Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

5 Ways To Stop Summer Colds From Making The Rounds In Your Family

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Run-of-the-mill runny noses and coughs are back, after a break during the pandemic's height, when so many of us were circulating less and wearing masks. Here's how to keep household viruses at bay.


COVID Precautions Can Help Kids During Cold Season

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Many tools and strategies learned in the fight against COVID-19 can also work to stop the spread of routine respiratory viruses kids routinely pick up and pass around.


Why Contact Tracing Couldn't Keep Up With The U.S. COVID Outbreak

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Despite a massive hiring push last year, health agencies around the U.S. failed to contain the pandemic through contact tracing. Health leaders reflect on lessons learned and what's next.


How Contact Tracing Has Changed Since COVID-19

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Contact tracing transformed in 2020 from a routine part of public health work to a massive effort to contain COVID-19. Experts from the CDC and public health departments reflect on lessons learned.


Confused By CDC's Latest Mask Guidance? Here's What We've Learned

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shifted its stance this week on the need to wear masks if you're vaccinated. What's that mean for kids? For travel? For work? Experts weigh in.


Poll Finds Public Health Has A Trust Problem

Thursday, May 13, 2021

A new Harvard poll shows that only half of Americans trust the CDC — other health agencies were rated even lower. During a pandemic, trust is critical to the success of a public health response.


U.S. Will Protect Gay And Transgender People Against Discrimination In Health Care

Monday, May 10, 2021

The announcement, which effectively reverses a Trump-era rule, springs from last summer's landmark Supreme Court decision banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ people.


Need A COVID-19 Vaccine? Biden Admin Launches GETVAX Textline And Other Search Tools

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Biden administration announced a website and text line to help people find COVID-19 vaccines near where they live. It's a new and improved version of VaccineFinder, which launched in February.


Biden Administration Is Making Health Insurance Cheaper, Easier To Entice Enrollees

Friday, April 23, 2021

During a special pandemic enrollment period, the Biden administration is trying to make getting health insurance irresistible by making it easier to sign up and making plans more affordable.


Health Panel's Emergency Meeting Considers Status Of J&J Vaccine

Friday, April 23, 2021

An advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meets Friday to weigh lifting the pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.


Health Insurance For $10 Or Less A Month? You May Qualify For New Discounts

Thursday, April 22, 2021

From now until August, you can sign up for or change coverage through the federal and state health insurance marketplaces. Many people are eligible for better or less expensive plans — or both.


FDA Authorizes 2 Rapid, At-Home Coronavirus Tests

Thursday, April 01, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration says Abbott's BinaxNOW test and Quidel's QuickVue can be sold without a prescription.


Biden Defends His Response To Migrants At The Border And COVID-19 In Press Conference

Thursday, March 25, 2021

President Biden gave his first formal press conference, defending his response to the influx of migrants at the border and COVID-19 among a range of other pressing issues.


Groceries And Rent Money: Why Support For COVID Isolation Is More Important Than Ever

Friday, March 19, 2021

If we want life to get back to normal in the U.S., public health experts say we can't just rely on COVID-19 vaccines. Other tools like contact tracing and care coordination are crucial too.


Lawsuit Argues 'Ticking Time Bomb' Could Invalidate Thousands Of Health Rules

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

In its final days, the Trump administration created a rule that could eliminate thousands of regulations created by the Department of Health and Human Services. A lawsuit is challenging the rule.


With 3 COVID-19 Vaccines Available, Is 1 Better Than The Other?

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

With a third COVID-19 vaccine authorized, some worry that there will be a two-tier vaccine rollout — with the apparently most effective going to the powerful, rich and well-connected.


CDC Launches Web Tool To Help Americans Find COVID-19 Vaccines

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The process of trying to get vaccinated can be confusing. A new platform from the federal government and private sector partners makes it easier to find a provider where you live.


Senate Questions Health Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Xavier Becerra, President Biden's nominee for health secretary, faced two hours of questions before a Senate committee on Tuesday.


How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Your State

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Use NPR's tool to find out where to start when it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, helpful advice about how to navigate the system.


Why Is It So Hard To Figure Out Where To Get Vaccinated For COVID-19?

Monday, February 08, 2021

NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin offers a few tips for navigating the messy, confusing and difficult patchwork system to get a COVID-19 vaccine.