Fred Mogul

Healthcare and Medicine Reporter, WNYC News

Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002. 

His beat has him talking to patients, healthcare providers, researchers and officials in hospitals, clinics, health agencies and labs across the region. Through a fellowship with NPR and Kaiser Health News, his stories frequently run nation-wide. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer and many other outlets. 

His first work in radio was at WFCR in western Massachusetts during college, and he then worked as a staff reporter and free-lance writer for newspapers, magazines, and wire services. He also produced historical, public affairs and health documentaries and shows for public and cable television, before circling back to public radio at WHYY and WRTI in Philadelphia. Raised in Westchester County, he has also lived in Israel, Hong Kong, Washington, D.C., Kansas and Nebraska. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, son and dog.

Read Fred's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Fred Mogul appears in the following:

Battle-Weary Nurses Wonder If New York Hospitals Can Handle Another Coronavirus Surge

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Compared to last spring, there's more clinical knowledge about how to treat COVID-19, and bigger stockpiles of protective equipment. But nurses worry about staffing shortages as patient numbers grow.

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New York Health Care Workers Are Worried Amid Another COVID-19 Spike

Saturday, November 28, 2020

New York City hospitals say they're better prepared for the growing number of COVID-19 cases than they were earlier this year, but some health care workers are worried.

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NYC Public Hospitals Start To Transfer ICU Patients As COVID Returns

Friday, November 20, 2020

COVID-related hospital admissions have tripled since September, and seasonal flu cases are also on the rise.  

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With Coronavirus Cases, Increasing, Contact Tracers Workload Climbing Fast

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Until recently, the city's contact tracers could complete their call assignments each day—or at least try. But that was when there were hundreds of people to call, not thousands.

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Tango Dancers Twisting, Turning—And Splitting—Over Pandemic

Monday, November 16, 2020

Conflicts over mask wearing and social distancing reach into many corners of the cultural scene—including the metro area's lively tango scene.

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New York City Has Passed Two COVID-19 Thresholds. So Why Hasn't It Been Shut Down?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mayor de Blasio said he'd reconsider how open city should remain, if it passed 550 cases a day. We're now around 1,000—but hospitalizations are surprisingly low.

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COVID-19 Cases In New York Are Up, But Relatively Few People Are Getting Hospitalized

Friday, October 30, 2020

Epidemiologists have a few theories for the relatively modest increase in hospitalizations. 

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Fewer COVID-19 Cases Ending Up In Hospitals, Data Shows

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in New York has been steadily climbing over the past months, but so far relatively few people have been ill enough to be hospitalized.

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Trump and Biden Both Promise To End the Pandemic. Most Public Health Experts Believe One More Than The Other.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Voters rank controlling the pandemic toward the top of their priority list. 

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COVID Hospitalizations Slowly Climbing In NYC

Friday, October 09, 2020

The number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased slightly in New York City—but at some hospitals the numbers are climbing more quickly.

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Cuomo To Create "Joint Task Force" To Crack Down On Large Religious Gatherings In Hotspots

Monday, October 05, 2020

Governor Cuomo says the NYPD hasn't done enough to break up large "super-spreader" gatherings in hot spot areas—so he's putting city police under state authority.

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City And State Investigate Reports of Gaming COVID-19 Data To Make Rates Look Lower Than They Are

Thursday, October 01, 2020

City and state officials are investigating reports that healthcare providers in some COVID-19 hot spots aren't sharing test results with public health authorities.

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New Coronavirus Clusters Appear In New York City

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New York City was hit hard in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and it appears it might be on the rise again — particularly in Orthodox Jewish communities.

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Black New Yorkers Waited To Seek Care for COVID. It Cost Some Their Lives.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Heavier exposures and higher rates of chronic illness are considered the main reasons people of color got more sick and died of COVID more often. Delaying care might also be a factor.

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As Second Wave Looms Over NYC, So Does The Prospect Of A Return To More Restrictions

Friday, September 25, 2020

An increase in coronavirus cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens could lead to new limits in gathering size, fines for not wearing masks, and closures of non-essential businesses.

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NYC Hires School Nurses To Fill Vacancies, But COVID Chaos Persists

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New York City has hired 250 out of 400 new school nurses the mayor pledged to hire before next Monday. But the new "contract nurses" differ significantly from traditional school nurses.

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Vigilance Has Kept NY COVID-19 Rates Low, But There Could Be Clouds On The Horizon

Friday, September 04, 2020

At the start of the summer, about 800 people a day tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City. Now that number is 135. How did the number get so low? Can it continue?

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Is New York's Covid Infection Rate Artificially Low?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

New York is one of the most aggressive states in the country at encouraging people without symptoms of the virus to get tested. Is that what's making the percentage of positives so low? 

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Turnaround Time On COVID-19 Tests Improve, But Interest In Getting Tested Stalls

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

People who get tested for COVID-19 in New York City are getting results more quickly — but health officials says the number of people seeking tests has leveled off.

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Getting Tested For COVID And Want Results Fast? It’s Still A Crapshoot

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The city and state both offer online directories of testing sites, but neither tells you how quickly results are available.

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