Category: CDC

  • Will the US Overcome Its Covid Complacency Even as the Threat Returns?

    A few months ago, it seemed as though the country was poised to finally tame the pandemic, after two years of restrictions and tens of billions in government spending. The Biden administration in March released the first national covid-19 preparedness plan to help Americans safely “return to normal,” a strategy to live with the continued […]

  • Covid Funding Pries Open a Door to Improving Air Quality in Schools

    Many U.S. schools were in dire need of upgrades — burdened by leaking pipes, mold, and antiquated heating systems — long before the covid-19 pandemic drew attention to the importance of indoor ventilation in reducing the spread of infectious disease. The average U.S. school building is 50 years old, and many schools date back more […]

  • Here are ways to protect yourself and others from monkeypox

    The number of monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries is continuing to rise, but health authorities say the outbreak is containable and poses a low risk to the general public. As of this week, over 1,300 monkeypox cases have been detected in countries where the virus is not endemic. In the U.S., 45 cases have been […]

  • Why experts say monkeypox shouldn’t damper Pride Month celebrations

    Increasing monkeypox cases are casting a bit of a shadow on celebrations across the country recognizing Pride Month, though experts generally said people should exercise care but not change their plans over the virus. As of Friday, only around 45 monkeypox cases have been identified in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control […]

  • Biden officials ending international travel testing requirement

    The Biden administration announced Friday that it is ending a requirement that international travelers test negative for the coronavirus before coming to the United States.   “CDC has determined based on the science and data that this requirement is no longer necessary at this time,” a senior administration official said.   The requirement ends starting at 12:01 […]

  • Grassroots Groups Lead Way on Closing Colorado’s Infant Mortality Gap

    AURORA, Colo. — As Britney Taylor toured the Mama Bird Maternity Wellness Spa during its grand opening this spring, she reflected on the birth of her first child: a confusing and lonely experience that resulted in an unplanned cesarean section and an extended period of postpartum depression. But here in this city abutting Denver, local […]

  • Miles de niños tienen problemas de vista que no se detectan a tiempo

    Jessica Oberoi, de 13 años, no puede recordar exactamente cuándo su vista comenzó a ser borrosa. Todo lo que sabe es que tenía que entrecerrar los ojos para ver el pizzarón en la escuela. No fue sino hasta el otoño pasado, cuando su clase de octavo grado en Bloomington, Indiana, se sometió a exámenes de […]

  • Children’s Vision Problems Often Go Undetected, Despite Calls for Regular Screening

    Jessica Oberoi, 13, can’t exactly remember when her eyesight started getting blurry. All she knows is that she had to squint to see the whiteboard at school. It wasn’t until last fall when her eighth grade class in Bloomington, Indiana, got vision screenings that Jessica’s extreme nearsightedness and amblyopia, or lazy eye, were discovered. She’s […]

  • COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Does it matter anymore?

    COVID-19 cases have risen in the U.S. to around 100,000 per day, and the real number could be as much as five times that, given many go unreported.   But the situation is far different from the early months of the pandemic. There are now vaccines and booster shots, and new treatments that dramatically cut the […]

  • CDC: 20 monkeypox cases detected in 11 states, viral strain identified

    The number of monkeypox cases identified in the U.S. have doubled in the past week to 20, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the risk to the public remains low and the strain causing these causes is believed to be a less severe version of the disease. During a press briefing […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Washington’s Slow Churn

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In the wake of three high-profile mass shootings in less than a month, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have renewed negotiations over legislation that could stem gun violence. […]

  • Readers and Tweeters Go to the Mat on Abortion Rights and Perceived Wrongs

    Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Pulling No Punches on Abortion Reading the leaked draft opinion felt like a punch in the uterus (“Historic ‘Breach’ Puts Abortion Rights Supporters and Opponents on Alert for Upcoming Earthquake,” May […]

  • As summer begins, US COVID-19 cases six times higher than last year

    As the US marks Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, the seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are more than six times what they were a year ago. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center showed a seven-day average of 119,725 cases as of Saturday. That figure held at 17,887 cases […]

  • Healthcare — Formula shortage could last until July

    Welcome to Thursday’s Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. Subscribe here:   K-pop superstars BTS are heading to the White House next week to help spotlight anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, as well as discuss “the importance of diversity and inclusion.”  Food and Drug Administration […]

  • CDC: Nine monkeypox cases confirmed across seven states

    Nine monkeypox cases across seven states in the U.S. have been confirmed as of this week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During a press briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confirmed that nine cases of monkeypox in seven states have been identified. “These cases were suspected by local clinicians. They were […]

  • Vaccines may offer ‘only partial protection’ against long COVID: study

    COVID-19 vaccinations may only offer limited protection against long COVID symptoms, according to a study published this week in the peer-reviewed Nature science journal. Researchers for the VA St. Louis Healthcare System reviewed data from the Department of Veterans Affairs national healthcare databases to compare people with breakthrough cases of COVID-19 to individuals with no […]

  • CDC releasing some smallpox vaccine doses for monkeypox

    Officials for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday said the agency is releasing doses of a smallpox vaccine in response to the few recent cases of monkeypox that have been detected in the U.S. Jennifer McQuiston, the deputy director for the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, said during […]

  • CDC, Florida health officials investigating state’s first presumptive monkeypox case

    The Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a presumptive case of monkeypox that has been identified in Broward County. In a statement on Sunday, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County said the presumptive case was related to international travel and the person involved is […]

  • CDC board votes in favor of recommending COVID-19 vaccine boosters for kids 5-11

    The vaccine advisory board for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday voted in favor of recommending COVID-19 vaccine boosters for children aged 5 to 11. Out of 15 members on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 11 voted in favor of recommending a third vaccine dose for children in the […]

  • CDC now investigating 180 cases of unexplained hepatitis in children

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now looking into 180 cases of pediatric hepatitis that have been reported over the past seven months, 71 more cases than what it reported earlier this month. In a statement, the CDC stressed that while this may appear to be a large increase in cases, most […]

  • CDC official expresses concern over UK monkeypox outbreak

    A senior official for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday said she was concerned over the outbreak of monkeypox in the United Kingdom and the possibility that it might spread beyond the country. Jennifer McQuiston, a veterinarian and epidemiologist with the CDC, told Stat that there appears to be undetected transmission […]

  • Cómo una mejor ventilación puede ayudar a que tu hogar sea “a prueba de covid”

    Durante dos años, las personas usaron máscaras, mantuvieron la distancia física, recibieron sus vacunas. Y ahora, a pesar de todo el esfuerzo, alguien de la familia, o toda, terminó teniendo COVID-19. ¿Cómo evitar que el virus circule cuando vives en espacios reducidos? Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) recomiendan aislar […]

  • How Better Ventilation Can Help ‘Covid-Proof’ Your Home

    For two years, you beat the odds. You masked, kept your distance, got your shots. Now, despite those efforts, you, your child, or someone else in your home has come down with covid-19. And the last thing you want is for the virus to spread to everyone in the family or household. But how do […]

  • ¿Por qué más adultos mayores no reciben los refuerzos contra covid?

