Selena Simmons-Duffin

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New federal funds spur expansion of home care services for the elderly and disabled

Thursday, October 21, 2021

These services can make the difference between being able to live at home with family or landing in a nursing facility. But state Medicaid programs don't always pay for them.


Why helping people pay rent can fight the pandemic

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A family in Houston and a plumber in Maryland couldn't afford rent, which pushed them into crowded living quarters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that common predicament has increased viral spread.


How the housing crisis collides with public health

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Did the eviction moratorium work to slow COVID? When people can't afford rent, they often end up in closer quarters. During a pandemic, that increases the risk of viral transmission.


NPR poll: The delta surge pushed Americans further behind in all walks of life

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Many families are under financial stress, parents see kids seriously behind in school, huge rent bills and looming evictions and delayed medical care has negative consequences, to name a few.


Eligible Americans Can Now Get COVID-19 Booster Shots

Saturday, September 25, 2021

After promising booster shots to all recipients of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, then only some, 20 million Americans are now officially eligible to receive them.


Babies, The Delta Variant And COVID: What Parents Need To Know

Thursday, September 09, 2021

The rate of new cases of COVID-19 among babies and children under 4 years old in the U.S. recently surpassed the rate of new cases among adults older than 65. Here's how to protect newborns.


The Texas Abortion Ban Hinges On 'Fetal Heartbeat.' Doctors Call That Misleading

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The new Texas law bans abortions after a "fetal heartbeat" is detected, usually about six weeks into pregnancy. But doctors say that's not an actual medical term and it's being used inaccurately.


Children's Mental Health Gets Millions In Funding From The Biden Administration

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Biden administration has announced nearly $85 million in funding for youth mental health awareness, training, and treatment.


Even Moderate COVID Restrictions Can Slow The Spread Of The Virus — If They're Timely

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Mask mandates and other interventions can help stop a surge, even where vaccination rates are low, say scientists who've reviewed states' data. When the measures start and how long they last matters.


How A Gay Community Helped The CDC Spot A COVID Outbreak — And Learn More About Delta

Friday, August 06, 2021

When his friends started to get sick after a week of parties, Michael Donnelly started keeping track. His work — and his community's willingness to help — led the CDC to a major pandemic discovery.


A Citizen Scientist Gave The CDC A Head Start In A COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation

Thursday, August 05, 2021

A statistician compiled data to share with the CDC after friends kept testing positive after a week in Provincetown, Mass. It spurred an investigation that changed how officials saw the delta variant.


Uninsured Or Unemployed? You Might Be Missing Out On Free Health Insurance

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Millions of people who need insurance are eligible for free health care plans. A special enrollment period is ending on Aug. 15. Here's how to sign up in time.


Thirteen Million People In The U.S. Have Two Weeks To Apply For Free Health Insurance

Sunday, August 01, 2021

About 13 million uninsured people in the U.S. are eligible for free health insurance plans. They have two weeks left to apply.


Do You Need To Wear A Mask Indoors Where You Live? Check This Map

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The CDC wants vaccinated people to wear masks indoors if the coronavirus is spreading widely where they live. Find out the level of virus transmission in your county.


The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows

Thursday, July 22, 2021

New estimates show the U.S. is on track to see a big rise in cases and more than triple the number of deaths by October.


Worried About Breakthrough COVID Cases? Here's What To Know

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Fully vaccinated Olympic athletes and members of Congress have tested positive for the virus. Should you be worried? How common are breakthrough infections, and are they rising?


New COVID-19 Cases Up 70%, Fueled By Delta Variant

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The CDC warns new COVID-19 cases are on a sharp rise, up 70%, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant. Officials expect more spread in the nation's unvaccinated population.


With The Delta Variant Spreading Fast, Is It Time To Mask Up Again?

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The highly contagious delta variant is causing a surge in new cases. Here's what you need to know about how to keep yourself and your family safe.


12 Holdout States Haven't Expanded Medicaid, Leaving 2 Million People In Limbo

Thursday, July 01, 2021

They don't qualify for Medicaid in their states, but earn too little to be eligible for subsidized ACA health plans. It's a gap in health care coverage, and some politicians are trying to fix it.


Summer Colds Are Back — Here's How To Keep From Getting Sick

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bad news for parents of young kids: summer colds are back. Things like strategic mask wearing during story time or homework with a sick child can help prevent you from catching and spreading the cold.