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caption: Different states, different fates Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ wildly across the country.
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Different states, different fates Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ wildly across the country.

The fraying pandemic response has its roots in history

A dangerous American patchwork. Why is Seattle sweeping homeless encampments? A look at how the first coronavirus vaccine human trial is going, and another Voice of the Pandemic.

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Ed Yong, patchwork pandemic

As we learned in school, there are fifty nifty United States. But that hodgepodge of jurisdictions makes COVID-19 an experiment in uneven mitigation that is doing serious damage. So says science reporter Ed Yong at The Atlantic, whose latest piece is called "America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further." He spoke with Bill Radke about how the country’s ugly history puts us all at risk – although not equally.

Mayor Jenny Durkan 5.21

During this week’s conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan, the city had begun a sweep of the homeless encampment at 12th and South Weller. CDC guidance recommends against clearing camps during a pandemic, arguing that it causes people to spread into new parts of the city amidst outbreaks of COVID-19 and hepatitis A. Why the disparity in policy?

Ian Haydon, coronavirus vaccine trial subject

The first coronavirus vaccine to be tested in humans is showing early positive results. Ian Haydon is one of the 45 individuals who were selected for this initial trial, and returned to the show for an update on how it’s going.

Voices of the Pandemic, John Okrent

Physicians around the world are marking their days in the donning and doffing of PPE. Dr. John Okrent of SeaMar Clinic Tacoma is also marking this time in poetry, specifically a crown of sonnets.