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Driven by covid deaths, U.S. life expectancy dropped by 1.5 years in 2020

The decline, which is the largest seen in a single year since World War II, reflects the pandemic’s sustained toll on Americans, particularly the disproportionate impact of covid-19 on communities of color.
  • Jul 21, 2021

Spread of delta coronavirus variant exposes poorly vaccinated regions to renewed danger

Now at 20 percent of new U.S. infections, the variant that overwhelmed India and Britain threatens some parts of the country again, experts say.
  • Jun 23, 2021

After more than a year of separation and isolation, Americans are reuniting.

Here is a look at reunions that have taken place across the country as spring unfolded and vaccines became available, ushering in new possibilities for closeness.
  • May 21, 2021

Coronavirus vaccines may not work in some people. It’s because of their underlying conditions.

Early research shows that 15 to 80 percent of people with certain medical conditions, such as specific blood cancers or organ transplants, are generating few antibodies after coronavirus vaccines.
  • May 18, 2021

The million-dollar jab and other giveaways reveal a desperate push to vaccinate America

Officials want to crush the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re faced with vaccine hesitancy.
  • May 16, 2021

CDC’s mask guidance spurs confusion and criticism, as well as celebration

Telling vaccinated people they can discard their masks signals the power of the shots, but critics say the move is hasty and difficult to implement with a majority of Americans still unprotected.
  • May 14, 2021

The future of coronavirus testing is in Greenville, N.C.

One million testing kits, 40,000 families and an ambitious bid to stop community transmission.
  • Apr 28, 2021

CDC recommends pregnant women get coronavirus vaccine

Agency director Rochelle Walensky cited data showing ‘no safety concerns’ for more than 35,000 women in their third trimester or for their babies.
  • Apr 23, 2021

For the Vancouver Canucks and the NHL, a brutal reminder of the virus’s grip

The outbreak within the Vancouver Canucks organization, which has been linked to a variant, is the worst in the NHL this season — and perhaps in North American professional sports since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Apr 10, 2021

Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.

Vaccines are effective against the three major new strains of the virus, but some places say they need more to fight highly transmissible types.
  • Apr 8, 2021