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Anxiety patients handled COVID-19 stress better than most. It could help everyone in the future
New research finds that while the COVID-19 pandemic caused lots of people to feel anxious, it did not have that effect on patients already getting treatment for anxiety.
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.
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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
Navajo Nation rescinds COVID-19 mask mandate
The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that's been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office.
Jan. 21, 2023
Arizona COVID-19 cases are down, but a new variant is on its way
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,751 cases this week, after more than 7,300 last week. But at the same time, the number of deaths reported in the state remains fairly high: 128 this week and 192 last week.
Jan. 19, 2023
Kraken, a new COVID-19 variant, is spreading across U.S.
Another COVID-19 variant is lurking in the U.S., and spreading even faster than its counterparts.
Jan. 13, 2023
Will COVID-19 XBB.1.5 variant gain dominance in AZ?
An extremely contagious COVID-19 omicron sub-variant known as XBB.1.5 has been gaining dominance on the East Coast. A few cases have turned up in Arizona recently, too.
Jan. 11, 2023
Op-ed calls Biden biodefense plan ‘necessary but not sufficient’
In October, the Biden administration issued its National Biodefense Strategy for countering biological threats ranging from natural pandemics to lab accidents and bioterror attacks. A recent op-ed in JAMA Health Forum says it doesn’t go far enough.
Jan. 5, 2023