"People need to be informed, but not afraid"

Anand Naidoo and Georges Benjamin

To help counteract the "infodemic" of misinformation and rumors, APHA has been giving expert commentary and background during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few highlights: 

Two years after declaring a pandemic, the WHO's watchword is still caution (New York Times, March 10)
“My first comment that day was, it was about time,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, recalled in an interview this week. “We had been in a pandemic for a while, and not necessarily behaving that way. We needed that message to jump-start it, from a global perspective.”

The CDC's New Guidelines on COVI Risk and Masking Send Mixed Signals (WebMD, March 9)

Life expectancy fell a 'shocking' 1.8 years in 2020; COVID not the sole culprit (Cronkite News, March 8)
“It is no question that … at least for the last four years, opioids, obesity, and then getting hit with COVID has really just resulted in more people dying much sooner than they should have,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

These US counties still have 'high' COVID-19 levels as their states lift mask mandates, CNN analysis shows (CNN, March 4)
DeSantis called the students' mask-wearing "ridiculous," but they were following CDC recommendations. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said DeSantis was "bullying" the students for wearing masks.

"Gov. DeSantis has proven himself to be someone who does not follow good science advice, obviously for political reasons," Benjamin told CNN on Thursday. "I was horrified at what he did."

White House transparency disputes imperil funds to by COVID therapeutics (STAT News, March 4)
But American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin said more transparency could also help advocates who want to push for more public health funding but haven’t been privy to the documentation provided privately to Congress.

“The more clarity we get on what is needed and what it’s for, the more I can make the value argument,” Benjamin said.

Health agencies have lost public trust: Can that be fixed? (Christian Science Monitor, March 2)
“In an age in which everybody has a cellphone ... the public health system is still using fax machines, still filling out papers with pen and ink, and struggling to send information across the street,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. 

CDC says Americans can now go unmasked in many parts of the country (NPR, Feb. 25)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says the new risk levels give people a way to think about the pandemic as we go forward. "I think it's a good road map," he says. "It gives us a way of moving up or down the spectrum based on what could change in the future, and most of us do think that we're still going to have recurring outbreaks of this disease in the community."

Masking battles show how issue that buoyed Biden in 2020 won't help party in midterms (Roll Call, Feb. 16)
Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, acknowledged that most people are tired of masking and that wearing masks at this point in the pandemic is a tool to further reduce risk, but he said vaccinations are now the primary way of reducing risk.

Biden says dropping mask mandates is 'probably premature' (The Independent, Feb. 12)
Speaking at a recent roundtable of public health experts, Dr Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the Biden administration had “started off really well” battling the pandemic, but, "the challenge is that this virus continues to throw us curves,” he told NPR.

White House officials mull over life after the pandemic, but there's still no clear plan (CNN, Feb. 7)
[APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin concurs: "I think the governors are right to begin asking the question: What's the endgame? And I'm glad to see that that's being asked, and I'm glad to see that's being asked in a bipartisan manner.

Is COVID Still a 'National Emergency'? Biden Must Soon Decide (RealClear Politics, Feb. 1)
“They frankly focused on the vaccine – the vaccine did not end up being as extinguishing as we had hoped … and so they went ahead and added the booster,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told RealClearPolitics. “In emergencies, the issue isn’t whether you made a decision that turns out not to be the ideal one; the issue is how you recover – and this administration has recovered well.”

California bill would allow kids 12 and up to get vaccines without parents (ABC News, Jan. 27)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said most kids of that age are mature enough to understand medical information that is given to them.

"When you're dealing with kids and medical care, you want to be able to give them with some graduated autonomy about their health," he told ABC News.

Biden Administration Rapid-Test Rollout Doesn't Easily Reach Those Who Need It Most (Kaiser Health News, Jan. 20)
“There are challenges that they have to work on for sure,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

A year in, experts discuss Biden's hits and misses on handling the pandemic (NPR, Jan. 18)
The effort "started off really well," says Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, "The challenge is that this virus continues to throw us curves."

Biden administration's rapid testing website hits speed bump for some apartment residents (Politico, Jan. 18)
“The issue is if you're lower income, and you have more than one family in the same household at that same address,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

COVID fatigue: Are you among the 'vaxxed and done'? (Medical XPress, Jan. 17)
"As a society, we now need to figure out how we live with this post-Omicron," [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said. "We still need to deal with this. It's still bad. It's still clogging up our hospitals. But we need to figure out where we go from this, when this thing nadirs."

Supreme Court decision on vaccine, testing requirements leaves next steps "in businesses' hands" (CNN, Jan. 15)
The Supreme Court blocked only the federal government requiring vaccine and testing mandates within large workplaces, so there is nothing that prohibits businesses from developing such mandates on their own, Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told CNN on Friday.

Scores of doctors and scientists sign a statement condemning personal attacks against Fauci. (New York Times, Jan. 13)
“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic,” the doctors’ and scientists’ statement said, “Dr. Fauci has provided the American political leadership and the public with sagacious counsel in these most difficult of times. His advice has been as well-informed as data and the rapidly evolving circumstances allowed.”

A 'dagger in the heart' of Biden's COVID-19 vaccination campaign? Biden has options after Supreme Court Ruling (USA Today, Jan. 13)

Is Contact Tracing Obsolete With Rise in At-Home Testing, Omicron Surge? (Newsweek, Jan. 12)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, weighed in on how useful these investments are now amid the Omicron surge and how helpful they may be in the future.

Americans are tuning out as Omicron rages. Experts call for health messaging to adapt (NPR, Jan. 12)
“The challenge we always have with communications, they always say people need to hear things seven times before it really sticks,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Partisan divide on COVID policy widens in state legislatures (Associated Press, Jan. 12)
“We have in effect pulled into two different camps with two different views of reality,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, who described the “intellectual schism” as “very disturbing.”

'Terrible Timing': Health experts decry Knox County's reduction in reporting COVID-19 data (Knoxville News Sentinel, Jan. 11)
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, likened disease reporting to weather forecasts. Both need to be shared with enough regularity and accuracy to help people to make decisions about their lives.

A growing problem in public health is getting people to heed advice (NPR, Jan. 10)
[APHA Executive Director Georges] BENJAMIN: There is a reluctance to give people information because we are afraid of being wrong three months from now. But I do think we have to give people a sense of hope. And we need to tell people what we anticipate going forward and how this ends.

Biden vaccine mandate faces critical Supreme Court test (Good Morning America, Jan. 7)
They also argue that COVID-19 is not unique to the workplace or a "grave danger," despite more than 828,000 deaths attributed to the virus in the U.S.

"Why those are certainly tragic numbers is that a lot of that is preventable," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "They're some of the safest vaccines, and most studied vaccines that we have today, and they're highly effective."

They need to process your COVID tests. Now they're out sick from Omicron (Politico, Jan. 7)
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, argued the U.S. needs to figure out how to best use its testing capacity as Omicron cases overtake more of the country.

“We need to sit down and rationalize how we're using tests and try to figure out how we prioritize them so we have a rational system so that people aren’t doing testing in ways that don’t necessarily help with our productivity and our ability to engage society,” Benjamin said.

Supreme Court Weighs Biden's Workplace Vaccine Requirements (Kaiser Health News, Jan. 7)
The rules are strongly supported by public health organizations and many medical groups. Opponents are “wrong on the science, they’re wrong on the medicine, and they’re wrong on the law,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told reporters in a conference call earlier in the week.

You should report your at-home COVID test results, experts say — here's how (CNBC, Jan. 6)
People should also report any positive at-home test results to their primary physician, says Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Doing so can help them “get personal advice about therapies that may be available and to help with them with their health care,” Benjamin says.

Your rapid test may not detect Omicron. Here's what you need to know (SELF, Jan. 6)
With all the self-testing going on, we really don’t have a good number of the case counts,” Georges Benjamin, M.D., the executive director of the American Public Health Association said in an interview with CNN. “It is clear we’re underreporting [COVID-19 cases].”

U.S. reports more than 1 million cases in a single day (The Heat, Jan. 5)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, "It could still be a very severe outbreak, and you can see the numbers are devastating."

