Contact Tracing Demonstrates Need for National Privacy Laws, Lawmaker Says

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the technology being developed to aid the fight against coronavirus proves the need for a standardized privacy framework.

Covid-19 Could Permanently Close Up to a Third of Museums

The devastating financial impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is being felt at cultural institutions across the country, according to a survey of more than 750 museum directors.

As Virus Cases Rise in Long-Term Care Facilities, Industry Seeks Help

Nursing homes and other facilities in states where the virus is surging are seeing especially large increases in case counts, according to a new analysis.

Could Employers and States Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations? Here’s What the Courts Have Ruled

COMMENTARY | People are often surprised to learn that states would likely have the legal right to enforce a coronavirus vaccine requirement.

Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.

Interviews and internal emails show that Utah prioritized the health of businesses over keeping coronavirus case counts down. As case counts rise, the state will now allow indoor gatherings of up to 3,000 people.

State Data Reporting on the Coronavirus is Falling Woefully Short

A new analysis by a nonprofit group finds troubling gaps and inconsistencies with the information states are sharing with the public, and offers recommendations for how it can be improved.

How Long Does COVID-19 Immunity Last?

COMMENTARY | A new study from King’s College London inspired a raft of headlines suggesting that immunity might vanish in months. The truth is a lot more complicated—and, thankfully, less dire.

As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible

People showing up at ERs often now say they have "no idea" where they picked up the disease, while contact tracers report that younger people are less likely to pick up the phone.

With 4 in 5 Texans Living in a 'Red Zone,' Coronavirus Hot Spots Are Moving Targets

Early hot spots have been eclipsed by new regions in crisis. Now that so much of Texas is battling major coronavirus outbreaks, some severely ill patients have to travel long distances to receive the care they need.

Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Fly Free as Health Departments Focus on Coronavirus

Monitoring and controlling mosquitoes is a key local government function. But as strapped health departments focus all of their energies on the coronavirus, they are forced to neglect combatting the disease-carrying insects.

Opioid Overdoses Keep Surging in Chicago, Killing Black People on the West Side

Half of Cook County’s confirmed opioid-related deaths have been among Black residents, even though they make up less than a quarter of the county’s population. Officials warn that the coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed the crisis.

COVID-19 Testing Falls Short in Long-Term Care Facilities

Only seven states require regular testing of residents or staff.

New York Requiring Air Travelers to Provide Contact Info for Quarantine

To prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections, the state is requiring any travelers from states with hotspot outbreaks to abide by a 14-day quarantine and provide contact information or face a $2,000 fine.

You Can See Friends and Relatives During the Pandemic Surge—But Do It Carefully

You can expand your social bubble beyond the household — if you heed now-familiar health guidelines and even take extra precautions.

A New Understanding of Herd Immunity

The portion of the population that needs to get sick is not fixed. We can change it.

Dribble, Don't Spit: University Debuts New Saliva-Based Covid Test

The test is free for students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois, where it was developed. Results are available in 24 hours, but it's unclear whether testing would be mandatory.

As Covid Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week—Or More

People going to coronavirus testing sites are finding it often takes a week or more to get results back. That means patients don't have the information they need to change their behaviors.

A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

In Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. Medical examiner data shows that an increasing number of these deaths are the result of COVID-19.