Federal push for faster, cheaper COVID-19 tests
Could technology finally solve the testing woes that have hobbled the nation’s ability to fight the pandemic? The National Institutes of Health hopes so. On Friday, the NIH announced the first seven winners of a competition to produce next-generation coronavirus tests to help battle the spread of COVID-19. Together, they... Read more
How long will immunity to the coronavirus last?
Three recent studies – from China, Britain and now the United States – have called into question how long people carry antibodies after infection. But the reality may be less dire than recent headlines suggest.   Read more
Safe pregnancy as COVID-19 surges
How worried should expecting parents be about any extra risks the coronavirus might pose to the mom or developing fetus? The answer and advice may continue to change, public health officials say, as the evidence rolls in. Read more
Here’s how to help kids deal with COVID stress
What parents need to be on the lookout for are behavior changes that affect day-to-day functioning. This includes things like eating, sleeping and interactions with friends. Read more
The need for more African-American mental health workers
The need for mental health support is more evident than ever, especially among Black Americans, say people who study and experience the burden of racism. People of color were already dealing with heavy loads from a pandemic that continues to claim a greater proportion of Black, Latino and Native American... Read more

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