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In this March 26, 2021, file photo, a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at a vaccination site setup at a Salvation Army location in Philadelphia.

Nearly Half of New U.S. Virus Infections Are in Just Five States

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation's new COVID-19 infections.
In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 file photo, some of the nearly 900 large poster-sized photos of Detroit victims of COVID-19 are displayed on Belle Isle in Detroit.

COVID-19 Pushed Total U.S. Deaths Beyond 3.3 Million in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed total U.S. deaths last year beyond 3.3 million, the nation’s highest annual death toll, the government reported.
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Former Presidents, First Ladies Urge Americans to Get Shots

Four former presidents are urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as COVID-19 doses are available to them.
COVID-19 vaccines are prepared for administration at the Delta Flight Museum mass vaccination site.

The Ethics of Perspective: COVID-19 and Community Risk Assessments

The ethics accompanying a vaccine can be stark — and uncomfortable. Is the goal to “get my life back” or to “keep you safe?"
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, a person receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Mecca, Calif. Scientists say it's still too early to predict the future of the coronavirus, but many doubt it will ever go away entirely.

COVID-19 May Never Go Away, Could Change into Mild Annoyance

Experts say it's likely that some version of the disease will linger for years. But what it will look like in the future is less clear.
In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, Dr. Edward Simmer answers questions from the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs committee in Columbia, S.C. Simmer was confirmed director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in February and has asked lawmakers for time to figure out department reforms before the legislature tries to break apart the agency.

SC Considers Breaking Up Public Health Agency

South Carolina's public health workers have been tasked with keeping the state safe for 143 years
A woman receives a coronavirus vaccine from medical staff at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Ramat Gan, Israel,

Fauci: Vaccinations are Increasing in a ‘Glimmer of Hope’

The U.S. ramped up COVID-19 vaccinations in the past few days after a slower-than-expected start, bringing the number of shots dispensed to about 4 million, government health officials said Sunday.

Can the Coronavirus Spread Through the Air?

The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

Bracing for Bug-borne Illnesses

Public health officials are warning about another potentially bad summer for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and other insect-borne illnesses.

Unsettled Science: Statistics and Government Decision-making in the Era of COVID-19

Author ML Marietta writes the EMS community needs to be the guide to local governments and state policy makers through the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic.