Health experts are urging masking to slow the next wave

New York is entering its third pandemic winter with the fewest public health rules in place since COVID-19 brought a citywide shutdown in March 2020. Mayor Eric Adams waived vaccine requirements for private employers and for public school students participating in extracurricular activities. Gov. Kathy Hochul this month ended the mask requirement on public transportation. … Read more

North Carolina high school sports participation has declined in all but 5 sports since the pandemic

By Nick Stevens, Managing Editor of HighSchoolOT Statewide participation figures for specific sports have been released, and the numbers continue to show the large impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Carolina. Compared to the 2018-2019 school year, the last set of participation data released before the pandemic, participation declined in every high school sport … Read more

What are the 2-year health outcomes among patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in China?

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has claimed more than 6.52 million lives worldwide. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants due to genomic mutations prolonged the pandemic. Some variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as Omicron and Delta, are more transmissible and virulent than the … Read more

“Business as usual” can actually make the economy worse

Mask on the ground at John F. Kennedy Airport. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) EDITOR’S NOTE:In the fall of 2021, a group of Wake Forest University students participated in a data-driven advocacy class. Their goal was to find a question that has a common relationship to inequality, answer that question using basic data science tools, and persuasively … Read more

“Business as usual” can actually make the economy worse

Mask on the ground at John F. Kennedy Airport. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) EDITOR’S NOTE:In the fall of 2021, a group of Wake Forest University students participated in a data-driven advocacy class. Their goal was to find a question that has a common relationship to inequality, answer that question using basic data science tools, and persuasively … Read more

Americans Rate Health Care System Failure: AP-NORC Survey

WASHINGTON — When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa worries about the rent on his New York apartment, he sometimes refrains from refilling his blood pressure medication. “If there’s no money, I’d rather skip the medicine to be homeless,” said Obeng-Dankwa, a 58-year-old security guard. He is among a majority of US adults who say health care is not … Read more

1 in 4 young adults received mental health treatment in 2021

The number of older Americans seeking mental health treatment has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and younger adults appear to be struggling the most, according to new federal data. what you should Know The number of older Americans seeking mental health treatment has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and … Read more

The IRS has continued to delay business tax refunds since the pandemic

The Internal Revenue Service has been slow to process employer tax credits and tax refunds that businesses were supposed to receive to deal with the pandemic, according to a new report. The report, released Tuesday by the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, follows up on a previous audit from July 2021 and found … Read more

People who have recently gotten sick with Covid can wait to get an omicron booster

People walk past a Covid-19 testing site in Times Square on May 12, 2022 in New York City. Liao Pan | China News Service | Getty Images People who have recently caught Covid can wait several months to get a new omicron booster, White House Covid Response Coordinator Dr Ashish Jha said on Tuesday. Studies … Read more

Covid omicron booster vaccines should better protect against infection, serious illness

U.S. health officials expect the new omicron boosters to provide better protection against infections and serious illnesses this fall because the new vaccines now match the dominant variant of the coronavirus. The new omicron shots mark a milestone in the pandemic that will help the US more effectively fight the virus, White House Covid Response … Read more