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COVID pandemic’s end may bring turbulence for US health care

April 8, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, is interviewed by the Associated Press, March 17, 2022, in Washington. When the end of the COVID pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. (AP…

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Experts worry about how US will see next COVID surge coming

April 1, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: A second grade student is give a at-home COVID-19 test at H.W. Harkness Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. The Sacramento City Unified School District began distributing the tests to elementary and middle school students, and families are to submit the results before returning to class. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) By…

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Understaffing leaves after-school programs with unmet demand

March 25, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Kiara Beard works with children in a before- and afterschool program operated by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. The return to classrooms for the nation’s schoolchildren has not meant a return to work for many of their parents who – with workdays that outlast school…

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In America, a few days in March 2020 echo two years later

March 18, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Friends and family of Larry Hammond who were among only 10 mourners allowed, sit in chairs spaced for social distancing, during his funeral at Boyd Funeral Home in New Orleans on April 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) By Ted Anthony ASSOCIATED PRESS  The conversations went like this: It will be just a…

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Obama tests positive for COVID-19, says he’s ‘feeling fine’

March 13, 2022

Former President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, though he’s feeling relatively healthy and his wife, Michelle, tested negative. “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” Obama said on Twitter. “Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted.” Obama encouraged…

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Death toll surpasses 6 million for pandemic now in 3rd year

March 11, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Cars wait in long lines at a drive-up coronavirus testing center at the Tropical Park, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Miami. The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now in its third year, is far from over. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell,…

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US extends mask rule for travel while weighing new approach

March 10, 2022

By DAVID KOENIG and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are extending the requirement for masks on planes and public transportation for one more month — through mid-April — while taking steps that could lead to lifting the rule. The mask mandate was scheduled to expire March 18, but the Transportation Security Administration said…

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People from racial, ethnic, and other groups report frequent COVID-19–related discrimination

March 4, 2022

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) People from all major racial and ethnic minority population groups in the United States report experiencing more COVID-19–related discrimination than white adults, a new study shows.  COVID-19-related discrimination includes experiences of being threatened or harassed based on someone’s perception of another having COVID-19. To date, this…

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Some Americans welcome new CDC mask guidance, others wary

March 4, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask while knitting in a park in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Americans who have been clamoring for an end to mask-wearing have welcomed new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It says healthy people in most areas of the country can safely stop wearing…

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Philadelphia lifts indoor mask mandate for most settings

March 3, 2022

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia health officials announced Wednesday that the city was lifting its indoor mask mandate, and officials expect to lift the school masking rules on March 9. The change comes as city health officials moved the city into the “all clear” category of its COVID-19 pandemic response metric. If infections, hospitalizations and the…

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