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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.
Report: Title 42 border restrictions werent enacted on health grounds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 was enacted in the spring of 2020, ostensibly to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. But findings from Congress’ Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis tell a different story.
Oct. 18, 2022
COVID cases are low for now, but few in AZ are keeping up with boosters
COVID-19 cases in Arizona have fallen to the lowest point in nearly six months. But U.S. health officials expect a winter surge may be just weeks away.
Oct. 13, 2022
CDC, FDA recommend updated mRNA boosters for kids
With kids back in school under pre-pandemic conditions and experts bracing for another potential COVID-19 wave, just under 64% of Arizonans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, the CDC recommends updated vaccines for children as young as 5.
Oct. 12, 2022
Pandemic led to health delays, but waiting rooms are getting busy again
During the pandemic, many people stopped going to the doctor. While some took advantage of telemedicine, there are certain exams that have to be done in person. But waiting rooms are once again busy.
Oct. 3, 2022
As treatment improves, long COVID answers remain elusive
Two-and-a-half years after long COVID-19 sufferers coined the term, experts are still trying to wrap their brains around this variable and complex syndrome. What needs to be done to move the needle?
Sept. 28, 2022
For health care worker exhaustion, prognosis still grim
In May, KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk described the emotional distress wearing down health care workers and hindering efforts to bounce back after COVID-19. New research gives a glimpse of how those workers are faring.
Sept. 22, 2022
AZ COVID numbers improving, but pandemic isnt over yet
Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers continue to show signs of improvement, but public health experts say the virus still poses a threat.
Sept. 21, 2022
Are enough Arizonans getting latest COVID-19 booster?
A new COVID-19 booster is available. At the same time, flu season is approaching. To learn about both vaccines and best practices, The Show spoke with Dr. Nick Staab.
Sept. 21, 2022
Lots of people have stopped masking. How the issue has evolved
Over the last couple of years, masks have been political symbols, but also social ones. To learn about that aspect of masking, The Show spoke with Markus Kemmelmeier, a professor of social psychology and sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Sept. 21, 2022
AZ COVID vaccination rates are too low to eliminate threat
While the state's COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of receding, some experts say Arizona’s vaccination rates are still too low.
Sept. 14, 2022
Phoenix hires city’s first public health adviser
Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton has announced the city’s first public health adviser. Nicole Dupuis-Witt will address public health priorities and needs across the city.
Sept. 13, 2022
More kids in Navajo Nation are vaccinated against COVID than elsewhere in country
COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation hard. Now, the tribe has vaccinated more than half of children ages 5 to 11; that’s compared to about a third nationwide.
Sept. 13, 2022
How to find locations administering the COVID vaccine to kids
When the COVID-19 vaccine was first rolled out for adults, it seemed like you could get it everywhere. But by the time the vaccine was available to kids, that rollout looked very different.
Sept. 13, 2022
Pre-COVID-19 psychological distress can increase long COVID-19 risks
Long COVID-19 can upend people’s lives for months or years, but experts have yet to pin down which traits are linked to developing the condition. New research suggests psychological distress might play a significant role.
Sept. 12, 2022
Experts call for scaling up wastewater monitoring for disease detection
Wastewater monitoring rose to prominence during the pandemic, when states like Arizona used it to detect the emergence of the omicron variant. Now, concerns over polio and monkeypox have inspired 18 scientists to call for scaling up the surveillance.
Sept. 9, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 cases drop to 4-month low
COVID-19 cases in Arizona this week dropped to the lowest level the state has seen since late April.
Sept. 7, 2022
Arizona providers begin distributing omicron boosters
Updated booster vaccines that target the omicron strain of COVID-19 started going into arms in Arizona over Labor Day weekend. They're available to Arizonans 12 and older.
Sept. 6, 2022
Pima County will distribute free COVID-19 tests
At-home COVID-19 tests have been a critical public health tool throughout the pandemic, but on Friday the federal government stopped mailing out the free kits. Local governments are seeking to fill the gap in providing this critical public health tool.
Sept. 5, 2022
Health officials encourage Arizonans 65+ to get 2022 flu shots
As new variants of COVID-19 become more dominant and flu season approaches, health officials are encouraging Arizonans 65 and up to roll up their sleeves.
Sept. 2, 2022
New COVID-19 omicron boosters could arrive in AZ soon
Arizona’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to show signs of improvement, according to the latest update from the state health department. And the state could soon begin offering updated booster vaccines to protect against a potential winter surge.
Aug. 31, 2022