There's one crucial step to your COVID self-test you may be missing, experts say (CNN, Jan. 5)
With the recent steep spike in demand for self-tests and the increasing positivity rate, "it is clear we're underreporting (COVID-19 cases)," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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A raging COVID wave is crashing into Maryland hospitals' emergency departments (Baltimore Sun, Dec. 31)
Above all, the state should be hammering daily the message to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 at emergency rooms until it resonates, [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said.

“They need to discourage that at all costs,” said Benjamin. “Getting a test right now is tough, and the federal government and states have to work harder to make tests more abundant for people.”

COVID-19 on track to be leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021 (Tucson Sentinel, Dec. 31)
“Until we get enough people in our country vaccinated so that we break the cycle of circulation and infection, we’re going to continue to have it,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

CDC changes to quarantine, isolation advice took local officials by surprise (CNN, Dec. 30)
"You explain your decision-making process," [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin told CNN. "So you say, 'we are concerned that people can't get back to work, that we have health care workers sitting around who are not really a big threat to patients,' " Benjamin added.

Omicron puts pinch on Biden vaccine mandate efforts (The Hill, Dec. 30)
"You know, we've done the carrot stuff, and now it's kind of the stick part of it,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “We are still getting better containment of a disease by vaccinating people. Which is why the mandates.”

As Omicron Spreads, Officials Ponder What it Means to Be 'Fully Vaccinated' (New York Times, Dec. 29)
With Omicron’s sharp rise — more than 488,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday alone — some experts think the moment for change has arrived. “I think the time is now,” said Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association. From a medical perspective, he said, receiving that additional booster dose “is really what we should be thinking of as fully vaccinated.”

Anger over mask mandates, other COVID rules, spurs states to curb power of public health officials (The Washington Post, Dec. 25)
Over the decades, critics have sought to persuade lawmakers to soften or remove safety measures, such as tobacco regulations, or requirements to wear seat belts or motorcycle helmets.

“But for them to go after the basis of public health authority is pretty new,” said Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Will this pandemic ever end? Here's what happened with the last ones (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23)
Big picture, “pandemics end because the disease is unable to transmit itself through people or other vectors that allow the transmission of the disease,” [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said.

US hospitals struggle with staffing shortages and Omicron outbreaks (The Guardian, Dec. 23)
“There’s no question” that Omicron outbreaks among healthcare workers are “significantly diminishing the workforce”, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It has profound implications for our ability to not just take care of people with Covid but [also] the other diseases that are out there.”

Now-dominant omicron variant drives surge in COVID cases across U.S. (Reuters, Dec. 20)
"It is a predictor of what the rest of the country will see soon, and the minimum — since NYC is highly vaccinated — of what other parts of the country will experience in under-vaccinated cities and states," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

The Vaccine Rollout Was a Success. But Events Within and Beyond Biden's Control Stymied Progress (Kaiser Health News, Dec. 20)
That push “was extraordinary,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “The Biden administration increased the number of people to get shots, they increased the number of places to get shots, they reduced the number of disparities for those getting shots,” he said.

With Omicron, a Chance for a Public Health Reboot (Governing, Dec. 7)
“The number of people that are really dead set against what we’re doing and proposing is smaller than people think, but have a bigger megaphone and a short, pithy message,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Colleges are Starting to Require COVID-19 Booster Shots (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 6)

Equity lens for COVID-19 shots critical amid holidays and omicron concern, experts say (USA Today, Dec. 3)

Public health v. freedom of choice: How the courts might view state's new COVID laws (The Nashville Ledger, Dec. 3)

GOP sets back Biden vaccine mandate (The Hill, Dec. 2)
"These efforts are both irresponsible and they're serving as a barrier to getting people vaccinated,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Omicron? Many Americans give it a shrug (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 1)
“Really too early to tell what it means,” said Georges Benjamin, [executive director] of the American Public Health Association. “The fact that it has so many mutations is of real concern, but it will depend on how easily it evades the vaccine, if at all.”

Maryland, nation keep watch for omicron, but the message is the same: Get vaccinated and boosted (Baltimore Sun, Nov. 30)
“If the governor and president are calling for vaccinations and boosters now, that’s the right message,” [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said. “Viruses mutate; this is what they do. If we’re serious about stopping it, we have to get everyone vaccinated.”

Medical professionals consider AI to address chronic health conditions in the midst of COVID-19 (Fortune, Nov. 16)
Dr. Benjamin reminded the panel that the pandemic also “wore out the medical community.” This past September alone, 589,000 people left the healthcare profession, in line with the wave of workers quitting their jobs in what’s been coined the ever-growing Great Resignation.

A solution? We already have the technology to combat both burnout and patient anxiety, Dr. Benjamin said. Telemedicine has been around for at least 50 years, and both remote psychiatry and surgery are possible.

Racial disparities in kids' vaccinations are hard to track (Associated Press, Nov. 15)
But federal, state and local systems for tracking public health data are still limited and underfunded, including tracking data for racial disparities in child vaccines, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“We’ve not invested in the data system that we absolutely need to have for public health,” Benjamin said. “That is the fundamental failure of this system.”

Thousands of kids 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maryland in first few days (Baltimore Sun, Nov. 9)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said parents may believe COVID-19 isn’t serious in children, so there is no rush. But he said the disease can be severe, and also new data shows that children can pass the more contagious delta variant of the virus to other family members even if they are fully vaccinated.

Employers may still foot COVID-19 testing bills if mandate stands (Politico, Nov. 9)
“It's going to be a burden on the testing system; we're going to run into test shortages,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It's going to be an administrative burden that will foster more people getting vaccinated just because of the hassle.”

Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate (The Hill, Oct. 26)
But Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the requirement will overall help businesses keep functioning amid any local outbreaks in the upcoming months.

“This is not a barrier to getting good business done,” he said. “This was actually ... a business friendly proposition.”

The Airline Vaccine Mandate Question (Morning Consult, Oct. 21)
“We support it strongly,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “I’ve always tried to encourage people first, but at some point if you have to mandate, you have to mandate, and we’re there.”

U.S. battles COVID-19 (CGTN, Oct. 9)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD: "We're going to have to make a very, very, very compelling case for the importance of getting children vaccinated."

HHS says COVID-19 vaccinations may have saved 1,000 lives in Arizona (Cronkite News, Oct. 8)
“It shows very clearly that the vaccine works, and that in this particular case seniors really benefited from being vaccinated, especially early,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

COVID-19 deaths eclipse 700,000 as delta variant rages (Associated Press, Oct. 2)
The death toll stood about 570,000 in April when every adult American became eligible for shots.

“I remember when we broke that 100,000-death mark, people just shook their heads and said ‘Oh, my god,’” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Then we said, ‘Are we going to get to 200,000?’ Then we kept looking at 100,000-death marks,” and finally surpassed the estimated 675,000 American deaths from the 1918-19 flu pandemic.

“And we’re not done yet,” Benjamin said.

CDC panel endorses Pfizer booster shot for elderly, high-risk people (Politico, Sept. 23)
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the committee took a reasonable approach given the evolving science.

"They really wanted to get it right, because it opens up the door to a whole range of folks that they're just not quite sure whether or not the data is there to support it," he said.

Del Rio bridge shantytown could result in COVID-19 outbreak (Washington Examiner, Sept. 23)
Public health officials may have to worry about more than just COVID-19 among the Haitians in Del Rio, according to Georges Benjamin, executive director at the American Public Health Association.

Biden Releases a New Plan to Combat COVID, But Experts Say There's Still a Ways to Go (Physician's Weekly, Sept. 20)
And the mandate might prove less objectionable for some unvaccinated adults, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, because the employer becomes the enforcer.

“The person telling them what to do is their boss at their job,” he said. “That’s a different leverage point than the government.”

Stop Calling It a 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated' (The Atlantic, Sept. 16)
The American Public Health Association’s executive director, Georges C. Benjamin, has warned that Biden’s latest mandate might cause Americans to “dig in and bristle at being told what to do.”

New U.S. vaccine requirements draw praise, skepticism and outrage (New York Times, Sept. 9)
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the actions might be “too little, too late,” and warned that Americans opposed to vaccination might dig in and bristle at being told what to do.

Getting to the Bottom of It: Preventing coronavirus on campus (The GW Hatchet podcast, Aug. 30)
Alec Rich speaks with Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, about the threat of the Delta variant and coronavirus on campus.

