According to a preprint study, COVID can rebound in people who have not been treated with Paxlovid. The study found that 27% of people with COVID experienced rebound symptoms and 12% tested positive again, regardless of whether they used the antiviral. (NBC)

COVID cases dropped 9% globally last week. The World Health Organization said the number of new cases fell 35% in Europe but increased about 20% in the Western Pacific and 5% in Africa. (AP)

Responding to backlash, Medicare has scrapped a plan to stop publishing some hospital safety data next year. Advocates argued that, especially since the country remains in a pandemic, it is more important than ever to closely monitor hospital safety. (STAT)

More music festivals have embraced overdose reversal drugs. A team of volunteers from an Ohio-based nonprofit handed out 2,500 doses of a nasal spray version of naloxone at this year’s Bonnaroo music festival. (NPR)

The Environmental Protection Agency warned that ​​a chemical in medical-device cleansers poses a cancer risk. The agency told residents who live near medical sterilizing plants in 13 states and Puerto Rico about potential health risks from emissions of ethylene oxide. (ABC News)