    Incluso cuando los principales funcionarios de salud de los Estados Unidos dicen que es hora de aprender a vivir con el coronavirus, un coro de destacados investigadores aseguran que mensajes confusos sobre los refuerzos de las vacunas han puesto en grave riesgo a millones de personas mayores. Según los Centros para el Control y la […]

  • Why Won’t More Older Americans Get Their Covid Booster?

    Even as top U.S. health officials say it’s time America learns to live with the coronavirus, a chorus of leading researchers say faulty messaging on booster shots has left millions of older people at serious risk. Approximately 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older who completed their initial vaccination round still have not received a […]

  • Is Paxlovid, the Covid Pill, Reaching Those Who Most Need It? The Government Won’t Say

    As the nation largely abandons mask mandates, physical distancing, and other covid-19 prevention strategies, elected officials and health departments alike are now championing antiviral pills. But the federal government isn’t saying how many people have received these potentially lifesaving drugs or whether they’re being distributed equitably. Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill, along with Merck’s molnupiravir, are aimed […]

  • Sweeping, Limited, or No Powers at All? What’s at Stake in the Mask Mandate Appeal

    The definition of “sanitation.” An old court case that involves an underwear manufacturer. Whether people had a fair chance to express their opinions about wearing masks on planes. These disparate factors are in the spotlight as the Biden administration challenges a U.S. District Court ruling that overturned a federal mask mandate on public transportation. The […]

  • House panel documents reveal Trump officials overrode CDC on COVID-19 church guidance

    The House subcommittee investigating the U.S. coronavirus response released new evidence on Friday detailing how Trump administration officials involved themselves in COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to faith-based communities.  The CDC had sent guidance for faith-based communities to the White House in May 2020. In an email exchange […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: More Covid Complications for Congress

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The week that Dr. Anthony Fauci declared the pandemic part of covid-19 over was also the week Vice President Kamala Harris and two Democratic members of the […]

  • CDC issues health advisory on children with hepatitis

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health alert regarding a cluster of children in Alabama found to have hepatitis and adenovirus infections, with the cause of their conditions currently unknown. According to the CDC’s health advisory, all of the children found to have hepatitis were healthy beforehand and none of […]

  • Federal health agencies didn’t report political interference fearing retaliation: audit

    Employees from four agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said they did not report possible political interference in their work due to fear of retaliation and a lack of framework to report it, according to a study released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). For its study, the GAO’s conducted “semistructured […]

  • Judge’s Ruling on the CDC Mask Mandate Highlights the Limits of the Agency’s Power

    The role that the federal government plays in containing future epidemics will hinge on the outcome of an appeal of this week’s court ruling that overturned the mask mandate for travelers on airlines, trains, and the nation’s mass transit systems. A federal court judge in Florida said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had […]

  • Chicago’s O’Hare airport to enforce mask usage

    Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will continue to enforce masking despite multiple airlines dropping their requirements following a federal judge’s ruling. “The safety and security of passengers and employees is the highest priority for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA),” the airport said in a tweeted statement. “The CDA will continue to follow, observe and enforce […]

  • Judge strikes down CDC mask mandate for travel

    A federal judge in Florida on Monday struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) mask mandate for travel on planes, trains and buses.  Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, an appointee of former President Trump, wrote that the CDC exceeded its statutory authority with the order.  The CDC had recently extended the order for 15 […]

  • Readers and Tweeters Sound Alarm Over Nurse’s Homicide Trial

    Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Nursing on Trial It’s about time that nurses are held accountable for their jobs (“As a Nurse Faces Prison for a Deadly Error, Her Colleagues Worry: Could I Be Next?” March […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: News You Might Have Missed

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. It’s been extra busy on the health policy beat lately, so a congressional recess provides a chance to explore some of the important stories that people might […]

  • Babies Die as Congenital Syphilis Continues a Decade-Long Surge Across the US

    For a decade, the number of babies born with syphilis in the U.S. has surged, undeterred. Data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows just how dire the outbreak has become. In 2012, 332 babies were born infected with the disease. In 2021, that number had climbed nearly sevenfold, to at […]

  • Colorado Moves Toward Statewide Coverage of Wastewater Surveillance

    On a Sunday morning in March 2020, right at the start of the pandemic, an article in Popular Mechanics caught engineer Pieter Van Ry’s eye. It had a catchy title: “How Poop Offers Hints About the Spread of Coronavirus.” “At the end of that article, it said, ‘If you have a wastewater facility and you’re […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Finally, a Fix for the ‘Family Glitch’

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Biden administration this week moved to fix the so-called family glitch in the Affordable Care Act, which has prevented dependents from getting federal subsidies to buy […]

  • Why Black and Hispanic Seniors Are Left With a Less Powerful Flu Vaccine

    At Whitman-Walker Health, Dr. David Fessler and his staff administer high-dose influenza vaccine to all HIV-positive and senior patients. Although the vaccine is roughly three times as expensive as standard flu vaccine, it seems to do a better job at protecting those with weakened immune systems — a major focus of the nonprofit’s Washington, D.C., […]

  • CDC announces sweeping agency review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday announced in an internal email a sweeping review of the agency. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told employees that Jim Macrae, associate administrator for primary health care at the Health Resources and Services Administration, would be conducting a one-month review of the organization that has been […]

  • Delays for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Grew Even Longer During the Pandemic

    Wylie James Prescott, 3, had to wait more than a year after his autism diagnosis to begin behavioral therapy, even though research shows early treatment of autism can be crucial for children’s long-term development. His mother, Brandie Kurtz, said his therapy wasn’t approved through Georgia’s Medicaid program until recently, despite her continued requests. “I know […]

  • At a Tennessee Crossroads, Two Pharmacies, a Monkey, and Millions of Pills

    CELINA, Tenn. — It was about 1 a.m. on April 19, 2016, when a burglary alarm sounded at Dale Hollow Pharmacy in Celina, a tiny town in the rolling, wooded hills near the Kentucky border. Two cops responded. As their flashlights bobbed in the darkness, shining through the pharmacy windows, they spotted a sign of […]

  • Pfizer CEO Pushes Yearly Shots for Covid. Not So Fast, Experts Say.

