Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post

Fenit Nirappil

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Recent articles by Fenit:

CDC: Consider fewer sexual partners to avoid monkeypox

The guidance was issued the day after the Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. → Read More

Struggle to protect gay, bisexual men from monkeypox exposes inequities

This is what disparities look like in accessing testing, vaccines and treatment for monkeypox, the latest viral threat hanging over gay life. → Read More

Moderna vaccine on brink of approval for older children

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unanimously recommended the agency clear Moderna vaccine for children 6 through 17 years old. → Read More

Monkeypox dilemma: How to warn gay men about risk without fueling hate

As the U.S. confronts its largest-ever monkeypox outbreak, public health authorities navigate a delicate but familiar balancing act. → Read More

Covid was vanishing last Memorial Day. Cases are five times higher now.

Covid-weary Americans enter summer with little effort to contain a still-raging pandemic. → Read More

CDC identifies nine monkeypox cases in U.S. amid signs of local spread

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced nine cases of monkeypox have been detected in seven states as of Wednesday, as global health authorities confront an unprecedented spread of the virus. → Read More

CDC tells doctors to be on alert for monkeypox as global cases rise

An unprecedented global spread of monkeypox raises alarm among public health authorities, with at least one case in the United States and more than 70 across Europe. → Read More

The bar for reimposing mask mandates is getting higher and higher

The shift away from mask mandates in blue cities and states has been months in the making, and they are not coming back even as cases of the highly transmissible BA. 2 coronavirus variant rise. → Read More

Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among unvaccinated as toll on elderly grows

The pandemic’s toll is no longer falling almost exclusively on those who chose not to get shots, according to a Post analysis, as the elderly and immunocompromised have a harder time dodging increasingly contagious strains. → Read More

Cities are ditching vaccine mandates to dine out and watch shows. Did they work?

Some cities, including Chicago and Philadelphia, say they are prepared to bring back vaccine mandates to combat surges. → Read More

Masks come off in blue states. Residents wonder: Is it too soon, or long overdue?

The mask era appears to be on the decline as the coronavirus pandemic lurches into a third year, another turning point on the circuitous path to normalcy. → Read More

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