More states embrace vax passports without waiting for Biden (Politico, Aug. 29)
Public health officials say fake cards could undermine public confidence in vaccines, if there are outbreaks in places where documentation is required. “If someone has false documentation then uses that, you can be sure that the first rumor will be that that's a breakthrough infection,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Why States With the Lowest Median Incomes Have the Lowest Vaccination Rates (Money, Aug. 26)
The statistics are not particularly surprising to public health experts. "We know that income is a social determiner of health," says Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). "Wealth actually correlates with health."

Among children, older teens are seeing the highest COVID-19 case rates (CNN, Aug. 26)
There are several factors that help explain why teens have higher COVID-19 case rates: the Delta variant is highly transmissible and they are more likely to interact with others, especially throughout the summer, Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told CNN on Wednesday. Among eligible groups, teens are also the least likely to be vaccinated.

"The simple answer is -- you have a virus that's highly infectious. It's going to spread to the people who are most vulnerable, and that's going to be the people who are least likely to be vaccinated," Benjamin said. "And it's still true that the younger people are still least likely to be vaccinated."

COVID data disappearing in Georgia, other states despite latest surge (Georgia Health News, Aug. 26)
Public health experts are voicing concern about the pullback of Covid information. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, called the trend “not good for government and the public” because it gives the appearance of governments “hiding stuff.”

Experts hope FDA's full Pfizer vaccine OK boosts Arizona vaccinations (KTAR News, Aug. 24)
“We believe that this will make a big difference for some people, for whom this license was an important last step in the decision-making process,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Surge in COVID-19 puts state on pace to hit 1 million cases next week (AZ Mirror, Aug. 23)
Despite the surge in new cases, health experts said that Arizona continues to lack aggressive mitigation efforts that they said could stem the tide.

“For some time, you certainly haven’t been as aggressive with mask-wearing and vaccination,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said of the state.

Vaccine Effectiveness, Booster Shots & More: Breaking Down the Latest COVID News (The Brian Lehrer Show, Aug. 19)
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, discusses the latest COVID news, from the rise in delta variant cases to the distribution of booster shots.

Masks are a Must-Have to Go Back to School during the Delta Variant Surge (Scientific American, Aug. 19)
“The most powerful tool we have now is vaccination, and those students 12 and up who can be should be vaccinated,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Public Health Struggles With Pandemic and Politics (Governing, Aug. 19)
The frustration may be even greater at the local level, due to the decline in their authority. “The burnout level is high,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “People are very stressed. They’re still receiving threats from the public.”

If the Unvaccinated Want to Work, They Face a Series of Hurdles (Kaiser Health News, Aug. 19)
Employers hope the hassles required to remain unvaccinated in the workplace will encourage the reluctant to just get a vaccine. “It’s a forceful nudge,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Addressing vaccine fears as Latinos fall behind in COVID-19 vaccinations (ABC News, Aug. 13)
“Chisme mata,” said [APHA President Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena], which means “gossip kills” in Spanish. He and other health experts warned against believing posts, articles and memes from non-reputable sources.

Black people, with low vaccination rates, stand to be shut out disproportionately by mandates (Washington Examiner, Aug. 10)
"There is a risk that people of color who were not vaccinated might be disproportionately denied services because of [vaccine mandates]," said Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association. "The solution to that, of course, is to get vaccinated."

Fact check: Hospital staff near max capacity, but COVID-19 isn't business as usual (USA Today, Aug. 9)
"It is true that hospitals are often overcrowded (in) both ICUs and ERs," Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told USA TODAY in an email. "The difference is that they don’t have patients in the hallways waiting for ICU beds in the volume that we have today because of COVID.

Public health leaders urge private sector to create #COVIDSafeZones (Healthcare Finance, Aug. 6)

"This is very much a mystery in progress": Scientists explain everything we know about delta so far (Salon, Aug. 5)
"The impact is mostly seen in the parts of the country where vaccination level are low," [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin emphasized, noting that vaccinated people are still "largely protected from infection, severe illness and death."

As case numbers rise, so does demand for COVID testing (Bay News 9, Aug. 5)
"The good news is that we certainly have better access to testing, both the PCR testing, the antigen testing, and some communities are now beginning to even do the at-home test - not available everywhere. So, testing in general should not be a problem," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, about the nationwide increase in demand.

Maryland Gov. Hogan not considering reinstating statewide mask mandate as some counties tighten guidance (Baltimore Sun, Aug. 3)
[APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin] said he would encourage Hogan to team up with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam “and tell the public that we are moving back to universal masking as a preventive tool for hopefully a short period of time, because cases are rising.”

Link between cases and deaths greatly weakened in delta surge (Washington Examiner, Aug. 1)
“The fact that 57% of the population has gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, that acts as a breaker on a more robust outbreak,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director at the American Public Health Association.

Vaccine Hesitancy (The Community Word, July 29)
In a recent panel discussion hosted by the National Press Foundation, Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said, “The easy work is done. Now we have to root out the misinformation.”

For a safe return to school, children must be vaccinated (Boston Globe, July 29)
Across the country there is a troubling pattern: Children in counties with low vaccination rates are at increased risk of getting infected. While there are pockets of vaccinated children living in highly vaccinated counties, the majority are unvaccinated and may be living with unvaccinated adults.

Fauci joins YouTube coronavirus special aimed at Black community (The Hill, July 27)
In the approximately nine-minute long video, posted to the American Public Health Association's YouTube channel, the doctors and Fauci discuss the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and address vaccine hesitancy in Black and brown communities.

Biden team weighs return to mask mandates in some states (Politico, July 26)
Georges Benjamin, head of the American Public Health Association, said he expects the VA to be the first of several agencies to impose mandates, including the Department of Defense.

California and NYC Public Employees, As Well As VA Health Workers, Have New Vaccine Mandates (BuzzFeed News, July 26)
“Universal vaccination of health care workers is the single most important step healthcare institutions can do to stop the spread of COVID-19," said Georges C. Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association. "It is essential for protecting the health of their workers, the safety of their patients, and ultimately the health of their communities.”

'A tipping point': Government officials, health groups move to require coronavirus vaccines for workers (The Washington Post, July 26)
The flurry of activity kicked off on Monday morning, when medical groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers issued a statement urging mandatory vaccinations for all U.S. health personnel, framing the move as a moral imperative as new infections mount.

“The health and safety of U.S. workers, families, communities, and the nation depends on it,” the American Pharmacists Association, the American Public Health Association and 55 other groups wrote in the statement.

The move represented an increasingly tough stance by the medical and public health establishment amid the sluggish pace of national vaccinations. 

AMA, 56 Other Groups Back Mandatory COVID Vax for Healthcare Workers (MedPage Today, July 26)
"Universal vaccination of healthcare workers is the single most important step healthcare institutions can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is essential for protecting the health of their workers, the safety of their patients and ultimately the health of their communities," Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, which also co-signed, said in a statement

McConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message (The Hill, July 23)
“He could have provided a leadership role, he could have pulled his caucus into the back room and said, ‘You guys need to get on board here.’ He did not do that," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “He had the opportunity to lead his party. And had he done so, I think that we would have a much different outcome than we're seeing today in communities that have heard these negative messages."

White house boosts funding for COVID tests as infections continue to surge (NBC News, July 22)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said: "Everybody in public health recognizes that we're moving into a spot in which we had been at the beginning of the pandemic, where you need adequate testing. We're going to be testing again, and in much larger numbers."

COVID Drove Biggest Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Since World War II (U.S. News & World Report, July 21)
According to Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, "In many ways, the report tells us the profound impact of COVID, not only just direct COVID deaths, but of course, on other diseases that probably were exacerbated. Losing a year of life expectancy is a big, big deal."

Delta variant now accounts for more than 8 in 10 COVID-19 cases (Yahoo News, July 20)
“There is a simple public message: Get vaccinated or get COVID,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director at the American Public Health Association, told the Washington Examiner recently.

The Check Up: Dr. Georges Benjamin (Modern Healthcare, July 19)
"You have to not only be clear about the message but also about the messenger. And we have to kind of normalize vaccination in our country. It's become, as you said, a political football."

'These Kids Will Die': Health Experts Sound Alarm Over TN Shutting Down Vaccine Outreach to Minors (TPM, July 15)
Without the Tennessee Department of Health providing much-needed education on vaccines, “these kids will die,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), told TPM in a phone interview. “Too many Tennessean kids will die.”

