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Parents wonder what to do with their unvaccinated children as CDC changes mask guidance

Right now pediatricians urge parents to remain cautious and vigilant, as so much remains unclear about how the new policy will affect viral transmission in communities and nationwide.
  • May 14, 2021

Biden announces $7.4 billion to hire more public health workers amid pandemic

After decades of chronic underfunding, U.S. public health departments last year showed how ill-equipped they are to carry out basic functions, let alone serve as the last line of defense against a pandemic.
  • May 13, 2021

With Pfizer coronavirus vaccine authorized for adolescents, some parents scramble to make appointments while others are wary

The decision that the two-shot regimen is safe and effective for younger adolescents had been highly anticipated by many parents and pediatricians, particularly with the growing gap between what vaccinated and unvaccinated people may do safely.
  • May 11, 2021

U.S. birthrate falls to its lowest level in decades in wake of pandemic

It is the biggest annual decrease in almost half a century, suggesting the coronavirus has accelerated an existing trend.
  • May 5, 2021

Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession

After a year of trauma, doctors, nurses and other health workers are struggling to cope. More than half are burned out. More than 6 in 10 have struggled with worsening mental health.
  • Apr 22, 2021

More than 4 in 10 health-care workers have not been vaccinated, Post-KFF poll finds

The lingering obstacles to vaccinating health-care workers foreshadows the challenge the United States will face as it attempts to get the vast majority of the population vaccinated.
  • Mar 19, 2021

Americans are getting fewer coronavirus tests. Here’s why that’s bad.

Coronavirus testing, which helps stop virus transmission, is down 33.6 percent. Officials say some don’t want the inconvenience or to quarantine after getting results.
  • Mar 4, 2021

‘Masks required’ signs are coming down after Texas, Mississippi lift coronavirus restrictions

Businesses scrambled, local officials pushed back, and public health experts worried the actions could accelerate a trend of states ending restrictions just as cases plateau nationwide.
  • Mar 4, 2021

Biden promises enough coronavirus vaccine for ‘every adult in America’ by the end of May

Biden is promising vaccines as federal officials worry that states reopening could imperil pandemic progress
  • Mar 2, 2021