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FactChecking Biden’s Jan. 19 press conference

In a nearly two-hour press conference on Jan. 19, President Joe Biden stretched the facts and left out important context on vaccinations, funding for lead pipe removal, child poverty and more.... Read more»

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Analysis

The pandemic’s unequal toll on people of color underlines U.S. health inequities

Research shows the pandemic’s unequal toll on communities of color has been driven by long-standing health inequities - and effectively addressing social determinants of health involves an equity-focused approach.... Read more»

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious Omicron variant - which continues to spread in the state - as demands on health care workers remain high and staffing remains a huge issue in emergency rooms.... Read more»

Biden to provide 400 million N95 masks to Americans

As the Omicron variant surges and hospitals are pushed to capacity, the Biden administration announced a new program Wednesday to give 400 million nonsurgical N95 masks to Americans free of charge to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

For at-home COVID tests, free order day is coming

The Biden administration will make half a billion free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available for online order at COVIDTests.gov on Jan. 19 - there will also be a phone line for anyone unable to order tests online - and is in the process of purchasing another half billion tests.... Read more»

Facing rising COVID-19 case numbers, the Navajo Nation issues new tribal public health orders

Since the start of the year, the Navajo Nation has reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, with as many as 405 cases on Jan. 13. In response, the tribe is updating public health orders aimed at curbing the spread of the illness.... Read more»

As Omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

The national effort to vaccinate children against COVID-19 has stalled - two months after Pfizer’s vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11 - even as the Omicron variant upends schooling for millions of children amid staffing shortages, shutdowns and heated partisan battles.... Read more»

Is my cloth mask good enough? The 2022 edition.

Public health officials are recommending that people upgrade from cloth to higher-quality medical-grade masks as the Omicron variant is sweeping the U.S., causing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases and overwhelming hospital systems.... Read more»

Driven by Omicron, COVID-19 cases breaking records in new Arizona spike

Fueled by the Omicron variant, COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Arizona, hitting record-breaking numbers in January as the state hit 18,783 cases on Tuesday, according to Arizona Department of Health Services. ... Read more»

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

Los funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que las personas pasen de tela a máscaras médicas de mayor calidad, ya que la variante Omicron está arrasando en los EE. UU., causando un gran aumento en los casos de COVID-19 y abrumando los sistemas hospitalarios.... Read more»

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests.... Read more»

Most states wary of mandating COVID shots for kids

Though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, only two states have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren - the main reason, experts say, is they are wary of opening another front in the wars over mandates.... Read more»

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden's COVID vaccine-or-test employer mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Fun with teachers unions

Shutting down schools and going to remote learning was the right thing to do in 2020 and parts of 2021, but it had a damaging effect on our children.... Read more»

Remote work has potential to boost employment for those with disabilities

Many people living with disabilities struggle to find professional opportunities, but the increase in remote work, prompted by office closures during the pandemic, has the potential to improve the employment rates for millions of people living with a disability.... Read more»

FDA greenlights Pfizer boosters for young teens

The Food and Drug Administration moved Monday to allow children as young as 12 to receive booster shots of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 and the winter surge of the coronavirus Omicron variant. ... Read more»

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