Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post

Fenit Nirappil

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Recent articles by Fenit:

Southeast U.S. poised for a firestorm of omicron cases, with few safeguards in place

Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi are among the states experiencing the sharpest increases in covid-19 hospitalizations since Christmas. → Read More

Omicron and holidays unleash scramble for coronavirus tests across the U.S.

Easy access to coronavirus tests is uneven across the United States as the nation faces the prospect of explosive outbreaks linked to holiday travel and the highly transmissible omicron variant. → Read More

Your questions about covid, answered: Omicron, indoor spaces, boosters, lockdowns

Reporters at The Post respond to four questions about the coronavirus. → Read More

Thanksgiving 2021: Americans weigh how to celebrate safely while covid cases rise

Public health authorities are focusing on Thanksgiving risk reduction: getting vaccines and boosters, undergoing testing to prevent asymptomatic transmission and, in some cases, celebrating outdoors or while masked. → Read More

Flu practically vanished last year. Now doctors are bracing for potential ‘twindemic’ of flu and covid-19 spikes.

Experts say Americans have built up less natural immunity against influenza because so few were infected in 2020. Health officials are concerned that a spike of flu and covid-19 cases could strain hospitals this winter. → Read More

Kentucky schools overwhelmingly keep mask mandates after Republicans scrapped state requirement

The Republican state legislature repealed a statewide school mask mandate unilaterally put in place by the Democratic governor. But most Kentucky school districts made a different choice: They kept mask mandates in place. → Read More

They’re called mild cases. But people with breakthrough covid can still feel pretty sick.

Those cases can be as modest as a few days of sniffles, but, in other circumstances, can spawn debilitating headaches and fatigue. → Read More

When delta strikes: Latest coronavirus surges grow faster, hit record heights in Louisiana, Florida

While much of the country wrestles with new masking guidance, public health authorities and doctors in the states hit hardest by the delta variant surge are confronting a new stage of the pandemic unlike anything they’ve seen. → Read More

Los Angeles County reimposes indoor mask mandate for all as coronavirus cases rise nationwide

The order to take effect late Saturday night in the county of 10 million people marks the most dramatic reversal of the country’s reopening this summer as experts fear a new wave of the virus. → Read More

Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds

As recently as June 4, states with higher vaccination rates did not have significantly lower case rates than states where few people were vaccinated. → Read More

600,000 dead: With normal life in reach, covid’s late-stage victims lament what could have been

The Americans who have died of covid-19 in recent days and weeks passed away even as their families, friends and neighbors emerged from 15 months of isolation and fear. → Read More

Patients in India are desperate for care. This family turned to a doctor 7,700 miles away.

Doctors throughout the Indian diaspora, including in the United States, are trying to fill a medical void from afar through both organized and unofficial channels. → Read More

‘Living in two realities’: Indian diaspora reckons with crisis abroad

Vaccine selfies flood social media feeds and families are reuniting in the U.S. as many Indian Americans are struggling to help loved ones with coronavirus access medical care in India. → Read More

Time to double or upgrade masks as coronavirus variants emerge, experts say

The change can be as simple as slapping a second mask over the one you already wear or, better, donning a fabric mask on top of a surgical mask. → Read More

U.S. largely avoided Christmas coronavirus surge, but experts warn the threat could intensify

Cases skyrocketed at the start of 2021, approaching a seven-day daily average of 250,000 around Jan. 10 before declining. But the toll on the health-care system was softer than expected. Hospitals had braced for enormous spikes in patients that could have forced rationing care, exhausted already limited beds and sparked a nationwide shortage of health-care workers. But officials across the… → Read More

Another coronavirus variant linked to growing share of cases, several large outbreaks, in California

Health officials stress they haven’t determined if the variant might be more contagious or resistant to vaccines → Read More

A Black doctor alleged racist treatment before dying of covid-19: ‘This is how Black people get killed’

Indiana University Health System, which operates the hospital where the physician was treated, declined to comment on treatment details but said it would implement “new anti-racism, anti-bias and civility training for all team members.” → Read More

U.S. negotiating with Pfizer to secure additional coronavirus vaccine by spring

The move comes after the company said the U.S. probably wouldn’t receive additional doses until summer. → Read More

Despite efforts by Bowser and D.C. Council, opioid deaths hit record this year

To curb overdoses, the council voted to decriminalize needle possession and expand “good Samaritan” laws. → Read More

D.C. Council votes to outlaw cashless stores, allow some prisoners to seek early release

Lawmakers also moved to ban noncompete clauses and to grant a right of return for workers laid off because of the pandemic. → Read More