Self-described “aunties” are an informal network of people, mostly women, who offer their homes, rides to appointments, and more to people who may need to travel for abortions. These aunties operate individually and are not tied to any organization.
An adoptive mother on Lopez Island was charged for abusing her Ethiopian son in 2021. But the prosecutor dropped the case a year later, citing the boy’s fragile mental health and resulting ineligibility to testify during a trial.
This informal, Seattle-based cooperative is attempting to plug holes in a system that leaves thousands in the city without shelter or basic necessities. These efforts, referred to as mutual aid, are independent — they’re not tied to the city or any particular organization.
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.