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Suburban Seattle resident Helen Molina died of COVID-19 in April, a few weeks after this picture was taken. Her passing is emblematic of the vulnerability of people with Alzheimers and dementia during the pandemic. Courtesy of Susan Weber

Official COVID-19 Fatalities May Undercount Pandemic’s Death Toll By Hundreds In Northwest

The carefully followed death toll from COVID-19 may not fully capture the loss of life during the pandemic. Analysis of state and federal statistics for deaths from all causes shows hundreds of additional deaths above normal levels this spring in the Pacific Northwest. Some or many of those may actually be missed COVID deaths. Continue Reading Official COVID-19 Fatalities May Undercount Pandemic’s Death Toll By Hundreds In Northwest

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Contact tracing for the coronavirus is the subject of colorful conspiracy theories. In fact, contact tracing is a straightforward process of notifying people if they've been exposed to someone who is sick. CREDIT: Hannah Norman/KHN

Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here’s What Contact Tracers Really Do To Help End The Pandemic

Misinformation and conspiracy theories abound, from tales that people who talk to contact tracers will be sent to nonexistent “FEMA camps” — a rumor so prevalent that health officials in Washington state had to put out a statement in May debunking it — to elaborate theories that the efforts are somehow part of a plot by global elites. Continue Reading Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here’s What Contact Tracers Really Do To Help End The Pandemic

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Prairie strips in fields of corn or soybeans can protect the soil and allow wildlife to flourish. This strip was established in a field near Traer, Iowa, in 2015. Omar de Kok-Mercado, Iowa State University

How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil

Cover crops are a vegetation that farmers can plant in the off-season to protect and enrich the soil. It’s great for the environment — and in the long run, for crops, too — but it costs money upfront. Farmers who rent land, and who may not have access to that land in the long run, are reluctant to spend that money. Continue Reading How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil

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Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Protect Myself If The Coronavirus Can Linger In The Air?

For background, aerosols are tiny microdroplets containing the virus that can be expelled when we talk or breathe and can stay aloft and travel on air currents. It’s still unclear how much of a role they play in spreading the virus, but recently more than 200 scientists wrote an open letter asking the World Health Organization to pay more attention to them. Continue Reading Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Protect Myself If The Coronavirus Can Linger In The Air?

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