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People with the lowest incomes are the least likely to be covered by paid sick leave.

Paid sick leave is an essential tool in the effort to prevent COVID-19 infection and keep workplaces safe, yet federal laws that offered COVID-related paid sick leave have expired, and many sick workers must wrestle with difficult questions when deciding whether to stay home. Read more»

Testing labs of all stripes are also facing worker shortages just like restaurants.

While COVID testing is much easier to come by than it was early in the pandemic, the ability to get a test — and timely results — can vary widely nationwide, with a fragmented testing system, complicated logistics, technician burnout and spikes in demand contributing to the delays. Read more»

When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city or neighborhood to keep your community safe? Data on childhood vaccines, such as the one that protects against measles, mumps and rubella, provide hints. Read more»