Selena Simmons-Duffin - NPR

Selena Simmons-Duffin - NPR
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Free COVID tests by mail are back, starting Monday

The Biden administration says it is trying to prepare for the fall and winter COVID season.
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‘Live free and die?’ The sad state of U.S. life expectancy

Americans know poor diets and sedentary lifestyles make their health bad. But a new report could shock even those who feel like they know the story.
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Life expectancy in the U.S. continues to drop, driven by COVID-19

Americans' life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row and is the biggest drop since the 1920s. COVID-19 is driving the downward trend, according to CDC data.

Free COVID tests and treatments no longer free for uninsured, as funding runs out

Some clinics have already started to turn away people without insurance who come to get tested and can't afford to pay for it.

What parents need to know about babies, the delta variant and COVID

The rate of new cases of COVID-19 among babies and children under 4 years old in the U.S. recently surpassed the rate of new cases among adults older than 65. Here's how to protect newborns.
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Scientists say even moderate COVID restrictions can slow the spread of the virus — if they’re timely

Mask mandates and other interventions can help stop a surge, even where vaccination rates are low, say scientists who've reviewed states' data. When the measures start and how long they last matters.