Latest from Joel Achenbach

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

A viral tsunami: How the underestimated coronavirus took over the world

That virus would slowly reveal its secrets — and proceed to shut down much of the planet, killing more than 2.5 million people in the most disruptive global health disaster since the influenza pandemic of 1918.
  • Mar 9, 2021

New research shows California coronavirus variant is more transmissible

As national cases and deaths decline quickly, variants continue to be a wild card.
  • Feb 24, 2021

Biden honors covid-19 victims amid staggering toll, signs of hope

As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hits 500,000, some trends hint at a better road ahead. But as the president holds a solemn memorial, the White House is wary of touting good news prematurely.
  • Feb 22, 2021