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CDC relaxes some of its COVID-19 safety protocols
On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people with no symptoms, but who test positive, do not need to quarantine.
Pandemic led to health delays, but waiting rooms are getting busy again
During the pandemic, many people stopped going to the doctor. While some took advantage of telemedicine, there are certain exams that have to be done in person. But waiting rooms are once again busy.
Oct. 3, 2022
As treatment improves, long COVID answers remain elusive
Two-and-a-half years after long COVID-19 sufferers coined the term, experts are still trying to wrap their brains around this variable and complex syndrome. What needs to be done to move the needle?
Sept. 28, 2022
For health care worker exhaustion, prognosis still grim
In May, KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk described the emotional distress wearing down health care workers and hindering efforts to bounce back after COVID-19. New research gives a glimpse of how those workers are faring.
Sept. 22, 2022
AZ COVID numbers improving, but pandemic isnt over yet
Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers continue to show signs of improvement, but public health experts say the virus still poses a threat.
Sept. 21, 2022
Are enough Arizonans getting latest COVID-19 booster?
A new COVID-19 booster is available. At the same time, flu season is approaching. To learn about both vaccines and best practices, The Show spoke with Dr. Nick Staab.
Sept. 21, 2022
Lots of people have stopped masking. How the issue has evolved
Over the last couple of years, masks have been political symbols, but also social ones. To learn about that aspect of masking, The Show spoke with Markus Kemmelmeier, a professor of social psychology and sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Sept. 21, 2022
AZ COVID vaccination rates are too low to eliminate threat
While the state's COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of receding, some experts say Arizona’s vaccination rates are still too low.
Sept. 14, 2022
Phoenix hires city’s first public health adviser
Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton has announced the city’s first public health adviser. Nicole Dupuis-Witt will address public health priorities and needs across the city.
Sept. 13, 2022
More kids in Navajo Nation are vaccinated against COVID than elsewhere in country
COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation hard. Now, the tribe has vaccinated more than half of children ages 5 to 11; that’s compared to about a third nationwide.
Sept. 13, 2022
How to find locations administering the COVID vaccine to kids
When the COVID-19 vaccine was first rolled out for adults, it seemed like you could get it everywhere. But by the time the vaccine was available to kids, that rollout looked very different.
Sept. 13, 2022
Pre-COVID-19 psychological distress can increase long COVID-19 risks
Long COVID-19 can upend people’s lives for months or years, but experts have yet to pin down which traits are linked to developing the condition. New research suggests psychological distress might play a significant role.
Sept. 12, 2022
Experts call for scaling up wastewater monitoring for disease detection
Wastewater monitoring rose to prominence during the pandemic, when states like Arizona used it to detect the emergence of the omicron variant. Now, concerns over polio and monkeypox have inspired 18 scientists to call for scaling up the surveillance.
Sept. 9, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 cases drop to 4-month low
COVID-19 cases in Arizona this week dropped to the lowest level the state has seen since late April.
Sept. 7, 2022
Arizona providers begin distributing omicron boosters
Updated booster vaccines that target the omicron strain of COVID-19 started going into arms in Arizona over Labor Day weekend. They're available to Arizonans 12 and older.
Sept. 6, 2022
Pima County will distribute free COVID-19 tests
At-home COVID-19 tests have been a critical public health tool throughout the pandemic, but on Friday the federal government stopped mailing out the free kits. Local governments are seeking to fill the gap in providing this critical public health tool.
Sept. 5, 2022
Health officials encourage Arizonans 65+ to get 2022 flu shots
As new variants of COVID-19 become more dominant and flu season approaches, health officials are encouraging Arizonans 65 and up to roll up their sleeves.
Sept. 2, 2022
New COVID-19 omicron boosters could arrive in AZ soon
Arizona’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to show signs of improvement, according to the latest update from the state health department. And the state could soon begin offering updated booster vaccines to protect against a potential winter surge.
Aug. 31, 2022
AG files civil right lawsuit against Tucson over COVID-19 mandate
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that it has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Tucson over its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements and related conduct.
Aug. 31, 2022
Free program for home COVID-19 tests ends Friday
If you want to order free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government, you have just a few days left to get your request in.
Aug. 30, 2022
Arizona life expectancy drops below national average
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Arizona’s life expectancy decreased between 2019 and 2020, dipping below the national average.
Aug. 27, 2022