How mask shaming affects immunocompromised people (ABC News, July 14)
Precautions such as masks and social distancing re still important methods to contain the spread of the virus, according to Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“Every time you give up those layers, you'll increase your risk of getting exposed, getting infected and then, depending on your body, getting severely sick,” Benjamin said.

A pandemic without an end: How systemic racism is hampering vaccine uptake (Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, July 14)
As Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, admitted in April: “We overstated the hesitancy issue” and “understated the structural access issues”.

New York takes conservative approach counting virus deaths (Associated Press, July 13)
“We need to make sure we get it right, and people understand what the numbers are. And how we’re using them so they can’t be misused by people who have a motive to misuse them,” said Georges Benjamin, a physician and executive director at the American Public Health Association.

Nurses ask CDC to reinstate universal masking rule (Modern Healthcare, July 13)

COVID-19 put the spotlight on health disparities between groups, shows how wide the gap was before the pandemic (CBS-17, July 9)
“It’s a range of things, looking at the social determinants of health,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, one of the organizations that worked on the report, said.

He continued, “Those are the things that can help you become more healthy, or can impede your health.”

Life Lessons From the Pandemic (Consumer Reports, July 8)
“We learned a lot about the ability to telework and still get the work done,” says Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). “The technology exists to do it effectively.”

Reports of Some Getting Pfizer, Moderna 'Boosters' after J&J Vaccine Prompts Calls for More Guidance (U.S. News & World Report, July 1)
But [APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin] doesn't recommend that clinicians go ahead and mix doses. Instead, he urges them to continue to follow CDC and FDA guidance, lest a patient get seriously sick or injured, opening clinicians up to liability. Instead, dose mixing should only be performed under clinical trials, he says.

House Lawmakers Eager to Boost Vaccine Uptake, Quash Hesitancy (MedPage Today, July 1)
America needs a "shoe-leather public-health" approach to address vaccine hesitancy, one focused on vulnerable communities, especially those of color, said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association and Maryland's former Secretary of Health. 

MORE NEWS COVERAGE (January-June 2021)

Anatomy of a health conundrum: The racial gap in vaccinations (Washington Post, June 27)

White House faces calls to embrace vaccine passports (The Hill, June 26)

Vaccine hesitancy or systemic racism (Mail & Guardian Online, June 26)

For Some Vaccinated People, Masks Remain Comforting (WebMD, June 25)

Drop in Life Expectancy from COVID Much Worse for Black, Hispanic Americans (HealthDay News, June 24)

What happens now that emergency orders are lifting (Axios, June 17)

CDC issues guidance for treating 'long COVID' patients (Roll Call, June 15)

As virus cases wane, U.S. governors weigh ending emergency orders (Associated Press, June 12)

The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic is Shifting (The Atlantic, June 9)

Young adults shun COVID-19 vaccine as White House warns of risk (Roll Call, June 8)

Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color Eases — A Bit (WebMD, June 8)

Biden's 70% vaccination goal still within reach, expert believes (Washington Examiner, June 8)

Biden's vaccine push fails to gain traction with African Americans (Politico, June 7)

COVID-19 Maps Reveal Political Divide, Public Health Service Disparities (Newsweek, June 2)

Don't just go back to 'normal.' Post-pandemic life can be much better than that (CNN, May 30)

Memorial Day Weekend: One Year Amid COVID-19 (cheddar news, May 28)

Optimism peaks for holiday weekend as half of US vaccinated (The Hill, May 28)

Republicans seek vindication amid reemergence of Wuhan lab theory (The Hill, May 26)

Mixing two different vaccine doses might actually strengthen COVID-19 immunity, not hurt it (Salon, May 23)

Making it plain: What Black American needs to know about COVID-19 and vaccines (Milwaukee Courier, May 21)

Mascarillas: ¿Deben personas vacunadas continuar utilizando mascarillas? (Rita Sibaja, May 21)

Stark racial disparities persist in vaccinations, state-level CDC data shows (CNN, May 20)

'Vaccine passports' may be critical for equity, but polarization could undermine efforts (PBS Newshour, May 19)

In US, pandemic's end in sight. Are we ready? (Christian Science Monitor, May 14)

COVID-19 Pandemic Breakthrough Infections (Arirang Issue, May 13)

Biden's New 'Disease Detectives' to Ramp Up as COVID Drops (Bloomberg Law, May 13)

We Did It, Fam: Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Ditch Their Masks and Start Returning to Normal (BuzzFeed News, May 13)

CDC's slow, cautious messaging on COVID-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say (STAT, May 11)

What to do if you're planning or attending a wedding during the pandemic (CNN, May 10)

The airline industry says planes are pandemic-proof. Public health experts disagree (Salon, May 8)

44% of older millennials already have a chronic health condition. Here's what that means for their futures (CNBC, May 4)

Fauci vs. Rogan: White House works to stomp out misinformation (The Hill, May 2)

How to reduce COVID-19 risk at salons and spas (CNN, April 28)

Inequality's Deadly Toll (Nature, April 28)

People of color fact multiple barriers to vaccine access — including 'skepticism of a system that has treated them poorly' (MarketWatch, April 27)

How you and your kids can avoid COVID-19 at playgrounds (CNN, April 27)

Millions of Americans are only getting one shot of two-shot vaccines (Salon, April 27)

Evaluating President Joe Biden's First 100 Days in Office (Kaiser Health News, April 27)

Miami-Dade's wealthiest areas are almost fully vaccinated. Black communities are at 31% (Miami Herald, April 26)

What to know before you go to a sporting event, whether you're vaccinated or not (CNN, April 26)

Dr. Georges Benjamin on COVID-19 Response and Vaccination (CSPAN Washington Journal, April 23)

U.S. lifts pause on J&J vaccinations, clearing the way for shots to resume (Los Angeles Times, April 23)

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Set to Outpace Demand (Wall Street Journal, April 23)

Why it's way too soon to be talking about vaccine passports (USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, April 22)

The Vaccine Holdouts: Who They Are and What's Fueling Their Opposition (Morning Consult, April 22)

Drop in COVID among seniors boosts confidence in vaccine campaign: 'It's absolutely working' (Washington Examiner, April 22)

Should You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card Laminated? (AARP, April 22)

COVID-19 after vaccination is rare, but possible: What to know about 'breakthrough' cases (Today, April 21)

The Big COVID Vaccine Holdouts: Republican Men (HealthDay, April 21)

Are movie theaters safe at this point of the pandemic? What you should know (CNN, April 15)

Are amusement parks safe now? What you should know to lower COVID-19 risk (CNN, April 14)

Vaccine Trust Rising Among Black Communities After Outreach Efforts (Powdersville Post, April 14)

J&J Pause Could Impact Trust in Vaccines, Experts Say (U.S. News & World Report, April 13)

New Effort Shares COVID-Fighting Practices (Inside Higher Ed, April 13)

Mississippi Mobile Vaccination Efforts Increasing Access for Older Residents (NewsOne, April 12)

The unlikely state setting the U.S. vaccination pace (Politico, April 12)

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts (Associated Press, April 10)

Months after recovering from COVID-19, millions may suffer from "brain or psychiatric disorders" (Salon, April 8)

Help Is Out There: Online Resources to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment (AARP, April 7)

Vermont to Give Minority Residents Priority for COVID Vaccines (Scientific American, April 6)

Should You Be Worried About 'Vaccine Passports'? (New York Times, April 6)

Mistakes happen, but the one made by a Baltimore COVID vaccine maker may hurt for awhile (Baltimore Sun, April 2)

Resistance from health experts and business owners could doom 'vaccine passports' even before they launch (STAT, April 1)

New COVID wave may not be as deadly (Washington Examiner, March 31)

As some states open COVID-19 vaccines to all, many are still weeks away (CNN, March 24)

COVID: How ethnicity and wealth affect US vaccine rollout (BBC News, March 18)

Your Dentist, Podiatrist and Vet Can Now Administer COVID-19 Vaccines (Verywell Health, March 18)

Landmark COVID Relief Law Pumps More Than $100 Billion Into Public Health (Kaiser Health News, March 18)

