Public Health

There are Vaccine Possibilities for Monkeypox, CDC Says

Though there is “strong scientific concern” that monkeypox is spreading differently than in the past, the current case count is low and there’s not a huge risk to the general community, a CDC official says.

Is It Time to Change the Definition of ‘Fully Vaccinated’?

Experts weigh in as the federal government urges everyone to get boosted amid concerns over omicron, a new COVID variant.

Team Links Sitting During COVID to Depression Symptoms

A lot of people suddenly became more sedentary during the onset of the pandemic.

5 Ways to Turn Your Anxiety into Something Useful

Anxiety isn’t pleasant, but it isn’t meant to be, a researcher said.

Survey: Majority of Federal Employees Disagree With Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Comments submitted as part of the survey show a diversity of thought on the requirement. 

Eleven States Challenge Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

The Justice Department and EEOC “have already determined that COVID vaccines can be mandated by employers,” said an OMB spokesperson. 

Survey: 46% of U.S. Organizations Will Institute Vaccine Mandates

Tech companies are among those taking the lead following federal guidance on vaccine mandates.

Most Vaccine-Hesitant People Remain Willing to Change Their Minds

A new study shows people's views are not set in stone. The director of the National Institutes of Health explains.

The Latest on Agencies’ Return-to-Office Plans

A look at agencies’ various approaches to getting employees back to their worksites; this list will be updated periodically.

The Pandemic Has People Stuck in a Bad Mental/Physical Loop

Participants talked about how caregiving, exhaustion, and mental health stressors kept them from being active, perpetuating the cycle.

Biden Administration Details Who Is Covered By the Federal Employee Vaccine Mandate, Exemptions and Discipline

Update released Thursday notes that the requirement holds for all federal employees regardless of whether they are working in the office. 

Survey: More than 40% of Employees Support Higher Insurance Rates for Unvaccinated

The responses indicate vaccinated working Americans are calling for more punitive measures against the unvaccinated.

Hackers Strike Another Hospital System

Cybercriminals struck Memorial Health System, a nonprofit that runs three hospitals, outpatient service sites and clinics spread across southeastern Ohio and northwestern West Virginia.

You’ve Been Vaccinated. Now Prove It.

Proponents of vaccine passports say the credentials give vaccinated people more assurance as they resume going out and could spur the reluctant to get vaccinated.

Agencies Must Set Up COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Feds In-House or Through a Contractor

Employees must receive their test through agency-sanctioned means and may face punishment if they refuse.

Naps Don't Actually Relieve Sleep Deprivation

Study participants who got a full night's sleep performed better on tasks.