Coronavirus

Will Omicron Leave Most of Us Immune?

The variant is spreading widely, but won’t necessarily give us strong protection from new infections.

GovExec Daily: Vaccines, Public Health and Pandemic Guidance

The University of New Haven's Dr. Anthony J. Santella joins the podcast to discuss the public health consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.

Biden Administration’s Rapid-Test Rollout Doesn’t Easily Reach Those Who Need It Most

Two rapid-testing initiatives the Biden administration released in the past week are inaccessible to some residents of multifamily housing, people who don’t speak English well, or those without internet access.

GovExec Daily: Vaccine Mandates After the Supreme Court OSHA Decision

Federal employment attorney Stephanie Rapp-Tully joins the show to discuss the future of vaccine rules.

Social Security Workers to Return to Offices Possibly by the End of March

The Social Security Administration reached agreements with all of its unions on reentry that unions hope will lead to a more collaborative relationship moving forward.

Coronavirus Roundup: One Year of the Biden COVID-19 Response

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

Why You Should Ditch Your Cloth Mask for a Better One

With the CDC changing guidance on masks to protect against COVID-19, an expert explains what you need to know. "Taking off masks prolongs the epidemic."

Language Matters in Building Trust in COVID Vaccines

A new study finds that the same information about COVID-19 vaccines, presented in a different language, can boost confidence.

GovExec Daily: Biden's Year of COVID-19 Policy

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the pandemic nearly a year after the new administration's inauguration.

The COVID-Risk Social Contract Is Under Negotiation

Is it okay to walk into a bar if you might sicken someone who might need hospital care?

How the Recent Supreme Court Ruling Is Already Impacting Feds' Challenges to Biden's Vaccine Mandate

Groups say their cause tracks the case against the OSHA rule that the top court recently struck down, but that precedent may have greater influence on the contractor mandate.

They Promised Quick and Easy PPP Loans. Often, They Only Delivered Hassle and Heartache.

More than a million government-approved loans ended up being canceled, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told.

What Patients Can Learn With Confidence From One Negative Rapid Test (Hint: Very Little)

Although at-home antigen testing remains a useful tool, experts warn it is often used inappropriately and can provide false confidence for people concerned about safety.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Inspired New Health Habits for These 4 Scholars – Here’s What They Put into Practice and Why

The new year is a perfect time to adopt new health habits and routines. These four scholars reflect on the ways that they overcame the pandemic blues to get fit.