Recent vaccines for other (non-COVID) viruses may help protect you from COVID-19 (Salon, March 17)

Phoenix among U.S. sites for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids (Phoenix Business Journal, March 17)

Guest Column: 500,000 and counting: COVID-19 one year later (Iowa State Daily, March 14)

N.H. Has 'Wasted' 2,384 COVID-19 Vaccines; Less Than 1% but More Than Neighbors (NHPR, March 12)

Why does Prince George's County have such low vaccination rates? It's not just about hesitancy — it's about access (WUSA9 News, March 11)

Tom Hanks, the NBA, and COVID's day of reckoning in the US: An Oral History (Buzzfeed News, March 11)

The Path to Boosting COVID-19 Vaccination Rates is Riddled With Pitfalls. Here's Why (KJZZ, March 10)

Halfway to 100 days: Update on Biden administration's COVID plan (Fox19, March 10)

Ouch! Needle-Phobic People Scarred By So Many Issues of COVID Shots (Kaiser Health News, March 9)

Maryland expanded vaccine rollout to those 65 and older to correct racial disparities, acting health director says (Baltimore Sun, March 8)

Millions of Homebound Patients, and Their Caregivers, Still Waiting for COVID Vaccines (Verywell Health, March 4)

New ad campaign seeks to encourage COVID vaccinations (Eyewitness News PAHomepage, March 3)

CDC director: Mutant coronaviruses could wipe out gains in fighting COVID-19 (Salon, March 2)

Moderna, Pfizer Vaccines Don't Change DNA, Expert Says (Jackson Free Press, March 1)

COVID-19 Made It Impossible to Ignore Racial Disparities in Health Care. Here's What's Needed For Equity (Health, March 1)

COVID-19 Vaccine Is a Struggle for Those With No Hospital Connection (Wall St. Journal, Feb. 28)

What to know about J&J's newly authorized one-shot COVID-19 vaccine (ScienceNews, Feb. 27)

White Maryland residents have gotten 4 times the COVID vaccine doses as Black people, a gap not improving with increased eligibility (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 26)

A new stage in the pandemic: Cautious optimism (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 25)

Vaccine sign-up struggles highlight state and federal challenges (Roll Call, Feb. 24)

Race Versus Time: Targeting Vaccine to the Most Vulnerable is No Speedy Task (NPR, Feb. 23)

'A Loss to the Whole Society': U.S COVID Death Toll Reaches 500,000 (NPR, Feb. 22)

'It's life and death': Non-English speakers struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine across U.S. (USA Today, Feb. 22)

Two mutated coronaviruses have merged into one hybrid virus. Here’s how that happened (Salon, Feb. 18)

COVID-19 Caused U.S. Life Expectancy to Drop by 1 Full Year (HealthDay, Feb. 18)

Black, Latino SC residents vaccinated at much lower rates than whites, data show (The State, Feb. 17)

Here’s why a surprising number of healthcare workers are rejecting COVID-19 vaccines despite having witnessed the immense suffering of the pandemic (Business Insider, Feb. 17)

Biden looks past anger at Silicon Valley to get help on vaccines (Politico, Feb. 16)

526 Illinois COVID-19 vaccines wasted, officials fight to keep discarded doses minimal (ABC7 Eyewitness News, Feb. 16)

Lack of health services and transportation impede access to vaccine in communities of color (Washington Post, Feb. 13)

Latinos are navigating barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations and experts say it comes down to access(CNN, Feb. 8)

60 Black Health Experts Urge Black Americans to Get Vaccinated (New York Times, Feb. 7)

American health care is a caste system. COVID vaccine distribution shouldn't be (MSNBC, Feb. 6)

Dr. Camara Jones: health equity is about providing resources according to need (MSNBC, Feb. 6)

Overcoming Obstacles Such As 'Pharmacy Deserts' Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Equity (NPR, Feb. 4)

Biden takes a fine-if-we-get-it approach to bipartisanship (Politico, Feb. 1)

Racism and COVID-19: Why are Black Americans getting vaccinated at much lower rates? (The Hill, Jan. 29)

Nearly Half of DC's Vaccine Doses Have Gone to Non-Residents (NBC 4, Jan. 29)

What is Double-Masking? Here's How It Can Keep You Safer From the Coronavirus. (BuzzFeed News, Jan. 28)

Racial Gaps in COVID-19 Vaccine Willingness Narrow, but Barriers to Adoption Remain (Morning Consult, Jan. 27)

Grading Biden's first week: Public health experts give new president an 'A' for COVID-19 Response (Salon, Jan. 27)

Public Health Systems Still Aren't Ready for the Next Pandemic (Stateline, Jan. 27)

Considering a Quarantine Pod for 2021: With widespread vaccination on the horizon, here's what you should know about safely socializing until then (Consumer Reports, Jan. 26)

With Few Details From Health Officials, Volunteers Create Vaccine Database (NPR, Jan. 26)

Other Countries Want Citizens to Upgrade Their Masks. The U.S. Just Wants People to Wear Them (U.S. News & World Report, Jam. 25)

Biden Administration Seeks More Doses Plus Help to Inject (Bloomberg, Jan. 25)

The Vaccine Rollout Will Take Time. Here's What the U.S. Can Do Now to Save Lives (NPR, Jan. 23)

We need a science-based plan for vaccine distribution (The Hill, Jan. 22)

To get vaccines to more people, the priority system needs to loosen up (Popular Science, Jan. 21)

Joe Biden will inherit Donald Trump's COVID legacy — how will he handle it? (ITV, Jan. 20)

Más de 400,000 muertes por covid-19 en EEUU: ¿Cómo llegamos hasta aquí? (Univision, Jan. 20)

Black Americans are getting vaccinated at lower rates than white Americans (Kaiser Health News, Jan. 17)

Biden Nominees, Vaccine Plan Elevate Science in Trump Contrast (Bloomberg Law, Jan. 16)

'We're In A War With This virus:' Biden Lays Out COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan (NPR, Jan. 15)

Overwhelmed, More States Turn to National Guard for Vaccine Help (New York Times, Jan. 14)

Here's why we can have some hope about the COVID pandemic (CNN, Jan. 13)

Multiple coronavirus strains are now circulating. Here's what that means (Salon, Jan. 10)

The Actual Death Toll From the Pro Trump Riot Won't be Known for Weeks (The New Republic, Jan. 7)

A Slow Start to COVID-19 Vaccines has the FDA Facing Calls to Change Shot Schedules (Buzzfeed News, Jan. 7)

Why vaccines are being wasted in the United States (Salon, Jan. 7)

Vaccine Mistrust and How to Overcome It (On Point, NPR Boston, Jan. 5)

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we'll face in 2021 (CNN, Jan. 4)

COVID in 2021: Experts predict when and what American industries will return to normal (The Independent, Jan. 1)

MORE NEWS COVERAGE (August-December 2020)

How the U.S. Could Ramp Up Vaccination Against the Coronavirus (NPR's All Things Considered, Dec. 30)

As year-end approaches, vaccine rollout woefully behind schedule (CNN, Dec. 29)

Head of the American Public Health Association on mutations: We're prepared (MSNBC, Dec. 27)

Vaccine Rollout Presenting States With Questions Over Race and Access (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 25)

'Trusted Messengers, Trusted Messages': How to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy (NPR, Dec. 24)

A Maryland county offered antibody tests to all its employees. It learned its COVID precautions are working. (Baltimore Sun, Dec. 24)

US officials promised 20 million vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of the year. It's going slower than that. (CNN, Dec. 23)

Combatting Black Americans' vaccine hesitancy (The Brian Lehrer Show, Dec. 23)

Corporate America would like the vaccine now (Vox, Dec. 21)

Inside the warehouse containing some of the nation's most critical supplies and vaccines (CNN, Dec. 20)

Health officials, social media scramble to fight vaccine misinformation (The Hill, Dec. 19)

Pharmacies' starring role in vaccine push could create unequal access (Politico, Dec. 18)

Vaccinating Black Americans is Essential. Key States Aren't Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy (ProPublica, Dec. 18)

Public health action plan urgently needed to stem the COVID-19 pandemic (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dec. 18)

What does success look like for the COVID-19 vaccine effort? (STAT, Dec. 15)

Trump-Biden divide hampers COVID vaccine trust-building effort (Politico, Dec. 15)

