The city of Seattle has tried to make vaccine access more equitable by quietly enacting its own vaccine priority standards, within Washington state’s eligibility framework.
Instead of taking a first-come, first-served approach, the city says it is prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and people of color, older adults who haven’t been vaccinated yet, as well as people living within ZIP codes hardest hit by Covid.
As of yet, Washington state has only officially made Covid-19 vaccinations available to select demographics, considered most vulnerable to the disease. But at the end of the day, thawed out doses that can’t be refrozen are going into whatever arms health care providers can find.
Officials at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac have temporarily banned telecommunication for Covid-positive detainees, citing the risk of transmission for other inmates and staff. But defense attorneys say this action violates their clients’ constitutional right to legal counsel.
Proper mask-wearing, hand-washing, and other precautions taken at the individual level can help reduce person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus. But another, less visible variable is also at play: Ventilation.
Here’s what you should know about the risk of Covid-19 exposure while in indoor spaces, according to the experts.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not licensed a coronavirus vaccine, although a series of clinical trials are underway.
But a microbiologist in Seattle has come under fire for claiming to have made one. He says he has administered it to others, including his son, who is a minor, and himself. He won’t say how many people he’s injected altogether.
The Trump administration and other leaders around the world have proposed Covid-19 antibody tests, which can detect past infections, as a stopgap solution to reopening society until a vaccine is developed.
But even as labs are conducting antibody tests, some patients have found themselves unable to obtain a physician’s referral. We asked doctors to unpack that reluctance.
The University of Washington’s Virology Lab this week began processing thousands of Covid-19 antibody tests, which can detect whether a person has previously been infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
But as testing has gotten underway, some patients have been erroneously told by health care providers that the tests aren’t available.