good, if its not put in the car properly…