This Science News feature explores major hurdles to routine COVID-19 testing programs in K-12 schools, which include: a lack of clear guidance on how testing programs should work, obtaining tests, gaining consent from parents and communicating the value of testing to families and staff in increasingly polarized environments.
In the COVID-19 Data Dispatch’s “Opening” series, Betsy Ladyzhets identified and profiled five school communities that successfully reopened during the 2020-2021 school year. In each one, the majority of the district’s or school’s students returned to in-person learning while case numbers remained low.
In Delaware, a state program enables public schools to easily set up routine COVID-19 testing using rapid antigen tests. This article examines at the program’s successes and challenges.
Betsy produced data visualizations for the Science Literacy Foundation’s inaugural white paper investigating the state of science literacy, published August 2021.
Wind musicians struggled to find evidence that would free them from musical lockdown, so they partnered with researchers to get some answers. This feature was Science News’ cover story for the magazine’s August 14, 2021 issue.
A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. MIT Technology Review investigated how widely these apps were used and what users thought of the technology. This research shows the impact has been mixed—but there’s still potential.
As millions of Americans get vaccinated for COVID-19, many of us are starting to hope those painful nose swab tests will soon be a thing of the past. Alas, the future of COVID-19 testing is more complicated.
For the many Americans who aren’t sure how many weeks or months it may take to get their own shots, it’s more crucial than ever to exercise care lest they risk infection during the home stretch—and help new coronavirus variants gain a foothold in the process.
Science News took a look at five universities that opened in the fall. Each school cobbled together testing and other surveillance measures, coupled with uneven rules about wearing masks and public gatherings.
Since December, the pandemic news cycle has revolved around one thing: vaccines. This article provides tips to keep in mind and resources to bookmark, for both veteran science writers and journalists just now wading into the vaccine beat.