Nevermind the political messenger, when it comes to COVID-19 guidance, trust the message, experts say (USA Today, Dec. 13)

Encouraging news about effective U.S. COVID-19 vaccine distribution (Al Jazeera, Dec. 12)

'Way behind the curve': The messaging failures around coronavirus vaccine distribution (CNN, Dec. 11)

Biden health team takes shape as GOP weighs confirmation fight (Roll Call, Dec. 10)

Public health officials fear Christmas coronavirus surge will be worse than Thanksgiving's (Washington Examiner, Dec. 10)

Vaccine shortages have led to theft, smuggling and doses going to the famous instead of the needy. Will it happen again with COVID-19?(Chicago Tribune, Dec. 7)

Biden's health team offers glimpse of his COVID-19 strategy (Associated Press, Dec. 6) and President-elect names health care team (AJC, Dec. 7)

Biden reveals outgoing administration only has plan to distribute vaccine to states, not people (MSNBC, Dec. 5)

Two very different colleges share how they kept COVID-19 off campus (Popular Science, Dec. 4)

3.1K die in single day as COVID-19 infects 200K daily (Associated Press, Dec. 3)

U.S. vaccine rollouts to managed on a state-by-state basis (Univision, Dec. 3)

How Safe is Eating at a Restaurant During the COVID-19 Pandemic? (Huffington Post, Dec. 1)

Faulty Data Systems are Still Hampering Pandemic Response (Governing, Dec. 1)

The key to getting people to stick to COVID quarantines? Shorten them (Popular Science, Nov. 25)

Why Even a Small Thanksgiving is Dangerous (FiveThirtyEight, Nov. 20)

From Tuskegee to a COVID Vaccine: Diversity and Racism are Hurdles in Clinical Trials (U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 19)

How to protect your mental health and fight 'COVID fatigue' this winter (MarketWatch, Nov. 17)

Pandemic Update: Coronavirus Case Numbers and Latest on a Vaccine (NPR, Nov. 16)

Georges Benjamin on the U.S. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (C-Span, Nov. 15)

Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Has to Be Stored at -80C. There's Already a Run on Freezers (Slate,  Nov. 13)

Maryland hospitals rush to buy ultra-cold freezers to provide COVID-19 vaccine a warm welcome (Baltimore Sun, Nov. 12)

Biden Plans Sharp Change in Coronavirus Response (VOA, Nov. 10)

As cases rise, states say they'll work with Biden on virus (Associated Press, Nov. 9)

U.S. surpasses 10 million coronavirus cases (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9)

There Have Now Been More than 10 Million Cases of Coronavirus in the US (BuzzFeed News, Nov. 9)

How Biden Can Beat COVID-19 (New Republic, Nov. 8)

With attention on the election, COVID-19 numbers continue to surge (Boston Globe, Nov. 7)

The Affordable Care Act returns to the Supreme Court in the shadow of a pandemic (Washington Post, Nov. 7)

Trump is Still the President, and the Pandemic is Getting Worse (New Republic, Nov. 7)

Election results underscore different views on coronavirus (The Hill, Nov. 6)

'Science was on the ballot': How can public health recover from a rebuke at the polls? (STAT, Nov. 4)

How to combat 'COVID fatigue': Medical experts on what works and what doesn't (NBC News, Nov. 3)

The US is facing it darkest months yet in the pandemic and the election may not help (CNN, Nov. 2)

In Arizona, the coronavirus raged. With masks and other measures, it subsided. What can it teach America? (Washington Post, Nov. 2)

U.S. Surpasses 9 Million Virus Cases and Sets Another Daily Record (The World News, Oct. 30)

What You Need to Prepare for the COVID-19 Surge This Season (Houston Style Online, Oct. 30)

Pandemic depression is about to collide with seasonal depression — but making a plan can help, experts say (Washington Post, Oct. 27)

Harvest time and the return of college students spread the coronavirus to rural America (Washington Examiner, Oct. 25)

Who's in Line for COVID-19 Vaccines? (Voice of America, Oct. 22)

Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era (KOMO News, Oct. 22)

Why the U.S. doesn't have an at-home coronavirus test yet (Politico, Oct. 21)

Upcoming Supreme Court Ruling Could Jeopardize Health Insurance for People With COVID (Scientific American, Oct. 21)

As cases rise again, second thoughts on another lockdown (Boston Globe, Oct. 17)

Multiple Health Organizations Unite to Condemn COVID-19 Herd Immunity Strategy (Yahoo News, Oct. 15)

Half of Black adults say they won't take a coronavirus vaccine (The Undefeated, Oct. 14)

Mike Pence said Joe Biden copied Trump's pandemic response plan. That's false. (PolitiFact, Oct. 13)

How risky is voting in person? Here's how to navigate your options  during the pandemic (PBS News Hour, Oct. 12)

Barrett hearings become platform for COVID-19 risk debate (Roll Call, Oct. 12)

Battered by Trump, the CDC's Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out (New York Times, Oct. 10)

Pese a que aún no revela si ya dio negativo por coronavirus, el presidente Trump planea actos de campaña 
(Although he has not yet revealed whether he has tested negative for coronavirus, President Trump plans campaign events) (Univision, Oct. 9)

Making a COVID vaccine is one thing, distributing it is another (Marketplace podcast, Oct. 8)

Racism is the most significant underlying condition of the COVID-19 pandemic (Poynter, Oct. 8)

States are scrambling to build vaccine distribution infrastructure (Marketplace, Oct. 8)

Do these hoaxes about Trump and COVID-19 look familiar? That's because they are (Poynter, Oct. 8)

'He should be the gold standard': Trump plans to attend next week's debate concerning health officials (Independent, Oct. 7)

Capitol Hill shuns broad COVID testing regime despite pleas from members, experts (National Journal, Oct. 7)

Why 2020 is such an important year to get your flu shot (Next Avenue, Oct. 6)

Anti-Vaxxers Feed off Democrats' Skepticism of COVID Vaccine (Newsweek, Oct. 6)

Why health experts are skeptical NBA can begin next season with fans in arenas (USA Today, Oct. 6) 

Mask wearing and social distancing for COVID-19 may be slowing influenza spread (Deseret News, Oct. 5)

U.S. election 2020: public health (The Lancet, Oct. 3)

Trump sets off multistate COVID tracing crisis (Politico, Oct. 2)

Trump's age, weight put him at "high risk" among COVID-19 patients (Salon, Oct. 2)

Denver pharmacies stock up — and some are running short — as more people seek flu shots (Denver Post, Oct. 1)

As COVID-19 deaths mount, political meddling and disinformation erode trust in health agencies (USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, Sept. 30)

Scientists say social distancing is working — for a completely different disease than COVID-19 (Salon, Sept. 30)

Mapping the Disparities That Led to an Unequal Pandemic (Bloomberg CityLab, Sept. 30)

COVID-19 cases rising in 21 states, raising fears about a fall surge (Washington Examiner, Sept. 28)

Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem (Associated Press, Sept. 26)

Healthiest communities in America have fared better during COVID-19 pandemic (Stock News Press, Sept. 26)

Local Health Officials Worry CDC Has 'Lost Its Soul' (Stateline, Sept. 25)

How Public Health Workers Can Combat Their Frustrations and Mental Health Challenges In COVID-19 (Mental Health America, Sept. 23)

The U.S. has lost 200,000 people to COVID-19. How did this happen? (PBS, Sept. 21)

Is Halloween cancelled? Experts debate if kids can trick-or-treat safely (Salon, Sept. 18)

6 closer looks at the pandemic's impact on minorities and the poor (Poynter, Sept. 18)

Mistrust in government is hindering COVID-19 surveillance efforts, expert says (CNN, Sept. 16)

Why Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color Experience Greater Harm During the Pandemic (Smithsonian Magazine, Sept. 15)

Doomed from the start? Or Not? Health experts evaluate college reopenings (Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15)

Why did COVID-19 become partisan? (CBS News, Sept. 13)

COVID-19 vaccine unlikely to be 'magic bullet' when it arrives (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sept. 12)

A guide to the most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates around the world (Raw Story, Sept. 12)

Trump draws fire for saying he downplayed the virus to avoid 'panic' (The Hill, Sept. 11)

