COVID-19 in the News

The Atlantic Nov. 18, 2021
Rural America’s false sense of security

People in rural American say things are back to normal, even though rural America is precisely where the COVID-19 pandemic is worst. According to a recent Atlantic/Leger poll, compared with people in urban or suburban areas, people in rural areas are most likely to feel like things are "back to normal" where they live – 45% thought so, compared with 30% of urbanites and 36 percent of suburbanites. In some rural places, vaccination rates might be low not because people are hesitant but because pharmacies are scarce in their area, or residents had to move for work. "A person might be in one place and get a vaccination, and then 100 miles away working a different area when it came due for their second shot," said Dr. Daniel Derksen, associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at University of Arizona Health Sciences..

The Wall Street Journal Nov. 17, 2021
When should you get a COVID-19 booster shot?

As eligibility for COVID-19 boosters widens in parts of the U.S., some people wonder when they should time their shots to maximize protection. It might make sense for healthy, non-elderly people to time a booster shot to a couple of weeks before a big event, such as an international trip or a wedding, said Deepta Bhattacharya, a professor of immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. But timing depends on the circumstances of your life and community. If COVID-19 cases are low and stable in your community, and your day-to-day life doesn't present a lot of exposure risk, waiting a couple of months may be fine. "Two doses is still doing a pretty good job of keeping you out of the hospital," he says.