Public Health

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

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Barges came ashore during Florida hurricane ... Maryland lab stopped using coronavirus tests acquired by governor after false positives ... Pennsylvania inmate finds noose in bed.

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

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | People in flooded Florida neighborhoods waited for rescue on Thursday, the day after Hurricane Sally slammed coast … Salt Lake City considers new restrictions on military equipment purchases by police … Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly suggested prosecutors charge Seattle mayor.

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.

One-Night Stays at Short-Term Rentals Won't Be Allowed on Vrbo in Arizona

Vrbo announced that the new policy to discourage parties, a month after Airbnb announced its own global pan on parties at its rental properties.

What a Smoky Bar Can Teach Us about the '6-Foot Rule' During the Pandemic

COMMENTARY | It’s important to understand the rule's limitations.

America Doesn’t Have a Coherent Strategy for Asymptomatic Testing. It Needs One.

While it battles a virus that can spread quickly via silent carriers, the United States has yet to execute a strategy for testing asymptomatic people. This is a problem — and ProPublica health reporter Caroline Chen explains why.

With Schools Starting Online, Vaccinations Head for Recess

Public health officials have relied on schools as a means to control vaccine-preventable diseases for over a century.

The Silent Suffering of Cafeteria Workers

As schools navigate reopening for the fall, most coverage has focused on the safety of students and teachers. But another group on campus is also at risk.

Will Labor Day Weekend Bring Another Holiday COVID Surge?

Epidemiologists are having a hard time predicting whether Labor Day will be like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, when celebrations fanned the flames in coronavirus hot spots around the South and West.

It Could Be Hard to Get Compensated for Injuries Related to the Coronavirus Vaccine

With drugmakers shielded from most liability in court and injury claims routed to a rarely-used federal compensation program, experts are raising concerns about whether there will be sufficient relief available for vaccine-related injuries.

Why Black Aging Matters, Too

“People are talking about the race disparity in Covid deaths, they’re talking about the age disparity, but they’re not talking about how race and age disparities interact: They’re not talking about older Black adults."

Herd Immunity Is Not a Strategy

What the term actually means, and what it doesn’t

CDC Tells States to Set Up Infrastructure to Distribute Covid Vaccine

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mississippi commission selects new flag candidate for voters to consider … After protests, Portland mayor says he will leave his condo building … Surge in poll worker applications in Colorado.

Transit Authority Looks to Bus Lanes to Reduce Crowding, Encourage Social Distancing

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will add up to 14 miles of dedicated bus lanes in Boston and its suburbs to improve bus service, aiming to provide customers with room to spread out and spend less time onboard.