Outcomes

Exactly a year ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. What came next was an extraordinary and unprecedented year of lockdowns,...
The number of retired baby boomers increased by 3.2 million in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Pew Research Center, the largest increase since 2011, when the oldest members of the generation...
The pace at which COVID-19 spreads across American has slowed. Confirmed cases in the United States have reached 28,904,197 to date, about 25% of the world total — but cases per day have...
People around the world have spent the past year coming to terms with the dramatic life changes foisted upon them by COVID-19 — and by no means all of these changes have to do with actually...
Lost in the chaos of variants, vaccination rates and decisions from state to state, city to city and company to company is the fact that the basic rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 remain the...
Life expectancy is one of the main measures of a population’s overall health. With the exception of the last three years — when the U.S. life expectancy dropped largely because of spikes in...
The U.S. has experienced a massive surge in drug addiction, and consequently fatal overdoses, in recent years. In 1999, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported an age-adjusted rate of 6.1 fatal...
It must be hard for the public to gauge the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. The rates at which cases and deaths rise each day has slowed. Vaccines are in the early stages of distribution, but much of...
Among the biggest questions about the global vaccination process is whether vaccines protect both those who have received doses, and those who come in contact with them after the vaccination process...
“Herd immunity” has become among the most discussed parts of the spread of COVID-19 around America. Is it any wonder? It describes a time when the disease is much less deadly because enough...
Among the problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic is that many people who live in poverty, those with low wages that keep them just above the poverty level and those who lack job security have to...
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread so widely that not a single of the over 3,000 counties in America have remained uninfected. Only a few dozen have had no deaths. And although the spread of the...
Almost half of adults in the United States are projected to be obese, not just overweight, by 2030, according to estimates published in December 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nearly...
Among the greatest challenges for public health officials as they try to slow the spread of COVID-19 are the supplies and effectiveness of vaccines. Currently, two have been approved for use. The...
Life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped a full year in the first half of 2020  — the biggest decrease since World War II — largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease has had a...