• WATCH: Biden acknowledges toll of COVID on nation, but says 'it will get better'

    WATCH: Biden acknowledges toll of COVID on nation, but says 'it will get better'

    Jan 19, 2022 08:52 PM EST

    ... limited number of reporters were allowed to attend, and all had to have been tested for the virus and wear masks. The enduring impact of COVID-19 has become a weight on Biden's presidency, despite his best efforts to rally the country in common purpose to defeat the virus ...

  • White House soft-launches free COVID testing kit website

    White House soft-launches free COVID testing kit website

    Jan 18, 2022 07:50 PM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to access an order form run by the ...

  • Getting COVID-19 is much riskier for your heart than vaccination

    Getting COVID-19 is much riskier for your heart than vaccination

    Jan 18, 2022 07:30 PM EST

    ... myocarditis associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection is just one of several heart conditions linked to COVID-19 with outcomes that are worse than non-COVID-19 cases.Over 80 per cent of myocarditis cases not related to COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccination resolve spontaneously, while five per cent ...

  • Everything you need to to know about at-home COVID testing, masks

    Everything you need to to know about at-home COVID testing, masks

    Jan 17, 2022 11:30 PM EST

    Dr. Payal Patel: What is really difficult about COVID is that, often, you are the most contagious before you have symptoms. So, that is part of the reason that we're seeing so much spread of the infection right now. So, keep that in mind. And if you do start ...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump seeds race animus with COVID falsehood

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump seeds race animus with COVID falsehood

    Jan 16, 2022 10:40 PM EST

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump falsely declared in a weekend rally that public health authorities are denying the COVID-19 vaccine to white people because of their race. The former president seeded racial resentments in remarks that twisted the facts on public-health policy and exaggerated the effects of racially conscious antiviral ...

  • Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics

    Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics

    Jan 15, 2022 05:09 PM EST

    The prevention protocols will be similar to those at the Tokyo Games this summer, but much tighter. That won't be a stretch in Beijing, with China having maintained a “Zero COVID" policy since early in the pandemic.

  • Health systems buckle under latest surge of COVID hospitalizations

    Health systems buckle under latest surge of COVID hospitalizations

    Jan 14, 2022 11:50 PM EST

    President Biden on Friday announced free tests to help combat the rapidly spreading omicron variant. But the surge is battering hospitals and stretching some to capacity, with COVID hospitalizations jumping 179 percent in the past two weeks. William Brangham reports, and speaks with Dr. Rajan Garg, ICU medical director at Methodist Hospital of Southern California,...

  • Boston schools face staff shortages amid sky-high COVID cases

    Boston schools face staff shortages amid sky-high COVID cases

    Jan 14, 2022 11:45 PM EST

    ... a little bit more flexibility with the remote learning pieces as we navigate the on-ground reality of staffing and the on-ground reality of COVID spread in our schools. Stephanie Sy: Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, thank you so much for joining us. Brenda Cassellius: Thank you so ...

  • Novak Djokovic battles with Australia after violating COVID rules

    Novak Djokovic battles with Australia after violating COVID rules

    Jan 14, 2022 11:40 PM EST

    The best men's tennis player in the world is caught up in a quarantine quandary in Australia, as the first of this year's Grand Slam tennis tournaments is poised to begin. Novak Djokovic is not vaccinated: he's a skeptic. Australian officials are not skeptics, and demand proof of vaccination to enter the continent. Nick Schifrin...

  • Unvaccinated pregnant people are at higher risk for COVID complications, newborn deaths

    Unvaccinated pregnant people are at higher risk for COVID complications, newborn deaths

    Jan 14, 2022 09:52 PM EST

    ... 2020 and October 2021 that included information on COVID-19 vaccination status and infection. Almost all of the pregnant people who needed critical care for COVID-19 — 102 out of 104 overall — were unvaccinated. There were over 450 total fetal and newborn deaths that coincided with COVID-19 — all among ...