COVID-19

COVID cases now rising across NM in part because fewer people wear masks indoors, LANL scientists say

BY: - May 17, 2022

Most people in New Mexico are now living in areas with climbing rates of new cases of COVID-19, according to the latest modeling by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the first week of May, nearly 1.5 million New Mexicans were living in counties where there were between 10 and 99 cases per capita […]

U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

Demonstrators demand immediate review of COVID vaccine for youngest children in the U.S.

BY: - May 10, 2022

About 20 organizers, parents and their children rallied outside the headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday to demand COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5-years-old without delay. A brass band joined the protest and even played “Baby Shark Dance” for the young demonstrators, said Amanda Makulec, an organizer with Protect Their Future, […]

Small particles from wildfire smoke can lodge deep within your lungs, aerosol scientist explains

BY: - May 5, 2022

Hermits Peak is one of Alex Huffman’s favorite hikes in the world. He grew up and spends time in the mountains outside of Las Vegas in northern New Mexico. His family has had a cabin in nearby Gallinas Canyon since before he was born. “Some of my earliest memories are there,” he said. “That’s where […]

We have the tools to pull COVID out of the air in NM schools, but are we using them?

BY: - May 3, 2022

Using existing technology like filtration and ventilation, it is possible to reduce the amount of coronavirus aerosols in the air in our schools, workplaces and indoor public spaces. New Mexico requires local schools to install the best possible filters to accomplish that, and the federal government has allocated millions of dollars in pandemic relief to […]

COVID-19 in the air remains elusive disability rights issue, experts say

BY: - May 2, 2022

The coronavirus that hangs in the air inside New Mexico’s schools isn’t tracked at any level by state officials, and hasn’t gotten the same attention in New Mexico courts as school mask mandates. But interviews with health and legal experts show that it could still be a disability rights issue because without clean air in […]

PED says school districts promised to follow COVID rules. So where’s the proof?

BY: - April 28, 2022

The New Mexico Public Education Department said superintendents and school boards agreed in writing in 2021 to follow COVID-safe practices, including requirements by PED to install the best possible filters in school buildings to remove COVID-19 from indoor air. But two weeks after Source New Mexico asked to see these written promises from the schools, […]

Albuquerque school stays ahead of the curve on COVID protections

BY: - April 28, 2022

At the end of the school day on Wednesday at the private Escuela del Sol Montessori School, a student sits reading in a large classroom, right next to a portable air filtration system. Two large fans twirl overhead, and two sets of double doors are open, allowing fresh air to circulate through the space. The […]

Want to keep school children safe from COVID? Begin with indoor air, expert says

BY: - April 26, 2022

As New Mexico students went back to in-person classes in 2021, Nissa Patterson could see mothers struggling with how to keep their children safe there. Patterson has been working in public health for the past 20 years and has a master’s degree in children and family public health. Through New Mexico State University, she works […]

The science behind why schools should be removing COVID-19 from the air

BY: - April 26, 2022

Paloma Beamer is an environmental engineer, scientist, and former president of the International Society of Exposure Science. She’s also the mother of a public school student. In the pandemic’s third year, it is still not widely understood that coronavirus is airborne, Beamer said, and that lack of understanding makes it hard to limit people’s exposure. […]

Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

BY: - April 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia’s failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. “I’m asking the Defense Department to put together what they think we need,” Biden said this week.  […]

Your lungs: where the global pandemic and the climate crisis meet

BY: - April 25, 2022

New Mexico’s wildfire season is here early, and we know from the past two years that wildfires only add to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. There were 20 active wildfires in New Mexico on Saturday, state officials told reporters. Smoke from wildfires in New Mexico may have spread as far away as South Dakota […]