Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

Can Tracing Trump's Contacts Prevent Spread Of Virus?

Friday, October 02, 2020

At political events held by the Trump campaign this week, people may have come into contact with the coronavirus. NPR discusses whether contact tracing could possibly be done.

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Trust In CDC And FDA Is At A Low

Friday, September 25, 2020

Trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration is at a nadir at a moment when the agencies are working to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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Trump Administration Plans Crackdown On Hospitals Failing To Report COVID-19 Data

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Draft documents obtained by NPR show that the federal government is preparing to enforce new data reporting requirements, threatening to withhold vital Medicare funding from noncompliant hospitals.

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HHS Official Under Fire For Comments About Scientists And Conspiracies

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Michael Caputo, one of the top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, has come under fire for controversial remarks he made during a Facebook Live appearance on Sunday.

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States Prepare For Potential Fall Vaccine Distribution Under Pressure From CDC

Friday, September 04, 2020

"We've got to take a deep breath," says one health official about the rapid timeline pushed by the CDC. "It is very clear that we need to lean forward to prepare to deliver the vaccine."

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CDC Wants States To Plan For COVID-19 Distribution By October

Friday, September 04, 2020

The CDC wants states to come up with plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine by October. It's a tight deadline, especially as plans for testing and contact tracing have been slow to come to fruition.

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Legal Challenges Are Likely After CDC Bans Some Evictions Amid Pandmic

Thursday, September 03, 2020

The Trump administration is trying to halt residential evictions through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but legal scholars are unsure it will stand up in court.

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14 States Make Contact Tracing Data Public. Here's What They're Learning

Friday, August 14, 2020

The information includes details on where transmission is happening most. If more states shared this widely, it could shape policy and save lives, health researchers say.

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Coronavirus Cases Are Surging. The Contact Tracing Workforce Is Not

Friday, August 07, 2020

NPR surveyed all 50 states about their contact tracing work. The workforce has barely grown since mid-June, while cases have skyrocketed.

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Health Officials Testify Before Congress On Pandemic Response

Friday, July 31, 2020

Leaders of the White House Coronavirus Task Force testified Friday on Capitol Hill. They faced questions on their response to the pandemic and on a switch between COVID-19 patients databases.

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COVID-19 Hospital Data System That Bypasses CDC Plagued By Delays, Inaccuracies

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Trump administration had promised complete, transparent information on the coronavirus and hospital capacity. Instead, the new system has produced erratic updates and confusing numbers.

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Olivia De Havilland, One Of Hollywood's Longest Living Legends, Dies At 104

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The actress is best remembered for her role in Gone With the Wind, but the two-time Oscar winner also won a landmark decision that gave artists creative independence from studios.

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Coronavirus Updates: President Trump Resumes Coronavirus Task Force Briefings

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

NPR's White House and health correspondents discuss the reappearance of daily coronavirus task force briefings after a long hiatus.

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White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Trump administration is directing hospitals to use a new platform to report COVID-19 data instead of an existing system at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Employees Send A Letter To CDC Director About Racism At The Workplace

Monday, July 13, 2020

More than 1,000 employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed a letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield about a culture of racism at the agency.

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CDC Employees Call Out Agency's 'Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions'

Monday, July 13, 2020

Pointing to the coronavirus's disproportionate impact on people of color, 1,007 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call on the agency to declare racism a public health crisis.

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LGBTQ Clinics Sue Trump Administration Over Discrimination In Trans Health Care

Monday, June 22, 2020

A lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's rule affecting LGBTQ discrimination in health care is filed Monday. Plaintiffs say last week's Supreme Court decision has put "wind in our sails."

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Public Health Experts Warn The U.S. Lacks Resources To Contain The Coronavirus

Thursday, June 18, 2020

New coronavirus hot spots are emerging around the country, and many public health experts say the U.S, is still falling short on having enough testing and contract tracing to contain the virus.

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As States Reopen, Do They Have The Workforce They Need To Stop Coronavirus Outbreaks?

Thursday, June 18, 2020

NPR surveyed all 50 states to find out how many people they have doing contact tracing — one of the essential tools for keeping outbreaks from flaring up. Look up your state to see how it's doing.

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How The Supreme Court's Ruling May Affect The Trump Administration's Actions

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Supreme Court's Monday ruling may have an immediate effect on actions taken by the Trump administration, including a rule change that removed discrimination protections for LGBTQ in health care.

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