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Communications between CDC and private institutions of health about COVID-19

The goal of this project is to create transparency around the relationships between the CDC (and its children agencies/ institutes/ departments) and private institutions of health (e.g. hospital systems, insurance companies, health advocacy groups) with regards to COVID-19 policies, treatments, etc.

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Long COVID is impacting millions of Americans. We want to hear from patients and people caring for them.

Long COVID is impacting millions of Americans. We want to hear from patients and people caring for them.

More than two years after the first Long COVID patients drew attention to their condition, the federal government’s response to this crisis has been frustratingly slow, experts say. If you are a patient, advocate, caregiver, researcher or someone else connected to the Long COVID community, we want to hear your thoughts on these questions.

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New York City wastewater shows link between cryptic COVID variants and worse phases of the pandemic

New York City wastewater shows link between cryptic COVID variants and worse phases of the pandemic

In a new study, Columbia University researchers have identified coronavirus mutations in New York City wastewater that seem to appear when severe disease rates begin to rise. The findings may pinpoint subtle, understated variants in the pandemic that are affecting day-to-day outcomes, including hospitalization and death, without doctors noticing.

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The national fight against COVID-19 isn't ready to go to the sewers

The national fight against COVID-19 isn’t ready to go to the sewers

The Documenting COVID-19 project surveyed 19 state and local health agencies, as well as scientists who work on wastewater sampling, to learn about the challenges they’re facing. We found that many states are months away, if not longer, from being able to use wastewater data to guide public health decisions, even as the rise of an omicron subvariant, BA.2, looms. Meanwhile, the CDC’s highly shared wastewater surveillance dashboard is a work in progress, and is difficult to interpret for users who might hope to follow the trends in their areas.

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4 Michiganders with COVID-19 strain unique to mink were likely 1st U.S. spillover cases

4 Michiganders with COVID-19 strain unique to mink were likely 1st U.S. spillover cases

Four Michiganders — a taxidermist, his wife and two mink farm employees — were infected with a unique coronavirus strain connected to minks, leading Michigan health officials and the CDC to conclude they likely contracted the first known U.S. cases of so-called animal-to-human virus “spillover.”

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MuckRock and the Documenting COVID-19 project are releasing new searchable CDC death data at the county level

MuckRock and the Documenting COVID-19 project are releasing new searchable CDC death data at the county level

We signed a data-use agreement with the CDC to gain access to their mortality API portal so we could gather more data, more often and provide it for others to use. To help make sense of it, you’ll find other information in the data repository, including excess mortality numbers modeled by demographers at Boston University, vaccination rates by state and a Department of Justice survey released in December detailing all medical examiner and coroner offices in the U.S.

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