    When Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said March 13 that all Americans would need a second booster shot, it struck many covid experts as a self-serving remark without scientific merit. It also set off spasms of doubt over the country’s objectives in its fight against the coronavirus. The decision on how often and widely to vaccinate […]

  • Readers and Tweeters Remain Vigilant on Masking and Billing

    Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Can’t Mask the Worry I am a nursing student writing in response to a recent article by Colleen DeGuzman about new guidelines on masking from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Congress Shelves Covid Funding for Now

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Congress is moving toward completion of its annual spending bills for the fiscal year that started last October, but a last-minute snag jettisoned from the bill the […]

  • The CDC’s New Guidelines on Covid Risk and Masking Elicit Mixed Feelings

    When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month unveiled updated covid-19 guidelines that relaxed masking recommendations, some people no doubt sighed in relief and thought it was about time. People have become increasingly comfortable being out shopping, attending live events, or meeting up with friends at restaurants. And many are ready to cast […]

  • Fact Check: Biden Sets High Bar in 1st State of the Union Speech

    President Joe Biden argued forcefully for the power of democracy while calling out Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a March 1 State of the Union address that soon turned to the domestic concerns of the economy, inflation, and covid-19.  Biden’s one-hour speech was given to a largely unmasked crowd of lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, and […]

  • Covid Aid to Protect Montana Prisons and Jails Sits Unused

    Last summer, Montana created a list of more than a dozen upgrades for its state prison facilities to protect inmates and staffers from covid-19 infections, all of which would be paid for with nearly $2.5 million in federal covid relief money. But the money, part of $700 million in aid to states to detect and […]

  • Para las personas con sistemas inmunes frágiles no hay retorno a la “normalidad”

    Iesha White está tan harta de la respuesta de Estados Unidos a covid-19 que ha pensado en mudarse a Europa. “Estoy indignada. La falta de consideración hacia los demás, para mí, es demasiado”, dijo White, de 30 años, que vive en Los Angeles. Padece esclerosis múltiple y toma un medicamento que suprime su sistema inmunitario. […]

  • Covid Still Threatens Millions of Americans. Why Are We So Eager to Move On?

    Iesha White is so fed up with the U.S. response to covid-19 that she’s seriously considering moving to Europe. “I’m that disgusted. The lack of care for each other, to me, it’s too much,” said White, 30, of Los Angeles. She has multiple sclerosis and takes a medicine that suppresses her immune system. “As a […]

  • States Were Sharing Covid Test Kits. Then Omicron Hit.

    In a few short months, states have gone from donating surplus rapid covid-19 tests to states with shortages to hoarding them as demand driven by the spike in cases strains supplies. Last January, North Dakota had amassed 2.7 million Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW rapid covid tests from the federal government — roughly 3½ tests for each […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Record ACA Enrollment Puts Pressure on Congress

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Biden administration announced that 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2022. That’s a record, and several states […]

  • CDC Tells Pharmacies to Give 4th Covid Shots to Immunocompromised Patients

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to pharmacists Wednesday to reinforce the message that people with moderate to severe immune suppression are eligible for fourth covid shots. The conference call came a day after KHN reported that immunocompromised people were being turned away by pharmacy employees unfamiliar with the latest CDC guidelines. […]

  • Pharmacies Are Turning Away Immunocompromised Patients Seeking 4th Covid Shot

    Patients with weakened immune systems — who are at high risk from covid-19 — say pharmacies are turning them away when they seek additional vaccine doses recommended by federal health officials. Alyson Smith became eligible this month for a fourth vaccine dose because her medications leave her immunocompromised. Although the Centers for Disease Control and […]

  • As Omicron Surges, Effort to Vaccinate Young Children Stalls

    Two months after Pfizer’s covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 18%, or 5 million kids, have both doses. The national effort to vaccinate children has stalled even as the […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Dealing With Drug Prices

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Medicare officials have preliminarily decided to restrict reimbursement for Aduhelm, the controversial Alzheimer’s drug, to only patients participating in approved clinical trials. The FDA approved the drug […]

  • Long-Excluded Uterine Cancer Patients Are Step Closer to 9/11 Benefits

    Tammy Kaminski can still recall the taste of benzene, a carcinogenic byproduct of burning jet fuel. For nine months after the 9/11 attacks, she volunteered for eight hours every Saturday at St. Paul’s Chapel, just around the corner from ground zero in New York City. She breathed in cancer-causing toxic substances, like fuel fumes and […]

  • La máscara de tela, ¿es lo suficientemente buena contra omicron?

    La super contagiosa variante omicron se está extendiendo por los Estados Unidos, provocando un dramático aumento de casos y saturando muchos sistemas hospitalarios. Además de instar a los estadounidenses a vacunarse y recibir el refuerzo, funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que las personas cambien sus máscaras de tela por máscaras médicas de mayor calidad. ¿Qué […]

  • Ask KHN-PolitiFact: Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough? The 2022 Edition

    The highly transmissible omicron variant is sweeping the U.S., causing a huge spike in covid-19 cases and overwhelming many hospital systems. Besides urging Americans to get vaccinated and boosted, public health officials are recommending that people upgrade from their cloth masks to higher-quality medical-grade masks. But what does this even mean? At a recent Senate […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Contagion Confusion

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The covid-19 pandemic is now entering its third year, and the ever-evolving health advice to combat an ever-evolving virus is leaving Americans more cranky and confused than […]

  • With Sexually Transmitted Infections Off the Charts, California Pushes At-Home Tests

