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COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic

COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic

By Barry Hatton | Jan 26, 2021

The pandemic's spread across Europe is increasingly being powered by an especially contagious virus mutation first detected last year in southeast England. The threat is prompting governments to introduce harsh new lockdowns and curfew.

California Reverses Stay-at-Home Order as Conditions Improve

California Reverses Stay-at-Home Order as Conditions Improve

By Kathleen Ronayne | Jan 26, 2021

Business owners hailed Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to lift stay-at-home orders across California in response to improving coronavirus conditions, but local health officials expressed concern that it may cause residents to let down their guard.

Transgender Youth Bills in US States Reflect Deep Divisions

Transgender Youth Bills in US States Reflect Deep Divisions

By Iris Samuels | Jan 25, 2021

There are bills in more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year.

NYC Vaccination Megasites Stalled Without Supply

NYC Vaccination Megasites Stalled Without Supply

Jan 25, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City could administer 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses a week if it had enough supply, but instead has been forced to put off opening mass vaccination sites as it waits for vaccine production to speed up.

Yurts, Igloos and Pop-Up Domes: How Safe Is 'Outside' Restaurant Dining This Winter?

Yurts, Igloos and Pop-Up Domes: How Safe Is 'Outside' Restaurant Dining This Winter?

By Will Stone | Jan 25, 2021

Those who can serve customers outdoors, on patios or sidewalks, are coming up with creative adaptations that can make dining possible in the frigid depths of winter, but is it safe?

Will a 'Vaccine Passport' Be More Valuable Than TSA Pre-Check for Future Travel?

Will a 'Vaccine Passport' Be More Valuable Than TSA Pre-Check for Future Travel?

By Matthew Wexler | Jan 25, 2021

A vaccine passport "could be the golden ticket to rebooting travel," but how long will it take to get the double dose, and what technology is being developed to prove it?

Insurers Add Food to Coverage Menu as Way to Improve Health

Insurers Add Food to Coverage Menu as Way to Improve Health

By Tom Murphy | Jan 25, 2021

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat?

2 in 5 Americans Live Where COVID-19 Strains Hospital ICUs

2 in 5 Americans Live Where COVID-19 Strains Hospital ICUs

By Carla K. Johnson, Nicky Forster | Jan 25, 2021

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation's intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates.

How to Stay Safe with New Fast-Spreading Coronavirus on the Loose

How to Stay Safe with New Fast-Spreading Coronavirus on the Loose

Jan 24, 2021

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 20 states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now?

South Africa's Inability to Confront AIDS Shows the Dangers of America's COVID-19 Denialism

South Africa's Inability to Confront AIDS Shows the Dangers of America's COVID-19 Denialism

Jan 23, 2021

Americans could take some cautionary lessons from South Africa, the nation that fared the worst during the HIV/AIDS epidemic because of the many stumbles and mistakes of its different governments.

Canada Thinking of Quarantining Travelers in Hotels

Canada Thinking of Quarantining Travelers in Hotels

By Rob Gillies | Jan 22, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Friday his government could impose stricter restrictions on travelers at any moment in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

UK Chief Scientist Says New Virus Variant May be More Deadly

UK Chief Scientist Says New Virus Variant May be More Deadly

By Jill Lawless | Jan 22, 2021

There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain.

Need to Quarantine? A Free Hotel May Be an Option

Need to Quarantine? A Free Hotel May Be an Option

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 22, 2021

During the pandemic, hotels in many major cities have offered rooms for isolation and quarantine not just to frontline workers and the homeless, but also to those vulnerable because of their living conditions.

Lucky Few Hit COVID-19 Vaccine Jackpot for Rare Extra Doses

Lucky Few Hit COVID-19 Vaccine Jackpot for Rare Extra Doses

By Bernard Condon, Candice Choi, Matt Sedensky | Jan 22, 2021

With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a lucky few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day.

Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage

Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage

By Jonathan Lemire | Jan 22, 2021

In truth, the nation's leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House again.

Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use to Travel

Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use to Travel

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 21, 2021

As the U.S. enters "what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus," President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy.

Can COVID-19 Vaccines be Mixed and Matched?

Can COVID-19 Vaccines be Mixed and Matched?

Jan 21, 2021

Worried that your second vaccine dose may not be available? Experts weigh in on the efficacy of mixing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Biden's COVID Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won't Be Easy.

Biden's COVID Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won't Be Easy.

By Victoria Knight, PolitiFact | Jan 20, 2021

Sluggish vaccine distribution has been attributed to a lack of communication between federal and local departments, not enough funding for large-scale efforts, and confusing federal guidance, but the same problems could plague the Biden administration.

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

By Aneri Pattani | Jan 20, 2021

Surveys in North Carolina and across the nation show that about one-third of transgender people have been refused treatment or suffered verbal or physical abuse from a medical provider, but advocates are fighting for change.

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

By Hannah Recht, Lauren Weber | Jan 20, 2021

Black Americans are receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans in the first weeks of the chaotic rollout, according to a new KHN analysis.

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