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The Coronavirus Files

News, analysis and resources on the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic, featuring timely dispatches from reporters, experts and providers. 

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Syreeta Nolan's life as a disabled student with multiple chronic illnesses was complicated before the pandemic. Once COVID-19 hit, delays in care, lack of academic accommodations, and exclusion from California's vaccine priority guidelines made things more difficult.
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COVID-19 risks for sexual minorities, vaccines for people of color go astray, Johnson & Johnson shipping soon
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For voice actor Abbey Veffer, who suffers from a serious chronic disease, high priority in California's COVID-19 vaccine distribution seemed to be a given. Then the state changed to an age-based system.
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Dr. Seema Yasmin shares an excerpt from her new book, "Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them.”
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This week's Coronavirus Files newsletter: Life expectancy plummets, essential workers unprotected, vaccines vs. South Africa variant
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This week's Coronavirus Files newsletter: Money Matters, School Reopenings, At-Home Tests
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A couple dreamed of having children. But their hopes and plans did not include lockdown, loneliness, and a chaotic, overwhelmed health care system.
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Inequities in Vaccine Rollout, Questions Linger on Transmission and Safety After Shots
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Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post and Dr. Leana Wen of George Washington University share advice for journalists covering Biden's first 100 days.
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President Biden announces COVID-19 strategy, states stumble in ensuring health equity in vaccine distribution, mutations spur worries about vaccine efficacy

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Domestic violence affects tens of millions of Americans every year. Yet media outlets mostly treat incidents as "cops" items, if they cover them at all, as opposed to treating domestic violence as a public health problem. Our free two-day symposium will help journalists understand the root causes and promising prevention, intervention and treatment approaches.  Plus participants will be able to apply for grants to report California-focused projects.

The pandemic has unleashed a tsunami of misinformation, lies and half-truths capable of proliferating faster than the virus itself. In our next webinar, we’ll delve into what one of our speakers has termed “the natural ecology of bullshit” — how to spot it, how it spreads, who is most impacted, and how to counter it. And we’ll discuss reporting examples, strategies and story ideas that incorporate these insights and effectively communicate to diverse audiences. Sign-up here!

Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States? The USC Center for Health Journalism seeks an enterprising and experienced journalism leader for our new position of “Manager of Projects.” 

 

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