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has become the first state to require health insurance plans to cover at-home tests for sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, chlamydia and syphilis — which could help quell the STI epidemic that has raged nearly unchecked as public health departments have focused on covid-19. The rule, part of a broader […]

  • Pandemic Poses Short- and Long-Term Risks to Babies, Especially Boys

    The pandemic has created a hostile environment for pregnant people and their babies. Stress levels among expectant mothers have soared. Pregnant women with covid are five times as likely as uninfected pregnant people to require intensive care and 22 times as likely to die. Infected moms are four times as likely to have a stillborn […]

  • CDC eyes safety of J&J COVID jab as EU backs booster

    Johnson & Johnson’s also-ran COVID-19 vaccine has been cleared in the EU as a booster shot, although its role in the US could be impacted by new data on rare blood clots. A Centres for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) advisory committee is scheduled to meet today to discuss the new results, according to a […]

  • Health Experts Worry CDC’s Covid Vaccination Rates Appear Inflated

    For nearly a month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online vaccine tracker has shown that virtually everyone 65 and older in the United States — 99.9% — has received at least one covid vaccine dose. That would be remarkable — if true. But health experts and state officials say it’s certainly not. They […]

  • ¿Ha llegado el momento de cambiar la definición de “totalmente vacunado”?

    A medida que aumenta el número de lugares que exigen una prueba de vacunación para entrar, y ante la llegada del invierno y de omicron, la nueva variante del coronavirus, científicos y funcionarios de salud pública debaten cuándo será el momento de cambiar la definición de “totalmente vacunado” para que incluya una vacuna de refuerzo. […]

  • Is It Time to Change the Definition of ‘Fully Vaccinated’?

    As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as omicron, a new covid variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot. It’s been more than six months since […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Big Biden Budget Bill Passes the House

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” social spending bill passed the House last week, but the legislation faces a new and different set of hurdles in the […]

  • FDA, CDC COVID jab decisions ‘will simplify booster messaging’

    Three hurdles to allowing booster COVID-19 vaccinations for all adults in the US fell in swift succession on Friday, clearing the way for wider use of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna shots. The FDA cleared emergency use of the two vaccines on Friday, which was swiftly followed by a recommendation from a Centres for Disease Control […]

  • Schools, Pediatricians Look to Make Up Lost Ground on Non-Covid Vaccinations

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic. Two-year-old Lincoln Blatzer, in his […]

  • Quarantine and Tracing Rules Are All Over the Map for Students

    At this point in the pandemic, most parents are familiar with “covid notification” letters. But the letters’ instruction on whether your kid must quarantine or not varies wildly from school to school. In Minneapolis, students exposed to covid-19 at school are supposed to quarantine for 10 days. In the suburban Anoka-Hennepin school district, a single […]

  • Live Performers Find Red State Rules a Tough Act to Follow

    MISSOULA, Mont. — There was something a little different on stage at a recent performance of the musical “Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree,” the first production for the Missoula Community Theatre since the beginning of the pandemic. All the actors wore clear face masks. That way, the audience could better see the actors’ expressions, […]

  • US backs COVID jabs for young kids – should others follow?

    The US is now pressing ahead with plans to extend its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to younger children aged five and over, prompting a debate about the policy in other countries. It follows the decision by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky to back a widening of vaccination shot from the current […]

  • COVID jabs much more effective than virus at preventing infection

    A US study has found that the immunity afforded by COVID-19 vaccines is much stronger than that stimulated by infection with SARS-CoV-2 in unvaccinated individuals. The report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on an analysis of dozens of research studies and its own data, suggests that both vaccination and infection […]

  • CDC director backs COVID-19 jab for 5 to 11s, plus a fourth shot

    The US looks set to see a big expansion of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, with shots looking likely for children aged five to 11 as well as a fourth dose for adults who are immunocompromised. FDA advisors gave a green light to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty for children in that younger age […]

  • Pfizer’s Prevnar 20 (Pneumococcal 20-Valent Conjugate Vaccine) Receives the CDC’s Advisory Committee Recommendation for Invasive Disease and Pneumonia

    Shots: The CDC’s ACIP has voted to recommend Prevnar 20 (Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine) to protect adults against invasive disease and pneumonia caused by the 20 S. pneumoniae serotypes The ACIP has recommended one dose of Prevnar 20 for adults aged ≥65 & for ≥19yrs. with risk conditions who have not previously received a pneumococcal […]

  • Journalists Drill Down on Covid Vaccine Boosters, Misinformation Online

    KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber discussed how hospitals are dealing with covid-19 on WOSU’s “All Sides With Ann Fisher” on Tuesday. Weber also discussed the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a covid vaccine booster on WAMU’s “1A” on Sept. 24. Click here to hear Weber on WOSU Read Weber’s “Covid Is Killing Rural Americans […]

  • Who Qualifies for a Covid Booster? The List Is Growing Longer

    On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said people whose jobs put them at risk of coronavirus infection qualify for a shot to boost the protection of their covid-19 vaccination. That step to include people with “institutional and occupational exposure” overrules the recommendation of her agency’s advisory panel, and the move […]

  • From the FDA’s Empty Seat to Chock-Full ICUs, Journalists Recap the Week’s Stories

    KHN correspondent Rachana Pradhan discussed why President Joe Biden hasn’t yet nominated a permanent leader for the Food and Drug Administration on Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here to hear Pradhan on “Morning Rush“ Read Pradhan’s “Public Health Experts ‘Flabbergasted’ That Biden Still Hasn’t Picked an FDA Chief” KHN freelancer Nick Ehli discussed Montana’s […]

  • Mounting Covid Deaths Fuel School Bus Drivers’ Fears

    GRIFFIN, Ga. — Natalia D’Angelo got sick right after school started in August. She was driving a school bus for special education students in Griffin-Spalding County School System about 40 miles south of Atlanta and contracted covid-19. One of her three sons, Julian Rodriguez-D’Angelo, said his mother, who was not vaccinated against the covid virus, […]

  • CDC overrules its advisors, backing COVID booster for health workers

    The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US has backed booster doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty in line with its recent FDA approval, overruling the advice of its own expert advisors. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously yesterday to recommend a third dose of Comirnaty […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Autumn of Democrats’ Discontent

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Democrats in Congress and the White House are feverishly negotiating to pass as much of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda as they can agree on, even as […]

  • La máscara de tela, ¿es suficiente para proteger contra la variante delta?

