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Sheila M. Eldred

Minneapolis

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Award-winning health journalist Sheila Mulrooney Eldred has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, Kaiser Health News, STAT News and many other publications. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Why are people hacking COVID tests by swabbing their throat?

Lots of folks on Twitter say that swabbing your throat in addition to your nose may be a better way of using your COVID-19 testing kit to detect the omicron variant. Is this true? If you've used a do-it-yourself COVID-19 home test in the U.S. — the "antigen" rapid tests that promise results in 15 minutes or so — you know the drill.
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Want to get omicron and just get it over with? Bad idea, experts say

Millions of people are testing positive with COVID-19 in the U.S. each week and the FDA warns that most Americans will get the virus at some point. With growing evidence that the omicron variant likely causes milder disease, some people may be thinking: Why not encourage omicron to infect us so we can enjoy life again?
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Are Snow Days Over?

For entire generations of Minnesota kids, the morning following a snowstorm was a time when the radio took center stage. In the ’70s and ’80s, pajama-clad youths cozied up by their parents’ kitchen radio and waited with bated breath as WCCO 830’s Roger Erickson dutifully read through the list of school closings and delayed starts.
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Coronavirus FAQ: Help me with omicron vocab. What's immune evasion? Epistasis?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. When I'm reading about the new omicron variant, I feel like I need a medical degree.
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Covid FAQ: What does it mean if the booster knocks me out?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. After I got my initial COVID-19 vaccine, my head hurt and my muscles ached.
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Looking Back at Minnesota's Refugee History

Historically, the North Star State has been one of the most welcoming states for refugees, and we’re stronger for it today. As we begin to welcome our new Afghan friends and neighbors, we reflect on exactly what the contributions of refugees have meant to the region so far.
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Coronavirus FAQ: Is it OK for the kids to take a pic with Santa?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. My kids are so over seeing Santa Claus through Zoom.
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Covid FAQ: After a booster, can I go back to regular life?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. My turn for a booster is coming up!
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Quarantine Rules Are All Over the Map for Students

At this point in the pandemic, most parents are familiar with “covid notification” letters. But the letters’ instruction on whether your kid must quarantine or not varies wildly from school to school. In Minneapolis, students exposed to covid-19 at school are supposed to quarantine for 10 days. In the suburban Anoka-Hennepin school district, a single exposure does not trigger contact tracing or quarantining.
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MN's Small-Town Newspapers Stay Resilient

In other words, news you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. “Without [the paper], there is no news in a small town,” says Reed Anfinson, who writes most of the stories for the Swift County Monitor-News—one of three community papers he owns and publishes. “We’re absolutely essential to an informed electorate.
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Coronavirus FAQ: It's cold and flu season — and COVID season! How do I stay unsick?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. We've heard that colds and the flu could be more prevalent this year because they didn't spread much last year when we were all masked up and staying away from people.
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Coronavirus FAQ: Is There An App That'll Prove I'm Vaccinated, Or Is Paper The Best?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. I'm hearing of more and more activities that will require proof of vaccination: eating out, going to a concert, flying internationally — and likely at some point domestically in the U.S.

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Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two kids. Click on the resume icon to read more about her career.

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