Brittany Shammas

Washington, D.C.

General assignment reporter

Education: Michigan State University, BA

Brittany Shammas is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. She previously worked for the Miami New Times and the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Latest from Brittany Shammas

More cases of omicron variant detected across five states

New York has confirmed five cases of the variant, officials announced Thursday.

December 2, 2021

As world focuses on omicron, delta variant overwhelms parts of U.S.

Public health experts are urging Americans not to lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the nation’s coronavirus cases are caused by the highly transmissible delta variant. Over the past six months delta has been responsible for some of the worst spikes of the entire pandemic.

December 2, 2021

Biden says omicron variant concerning but not ‘cause for panic’; CDC urges all adults to get boosters

All American adults became eligible for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine earlier this month, but the CDC previously focused its recommendations on the most vulnerable age group — people over 50.

November 29, 2021

International travelers stranded, angry in omicron’s wake: ‘The first thing I did was cry’

Travelers have been left stuck abroad, desperately trying to get home amid a slew of cancelations, while others are scratching plans to see loved ones in other countries — for many the latest in a series of pandemic-induced travel frustrations.

November 28, 2021

Organ transplant patients are at risk from covid. But some donors and recipients are fighting vaccination requirements.

Doctors say the vaccine is a must for transplant patients, who are immunosuppressed and at risk of severe covid-19. Yet a very small but vocal contingent of transplant patients and donors are fighting such requirements, arguing care should not hinge on vaccination status.

November 28, 2021

A flood of covid patients causes ‘almost unmanageable’ strain in Michigan as cases rise nationwide

Coronavirus cases are on the rise nationally, with the seven-day average of cases jumping 18 percent from the week before. In Michigan, hospitals are nearing capacity, officials are urging people to mask indoors and state leaders asked the U.S. Department of Defense to provide emergency staffing to handle the surge.

November 25, 2021

WHO chief calls for caution as cases climb ahead of major U.S. holiday

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lamented “the false sense of security that vaccines have ended the pandemic.”

November 24, 2021

Pfizer seeks FDA approval for covid-19 pill regimen, strikes global manufacturing deal

Pfizer says it could give more than half of the world’s population access to the covid-19 treatment.

November 17, 2021

New Year’s Eve in Times Square is back this year — for fully vaccinated people

The iconic ball drop, which typically draws millions of people, was scaled back last year amid the pandemic.

November 16, 2021

Americans more critical of Biden’s pandemic response, Post-ABC poll finds

More Americans disapprove than approve, according to a recent poll.

November 15, 2021