    En los últimos meses, algunas compañías aéreas europeas han prohibido el uso de máscaras de tela para controlar la propagación del coronavirus durante los vuelos, en favor de las quirúrgicas y los respiradores N95.       Se trata de un nuevo debate sobre la eficacia del popular cubrebocas de tela, cuyo uso se extendió desde los […]

  • Ask KHN-PolitiFact: Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough to Face the Delta Variant?

    In recent months, some European airlines have banned the use of cloth face coverings to control the spread of the coronavirus during air travel, instead favoring surgical masks — sometimes referred to as medical or disposable — and N95 respirators. It’s another salvo in the debate over the effectiveness of the ubiquitous cloth mask, which […]

  • Scientists Examine Kids’ Unique Immune Systems as More Fall Victim to Covid

    Eighteen months into the covid-19 pandemic, with the delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, many hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking new low. They’re now losing babies to the coronavirus. The first reported covid-related death of a newborn occurred in Orange County, Florida, and an infant has died in Mississippi. Merced County in California […]

  • How Fauci and the NIH Got Ahead of the FDA and CDC in Backing Boosters

    In January — long before the first jabs of covid-19 vaccine were even available to most Americans — scientists working under Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases were already thinking about potential booster shots. A month later, they organized an international group of epidemiologists, virologists and biostatisticians to track […]

  • V-Safe: How Everyday People Help the CDC Track Covid Vaccine Safety With Their Phones

    Of the 203 million people who have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine, more than 9 million have enrolled in a program to share information about their health since getting the shot. The initiative was created for the covid-19 vaccines to complement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine safety monitoring […]

  • To Quarantine or Not: The Hard Choices Schools Are Leaving to Parents and Staff

    On the second day of high school in Texas, Natosha Daniels’ 14-year-old daughter went all day without eating because she did not want to remove her mask. The teen’s school has a couple of thousand students, and the cafeteria was crowded. Plus Round Rock Independent School District outside Austin didn’t require masks, so some students […]

  • New Nursing Home Vaccine Requirements Could Trigger Staffing Scramble in Post-Acute Care

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new emergency regulation Wednesday requiring staff COVID-19 vaccinations within all nursing homes reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid. Up until now, health care providers in many states have been left to develop their own in-house vaccination policies for workers. In some instances, however, health care providers […]

  • Lo que debes saber sobre el refuerzo de la vacuna contra covid

    La administración de Biden anunció el miércoles 18 de agosto planes para ofrecer refuerzos de la vacuna contra covid-19 a todos los adultos estadounidenses a partir del próximo mes, y dijo que los datos recientes, incluidos algunos disponibles solo en los últimos días, jugaron un papel en esa decisión. “Si esperan a que suceda algo […]

  • Science Shows Mask-Wearing Is Largely Safe for Children

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is one of a handful of Republican governors trying to block school districts from requiring masks in the classroom.  Under DeSantis’ direction, the state health department adopted a rule that lets families opt out of locally ordered school mask mandates. The State Board of Education approved another rule that allows parents to secure vouchers for their […]

  • Heces: la nueva herramienta de detección de covid y otras enfermedades

    Desde la reapertura del campus de la Universidad de California-San Diego, el pasado verano, la institución ha recurrido a estrategias de salud pública de probada eficacia, como las pruebas y el rastreo de contactos. Pero también ha añadido una herramienta a su arsenal: excrementos. Esta herramienta alertó a los investigadores de un 85% de los […]

  • The Newest Disease Detection Tool for Covid and Beyond: Poop

    Since reopening campus at the University of California-San Diego last summer, university officials have relied on the tried-and-true public health strategies of testing and contact tracing. But they have also added a new tool to their arsenal: excrement. That tool alerted researchers to about 85% of cases in dorms before they were diagnosed, according to […]

  • Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the Covid Booster

    Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was confident in June about the ability of his company’s vaccine to protect against the highly contagious delta variant, as it marched across the globe and filled U.S. hospitals with patients. “I feel quite comfortable that we cover it,” Bourla said. Just weeks later, Pfizer said it would seek authorization for […]

  • Getting a Covid Vaccine During Pregnancy Even More Urgent as ICU Beds Fill Up

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is doubling down on its recommendation that people who are pregnant get the covid-19 vaccine, in light of new data underscoring its safety and effectiveness throughout pregnancy. This recommendation comes at a time when doctors across the country are reporting an uptick in the number of unvaccinated pregnant […]

  • Clarity on Covid Count: Pandemic’s Toll on Seniors Extended Well Beyond Nursing Homes

    As covid-19 resurges across the country, driven by the highly infectious delta variant, experts are extending our understanding of the pandemic’s toll on older adults — the age group hit hardest by the pandemic. New research offers unexpected insights. Older adults living in their own homes and apartments had a significantly heightened risk of dying […]

  • ‘Wisdom and Fear’ Lead 90% of U.S. Seniors to Covid Vaccines

    Amid the latest surge in covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, the United States on Tuesday hit a milestone that some thought was unattainable: 90% of people 65 and older are at least partly vaccinated against the disease. That’s more than 49 million seniors vaccinated. Overall, 70% of adults have been inoculated, at least partly, and nearly […]

  • Claims That CDC’s PCR Test Can’t Tell Covid From Flu Are Wrong

    Claim: “CDC has just announced they will revoke the emergency use authorization of the RT-PCR tests first introduced in 2/20. … Translation: They’ve been adding flu cases to Covid cases when using that test.” Facebook post, July 25, 2021 Posts circulating on Facebook and Instagram claim the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will stop […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Hot Covid Summer

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Predictions of a “hot vax summer” that would let Americans who had their covid immunizations celebrate the waning of the pandemic are turning out to have been […]

  • Delta Variant Surges in Colorado as the Bands Play On

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Dr. Rachel LaCount grasped a metal hoop at a playground and spun in circles with her 7-year-old son, turning the distant mesas of the Colorado National Monument into a red-tinged blur. LaCount has lived in this western Colorado city of 64,000 nearly her whole life. As a hospital pathologist, she knows […]

  • Not All Experts Are Ready to Vaccinate Kids Against Covid

    Lucien Wiggins, 12, arrived at Tufts Children’s Hospital by ambulance June 7 with chest pains, dizziness and high levels of a protein in his blood that indicated inflammation of his heart. The symptoms had begun a day earlier, the morning after his second vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA shot. For Dr. Sara Ross, chief of […]

  • Being Vaccinated Doesn’t Mean You Must Go Maskless. Here’s Why.