Maryland to spend $7.5M on a new kind of rapid coronavirus test, first purchase in 10-state compact (Baltimore Sun, Sept. 10)

Rebuilding the Ties of Public Health: A Q&A With Georges C. Benjamin, MD (American Journal of Managed Care, Sept. 10)

Despite Warnings, No Clear Advice on Closing Dorms (Insider Higher Ed, Sept. 10)

AstraZeneca pauses vaccine trial after unexplained illness in volunteer (CNN, Sept. 9)

COVID-19: A course on going to college safely (The Hill, Sept. 8)

Yes, We All Want a COVID Vaccine to Fix Everything, But That's Unlikely (KQED-FM Online, Sept. 8)

States Prepare for Potential Fall Vaccine Distribution Under Pressure from CDC (NPR, Sept. 4)

As world fights COVID-19, CDC recommends flu shots (KETK.com, Sept. 4)

Is the Trump administration bluffing about a vaccine timeline? Scientists are skeptical (Salon, Sept. 3)

Georgia government plans for COVID vaccine rollout by Nov. 1 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 3)

Flu Season and COVID-19 Are About to Collide: Now What? (Wired, Sept. 2)

11 Ways to Avoid COVID Every Day (Yahoo! Style, Sept. 2)

Apple, Google enhance contact-tracing technology to help combat COVID-19 (MarketWatch, Sept. 1)

CDC 's missteps are causing people to lose trust in a great institution (United Press International, Sept. 1)

Why the "6%" meme stating COVID-19 deaths are exaggerated is wrong (Salon, Aug. 31)

Scientists Fear the Trump Administration is Putting Politics Before Public Health (NPR, Aug. 28)

The Heat: COVID-19 in the U.S. (CGTN, Aug. 28)

Is 6 feet enough? Medical experts question the wisdom behind social distancing guidelines (Salon, Aug. 28)

With COVID Vaccine in Works, 1 in 5 Americans Doesn't Believe in Shots (HealthDay News, Aug. 28)

CDC's Changed Testing Guidelines Could Lead to Less Testing, Experts Fear (NPR, Aug. 26)

There are now three known cases patients contracting COVID-19 twice (Salon, Aug. 26)

Why the United States is having a coronavirus data crisis (Nature, Aug. 25)

What to Know about COVID Contact Tracing and Scams (WebMD, Aug. 24)

Understanding Social Determinants of Health With Dr. Georges Benjamin (Hospitals in Focus podcast, Aug. 24)

Coronavirus vaccine experts: beware dangerous safety short cuts (The Mercury News, Aug. 22)

Colleges differ when it comes to sharing test results for athletes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 21)

Why Some People Get Terribly Sick from COVID-19 (Scientific American, Aug. 20)

Scam alert: Things a COVID-19 contact tracer wouldn't say (Kaiser Health News, Aug. 20)

Legal experts call for Congress to ban COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorizations (S&P Global, Aug. 19)

Blacks, Latinos Only Small Percentage of Moderna Vaccine Trial (CNN, Aug. 18)

Legal Experts Blast U.S. Response to COVID-19 (MedPage Today, Aug. 18)

COVID-19 Deaths Skew Younger Among Minorities (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 17)

Distrust of health care system adds to toll in rural Black communities gutted by COVID-19 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 14)

COVID-19 is making leaders take not of another health crisis: Racism (The Philadelphia Tribune, Aug. 14)

Fact check: 2009 swing flu spread rapidly, but COVID-19 is more deadly (The Tennessean, Aug. 13)

College students speak out about the stress of going back to school (TODAY Online, Aug. 12)

Upcoming events may add to COVID-19 spread after summer surge (CQ Roll Call, Aug. 12)

Bad data is bogging down the COVID-19 fight; US 'needs to change,' experts say (USA Today, Aug. 4)

Gaps in COVID Data Remain Months Into Pandemic (U.S.  News & World Report, Aug. 3)

Workers push to reopen HealthPartners' Riverside Clinic in Minneapolis (StarTribune, Aug. 3)

What Made U.S. Health Care So Vulnerable to COVID-19 (The Washington Post, Aug. 2)

How to Stay Safer on Mass Transit (New York Times, Aug. 1)

MORE NEWS COVERAGE (March-July 2020)

4 ways health systems can start to address social disparities (Fortune, July 31)

Trump promoted a coronavirus conspiracy video: Health experts say it's bunk (Salon, July 30) 

There's been a lack of leadership surrounding COVID-19 (The Hill, July 30)

US agency vows steps to address COVID-19 inequalities (Associated Press, July 25)

Your Favorite Store or Restaurant is Open. How Do You Know It's OK to Go In? (U.S. News & World Report, July 24) 

The Limits of Mask Ordinances (New Republic, July 24)

How to Turn Around the US Coronavirus Response (Global Health NOW, July 23)

15 Things We Need to Know About the Coronavirus (New York Times, July 21)

Former CDC chief Tom Frieden says states should make more COVID-19 data easily accessible (USA Today, July 21)

Hospitals scramble to switch to government's new COVID reporting system (Minnesota Public Radio, July 21)

Former CDC chief: Most states fail to report data key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic (The Washington Post, July 21) 

We asked experts to respond to the most common COVID-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation (Salon, July 18) 

America has bungled the pandemic. Now what? (Christian Science Monitor, July 17)

HHS directs CDC to put COVID-related hospital data back on its website (CNN, July 16)

Trump Administration Push to 'Consolidate' CDC Data Worries Public Health Experts (NPR, July 16)

Trump Officials Are Attacking Anthony Fauci. Thousands of Doctors Are Hitting Back (BuzzFeed News, July 16)

Should Black and Latino people get priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine? (MarketWatch, July 16)

Hospital officials, experts say new federal rules for COVID-19 reporting will add burdens during pandemic (Washington Post, July 15)

COVID-19: La Casa Blanca difunde lista con supuestos errores del doctor Fauci, pero omite hablar de sus aciertos (Univision, July 13)
(White House publishes list with alleged errors of Dr. Fauci, omits talking about his successes)

Trump Still Insists High COVID-19 Cases Down to More Testing. He's Wrong (Newsweek, July 10)

Many People Avoided Hospitals During the Pandemic. The Effect Was Dire. (Consumer Reports, July 10)

Systemic racism is a public health issue. Community health workers are proven to help (Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8)

Pence, Azar reassure governors Trump won't end virus emergency declaration (Politico, July 7)

African Americans die more frequently from COVID-19, but poverty isn't why (Atlanta Daily World, July 7)

Some scientists believe coronavirus spreads through air much more readily than previous thought (Salon, July 6)

Protest, rally or eating out — Where is riskier?  (BBC, July 2)

Republicans Signal More Aid for Testing (Inside Higher Ed, June 30)

A new coronavirus mutation affects the spike protein that invades human cells (Salon, June 30)

With No Mask Rules, TSA Balances Security With Virus Risk (Bloomberg Businessweek, June 29)

Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers (Politico, June 26)

Why Public Health Officials Are Quitting During a Pandemic (Governing, June 24)

Public Health Leadership and Policy: Lessons from Crisis (U.S. News & World Report webinar, June 24) 

Social Distancing, Racism, and Protecting People in a Pandemic Without Police (American Prospect, June 21)

Poll: Americans not buying White House spin on coronavirus (Associated Press, June 18)

Quarantine fatigue: Governors reject new lockdowns as virus cases spike (Politico, June 11)

Experts call for White House to craft a plan for equal access to COVID-19 vaccine (National Journal, June 9)

Protests in the Pandemic (PBS News Hour, June 8)

People are gargling bleach, misusing disinfectants. Are you using these products safely? (MSN, June 8)

Coronavirus kills black people at twice the rate as white people: Here's what we can do about it (Los Angeles Times, June 6)

Health experts fear long-term damage to CDC's credibility (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 5)

Protesting during the coronavirus pandemic: Tips for staying safe, according to experts (Fox News, June 5)

Some Cities are Shutting Down Coronavirus Testing During the Protests (BuzzFeed News, June 5)

Dr. Anthony Fauci says whether schools reopen in the fall is 'complicated,' will depend on the region (CNBC, June 3)

Black Americans Have Been Dying Prematurely Long Before COVID, But Pandemic Highlights Disparities (Kaiser Health News Online, June 3)

