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Debilitating symptoms can include the long-term loss of taste, smell or both, general fatigue, brain fog and a variety of other conditions.

16 million people of working age in the U.S. are suffering with long COVID - with 2 to 4 million people unemployed in June and July - and lack of a social safety net for many together with a labor market beginning to turn in favor of employers could create wider economic problems. Read more»

Removing Manchin’s permitting reform bill from the must-pass government funding package was weeks in the making.

The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package - after an energy bill from Sen. Joe Manchin was removed - that would help communities recover from natural disasters, provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, and keep the government funded through mid-December. Read more»

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you call the current situation – COVID-19 still poses a significant, ongoing risk to the world.

President Joe Biden’s declaration that “the pandemic is over” raised eyebrows and the hackles of some experts who think such messaging could be premature and counterproductive - but to many Americans, the remark may ring true. Read more»

A sign on the fence at the temporary homeless camp site near downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix residents and business owners are suing the city over what they claim is a public health crisis in their neighborhood - seeking a declaration that homeless encampments on city property in a downtown area near shelters are a public nuisance. Read more»

Earl Hunter Jr., left, who founded Black Folks Camp Too, a business that educates park officials in how to promote camping for Black people, stands with his two children and some friends at Lake Norman State Park in North Carolina. More states are taking steps to increase diversity among state park visitors.

As Americans plan their summer vacations, states around the country are struggling with a persistent challenge: how to attract more Black residents and other visitors of color to their parks. Read more»

Vaccinations are central to public health efforts at disease control.

They are among the more than 520 vaccine-related bills introduced in statehouses nationwide since Jan. 1 - with 66 specifically relate to childhood vaccine requirements in 25 states - as the anti-vaccine movement gained momentum amid the pandemic. Read more»

Border Patrol agents used Title 42 to transport migrants found near Sasabe back to the U.S.-Mexico border, in this photo from March 2020, the early days of the order. More than 1.7 million people have since been turned back under Title 42, which is now set to expire on May 23.

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. Read more»

Dr. Karina Bechtol of Chiricahua Community Health Clinics Inc. checks a student at Douglas High School who is showing COVID-19 symptoms in late February 2022. The school has a significant population that is binational from Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Chiricahua Community Health Clinics in Douglas started a binational infectious disease monitoring program - just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold - and coordinate with hospitals in Sonora to track and treat infectious diseases on both sides of the border. Read more»

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the bipartisan infrastructure law on  January 14, 2022, at the White House.

President Joe Biden sent a new $5.8 trillion budget request to Congress on Monday that calls on lawmakers to institute a minimum tax on billionaires and boost spending on national security and public health. Read more»

President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is set to focus significantly on the economy, with the former member of the U.S. Senate calling on Congress to pass much of the agenda stalled in the so-called Build Back Better bill. Read more»

The federal government has authorized nearly $400 million for vaccination outreach efforts to underserved communities.

Medicaid enrollees continue to get vaccinated against COVID at far lower rates than the general population despite vigorous outreach efforts by government officials and private organizations to get low-income people inoculated, according to data from several states. Read more»

Army  Capt. Jason Webb, right,  and Army Capt. Corrine Brown, left, critical care nurses with the 627th Hospital Center, prepare to move a COVID-19 positive patient. The National Guard has be called in to help with hospital staffing shortages in many states. Retirements of frontline workers such as nurses have added to shortages around the country.

As a shortage of frontline workers has vexed states and cities throughout the pandemic, workers who have a lot of contact with the public—such as police officers, nurses, school bus drivers and retail store workers—retired and left the workforce in high numbers last year. Read more»

Teachers and staff at Des Moines Public Schools wait for a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Officials in many states are urging vaccinations and booster shots as the Omicron variant arrives in the United States.

Despite the new COVID-19 variant that has quickly spread across the globe, there is little appetite in either red or blue states for reimposing lockdowns or mask mandates - a recognition of the public’s exhaustion after 21 months of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more»

Una nueva variante de coronavirus surgió durante el fin de semana de Acción de Gracias; por ahora, esto es lo que sabemos y no sabemos sobre Omicron y otras variantes de coronavirus. Read more»

Americans, already weary of a pandemic nearly two years long, were dealt a new blow during the Thanksgiving weekend: a new coronavirus variant had emerged - for now, here’s what we know, and don’t know, about Omicron and other coronavirus variants. Read more»

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