COVID-19

Long COVID affects one in five people who contract the virus, CDC study shows

BY: - June 21, 2022

Twenty percent of people who get infected with coronavirus go on to develop serious chronic conditions that can permanently damage organs, even when that initial infection doesn’t result in symptoms or a trip to the hospital, according to a new, large study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though top New […]

NM state epidemiologist leaving next month

BY: - June 20, 2022

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, a top infectious disease expert in the New Mexico government is leaving next month. New Mexico State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Ross will leave the Department of Health on July 10, acting Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase told reporters during a news conference last week. “She’s going […]

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, moving the country one step closer to having shots for all age groups.  The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before parents can begin getting […]

NM parent of children under 5 frustrated with vaccine rollout so far

BY: - June 16, 2022

An independent advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize two vaccines for children younger than five years old. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee’s vote came as a relief for Justine Fox-Young, an Albuquerque-based attorney and mother of three children aged four, three and 15-months. “I’m […]

Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?

BY: - June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]

Scrase: ‘I don’t think anybody’s even talking about’ mask mandates anymore

BY: - June 9, 2022

Despite rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, New Mexico public health officials are not considering re-implementing public health measures like requiring masks in public places. In the first Department of Health news conference about COVID in months, Acting Health Secretary David Scrase on Wednesday afternoon dismissed a question about whether the surge in cases is cause […]

Biden urges assault weapons ban, as U.S. House Democrats advance gun control bills

BY: - June 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass gun control legislation in a speech at the White House Thursday evening, following mass shootings in New York, Texas and Oklahoma during the last three weeks. “This isn’t about taking away anyone’s rights. This is about protecting children,” Biden said. “How much more carnage are […]

COVID cases and hospitalizations rise, while NM health officials remain mostly quiet

BY: - June 2, 2022

As the third year of the COVID pandemic drags on, it’s more difficult to get timely, reliable information about viral spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Mexico Department of Health are still using the new pastel green “community level” map, which does not recommend universal masking anywhere in New Mexico. […]

The air we breathe: Coronavirus and smoke in wildfire zones

BY: - May 27, 2022

How do you respond to a global pandemic of a deadly airborne virus and out-of-control wildfires, two different but related crises, happening at the same time? The answer depends on who you ask. For state and federal officials running the evacuation shelters operating in northern New Mexico, it means offering testing and vaccines, and encouraging […]

Mutual aid efforts ahead of the state on COVID and wildfires

BY: - May 25, 2022

As coronavirus surges and wildfires grow, local community mutual aid organizers in New Mexico have responded much differently than state officials. Rather than placing responsibility on individuals, Indigenous-led mutual aid groups approach the pandemic, and now the 2022 wildfire season, with the understanding that public health is a matter of community responsibility. To understand how […]

Students fleeing from wildfires hold on to what little normal is left

BY: - May 24, 2022

In the dining area of the disaster recovery center in Glorieta on Friday, Amory Ling and other students from United World College were carrying on an old unofficial student-run tradition: At the end of the school year, everyone buys their country’s flag, and then writes messages on each other’s flags. It’s personally important to Ling […]

COVID spreading in NM disaster centers

BY: - May 23, 2022

As coronavirus cases surge in New Mexico, people fleeing the biggest wildfire in the state’s history have been staying at disaster recovery centers. Few wear masks, and efforts to ventilate and filtrate the indoor air are spotty, leaving evacuees more prone to catch the virus — and breathe in dangerous particles from the smoke. Some […]