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The latest from FRONTLINE and our local journalism partners on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting communities across the U.S.

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What Is a Safety-Net Hospital and Why Is It So Hard to Define?
To begin to understand what qualifies as a safety net and how the lack of a common definition could impact patient care, FRONTLINE spoke to experts in public health, medicine and hospital administration.
May 18, 2021
Hospitals Serving The Poor Struggled During COVID. Wealthy Hospitals Made Millions.
This past year America's more than 300 safety-net hospitals found themselves on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately affected the communities safety-net hospitals are most likely to serve.
May 18, 2021
Why Safety-Net Hospitals Serving Low-Income People May Be “On the Brink of a Precipice”
'The Healthcare Divide,' a new documentary from FRONTLINE and NPR, explores the growing inequities in American healthcare exposed by COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
'Neither Alternative Was Good News': An Immunologist Traces the Spread of P.1, the Brazilian COVID Variant
There are currently more than 1,200 variant lineages of the COVID-19 coronavirus identified in the world. Of those, the CDC reports five of concern circulating in the U.S., including P.1, from Brazil.
April 27, 2021
Pandemic Perspectives
In photos and in their own words, people around the world — across cultures, faiths and age groups — share how they’ve responded to the COVID pandemic.
April 26, 2021
‘Mom, I’ve Been Hit’: Enforcing COVID Curfew Last Year, Kenyan Police Fatally Shot 13-Year-Old Boy on His Own Balcony
The parents of Yasin Hussein Moyo speak out in ‘The Virus That Shook the World,’ a two-night documentary special on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts across the globe.
April 26, 2021
Of the 5 States with the Most Farmworkers, Only 3 Are Prioritizing Vaccines — and Not All Means of Prioritizing Are Equal, per the CDC
Months after the July 2020 film "COVID's Hidden Toll," FRONTLINE checked in with farmworkers in California and four other big agricultural states and found vaccine rollouts have been uneven.
April 16, 2021
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The Virus That Shook The World
The epic story of how people around the world lived through the first year of the pandemic, from lockdowns to funerals to protests.
April 26, 2021
'Defending Our Existence': The Sung Family, From 2017 Film 'Abacus,' Talks About Anti-Asian Attacks, COVID
Thomas Sung and three of his daughters, all of whom were featured in the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," spoke about how their community has weathered the pandemic and anti-Asian attacks in New York City.
April 9, 2021
"America's Medical Supply Crisis" Wins an IRE Award
"America’s Medical Supply Crisis" — FRONTLINE's investigation with The Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre — has been honored with an IRE Award.
April 5, 2021