NEW YORK – Once again, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tested positive COVID-19.
The CDC said Monday that Dr. Rochelle Walinsky was experiencing mild symptoms Sunday while isolating at her Massachusetts home.
Walensky, 53, first tested positive on October 21 Paxlovid Antiviral Pillsand later tested negative. The CDC said symptoms returned and Walinsky is back in isolation, where he works and holds virtual meetings.
Paxilvid has proven to be effective in preventing serious illness and death among those most at risk, including the elderly and those with weakened immunity. But birth control pills seem to provide little or no benefit for younger adults. Some people taking the drug experienced a return of symptoms after completing the five-day regimen of Baxlovid.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said Walinsky is aware of her latest vaccines.
Walinsky took over the CDC in January 2021. She is one of several US health officials to have contracted COVID-19.
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