Today in healthcare news: New CDC guidelines for those who are vaccinated, industry experts and doctors aren’t sold on Owlet’s baby smart sock, and “vaccine hunters” have stepped in to help get people shots.
- The CDC released its first guidance for fully vaccinated people on Monday.
- Fully vaccinated people can visit unvaccinated family members from a single household indoors, provided no one who’s unvaccinated is “at risk of severe COVID-19.”
- The guidance only pertains to people who’ve given their shots several weeks to take effect.
A company selling a smart sock for babies is going public in a $US1.1 ($1) billion SPAC deal. Industry veterans and pediatricians aren’t sold on the device.
- Owlet sells a “smart sock” for babies that lets parents track their infant’s health metrics.
- The company reached a deal with a SPAC in February to go public at a $US1.1 ($1) billion valuation.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend infant wearables, and a healthcare industry expert criticized Owlet’s financial projections.
Rogue ‘vaccine hunters’ are angling for appointments and uncovering loopholes in America’s Wild West shot rollout
- Amid a rocky vaccine rollout in the US, groups helping “vaccine hunters” have stepped in.
- The groups vary across states, but their aim is the same: “Every vaccine should be put in an arm.”
- Still, ethical quandaries about access and who gets prioritized remain.
More stories we’re reading:
- High-performance apps become a lifestyle and status symbol in quarantine (Insider)
- What the past pandemic year has cost teenagers (ProPublica)
- I got the COVID-19 vaccine because I’m fat. You should too. (Insider)
- Inside the fall of Watson Health, which is currently for sale (Stat News)