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World is ‘moving further away’ from end of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO official

A top scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the world is shifting further away from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, owing to factors like viral variants, social mixing, the flouting of public health measures and vaccine inequities. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, epidemiologist and WHO COVID-19 technical lead, noted an… Read More »

Crowded parties and coronavirus concerns keep high schoolers from returning to the classroom

Their study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant increase in clinic and hospital visits by patients who reported respiratory illnesses as early as the week of December 22. The first known case of Covid-19 in the US was thought to be a patient in Washington who had… Read More »

DC convenience store owners brace for hit from ban on menthols

Convenience store owners in Washington, D.C., are speaking out against the city council’s proposed ban on flavored tobacco products, arguing it will further hurt their business while doing little to drive down tobacco use. On Wednesday, the council voted 8-5 to approve a bill that bans flavored tobacco products, including those containing menthol. Mayor Muriel… Read More »