Nsikan Akpan

Nsikan Akpan appears in the following:

Science News Roundup: The Merck Pill, Vaccine Cross-Boosters and... William Shatner?

Thursday, October 14, 2021

WNYC's health & science editor Nsikan Akpan rounds up the latest science news about COVID vaccines and treatments -- and William Shatner's trip to space.

How Scientists Are Tracking Down The Hottest Parts Of New York City

Monday, October 11, 2021

Climate change is worsening extreme heat in New York City, but not everyone feels it equally. 


Head Of NYC Test And Trace Discusses 1 Million Close Contacts, COVID In Schools

Friday, October 08, 2021

 The reopening of businesses and schools means several more sources of infections to track, and the delta variant continues to linger stubbornly over the city. 


How This Hudson Valley Town Turned A Defunct Prison Into A Thriving Cannabis Hub

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, which once counted people locked up on drug offenses among its inmates, is now populated by cannabis companies promising to vitalize the area's economy.


The First American To Get An Authorized COVID-19 Vaccine Just Got A Booster Shot

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Sandra Lindsay also says she wants more New Yorkers to get vaccinated. 


A Brooklyn School Quarantined A Third Of Its Staff, But Parents Weren't Told

Friday, September 24, 2021

The episode happened at the Spring Creek school building in East New York, which houses staff and students for three separate schools.


These New Yorkers Are Willing To Risk Their Jobs Over COVID-19 Vaccines

Thursday, September 16, 2021

 A steadfast contingent is resisting New York's COVID-19 vaccine mandates.


Temporary Restraining Orders Issued Against NY Vaccine Requirements

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Vaccine mandates in New York are facing challenges in court. 


NY Releases Data On COVID Breakthrough Infections, Unvaccinated Make Up 21 Times More Hospitalizations

Friday, September 10, 2021

Vaccinated New Yorkers make up just 4% of COVID-19 infections so far this year, according to data provided by the New York State Department of Health.


9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART SEVEN: Unity

Friday, September 10, 2021

 Our sense of shared identities has evolved dramatically over the last 20 years.


9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART SIX: The Sacrifice

Friday, September 10, 2021

First responders who worked at Ground Zero frequently run into red tape as they develop health conditions such as cancer. 


As Kids Head Back To School, They’re Facing Allergies And A Double Surge Of Viruses

Thursday, September 09, 2021

The back-to-school season typically coincides with the annual resurgence of colds and allergies. But this year, there’s a COVID pandemic layered on top.


Why NYC Is Still So Unprepared For Flash Floods

Thursday, September 02, 2021

As Hurricane Ida proved, the region still isn’t coping well with climate change, the wrath of severe storms and the perpetual threats posed by flash floods. 


NYC Approves 4,000 Classrooms With Unreliable Ventilation For In-Person Learning

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Thousands of New York City classrooms have been cleared as having adequate ventilation for safe, in-person instruction even though they do not meet the COVID-19 standards.


Map: Ventilation In More Than 1,500 NYC Classrooms Under Repair Heading Into School Year

Monday, August 30, 2021

The size of the task is daunting, as 1 million students prepare to return to the nation’s largest public school system.


What Germ Spillovers In New York Can Tell Us About The Hunt For COVID's Origins

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

New York has long-standing issues with zoonotic spillover events.


What The Hudson Valley Could Gain From Limits On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water

Thursday, August 19, 2021

PFAS chemicals can take years to leave the human body. They’re so widespread that most Americans have some level of PFAS in their blood.

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Many NYC Municipal Employees Still Unvaccinated Despite 'Vax-Or-Test' COVID Order

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

As of Monday, 58% of city workers—or 211,115 people—have received at least one dose of the vaccines, according to data provided by the mayor’s office.

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NYC Launches COVID Vaccine Mandate—A Guide To How It Works

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The mayor has now expanded the policy to nightclubs, pools, all city museums and other cultural institutions.


Immunocompromised New Yorkers Now Eligible For Third COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

Monday, August 16, 2021

New Jersey and Connecticut adopted the new recommendation from federal regulators over the weekend, while New York followed suit Monday morning.