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Coronavirus Files: U.S. cases rise and CDC says mask up

CDC recommends precautions as cases rise in Northeast, while regulators OK boosters for kids as young as 5. Shots for younger kids could be approved by the end of June.
Día de los Muertos altar honors COVID dead at Sherlock Elementary School, 2021.

The Misidentified

In a Latino community near Chicago, too many victims of COVID are identified as white, Black or other.

‘Horrifying’ wait times for state hospital beds, official says

State data show a record number of people experiencing a mental health crisis are waiting in jails for beds in state hospitals that don’t have enough staff to operate at capacity.
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In the Latino community, pandemic-fueled poverty triggers a silent crisis in mental health

"I never talked about this because it is taboo," said a Los Angeles mother of three.

Coronavirus Files: 1M Americans dead as new COVID funds remain tangled in politics

Plus, Moderna publishes new data on vaccinating children, and millions stand to lose Medicaid coverage this summer.
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Keep these ideas in mind as you gear up to cover abortion after Roe v. Wade

Here's what a leading policy expert, a physician and a journalist on the beat are focusing on now.
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Is physical therapy the answer to the chronic pain crisis? A cardiologist recounts his journey

"Trapped in a boundless burrow with my life in tatters, with every inch causing a ton of torment, I knew I had to dig my way out or die trying."
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This community faces a huge housing problem. A journalist brought them together to talk about it.

"The response to the series was unlike anything I’ve seen in nearly 16 years as a professional journalist," writes the author.


The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!


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