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It doesn’t mean you’re safe: Arizona doctor shares caution around COVID-19 guideline revisions
Dr. Frank LoVecchio, an emergency medicine physician with Valleywise Health, says there could be drawbacks from some people to proposed revisions in the COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC.
How COVID-19 has impacted storytelling forever
The Show speaks with a professor on how the pandemic has affected storytelling and what stories are still important to tell.
May 9, 2023
Vaccines still important even as COVID-19 emergency ends, expert says
As many states have seriously ramped down their reporting of coronavirus cases, the World Health Organization says COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency. Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, said that doesn’t mean vaccines to combat the disease are on the way out, though.
May 8, 2023
Mexico says its COVID-19 vaccine is finally ready
After more than two years of testing, Mexico is rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine. María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, head of Mexico’s science and technology council, announced this week that the vaccine, known as Patria, is ready for use.
May 5, 2023
Ducey broke no laws ending COVID unemployment funds early, court says
The governor ended extra weekly federal unemployment dollars 8 weeks before the federal government did in 2021.
May 4, 2023
Shutting down COVID testing, selling off equipment has been extremely hard for Embry Health
With the ending of the COVID-19 public health emergency later in May, brick-and-mortar and mobile COVID-19 testing sites run by Embry Health are facing a new future.
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May 2, 2023
New Arcturus variant of coronavirus linked to uptick in pink eye symptoms
Public health officials in the state say a new strain of coronavirus known as XBB.1.16 may be linked to an uptick in pink eye cases.
April 30, 2023
Wastewater monitoring is a game-changer for epidemiology
The University of Arizona’s Yuma Center for Excellence for Desert Agriculture led the nation in using wastewater to monitor community COVID-19 transmission at the height of the pandemic. But the technology didn’t end there.
April 27, 2023
Yuma Regional Medical Center plans COVID-19 memorial
Yuma Regional Medical Center has announced plans to build a permanent memorial, honoring residents who died from COVID-19.
April 25, 2023
9th Circuit rules Biden had power to mandate COVID-19 vaccines
A federal court of appeals has ruled the Biden administration has the power to require the state or any Arizona company with a federal contract to vaccinate all of its workers against COVID-19.
April 21, 2023
What end of emergency declaration means for Marked By COVID co-founder
Kristin Urquiza’s father died from the coronavirus, and she later co-founded the nonprofit group Marked By COVID. Urquiza joined The Show to talk about the ending of this national emergency and what it might mean going forward.
April 12, 2023
Long COVID is already having a massive impact on the health care system
Whether or not the federal emergency has ended in Washington, D.C., for those who are suffering from long COVID-19, the pandemic is far from over.
April 12, 2023
Bats in human-disturbed ecosystems more likely to carry coronaviruses
Some types of bats are key hosts for certain spillover diseases that can spread to humans, often through an intermediary species like civet cats or camels. A new paper suggests bats in disturbed ecosystems are more likely to be infected with coronaviruses.
April 7, 2023
A new COVID-19 booster is coming
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a new COVID-19 vaccine within the next few weeks. The booster shot would target the omicron variant specifically and would be available for people 65 years and older or those with weakened immune systems.
April 4, 2023
Liz Lerman on pandemic: Our imaginations come to us at times of stress and need
Liz Lerman, a choreographer and Arizona State University professor, has been thinking about the pandemic in terms of creativity. The Show caught up with her to talk about what kinds of thoughts go through her mind when she thinks about the last three years.
March 23, 2023
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