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Americans are being more careful to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus but are still not being careful enough to slow the pandemic, especially with worrisome, apparently more contagious new variants looming.

That's the conclusion of the latest findings, released Friday, from the largest national survey tracking behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.

It may seem counterintuitive, but health officials say that even after you get vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to practice the usual pandemic precautions, at least for a while. That means steering clear of crowds, continuing to wear a good mask in public, maintaining 6 feet or more of distance from people outside your household and frequently washing your hands. We talked to infectious disease specialists to get a better understanding of why.

Why do I have to continue with precautions after I've been vaccinated?

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The Ohio Departments of Aging and Health are mailing millions of masks to seniors.  

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State officials say 94 percent of retail store employees and customers complied with the state's mask mandate during inspections last week.

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said he has asked the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to become his chief medical adviser and said he plans to call on Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration.

A state representative from southern Ohio is reviving his efforts to impeach Governor Mike DeWine over actions taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the statewide curfew he called for last week is one of the ways to curb the surge of coronavirus cases, but some medical experts say curfews are not effective strategies.

It was Memorial Day when then-candidate Joe Biden made his first public appearance since the coronavirus shut down in-person campaigning. Before he went out to place a wreath at a veterans memorial in Delaware, Biden and his team decided he would wear a mask. It wasn't a difficult decision, an aide said when asked about the choice.

It has become the battle cry of public health officials around the world: "Wear a mask to slow the spread." Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new evidence supporting this advice.

Researchers analyzed coronavirus infection rates in Kansas following a statewide mask mandate. They found that counties that chose to enforce the mandate saw their cases decrease. Counties that chose to opt out saw their cases continue to rise.

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An Ohio State University Medical Center survey shows the majority of Americans plan to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines during the holidays.

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The woman escorted from a middle school football game for not wearing a mask has rejected a plea deal to charges of resisting arrest and criminal trespassing. 

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All visitors age ten and over at any Franklin County Metro Park are now required to wear a facemask.  

Wearing a mask protects the wearer, and not just other people, from the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized in an updated scientific brief issued Tuesday. And the protective benefits of masks are stronger the more people wear masks consistently and correctly, the agency says.

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State health officials Sunday reported 4,541  new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths. 

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With most of the drama of the election over, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says Ohioans have to focus on shutting down the spread of COVID-19.  

More Americans may be wearing masks than early last spring, but other recommended behaviors to stop the pandemic's spread haven't kept pace, according to a new federal survey. And young people are the least likely to take needed steps to stop the virus, the data suggest.

The proportion of U.S. adults reporting wearing face masks increased from 78% in April to 89% in June, according to the nationally representative survey released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday.

Universal mask wearing in public could greatly reduce the number of Americans who die by COVID-19 by February, a study published Friday in the journal Nature Medicine projects.

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation made estimates based on some assumptions under different scenarios.

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Ohio Thursday reported a new record number of COVID-19 cases, with 2,425 in the past 24-hours - surpassing the previous record set Wednesday.  

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The White House says President Trump will stop in Dayton on Monday for a campaign event. 

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More than two dozen parents, mostly in Northwest Ohio, are suing the state over the mandate that K-12 students wear masks.

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Ohio State University has sent a letter to students warning them failing to adhere to social distancing and other coronavirus safety measures could mean disciplinary action. 

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Joe Biden is calling for everyone in the United States to wear a mask, well into the fall.

"Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months, at a minimum," Biden said Thursday afternoon in remarks in Wilmington, Del. "Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing. The estimates by the experts are it will save over 40,000 lives."

By Dec. 1, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could reach nearly 300,000. That's the grim new projection from researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — one of the more prominent teams modeling the pandemic. The new forecast, released Thursday, projects that between now and December, 137,000 people will die on top of the roughly 160,000 who have died so far.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine plans to issue an order that K-12 students returning to school must wear a mask.

With the national death toll from COVID-19 passing the grim 150,000 mark, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds broad support for a single, national strategy to address the pandemic and more aggressive measures to contain it.

Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.

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The Ohio Liquor Control Commission adopted a rule banning restaurants and bars from serving alcohol after 10 p.m.

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State health officials Wednesday reported 1,419 new cases of COVID-19  and 40 new deaths. 

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A Franklin County judge has issued a 14-day restraining order on a Columbus ordinance requiring bars and restaurants to close on-site service at 10 pm.  

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Twitter put a 12-hour restriction on Donald Trump Jr.'s account, saying the president's son put out a tweet that contained "misleading and potentially harmful" information about the coronavirus.

The news emerged after a person close to Trump Jr. — Republican political strategist Andrew Surabian — posted a screenshot showing what appeared to be a message to Trump Jr. alerting him of a temporary limit on his account based on the company's policy on spreading misinformation on COVID-19.

Ohio State University says part of the campus reopening plan will require students, faculty and staff to complete a ten-minute online training course and sign a pledge understanding and committing to the behaviors in the training. 

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