Health communication expert gives U.S. a "C" for pandemic performance

Jan 18, 2022
Cynthia Baur of the University of Maryland explains how health agencies get their messages out.
Warning sign: To end the confusion about pandemic information, said Cynthia Baur, officials need to "get back to the communication basics, which are to explain things very clearly and simply in a jargon-free way."
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COVID testing's rocky start led to long lines, limited access today

Dec 22, 2021
Economists say testing is key to fighting the pandemic and restoring the economy.
Manufacturers of COVID test kits have been uncertain about their market, and production has been erratic.
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Banning evictions for 1 more month could make a big difference

Jun 24, 2021
Experts say it will give both renters and property owners more time to access that Congress gave states for rental assistance.
Experts say it will give both renters and property owners more time to access that Congress gave states for rental assistance.
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Cruise ships, eager to sail, offer free trial voyages

Jun 18, 2021
The CDC is requiring U.S. cruise operators to test safety protocols on volunteer passengers.
The CDC is requiring U.S. cruise operators to run “trial voyages” to test COVID-19 safety protocols on volunteer passengers.
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New mask guidance means huge headaches for retail shops, workers

May 14, 2021
Individual businesses and local governments can still set their own rules for whether masks are required.
The new CDC guideline puts retailers in an "impossible situation," an expert said. Some shops with mask requirements say Thursday's statement is energizing customer protests.
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What about wearing a mask in stores or at work?

Despite new CDC guidance, businesses and workplaces will likely still require masks for now.
For now, many businesses are likely to still require face masks.
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Cruise lines could offer free trial voyages to test safety

May 7, 2021
U.S. cruise ships are one step closer to setting sail again.
An aerial view from a drone shows Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Sea cruise ship docked at PortMiami on March 02, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
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CDC: Vacant middle seats on flights reduce COVID exposure risk

Apr 19, 2021
But most major domestic airlines have already stopped blocking those seats.
This late in the pandemic, though, this data might not make a whole lot of difference when it comes to airlines' policies.
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COVID vaccines at Dollar General would boost access for low-income populations, study says

Apr 8, 2021
According to the company, 75% of Americans have a Dollar General within 5 miles of their home.
Dollar General has nearly doubled its store count in the last decade, filling in gaps in areas without big-box stores or grocery chains.
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In 2 decisions, CDC signals the pandemic still has months to go

Mar 29, 2021
The eviction moratorium remains in place until summer, and cruise ships won't sail from U.S. ports until at least late November.
“Please hold on a little while longer," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, urging Americans to maintain coronavirus safety precautions.
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