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The U.S. lifts the pandemic travel ban and opens the doors to international visitors

The U.S. lifts the pandemic travel ban and opens the doors...

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Passengers walk through Salt Lake City International Airport, Oct. 27, 2020. More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the U.K. and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status. Rick Bowmer/AP…
What can we expect from the pandemic this winter?

What can we expect from the pandemic this winter?

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The country's top infectious disease doctor says he is looking for "a level of control" over COVID-19 such that it is less disruptive to society — and again stressed the importance of vaccination. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: And we begin this hour with the pandemic and the question of what course the U.S. is on.…
New study suggests SARS-CoV-2 spreading widely within wild deer population

New study suggests SARS-CoV-2 spreading widely within wild deer population

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Earlier this year, researchers found that many wild deer in Michigan had antibodies that suggested the animals had been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was a significant cause for concern, as a large population of susceptible animals could act as a reservoir that allows the virus to…
More than 5 million people have died of COVID-19 worldwide

More than 5 million people have died of COVID-19 worldwide

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Enlarge / A man walks through "In America: Remember," a public art installation commemorating all the Americans who have died due to COVID-19, on the National Mall September 21, 2021, in Washington, DC. The concept of artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the installation includes more than 660,000 small plastic flags, some with personal messages to those…
COVID trial using antidepressant cut short due to apparent effectiveness

COVID trial using antidepressant cut short due to apparent effectiveness

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Despite the wide availability of vaccines, the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases left several US states struggling to provide adequate health care to their citizens. The situation reinforces the potential value of drugs like molnupiravir, which reduce the need for hospitalization among those with COVID-19. But monupiravir will be…
When will it stop being the ‘pandemic economy?’

When will it stop being the ‘pandemic economy?’

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NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with economist Austan Goolsbee about what it will take for the U.S. to recover from the unique economic challenges posed by the pandemic. AILSA CHANG, HOST: We've been reporting regularly about the many issues facing the U.S. economy, like labor shortages, inflation, supply chain disruptions. When they first arose amid pandemic-related…
CDC advisory panel unanimously approves expanded COVID vaccine boosters

CDC advisory panel unanimously approves expanded COVID vaccine boosters

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control's expert advisory committee on vaccines met to vote on new guidelines for the use of boosters to sustain the immunity provided by the COVID-19 vaccines in use in the US. The day prior, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization…
Conservative media viewing correlates with intention to use ivermectin

Conservative media viewing correlates with intention to use ivermectin

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Enlarge / Whether you trust this man likely depends on whether you watch right-wing news. The US public's response to the pandemic has been chaotic. Some people have observed strict social distancing, happily went into lockdown when case counts got high, and got a vaccine as soon as it became available. Others were nearly the…
Why the U.S. pandemic playbook was no match for COVID

Why the U.S. pandemic playbook was no match for COVID

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb led the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019. His new book discusses successes and failures of the U.S. response and how to plan ahead for future pandemics. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dr. Scott Gottlieb led the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019.…
Why we need to prepare for the next pandemic

Why we need to prepare for the next pandemic

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NPR's Michel Martin speaks with journalist Ed Yong about his piece in The Atlantic titled, "We're Already Barreling Toward the Next Pandemic."

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