Raul Gomez sells Mexican flags Tuesday before the U.S. and Mexico national teams face off in the CONCACAF Nations League finals at Mile High Stadium. Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite hide caption
In the 1970s, Vernice Davis Anthony was one of dozens of Detroit public health nurses who regularly fanned out throughout the city, building trust. They visited the home of every new mom and worked in schools, tracking cases of infectious diseases and making sure kids got immunized. Nic Antaya/Kaiser Health News hide caption
Allie Henderson with her sister Claire and her mom, LeAnn, outside their home recently in Terry, Miss. “I want people to get vaccinated — because I know what it feels like,” Allie says of her near-fatal encounter with COVID-19 this year. Imani Khayyam for KHN hide caption
Many survivors don’t report sexual assaults because they fear no one will believe them. Advocates say better training for police on the neuroscience of trauma could help survivors feel safe while talking with police, making it less likely they experience a secondary trauma. Marissa Espiritu/CapRadio hide caption
August 7, 2021 • Rural health experts are calling on trusted agricultural leaders — like farmers and ranchers — to use their understanding of science and nudge vaccine-hesitant neighbors to roll up their sleeves.
July 15, 2021 • The nation’s top doctor, Vivek Murthy, says misinformation will keep sowing mistrust and endangering lives unless all Americans do their part to fight it.
July 10, 2021 • To close the vaccination gap among Latinos in Colorado, health workers are bringing the shot to neighborhoods and soccer games, and drawing on trusted networks of friends and family.
August 26, 2021 • The pandemic has meant many kids have put off doctor visits and recommended shots. Experts worry that means some pockets of the U.S. are now more vulnerable to outbreaks of measles and meningitis.
August 15, 2021 • The sponsor of 4-H clubs nationally is tapping its respected roots in rural communities to promote COVID-19 vaccines. But it won’t be easy, locals say. Start with trusted local voices — and listen.
Stephanie Rimel looks at a photo of her brother Kyle Dixon, 27, who died of COVID-19 on Jan. 20. She says that during his illness and after his death, some people made insensitive comments or denied the pandemic’s reality. Brett Sholtis/WITF hide caption
July 22, 2021 • The agency argues that vaccinated people are safe without masks. But the guidance leaves room for plenty of unvaccinated people to mingle dangerously, and many argue that this is fueling case surges.
A team at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in southern Oregon prepares to intubate a COVID-19 patient. Michael Blumhardt/Asante hide caption
July 27, 2021 • Reversing earlier guidance, the agency is encouraging indoor masking for fully vaccinated people under certain circumstances.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has helped the U.S. through other crises like the Zika outbreak, is now taking on health misinformation around COVID-19, which he says continues to jeopardize the country’s efforts to beat back the virus. John Raoux/AP hide caption
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t budged on its guidance that vaccinated people can skip mask-wearing, but some local governments faced with surging cases are going back to mandates, such as Los Angeles County, which recently mandated indoor mask use, including at places like bars and restaurants. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
Front-line workers at a medical center in Aurora, Colo., gather for a COVID-19 memorial on July 15 to commemorate the lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic. New estimates say many thousands more will die in the U.S. this summer and fall. Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption
August 30, 2021 • After their brother died, two sisters faced a barrage of misinformation, pandemic denialism and blaming questions. Grief experts say that makes COVID-19 the newest kind of “disenfranchising death.”
Students head to class this month in Thornton, Colo. Infectious disease experts say the decline in vaccination rates against childhood diseases during the pandemic has increased the potential for outbreaks of diseases once largely vanquished in the United States. RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption
July 17, 2021 • The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading fast and driving new cases and hospitalizations. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself and your kids from getting sick.

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.
August 22, 2021 • How a sexual assault survivor is questioned by police can greatly influence the ability to access memories of that traumatic incident. Better interview techniques might help solve more cases.
August 31, 2021 • Putting lawyers in medical clinics — sometimes funded by Medicaid — is based on the idea that fixing some legal woes can be vital to good medical care. Emerging evidence suggests that works.