Cause of death: COVID-19, police violence or racism? (Los Angeles Times, June 3)

Protests may add COVID-19 cases and compound racial disparities (Roll Call, June 2)

COVID-19 Hits Blacks Hardest Due to 'Legacy of Inequality' (Washington Informer, May 29)

Medical experts say there will be a second wave of coronavirus in San Antonio, but when? (KSAT, May 28)

Do Masks Prevent COVID-19? (Ozarks Tonight, May 25)

Trump Tweets and Golfs, but  Makes No Mention of Virus's Toll (New York Times, May 24)

POLITICO-Harvard poll: Stark partisan divide on reopening country (Politico, May 22)

Doctors push Trump to quickly reopen country in letter organized by conservatives (The Hill, May 21)

How to Recreate Responsibly in the Outdoors (REI Co-Op Journal, May 21)

Dr. Georges Benjamin on States Reopening and Potential Risks (CSPAN Washington Journal, May 20)

Trump sidelines CDC in push to reopen the US economy (Al Jazeera, May 20)

Scientists Studying the Coronavirus Say Some States are Censoring Them (BuzzFeed News, May 20)

9 ways COVID-19 may forever upend the U.S. health care industry (Stat News, May 19)

Businesses, Schools Draw on CDC's Guidance to Reopen (NPR, May 18)

Minnesota officials cautious after first week with fewer COVID-19 deaths (Star-Tribune, May 16)

Connecting with nature during COVID-19 (AccuWeather.com, May 15)

Here's how that rumor that smokers can't get COVID-19 got started (Salon, May 13)

CDC guidance more restrictive than White House (Associated Press, May 13)

House Coronavirus Oversight Panel to Focus on U.S. Reopening (Bloomberg, May 12)

Trump plays down coronavirus testing as U.S. falls short of level scientists say is needed (The Washington Post, May 8)

Striving for Equity in COVID-19 Testing — A conversation with the executive director of the American Public Health Association (California Health Care Foundation, May 7)

Pandemic 'Weather Service" Key Before Next Outbreak, House Told (Bloomberg Law, May 6)

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting communities of color particularly hard (The Hill, May 4)

A coronavirus vaccine may arrive next year. 'Herd immunity' will take longer (BioPharmaDive, May 4)

Mathematical models help predict the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak. But can they be believed?  (Seattle Times, May 3)

As White House's social distancing guidelines expire, health experts worry mixed messages will spur public complacency (The Washington Post, April 30)

Calls to poison control have spiked. Are you using cleaning products safely? (NBC News Today, April 30)

Why Coronavirus is Not the Great Equalizer (AJ+, April 30)

Half of States Don't Meet Benchmarks to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Analysis Shows (U.S.  News & World Report, April 29)

'A Terrible Price':'The Deadly Racial Disparities of COVID-19 in America (New York Times magazine, April 29)

Will summer kill coronavirus? Cities fear heat waves will quickly become deadly. (The Washington Post, April 28)

Will coronavirus finally kill the open office? (Mic, April 28)

There Aren't Enough Coronavirus Test Kits to Safely Reopen America, Experts Warn (U.S. News & World Report April 27)

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Brings Cautious Hope (WebMD Health News, April 27)

Discussing possibilities for fall 2020 (GW Hatchet podcast "Getting to the Bottom of It," April 27)

Major health groups and charities urge Trump to reverse World Health Organization funding decision (CNN, April 24)

Uncertainty lies ahead as US enters new phase of coronavirus fight (Washington Examiner, April 24)

How California is Enlisting Star Residents for Stay-at-Home PSAs (The Hollywood Reporter, April 22)

How Many Health Care Workers are Sick with Coronavirus? No One Knows (NY1, April 21)

The resumption of NBA season might rely on protocols not yet available (Los Angeles Times, April 20)

'These Numbers Take Your Breath Away': Why Black Americans Are Dying from COVID-19 at Alarming Rates (Courier Newsroom, April 20)

'Tuskegee always looms in our minds': Some fear black Americans, hardest hit by coronavirus, may not get vaccine (USA Today, April 19)

Experts Worry Politics Will Guide Voters' Virus Precautions (U.S. News & World Report, April 18)

Contract Tracing Shortage Could Strain Efforts to Reopen Economy (U.S. News & World Report, April 17) 

ICE tactics to limit spread of COVID-19 in detention centers stir controversy (Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, April 16)

Big Brother Wants to Track Your Location and Health Data. And That's Not All Bad. (Kaiser Health News, April 16)

Senate Democrats Push for Better Federal Response and More $$ for COVID-19 Testing (MedPage Today, April 16)

Trump wants to reopen America in a few weeks. In internal documents, federal health officials warn the bar to do so safely may be too high (USA Today, April 15)

U.S. conservatives who detest climate models add a new target: coronavirus models (Science Magazine and Scientific American courtesy E&E News, April 15)

WBO Champion Terence Crawford Says Coronavirus Is a Media-Driving Conspiracy: 'They're Using Fear to Try to Control Us' (Newsweek, April 15)

Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Georges Benjamin, MD (April 15)

US hospitals are inundated. Some foreign-born workers are blocked from helping (ABS/CBN News, April 14)

Pandemic Preparation (Ozarks Tonight, April 13)

As the going gets tough, America returns to experts for help (Associated Press, April 12)

What flaws in the U.S. healthcare system has the coronavirus pandemic exposed? (The Gazette, April 12)

Experts Explain How Making Art While You're Stuck at Home Can Help Mental Health (All World Report, April 12)

Politics mixes with science as states turn to virus models (Associated Press, April 11)

A fight over data infiltrates Trumpworld's response to coronavirus (Politico, April 10)

Coronavirus is disproportionately killing the black community. Here's what experts say can be done about it (ABC News, April 9)

Black People are Disproportionately Getting and Dying from COVID-19 (US News & World Report, April 7)

African Americans may be dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate. Better data is essential, experts say (NBC News, April 7)

Coronavirus Disease Discriminates. Our Health Care Doesn't Have To (Newsweek, April 7)

Long-standing racial and income disparities seen creeping into COVID-19 care (Modern Healthcare, April 6)

Trump says hospitals will be paid for treating uninsured coronavirus patients (New York Times, April 3)

Social distancing works, but resistance prompts worries of growing crisis (The Hill, April 3)

The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate. U.S. Health Care May Be a Different Story (WVPB-FM, April 1)

Holdout governors face pressure to issue stay-at-home orders (The Hill, March 30)

Limited testing poses challenges to mapping COVID-19 Spread (Modern Healthcare, March 30)

Fact check: Could your December cough actually have been coronavirus? Experts say more research is needed (USA Today, March 26)

Protecting Grocery Store Workers and Shoppers from COVID-19 (Forbes, March 23)

Johnson County daycare facilities remaining open amid school closures and COVID-19 pandemic (Shawnee Mission Post, March 19)

Take a deep breath: Making risk-based decisions in the coronavirus era (The Jamestown Sun, March 18)

Coronavirus: Will US be ready in the weeks ahead? (BBC News, March 17)

How can you do social distancing at home? Tips for families as coronavirus spreads (Raleigh News & Observer, March 17)

Self Quarantine? Isolation? Social Distancing? What They Mean And When To Do Them (NPR, March 16)

"State public health cuts hamper coronavirus containment" (ABC News, March 16)

To stop coronavirus in its tracks, here's your guide to 5 degrees of separation (PolitiFact, March 16)

PoliticsNation With Al Sharpton (MSNBC, March 15)

"Social Distancing: Places and Events to Avoid Because of Coronavirus" (Huffington Post, March 14)

U.S. unions, groups urge government steps to protect workers from coronavirus (CNBC, March 13)

Public Health expert says African Americans are at greater risk for death from coronavirus (The Undefeated, March 13)

"Coronavirus will hit the health system hard, and not all states are prepared" (Los Angeles Times, March 12)

How Public Health Can Serve the Communities and Populations at the Greatest Risk for Being Left Behind (Public Health on Call, March 12)

"Face masks in national stockpile have not been substantially replenished since 2009" (The Washington Post, March 10)

"States have 'immense' power to fight coronavirus" (Roll Call, March 10)

"Coronavirus poses new test for strained public health system" (The Hill, Jan. 30)