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Past articles by Mike:

CDC Study Finds Two Masks Are Better Than One Vs. COVID-19

A new government study finds that wearing two masks can be better than one in protecting against coronavirus spread. → Read More

US Rushes to Catch Up in the Race to Detect Mutant Viruses

Despite its world-class medical system and its vaunted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. fell behind in the race to detect dangerous... → Read More

Report: Many US Nursing Home Staff Decline First COVID Shots

Only a little more than a third of nursing home workers have been getting shots against COVID-19 when the vaccinations are first offered → Read More

Virus Variant From South Africa Detected in US for 1st Time

A new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa has been found in the United States for the first time → Read More

US Hits Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations as Cases Climb

The U.S. has hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November → Read More

CDC Drops Controversial Testing Advice That Caused Backlash

U.S. health officials are dropping a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and telling all those who have been in close contact with infected people to... → Read More

Coronavirus Deaths in Kids Echoes Toll in Adults, CDC Says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients. The report examined 121... → Read More

Trump to Announce Plasma Treatment Authorized for COVID-19

President Donald Trump is set to announce the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients → Read More

US Reports Show Racial Disparities in Kids With COVID-19

Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. → Read More

Mass Gatherings, Erosion of Trust Upend Coronavirus Control

Health experts are concerned that protests erupting across the nation and the law enforcement response to them will upend efforts to track and contain the... → Read More

Officials Cite Mistakes as CDC Removes Coronavirus Guidance

U.S. health officials removed some coronavirus reopening tips for religious organizations only hours after posting them late last week, deleting guidance that discouraged choir gatherings and the use of shared communion cups. → Read More

US Births Fall, and Virus Could Drive Them Down More

U.S. births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest number of newborns in 35 years. → Read More

Global Virus Updates: Japan Plunges Into Recession as US States Open Up

Japan’s economy plunged into recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic squelched business activity, while leaders in the U.S. and Europe... → Read More

Officials Release Edited Coronavirus Reopening Guidance

U.S. health officials have released part of some long-delayed specific guidance that schools, businesses, and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns → Read More

Health Official Says US Missed Some Chances to Slow Virus

The U.S. government was slow to understand how much the coronavirus was spreading from Europe, which helped drive the acceleration of outbreaks across the nation, a top health official said Friday. → Read More

Health Care Workers Are 10%-20% of US Coronavirus Cases

Between 10% and 20% of U.S. coronavirus cases are health care workers, and they tend to be younger and are hospitalized at lower rates than infected patients... → Read More

For 1st Time in 4 Years, US Life Expectancy Rises — a Little

For the first time in four years, life expectancy in the U.S. has gone up → Read More

US Measles Cases Top 700, With Many Illnesses Among Kids

Measles continues to spread in the United States, with more than 704 cases reported so far this year in 22 states. U.S. health officials on Monday updated the national tally. It has already eclipsed the... → Read More

Flu Vaccine Doing a Relatively Good Job This Season

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective... → Read More

American Adults Getting Heavier, Staying the Same Height: CDC

You don't need to hang the mistletoe higher but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren't getting any taller but they are still getting fatter. The... → Read More