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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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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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What It Means to Be a Young Transgender Athlete in 2021

As high school and college athletes across Minnesota head back to locker rooms, some will be doing so with a fresh confidence that they belong there. The Minnesota State High School League, the International Olympic Committee, and the NCAA have had policies that allow athletes to play on the team consistent with their gender identity for years.
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Coronavirus FAQ: How Does The 6 Feet/15 Minutes Rule Apply To The Delta Variant?

Since the beginning of COVID-19, I have heard two numbers associated with reducing the risk of catching the virus from someone else. Six feet – that's how far we were told to stay from others. And 15 minutes – that's said to be a cutoff for close contact. But the delta variant is more contagious. So shouldn't it be – I dunno – zero feet and 15 seconds? Seriously, what's the recommendation now?
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Crowd Sourcing at the State Fair

Peripheral artery disease, cancer, erectile dysfunction—just a few problems the Minnesota State Fair could help solve thanks to some enterprising researchers from the U of M. Here’s how.
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CDC Tells The Vaccinated To Mask Up In Some Settings. Our Questionnaire Can Guide You

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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending face coverings for vaccinated people in certain situations.
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In Minnesota’s Hmong community, Sunisa Lee’s Tokyo gold ‘means everything’

Years before she had children, Yeev Thoj remembers a thought crossing her mind as she watched Shannon Miller lead the Americans to a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics: “I was hoping maybe someday if I had a kid maybe she would do gymnastics and go to the Olympics.”. With Canadian wildfire smoke about to turn the sun into a hazy orange ball, Thoj woke before 5 a.m.
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Coronavirus FAQ: Is It Ethical To Lie To Get A Booster Or A Shot For An Under-12 Kid?

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. Is it OK to lie to get a vaccine?
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New Habits Die Hard: Pandemic Lessons

Lisa Hardesty has always had a knack, maybe even a superpower, for organizing social events. So, as soon as her work friends were all vaccinated, she went straight into multitasking mode, scheduling a time when everyone could meet and shopping for a charcuterie board that would be COVID-friendly. But on the designated day, a Thursday after work, Hardesty opened her refrigerator to grab the ingredients to organize her platter.
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CDC Updates Guidelines To Protect Kids From COVID In School. Plus: Vacation Tips

It's only July, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is focusing on the coming school year, and its message is clear: It wants students back in the classroom. On Friday, the agency issued updated guidance for K-12 schools, highlighting the importance of getting as many eligible children vaccinated as possible to return classrooms to normal or near normal and enumerating its list of best practices to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
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Coronavirus FAQ: I'm Vaccinated And Confused. Do I Need To Mask Up Or Not?

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. Don't toss your masks out just yet.
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Ticks Suck. Here's A Guide To Identifying Them And Avoiding Bites

Ticks aren't known as beach-lovers, so ecologist Dan Salkeld and a colleague were surprised when they found 180 ticks in less than a mile on a coastal trail near Muir Beach in California one day in 2016. "Contrary to most people, we were delighted at the high numbers of ticks! It was exciting in terms of sample sizes and data," says Salkeld, whose findings were published in June.
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Coronavirus FAQ: I've Been Vaccinated. Do I Need To Worry About Variants?

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. That depends on a few things — including your personal risk tolerance.

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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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