Public Health

One City's Pilot Program to Restart Live Entertainment

Six venues in Washington D.C. will be allowed to hold live performances under strict guidance and supervision from city officials.

Wisconsin Is on the Brink of a Major Outbreak

The state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are at an all-time high.

Local Health Officials Worry CDC Has 'Lost Its Soul'

Conflicting public health messages cause some Americans to ignore key guidance.

Rise in Virus Among Young Adults Poses Threat to Older Americans, CDC Warns

Data cited in a new report indicates that increased cases among older adults have followed upticks among younger parts of the population.

California Expands Privacy Protection to Public Health Workers Amid Threats

Protesters angry over mask mandates and stay-at-home orders have gone to the homes of health officers in multiple counties in California.

Flu Season Could Further Strain Public Health Systems

The symptoms of the flu and coronavirus are similar and experts warn confusion over the two could overburden Covid-19 testing capacity.

Colleges’ Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

College towns across the country have seen frightening COVID spikes.

Contact Tracing in Two North Carolina Counties Shows Difficulty of Reaching Patients

The CDC found that in Mecklenburg County, just 77% of patients could be reached after testing positive for Covid-19. Contact information for those peoples’ recent contacts was provided only 52% of the time.

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 200,000

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Predicting Coronavirus Outbreaks Using Google Searches for Gastrointestinal Problems

New research found that Google searches for symptoms associated with the coronavirus might be able to predict outbreaks before positive test results confirm them.

California’s Deadliest Spring in 20 Years Suggests Covid Undercount

More people died from March through July this year than the average of the same five months during the previous three years. Those "excess" deaths, which might be linked to undiagnosed Covid, were concentrated in communities of color.

CDC Pulls Updated Guidance on Coronavirus Spread, Saying it was Posted By Mistake

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From Sewage Sludge, a New Perspective on the Flint Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | The 2014 lead crisis was troubling. But the science now suggests that other cities — and even Flint — have seen worse.

How We Survive the Winter

The coming months of the pandemic could be catastrophic. The U.S. still has ways to prepare.

Michigan Residents Urged to Stay Indoors to Avoid Deadly Mosquito-Borne Illness

Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been confirmed in 22 horses and is suspected in at least one human in Michigan. The disease, transmitted by mosquito bite, kills a third of people it sickens.

Wildfires’ Toxic Air Leaves Damage Long After the Smoke Clears

Toxic air from fires has blanketed California and the Pacific Northwest for weeks now.

Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.

More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery. The Postal Service doesn’t test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.

CDC Officials Say Agency Didn’t Write Controversial Covid Testing Guidance, Report Says

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Students’ Mass Migration Back to College Gets a Failing Grade

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a model for students coming back, including twice-a-week testing. But officials didn't anticipate that students wouldn't isolate, even after they tested positive for Covid-19.

There Won’t Be a Clear End to the Pandemic

The collective sense of closure we’re all longing for may never arrive. Instead, brace for a slow fade into a new normal.