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Expert: Arizonas vaccine exemption rate in kindergarten just a disaster waiting to happen
According to the CDC, the national rate of vaccine exemptions among kindergarteners is at 3%, the highest it's ever been. CDC data also shows exemptions in Arizona trending higher, even before the pandemic.
What end of emergency declaration means for Marked By COVID co-founder
Kristin Urquiza’s father died from the coronavirus, and she later co-founded the nonprofit group Marked By COVID. Urquiza joined The Show to talk about the ending of this national emergency and what it might mean going forward.
April 12, 2023
Long COVID is already having a massive impact on the health care system
Whether or not the federal emergency has ended in Washington, D.C., for those who are suffering from long COVID-19, the pandemic is far from over.
April 12, 2023
Bats in human-disturbed ecosystems more likely to carry coronaviruses
Some types of bats are key hosts for certain spillover diseases that can spread to humans, often through an intermediary species like civet cats or camels. A new paper suggests bats in disturbed ecosystems are more likely to be infected with coronaviruses.
April 7, 2023
A new COVID-19 booster is coming
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a new COVID-19 vaccine within the next few weeks. The booster shot would target the omicron variant specifically and would be available for people 65 years and older or those with weakened immune systems.
April 4, 2023
Liz Lerman on pandemic: Our imaginations come to us at times of stress and need
Liz Lerman, a choreographer and Arizona State University professor, has been thinking about the pandemic in terms of creativity. The Show caught up with her to talk about what kinds of thoughts go through her mind when she thinks about the last three years.
March 23, 2023
Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz reflects on how 3 years of COVID-19 changed us
It’s been three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and so much has changed since. The Show talked to people who’ve been thinking about these and other questions related to what’s changed since the start of the pandemic and what has mostly stayed the same.
March 21, 2023
Vaccines, boosters still recommended as pandemic hits 3rd anniversary
This week marks three years since former Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency stay-at-home order in response to the worsening pandemic. And health experts are still encouraging people to get vaccinated and boosted.
March 15, 2023
The end of free COVID-19 vaccines could hurt more than just the uninsured
Over the course of the pandemic, the federal government has bought the vaccines from the manufacturers and made them free for people who wanted them. But, as early as this fall, that program will end.
March 13, 2023
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs proclaims COVID-19 Memorial Day
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has proclaimed the first Monday of March to be COVID-19 Memorial Day. She made the announcement at the Arizona Heritage Center on Monday.
March 7, 2023
The world has an uncertainty complex, but one social scientist says not all is lost
The world is in an age of uncertainty. That’s the finding of a new United Nations Human Development Report. Craig Calhoun has done a lot of thinking about this.
March 2, 2023
Should public officials get a pass for COVID-19 decisions?
Substack writer Robert Robb believes public officials should generally be given a pass when it comes to actions they recommended or took to deal with COVID-19, as long as they acted in good faith.
Feb. 28, 2023
Visitors might skew results of wastewater virus testing in tourist destinations
The COVID-19 pandemic showcased wastewater testing as an early-warning system for tracking viral spread. But the tests can’t tell if the waste comes from locals or visitors. How does that affect results in tourist destinations like Phoenix and Las Vegas?
Feb. 24, 2023
Public health websites add to low COVID antiviral drug use
Antiviral drugs can greatly reduce the risks of hospitalization and death for people at risk of severe COVID-19 infections. But patient use is low and uneven. New research suggests public health websites are partly to blame — including Arizona’s.
Feb. 22, 2023
Arizona Gov. Hobbs attorneys say Ducey issued more than $210M in ARPA grants illegally
Attorneys for Gov. Katie Hobbs found that more than $210 million in American Rescue Plan grants issued at the end of the Ducey administration were done so illegally.
More Arizona politics news
Feb. 15, 2023
NIH review praises emergency use vaccines in COVID response
A bill before the state legislature would ban schools from requiring students to get emergency use vaccines – a Covid success story that prevented 3 million deaths in the U.S. Meanwhile, a well-timed NIH review in the journal Science examines the strengths and weaknesses of the research response to Covid.
Feb. 2, 2023
600K in AZ could lose insurance after emergency expires
Arizona’s Medicaid agency, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, estimates that as many as 600,000 people in the states could be disenrolled.
Feb. 2, 2023
What does end of COVID-19 emergency mean for Title 42?
Title 42 is a public health protocol enacted at the onset of the pandemic that restricts asylum at the border. This week the administration announced the public health emergency it's tied to is set to end May 11.
Jan. 31, 2023
Students worldwide lost 1/3 of a year of learning during pandemic
Experts estimate school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic affected 95% of the global student population. New research underscores the need for policies and practices to address the resulting setbacks.
Jan. 30, 2023
CDC: COVID-19 boosters offer added protection, even against newer subvariants
Despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizonans — including many long-term care staff and residents — are largely skipping the COVID-19 bivalent booster. But the shot does provide extra protection, even against some of the latest variants.
Jan. 25, 2023
Navajo Nations mask mandate saved lives — and may have cost the president his job
The Navajo Nation was one of the hardest hit places in the country during the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get it under control, former President Jonathan Nez clamped down hard.
Jan. 25, 2023