    For more than a year, public health officials have repeatedly told us that masks save lives. They’ve warned us to keep our distance from our neighbors, who’ve morphed into disease vectors before our eyes. Now they are telling us that if we’re vaccinated, we no longer need to wear masks or physically distance ourselves in […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Roe v. Wade on the Ropes

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case next term that could result in a significant modification or overturn of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. At issue is a Mississippi law that would ban the procedure after 15 weeks of […]

  • Stark Racial Disparities Persist in Vaccinations, State-Level CDC Data Shows

    Black Americans’ covid-19 vaccination rates are still lagging months into the nation’s campaign, while Hispanics are closing the gap and Native Americans show the highest rates overall, according to federal data obtained by KHN. This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. The data, provided by the Centers for Disease Control […]

  • Riding Herd on Mental Health in Colorado Ranching Country

    [Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. In Colorado, you can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.] KIOWA, Colo. — The yellow-and-green […]

  • CVS and Walgreens Have Wasted More Vaccine Doses Than Most States Combined

    Two national pharmacy chains that the federal government entrusted to inoculate people against covid-19 account for the lion’s share of wasted vaccine doses, according to government data obtained by KHN. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 182,874 wasted doses as […]

  • Detecting Rare Blood Clots Was a Win, But US Vaccine Safety System Still Has Gaps

    The quick detection of an ultra-rare blood clotting reaction in some covid-19 vaccine recipients showed the power of a federal warning system for vaccine safety issues, but experts worry that blind spots in the program could hamper detection of other unexpected side effects. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: 100 Days of Health Policy

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. It’s been a busy 100 days for the Biden administration on health policy. The promise Joe Biden made as president-elect to get 100 million covid vaccinations in arms was doubled, reopened to those without insurance, and steps were taken to undo a raft of […]

  • Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemia

    En respuesta a la pandemia de covid-19, el Congreso ha invertido decenas de miles de millones de dólares en los departamentos de salud pública estatales y locales, pagando por máscaras, rastreadores de contactos y campañas educativas para persuadir a las personas de que se vacunen. Sus funcionarios, que han manejado presupuestos famélicos durante años, están […]

  • Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Support

    Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the covid-19 pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can be republished for free. Public health officials who have juggled […]

  • The Shock and Reality of Catching Covid After Being Vaccinated

    Robin Hauser, a pediatrician in Tampa, Fla., got covid in February. What separates her from the vast majority of the tens of millions of other Americans who have come down with the virus is this: She got sick seven weeks after her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Use Our Content It can be republished […]

  • Ask KHN-PolitiFact: I’ve Recovered From Covid. Why Do I Still Have to Mask Up?

    More than 120 million Americans have joined arguably the most sought-after club on Earth: those immunized against the coronavirus. Fully vaccinated people were given the green light in March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather with other fully vaccinated people or with low-risk unvaccinated people from one other household without a […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Health Care as Infrastructure

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Health care makes some surprising appearances in President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, even though more health proposals are expected in a second proposal later this month. The bill that would help rebuild roads, bridges and broadband capabilities also includes $400 billion to help […]

  • Analysis: How the US Invested in the War on Terrorism at the Cost of Public Health

    This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. Here’s one big takeaway from our country’s disastrous 2020 covid response: For 20 years, we’ve lavished attention and money on fighting human terrorism and forgot that the terrorism of nature is equally deadly, deserving equal preparation. Today, with more than 545,000 […]

  • How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

    ST. LOUIS — Missourians have driven hours to find vaccines in rural counties — at least those with cars and the time. Tens of thousands of doses are waiting to be distributed, slowly being rolled out in a federal long-term care program. Waitlists are hundreds of thousands of people long. Black residents are getting left […]

  • Ya te has vacunado contra covid. ¿Y ahora qué?

    El esfuerzo de vacunación contra covid en este país ha sido un parto doloroso: problemas de registro, mala comunicación, datos incorrectos y un escaso suministro de vacunas; todo ello exacerbado por una asignación desigual, un supuesto favoritismo político y una indecorosa competencia por las vacunas. Aun sí, ya se han administrado 129 millones de dosis, […]

  • So You’re Vaccinated Against Covid. Now What?

    As you surely know, this country’s covid vaccination effort has been plagued by major birth pangs: registration snafus, poor communication, faulty data and a scant supply of vaccine — all exacerbated by inequitable allocation, alleged political favoritism and unseemly jockeying for shots. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Still, as of Friday, […]

  • For Spring Season, Young Athletes Get Back in the Game Despite Covid Risk

    This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. This spring, high school senior Nathan Kassis will play baseball in the shadow of covid-19 — wearing a neck gaiter under his catcher’s mask, sitting 6 feet from teammates in the dugout and trading elbow bumps for hugs after wins. “We’re looking […]

  • Biden directs states to make all adults eligible for vaccine by May

    In an address on Thursday, President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine no later than May 1. To get there, the Administration is buying more doses, and ramping up more vaccination sites in partnership with local clinics and pharmacies.

  • Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

    This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. In early December, Dr. Katy Stephenson was watching TV with her family and scrolling through Twitter when she saw a tweet that made her shout. “I said ‘Oh, my God!’” she recalled. “Super loud. My kids […]

  • Have a Case of a Covid Variant? No One Is Going to Tell You

    This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Covid-19 infections from variant strains are quickly spreading across the U.S., but there’s one big problem: Lab officials say they can’t tell patients or their doctors whether someone has been infected by a variant. Federal rules around who can be told about […]

  • It’s Time to Get Back to Normal? Not According to Science.

