Latest from Joel Achenbach

CDC says coronavirus could be under control this summer in U.S. if people get vaccinated and are careful

The report comes as administration officials and leaders in many states are sounding more confident that the country can return to a degree of normalcy relatively soon.
  • May 5, 2021

More than a year into the pandemic, we’re still figuring out what risks we’re willing to take

The latest CDC guidance on post-vaccination life leaves a long list of questions.
  • May 3, 2021

U.S. coronavirus cases drop as spring wave of infections ebbs

In 42 states and D.C., lower caseloads have been reported the past two weeks, and nationally, cases are at their lowest since October.
  • Apr 30, 2021

Can you spread the coronavirus if you’re vaccinated? Post reporters answer your questions.

Send us your questions and Post reporters will respond with answers on Monday, April 19.
  • Apr 19, 2021

Gunman in Indianapolis FedEx shooting used two legally purchased assault rifles, police say

Officials said the shooter, Brandon Hole, purchased the rifles legally last July and September, not long after Hole’s mother had reported fears that her son would attempt “suicide by cop."
  • Apr 17, 2021

U.S. to spend $1.7 billion to detect, monitor coronavirus variants

The Biden administration announced it was allocating the money to take on one of the biggest challenges of the pandemic.
  • Apr 16, 2021

Spring wave of coronavirus crashes across 38 states as hospitalizations increase

Vaccines drive down covid-19 mortality, even as the CDC reports 5,800 “breakthrough” infections in people who had received shots.
  • Apr 15, 2021

CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’

The precise number of these breakthrough cases is unknown, but figures released by states suggest it is at least several thousand.
  • Apr 9, 2021

Signs of life amid signs of concern in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic

U.S. officials warn that now is not the time to relax precautions as variants spread.
  • Mar 25, 2021

After weeks of declining cases, echoes of hot spots emerge in Upper Midwest, New York City area

Michigan has seen a rise in hospitalizations and positive test results. Minnesota’s numbers are creeping up, as are Maryland’s and New Jersey’s. Many places, including New York City and surrounding counties, are no longer seeing steady declines in cases, despite intensive vaccination efforts.
  • Mar 16, 2021