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William Wan

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Recent articles by William:

Two shootings leave three dead in Washington

Deadly gun violence Saturday night in Northwest D.C. was followed hours later by another incident in Southeast. → Read More

To escape Afghanistan, these brothers were forced to choose whose family to save

After dodging bullets, bombs and Taliban fighters, Afghan evacuees now must live with choices they made amid the chaos. → Read More

He took his wife and kids to Afghanistan one last time. Now he can’t get them out.

Mohammad Sadeed is back in Philadelphia, but his wife and five children are trapped in Kabul, where the Afghan immigrants could be deemed traitors by the Taliban. → Read More

Haiti’s long, terrible history of earthquakes and disaster

Even before Saturday’s earthquake, Haiti was already reeling from crises following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last month. → Read More

Covid killed her husband. Now it’s taking the only home her kids have ever known.

The death of Lisa Grim’s 37-year-old husband not only devastated her and her two sons emotionally, it has broken them financially → Read More

Senators join effort to create a covid memorial day for 614,000 pandemic victims

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who lost her older brother to covid-19, is sponsoring a bill in the Senate to create a national day of remembrance for those lost during the pandemic. → Read More

Grieving families asked Congress to recognize covid’s victims. It didn’t go well.

Families want a national covid remembrance day, but turning their grief into political power is proving difficult. → Read More

Biden announces $7.4 billion to hire more public health workers amid pandemic

After decades of chronic underfunding, U.S. public health departments last year showed how ill-equipped they are to carry out basic functions, let alone serve as the last line of defense against a pandemic. → Read More

U.S. birthrate falls to its lowest rate in decades in wake of the pandemic

It is the biggest annual decrease in almost half a century -- suggesting the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated an existing trend. → Read More

Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession

After a year of trauma, doctors, nurses and other health workers are struggling to cope. More than half are burned out. More than 6 in 10 have struggled with worsening mental health. → Read More

More than 4 in 10 health-care workers have not been vaccinated, Post-KFF poll finds

The lingering obstacles to vaccinating health-care workers foreshadows the challenge the United States will face as it attempts to get the vast majority of the population vaccinated. → Read More

Americans are getting fewer coronavirus tests. Here’s why that’s bad.

Coronavirus testing, which helps stop virus transmission, is down 33.6 percent. Officials said some don’t want the inconvenience or to isolate after getting results. → Read More

How this summer could bring the pandemic relief we’re longing for

Coronavirus cases could increase in spring with variants. Summer may bring some normalcy. But the virus is almost certainly here to stay. → Read More

A fast, at-home coronavirus test will be available to Americans this year

The test produces fast results, but supply will initially be limited and the cost is too high for many. → Read More

Pandemic relief bill delivers $4.25 billion for mental health services

The funding is the largest amount behavioral health groups have gotten in a spending bill. Advocates say more is needed to address historic levels of depression, substance abuse. → Read More

America is finally about to get a lot more coronavirus tests. The question now: How best to use them?

The bad news is there still won’t be enough to make testing a routine act for most Americans, as some experts have called for. → Read More

How do home tests for coronavirus work? Where can I get one?

But to truly make a difference, experts say, the tests first must become much cheaper and more widely available. What home tests are available? How much do they cost? When can I get one? For months, consumers have been able to buy home collection kits. But these are quite different from the new rapid home tests. The older home collection kits usually sell for $110 to $150 at retailers such as… → Read More

FDA authorizes first rapid, over-the-counter home coronavirus test

Unlike previous home tests, this version does not require samples to be sent to a lab and can be taken without doctor’s orders by anyone older than age 2. → Read More

Pandemic is pushing America’s 911 system to ‘breaking point,’ ambulance operators say

Surging demand, financial strain are leaving ambulance services exhausted and running out of funds. → Read More

Coronavirus vaccines face trust gap in Black and Latino communities, study finds

Other recent studies have also pointed to vaccine hesitancy in communities of color, but Monday’s survey delved deeper into the reasons, polling respondents on a spectrum of questions to get at the roots of their distrust. → Read More