    The science says “open the schools, stop wearing masks outside, and everyone at low risk should start living normal lives.” — Blog post by conservative talk show host Buck Sexton posted on Facebook, Feb. 8. This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact.  It can be republished for free. A popular Facebook and blog post by […]

  • Prominent Scientists Call on CDC to Better Protect Workers From Covid

    A prominent group of academics is pressing the Biden administration to move faster and take stronger action to protect high-risk workers from airborne exposure to the coronavirus, urging enforceable standards to help safeguard risky workplaces including health care, food processing and prisons. The researchers say that even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: All About Budget Reconciliation

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Joe Biden has said he still wants a bipartisan bill to provide the next round of covid relief. But in case that doesn’t happen, House committees this week got down to work on a budget reconciliation bill that could pass the Senate with a […]

  • With Demand Far Exceeding Supply, It Matters That People Are Jumping the Vaccine Line

    This story also ran on The New York Times. It can be republished for free. The Biden administration’s much-needed national strategy to end the covid-19 pandemic includes plans to remedy the chaotic vaccination effort with “more people, more places, more supply.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open more vaccination sites, the government will buy […]

  • As Vaccine Rollout Expands, Black Americans Still Left Behind

    Black Americans are still receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans even as the chaotic rollout reaches more people, according to a new KHN analysis. Almost seven weeks into the vaccine rollout, states have expanded eligibility beyond front-line health care workers to more of the public — in some states to more […]

  • Huge Gaps in Vaccine Data Make It Next to Impossible to Know Who Got the Shots

    As they rush to vaccinate millions of Americans, health officials are struggling to collect critically important information — such as race, ethnicity and occupation — of every person they jab. The data being collected is so scattered that there’s little insight into which health care workers, or first responders, have been among the people getting […]

  • When Covid Deaths Aren’t Counted, Families Pay the Price

    This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. On Sundays, Bishop Bruce Davis preached love. Through his Pentecostal ministry, he organized youth parades and gave computers, bicycles and food to families in need. During the week, Bruce practiced what he preached, caring for prisoners at a Georgia hospital. On March […]

  • COVID Vaccines Appear Safe and Effective, but Key Questions Remain

    Use Our Content It can be republished for free. The recent rollout of two newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines is a bright ray of hope at the pandemic’s darkest hour. We now have a path that can lead us to happier times — even as we watch and suffer from the horrible onslaught of new infections, […]

  • Many US Health Experts Underestimated the Coronavirus … Until It Was Too Late

    Use Our Content It can be republished for free. A year ago, while many Americans were finishing their holiday shopping and finalizing travel plans, doctors in Wuhan, China, were battling a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia with no known cause. Chinese doctors began to fear they were witnessing the return of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or […]

  • Lie of the Year: The Downplay and Denial of the Coronavirus

    This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. A Florida taxi driver and his wife had seen enough conspiracy theories online to believe the virus was overblown, maybe even a hoax. So no masks for them. Then they got sick. She died. A college lecturer had trouble refilling her […]

  • Desafío en hospitales: a qué trabajadores de salud vacunar primero contra COVID

    Si existe una cita con el destino, está escrita en el calendario del doctor Taison Bell. Al mediodía del martes 15 de diciembre, Bell, especialista en cuidados intensivos del Sistema de Salud de la Universidad de Virginia será uno de los primeros en arremangarse para recibir la vacuna que lo protegerá del coronavirus. Bell, de […]

  • Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

    This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. If there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar. At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the first health care workers at the University of Virginia Health […]

  • ¿Viajas por las Fiestas? Para muchos es una decisión arriesgada

    Vivek Kaliraman, que vive en Los Angeles, ha celebrado todas las navidades desde 2002 con su mejor amigo, que vive en Houston. Pero, este año, por el riesgo de COVID, en lugar de ir en avión, manejó y piensa quedarse varias semanas. El viaje, que le llevaría 24 horas, era demasiado largo para hacerlo en […]

  • Going Home for the Holidays? For Many Americans, That’s a Risky Decision

    Vivek Kaliraman, who lives in Los Angeles, has celebrated every Christmas since 2002 with his best friend, who lives in Houston. But, this year, instead of boarding an airplane, which felt too risky during the COVID pandemic, he took a car and plans to stay with his friend for several weeks. The trip — a […]

  • Demand for COVID Vaccines Expected to Get Heated — And Fast

    Americans have made no secret of their skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines this year, with fears of political interference and a “warp speed” timeline blunting confidence in the shots. As recently as September, nearly half of U.S. adults said they didn’t intend to be inoculated. But with two promising vaccines primed for release, likely within weeks, […]

  • How COVID-19 Highlights the Uncertainty of Medical Testing

    Dr. Jacqueline Chu considered the man with a negative coronavirus test on the other end of the phone, and knew, her heart dropping, that the test result was not enough to clear him for work. The man was a grocery store clerk — an essential worker — and the sole earner for his family. A […]

  • CDC advice on how to celebrate Thanksgiving during COVID-19

    Don’t expect any turkey recipes from the CDC, but the do advise a fair amount of caution during this Thanksgiving holiday. More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to […]

  • States Starting to Prioritize Home Health, Hospice Workers in Vaccination Plans

    Pfizer, Moderna and the University of Oxford are among the organizations to tout highly effective COVID-19 vaccines this month. With “the cavalry coming,” the focus is now shifting to how, when and where vaccines should be distributed. In September, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) urged state leaders […]

  • Fear of Flying Is a COVID-Era Conundrum

    The holidays are approaching just as COVID-19 case rates nationwide are increasing at a record-breaking pace, leading to dire warnings from public health experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued cautions and updated guidelines related to family gatherings. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House coronavirus adviser and director of the National Institute […]

  • As Faith in Vaccines Falters, Biden Is Under Pressure to Name New FDA Chief Stat

    President-elect Joe Biden made COVID-19 a linchpin of his campaign, criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership on everything from masks and packed campaign rallies to vaccines. That was the easy part. Biden now has the urgent job of filling top health care positions in his administration to help restore public trust in science-driven institutions Trump repeatedly […]

  • How COVID Death Counts Become the Stuff of Conspiracy Theories

    In the waning days of the campaign, President Donald Trump complained repeatedly about how the United States tracks the number of people who have died from COVID-19, claiming, “This country and its reporting systems are just not doing it right.” He went on to blame those reporting systems for inflating the number of deaths, pointing […]

  • Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims to Curb Them ― For Now.

