Karin Brulliard, Washington Post

Karin Brulliard

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Recent articles by Karin:

One state has never taken in refugees. Will it welcome Afghans?

Wyoming has no refugee resettlement program. But some hope to host Afghan evacuees anyway. → Read More

A vaccine mandate fractures a state fair, leaving children as ‘pawns’

The battle over vaccine mandates can be especially fraught at public places and large events. In New Mexico, 4-H and similar organizations boycotted the state fair over a vaccine requirement and held their own livestock expo. → Read More

To mask or not to mask? With vaccines and new guidelines, the mask-faithful navigate a ‘weird gray area.’

People who embraced masks are now recalibrating their relationship with an accessory that has served as a shield against a deadly pathogen, a security blanket during a crisis, and a symbol – of regard for the common good, liberal politics or belief in science. → Read More

Will schools fully reopen? It may depend on whether students have to sit six feet apart.

Many schools are getting more kids into classrooms by scrapping the CDC's distancing recommendations — and a growing number of experts say it's safe. → Read More

After months of trauma, vaccinated health-care workers welcome a surprising emotion: hope

For some frontline workers who have been vaccinated after toiling for nearly a year under exhausting, dangerous and sometimes terrifying conditions, the shot brought an enduring sense of relief. → Read More

On the covid-19 beat: Rule enforcers seek cooperation but come ready to fine scofflaws

Across the nation, states and localities battle a coronavirus surge by imposing some of the most sweeping restrictions since the stay-at-home orders of the spring -- and, in some places, government employees are being enlisted to enforce the rules. → Read More

At dinner parties and game nights, casual American life is fueling the coronavirus surge

The behind-doors transmission reflects pandemic fatigue and widening social bubbles, experts say — and is particularly insidious because it is so difficult to police and likely to increase as temperatures drop. → Read More

In Arizona, the coronavirus raged. With masks and other measures, it subsided. What can it teach America?

In Arizona, some jurisdictions are lifting mask mandates, fraying nerves among some observers who say such loosening is premature. → Read More

As the coronavirus surges, it is reaching into the nation’s last untouched areas

Months after it raced in successive waves along the nation’s coasts and through the Sun Belt, the virus is reaching deep into its final frontier — the nation’s most sparsely-populated states and counties. → Read More

With students — and covid-19 — on campuses, college towns look on warily

It reflects enduring town-and-gown friction, characterized in recent decades by clashes over student behavior and land use by universities. But never before have the conflicts played out amid a global pandemic. → Read More

Humans are decimating wildlife, and the pandemic is a sign, report says

The World Wildlife Fund report emphasized that one catastrophic consequence of the declines is now before our eyes, with the coronavirus pandemic caused by a zoonotic spillover that is becoming more common as humans expand their footprint. → Read More

First U.S. cases of coronavirus in mink found at Utah fur farms

Employees at the farms also tested positive, but it is unclear whether they transmitted the infection to the animals, or vice versa. → Read More

For dogs, the pandemic means more walks but new anxieties

People are altering their routines and dog-walking routes, avoiding other people with their pups. → Read More

Which pups will make the grade as a service dog?

Canine science aims to increase the success rate for service dogs by analyzing minds, genetics and behavior. → Read More

States with stricter covid-19 restrictions watch lax neighbors warily, knowing the virus does not respect borders

Sarah Poe watched with rising alarm as coronavirus cases began to spiral last month in rural Malheur County, Ore., turning the remote region bright red on maps of hot spots. The county health director knew locals were ditching masks and isolation. But she also saw a threat directly across the Snake River: Idaho. Half the workforce in Malheur, where the minimum wage is $4 higher than across the… → Read More

Dog experiments at VA necessary for ‘only a few areas of research,’ panel says in sweeping report

The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that dogs remain important models for some cardiovascular and spinal cord research but strongly urged VA to work harder at identifying alternatives, including trials involving pet dogs and non-animal methods. → Read More

People probably caught coronavirus from minks. That’s a wake-up call to study infections in animals, researchers say.

A large outbreak in animals could pose a threat to the animals themselves and possibly to human health. → Read More

Shuttered zoos are hemorrhaging money, and they want federal help for endangered species work

Zoos say they have been hit harder by shutdowns than many other institutions because their occupants -- more than a million animals nationwide -- still need food, water, heating, cooling and veterinary care. → Read More

This veterinary lab is the linchpin in one state’s covid-19 testing approach

Oklahoma State University's animal health lab, which more typically focuses on tests for rabies and cattle respiratory ailments, is processing more human coronavirus tests than any other lab in the state. → Read More

Two New York cats test positive for coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know about the virus and animals.

Isolate the cat? Clorox the dog? We asked experts about the connections between pets, wildlife and the coronavirus. → Read More