Recent surveys show rates of social distancing among Americans plummeted leading up to this fall, when the country started seeing another surge in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, Rob Stein reports for NPR's "Shots." Check out our interactive maps to see how well your state adhered to social distancing—and other coronavirus countermeasures—throughout 2020.
CDC in guidance released Friday recommended "universal face mask use" outside of the home for the first time since America's new coronavirus epidemic began. Here's what you need to know, and the agency's nine further recommendations to stop the spread.
President-elect Joe Biden is tapping longtime politicians, federal officials, and health care experts to fill major health care roles in his administration—including a newly expanded role for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci. Here's what you need to know.
Bioethicists are concerned that a unique type of "black market" will emerge once the country authorizes a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, whereby wealthy and well-connected Americans will essentially "jump the line" to get the vaccine before more at-risk populations, Olivia Goldhill and Nicholas St. Fleur report for STAT News.
Writing in the New York Times' "Well," Jessica Nutik Zitter, a palliative medicine and critical care doctor, shares how Covid-19 has transformed the use of telehealth in her line of work, turning a mode of communication once considered "callous, heartless, and cold" into a welcome, positive "portal" for medical and familial support.
Intermountain Healthcare and Sanford Health on Friday announced they have indefinitely suspended talks to merge and create a $15 billion health system, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Utah.