    In August, Robert Pettigrew was working a series of odd jobs. While washing the windows of a cellphone store he saw a sign, one that he believes the “good Lord” placed there for him. “Facing eviction?” the sign read. “You could be eligible for up to $3,000 in rent assistance. Apply today.” It seemed a […]

  • Thousands of Minks Dead as COVID Outbreak Escalates on Utah Farms

    Thousands of minks at Utah fur farms have died because of the coronavirus in the past 10 days, forcing nine sites in three counties to quarantine, but the state veterinarian said people don’t appear to be at risk from the outbreak. The COVID-19 infections likely were spread from workers at the mink ranches to the […]

  • Adult Exposure to Lead

    “Children in approximately 4 million households in the United States are being exposed to high levels of lead.” As I discuss in my video The Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure in Adults, “Despite the dramatic decline in children’s blood-lead concentrations over the decades, lead toxicity remains a major public health problem”—and not just for children. […]

  • COVID + Influenza: éste es un buen año para vacunarse, aconsejan expertos

    La temporada de influenza se verá diferente este año, ya que los Estados Unidos se enfrentan a una pandemia de coronavirus que ya ha matado a más de 176.000 personas. Muchos estadounidenses son reacios a ir al médico y los funcionarios de salud pública temen que las personas eviten vacunarse. Aunque a veces se considera […]

  • COVID + Influenza: This Is a Good Year to Get a Flu Shot, Experts Advise

    Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 172,000 people. Many Americans are reluctant to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry people will shy away from being immunized. Although sometimes incorrectly regarded as just another bad cold, flu also kills […]

  • CMS to penalize hospitals, labs that don’t report Covid-19 data

    New rules by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services would penalize hospitals and laboratories that report Covid-19 data. Hospitals would be required to report the number of confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patient, occupied beds, and availability of ventilators and other critical supplies.

  • Drug Overdose Deaths Showed a One-Year Decline in 2018. But There’s More to the Story.

        Detective Ryan Holets, whose personal story includes the adoption of an infant born to a drug-addicted mother, addressed the Republican National Convention on its second night. He praised President Donald Trump’s efforts in addressing drug and opioid abuse and noted “drug overdose deaths decreased in 2018 for the first time in 30 years.” […]

  • DeSantis Says COVID Is a Lower Risk for School-Aged Kids Than Flu

    Even as his state is a hotbed for COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pushing schools to reopen so parents have the choice of sending children back to the classroom or keeping them home to learn virtually. The Republican governor has said children without any underlying health conditions would benefit from in-person learning and […]

  • Democratic Convention, Night 3: Making the Party Lines Clear

    The third night of the Democratic National Convention was all about one thing: Sen. Kamala Harris of California becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to accept a major political party’s vice presidential nomination. But key Democratic criticisms — many rooted in health care issues and the COVID-19 pandemic — were repeated throughout the […]

  • How the Lead Paint and Gas Industries Got Away with It

    We have known for thousands of years that lead can be toxic and for more than a century that children could be poisoned by lead paint. Since those first cases, the “lead industry has mobilized against the advances of science,” as I discuss in my video How the Lead Paint Industry Got Away with It. […]

  • Trabajadores agrícolas en alto riesgo de contraer coronavirus y sin protección federal

    KNOXVILLE, Tennessee.- Es una época de mucho trabajo para las granjas productoras de tomate en esta parte del estado. Estas plantaciones cuentan con cientos de trabajadores, la mayoría latinos. Algunos viven allí. Otros son migrantes que viajan de granja en granja, para recoger las cosechas de verano. Otros vienen de México o Centroamérica con visas […]

  • As Crisis Grows, Farms Try to Balance Health of Field Workers and Food Supply

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s a busy time for the tomato-producing farms in this part of the state. Farms have staffed up with hundreds of workers, most of whom are Latino. Some live locally. Others are migrant workers who travel from farm to farm, chasing the summer growing seasons. Still others come from Mexico or Central […]

  • Don’t Fall for This Video: Hydroxychloroquine Is Not a COVID-19 Cure

    Millions of people, including the president of the United States, have seen or shared a video in which a doctor falsely claims there is a cure for the coronavirus, and it’s a medley starring hydroxychloroquine. The video shows several doctors in white coats giving a press conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. It persists on social media despite […]

  • What Exercise Authorities Don’t Tell You About Optimal Duration

    Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities, recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us of what the science says and letting us make up our own minds. Researchers who accept grants from The Coca-Cola Company may call physical inactivity “the biggest public […]

  • Must-Reads of the Week

    The Friday Breeze Want to read the best and most provocative stories from the week? Welcome to the Friday Breeze, where we compile them all — so you’re set with your weekend reading. While you, loyal reader, wait for a wonderful new permanent Friday Breeze writer to start breezing, welcome to this week’s rundown brought […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Trump Administration’s War on Fauci

    What The Health? · The Trump Administration’s War on Fauci Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie’s Stories Erin Mershon STAT @eemershon Read Erin’s Stories Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico @AliceOllstein Read Alice’s Stories Paige Winfield Cunningham The Washington Post @pw_cunningham Read Paige’s Stories Not […]

  • Listen: A Bureaucratic Shuffle for Hospital COVID Data

    Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, on Wednesday joined Rob Ferrett, host of “Central Time” on Wisconsin Public Radio, to discuss the Trump administration’s announcement that hospital data on coronavirus cases will no longer be routed to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention and instead will go to the Department of Health and […]

  • Must-Reads Of The Week

    The Friday Breeze Want to read the best and most provocative stories from the week? Welcome to the Friday Breeze, where we compile them all — so you’re set with your weekend reading. Another week has gone by, and the biggest news remains that COVID numbers aren’t looking much better as the disease spreads quickly […]

  • Medical Meat Bias

    When famed surgeon Michael DeBakey was asked why his studies published back in the 1930s linking smoking and lung cancer were ignored, he had to remind people about what it was like back then. We were a smoking society. Smoking was in the movies, on airplanes. Medical meetings were held in “a heavy haze of […]

  • Takeaways from My Webinar on COVID-19

    On December 30, 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital in the Hubei province of China, messaged his fellow physicians, alerting them to the appearance of what he thought as SARS. Thirty-nine days later, after becoming infected with the very virus he tried to warn his colleagues about, he was dead at […]