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U.S. House Dems urge CDC to order moratorium on water shutoffs

BY: - October 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Monday called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide moratorium on drinking water shutoffs. The letter from Reps. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who lead the panel’s environmental subcommittee, urged CDC officials […]

American Indian tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response

BY: - October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress Wednesday. In many places, tribal leaders are scrambling to respond to disproportional illness and death in their communities. Confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians and Alaska […]

The CDC sent Ohio a broken COVID-19 test kit in February, letting a virus run wild

BY: - September 28, 2020

On Jan. 2, symptoms kicked in around Ohio for the state’s first residents with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus that has infected more than 150,000 residents. In Ohio, the pandemic had begun — we just didn’t know it yet.  The early infections, which would only be detected via antibody testing long after […]

Advocates urge at-risk tenants to apply for eviction moratorium

BY: - September 24, 2020

Advocates from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio are advising tenants facing eviction to act immediately to get protection under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new eviction moratorium. The CDC recently issued the first ever nationwide order temporarily banning the eviction of tenants who are unable to pay rent in order […]

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Steroids cut COVID-19 death rates, but not for everyone – here’s who benefits and who doesn’t

BY: - September 11, 2020

New studies show that treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with inexpensive steroids can cut their risk of dying from the illness by a third. The results are so clear that the World Health Organization changed its advice on Sept. 2 and now strongly recommends corticosteroids as a first-line treatment for the sickest patients. Steroids aren’t […]

DeWine breaks from controversial CDC guidance on coronavirus testing

BY: - September 4, 2020

In a subtle yet key split from CDC guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms should seek testing. Last week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 testing guidance to say people who have had close contact with an infected person but are not […]

White House orders suspension of residential evictions

BY: - September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. “I think you’ll be quite pleased with the impact that it will have,” Mnuchin told […]

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Amid pandemic, getting annual flu shot is more important than ever

BY: - September 1, 2020

In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner made an observation: when deliberately exposed to cowpox – a relatively mild illness spread routinely from cattle to humans – patients developed immunity not just to cowpox, but to smallpox, a deadly virus that had killed countless individuals around the world throughout recorded history. The first vaccine was invented, […]

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Without taking proper precautions, reopening schools carries some big risks

BY: - August 21, 2020

It’s one of the most tired tropes in TV and movies. An expert, usually a scientist or doctor, desperately tries to get the authorities to take an impending disaster seriously. They are ignored until it is too late and heroic action is needed to save the day. As hackneyed as that plot device is, it’s […]

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A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public’s trust – and it’s risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

BY: - August 14, 2020

Russia’s announcement that a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine is registered there, with plans for quick distribution in the general population this fall, is being condemned by scientists worldwide. Findings from scientific studies of this vaccine, named “Sputnik V,” are not available. Large safety and efficacy trials are only now getting underway. But despite only two months […]

Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot

BY: - July 23, 2020

Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]

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Law you can use: Returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - July 17, 2020

Whether you’ve been working from home or laid off during the coronavirus pandemic, the decision of whether to return to the workplace pushes on the need for regular income and pulls at fears of the pandemic. How do you decide? The details matter, and every situation is different, but these factors are important to consider […]