With the delta variant surging, “All people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future” should get vaccinated against COVID-19, the CDC urges. DjelicS/Getty Images hide caption
Larry Lieb, 69, feeds the cattle on his farm in Mode, Ill., public health articles 2021 on July 8. He says he feels safer having gotten the coronavirus vaccine. But he’s not interested in trying to convince anyone else to get it. Christine Herman/WILL hide caption
In Idaho, a record number of people are hospitalized with COVID-19, raising the possibility of rationing medical care. Many states are grappling with the fallout of the delta variant’s surge in cases. Kyle Green/AP hide caption
Shots Health News From NPR Your Health Treatments & Tests Health Inc. Policy-ish Public Health Twitter Public Health Subscribe to Health Newsletter Twenty years after 9/11, the first responders who rushed in to save lives at the World Trade Center suffer higher rates of cancer than the general public. And many have died of cancers linked to the exposure to toxins in the air. But research suggests they’re surviving at higher rates too. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images hide caption
August 6, 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.
August 11, 2021 • Only 23% of those pregnant in the U.S. have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, statistics show. And with the delta variant surging, those who are unvaccinated are especially vulnerable.
Demonstrators calling on people to wear masks gather outside school district headquarters in Marietta, Ga., last week. A recent review at pandemic data finds requiring masks, capping the size of gatherings and instituting certain bar, gym and restaurant restrictions are all strategies that can help stop a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Mike Stewart/AP hide caption
September 5, 2021 • The delta variant is pummeling America’s hospitals, taxing an already-depleted health care workforce. Once again, some states are facing the prospect of rationing medical care.
Paige Vickers for NPR Public Health Teens Asked, We Answered: The Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines July 24, 2021 • Nope, they won’t put a microchip in you. And the side effects usually aren’t that bad. And if you want to get your HPV shot at the same time, that totally works. Read on for these and more answers.
Tourists still stop by to see the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Cairo, Ill., where commercial ships dock on the banks. A history of racial tension dating to the Civil War still stings in Cairo. And like many rural towns across the U.S., the community feels underappreciated and misunderstood. Cara Anthony/Kaiser Health News hide caption
Federal health officials are planning ahead to give booster shots in the fall to all U.S. adults, starting with those who were vaccinated early on, like the elderly, health care workers and first responders. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption
Subway riders mask up this month in New York City. Wearing masks in all kinds of indoor settings may be the safest way to slow the spread of the delta variant, many health experts say. Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
The CDC recommended that people with weakened immune systems get a third shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. The move follows the FDA’s authorization of such use a day earlier. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
August 13, 2021 • The CDC is officially recommending a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for people with weakened immune systems. It follows the FDA authorization a day earlier.
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.
September 6, 2021 • The cancer risk is linked to exposure to toxins at ground zero. But the group is also more likely than the general public to survive, perhaps because of the comprehensive care they receive.
Attorney Marc Scanlon meets with client Kimberly Ledezma at Salud Family Health Centers’ clinic in Commerce City, Colo. Every day in this Denver suburb, four lawyers join the clinic’s physicians, psychiatrists and social workers to consult on cases, as part of the clinic’s philosophy that mending legal ills is as important for health as diet and exercise. Jakob Rodgers/Kaiser Health News hide caption
Pop star Olivia Rodrigo makes a brief statement to reporters Wednesday in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption
September 3, 2021 • Allie Henderson’s friends, extended family, church and the community prayed for the popular young athlete and then celebrated her recovery. So why won’t they follow her plea and get vaccinated?
A data scientist working in tech, Michael Donnelly became an amateur COVID-19 watcher early in the pandemic. When his vaccinated friends started getting sick following July Fourth festivities in Provincetown, Mass., he documented more than 50 breakthrough cases that ultimately led the CDC to changing its guidance on masking. Jason LeCras for NPR hide caption
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August 19, 2021 • If all goes to plan, Americans who got Pfizer or Moderna shots can get a third dose eight months after their last jab. Here’s why health officials think you’ll need one.
July 15, 2021 • Only about 42% of 18- to 24-year-olds are fully vaccinated. Eager to reach them, the White House is calling in pop stars and trying to spread the word on TikTok.
August 6, 2021 • With bankruptcy looming in 2012, Detroit largely dismantled its public health department. Years later, that decision offers a cautionary tale to other U. public health articles 2021 S