Developing a national disaster response plan for the pandemic was only step one.
Feb. 18, 2021 • ~8 min
How well your mask works depends on how well it fits. Wearing two snug masks made of different materials offers 95% protection from exposure to aerosols that could contain the coronavirus.
Feb. 11, 2021 • ~9 min
The cold supply chain can't reach everywhere – that's a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination
So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can't support a cold supply chain.
Jan. 4, 2021 • ~7 min
The coronavirus vaccine was developed faster than any vaccine in history. It took just 332 days from the first sequencing of the virus genome to the first vaccines given to the public.
Dec. 18, 2020 • ~5 min
A new over-the-counter COVID-19 test has been authorized by the FDA. Though it can be used to test people with and without symptoms, moderate cost and limited production mean it isn't a game-changer.
Dec. 17, 2020 • ~5 min
In September, production of rapid tests really ramped up in the US. But due to low accuracy and massive numbers needed, these tests alone are unlikely to have much of an effect on the pandemic.
Dec. 1, 2020 • ~8 min
President-elect Biden's new COVID-19 task force gives the US a fresh chance to turn around a public health disaster
Biden will begin his presidency in the midst of a global public health crisis that's already killed over 240,000 people in the US alone. His team is already planning how to get COVID-19 under control.
Nov. 13, 2020 • ~7 min
New guidance from the CDC says that 15 minutes of exposure – regardless of whether that occurs at one time – can result in transmission of the coronavirus.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~6 min
Do we have to toss Halloween out the window this year, too? Public health experts give some guidelines
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday without trick-or-treating, but you still need to make sure you are socially distancing and wearing a mask – and not just one for Halloween.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~5 min
Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
Oct. 14, 2020 • ~7 min