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Sophie Novack

Sophie Novack Sophie Novack is a health care reporter at National Journal. She was previously a Fellow for National Journal's Presentation Center, creating data visualizations and graphical representations of news. Sophie is originally from New York City, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Creative Writing and International Studies.
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Report: Many of America's Ebola-Preparedness Supplies Have Expired

October 24, 2014 Eighty-four percent of the hand sanitizer the Homeland Security Department has in stock in the event of an Ebola outbreak is expired, according to a government audit. An August 2014 report from the department's inspector general found that DHS did not adequately assess its need for pandemic preparedness supplies. The ...

Why the New Ebola Airport Screenings Won't Work

October 21, 2014 The Homeland Security Department announced new travel restrictions for travelers from Ebola-stricken countries Tuesday, but the measures will likely do little to keep the virus out of the United States. All passengers traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will now have to come into the U.S. through five major ...

Ebola Patient Has Died During a Crucial Week for Dallas

October 8, 2014 The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Wednesday. The news of Thomas Eric Duncan's passing comes as those he came into contact with enter a critical period this week in determining whether they have also contracted the deadly ...

White House to America: Calm Down About a Domestic Ebola Outbreak

October 6, 2014 The Obama administration has a message to Americans freaking out about Ebola: Stop. A confirmed case of the disease in Dallas, as well as the hospitalization of two patients for Ebola-like symptoms in the Washington area, has set the public on edge and sparked fears of an outbreak on U.S. ...

Patient Treated for Ebola-Like Symptoms in Washington

October 3, 2014 A patient is currently being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at Howard University Hospital, in Washington. "We can confirm that a patient ​has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola," University spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton wrote ...

The Ebola Plan Was in Place, So Why Did It Falter in Dallas?

October 2, 2014 A patient displaying symptoms of Ebola was at large among the American public for several days last week, and it happened because of a hospital miscommunication. This wasn't supposed to happen, and it didn't have to. In preparation for a possible case in the United States, the Centers for Disease ...

First Case of Ebola Has Been Diagnosed in the United States

September 30, 2014 Americans' long-standing Ebola fear has been realized. The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, said at a press briefing that the patient had no symptoms when he arrived ...

Why This Tech Giant is Impressed with the International Ebola Response

September 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bill Gates has a rare optimistic view of the global response to the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa. "I think it is quite impressive what's being pulled together," Gates said of international efforts to fight the epidemic. "I do think we can get it under control." The remarks from ...

Obama: Stopping Ebola 'Must Be a Priority for the World'

September 25, 2014 The world must do more to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama said Thursday at a United Nations meeting on the crisis. Governments and aid organizations have woken up to the gravity of the situation in recent weeks, and the international response has quickened. But it's not ...

More Than 100,000 Enrollees Are Likely to Lose Obamacare Coverage

September 16, 2014 More than 100,000 Obamacare enrollees are set to lose their new insurance coverage at the end of the month because they have not verified their legal status in the United States. There are currently about 115,000 individuals who signed up on the federal marketplace but have not provided paperwork to ...