Coronavirus Chronicles

Long Covid Patients Are Still Seeking Answers 3 Years Later

Seattle researchers from UW Medicine, Swedish Medical Center, and the Institute for Systems Biology join an ambitious study to help Covid long haulers.

03/28/2023 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

Bivalent Boosters: Side Effects, Safety, and More

Dr. Mark Del Becarro of Public Health—Seattle and King County answers your burning questions about the updated Covid-19 booster shot.

10/25/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

FDA Approves Omicron Booster Shots for Kids As Young As 5

The FDA and CDC approved a second booster shot for those as young as 5 heading into the fall and winter season.

10/12/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

Governor Inslee Ends Covid-19 State of Emergency

Here's what that means for Washington, mask mandates, and other pandemic response efforts in Seattle.

10/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Data Dive

You Can Expect to Live Longer in Washington

New CDC figures show that life expectancy dipped across the U.S. as Covid began to spread. But our longevity number remains resiliently high.

09/23/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy


What to Know about the Covid Test Expiration Date Extension

Receive an iHealth at-home Covid test in the mail? That expiration date has been extended so be sure to check before you chuck.

08/30/2022 By Ann Karneus

Gymward Bound

Did Covid Really Change Our Fitness Habits?

In Seattle, virtual workouts can only get you so far, apparently, with local gyms Fremont Health Club and Orangetheory reporting rebounds in attendance.

08/24/2022 By Ann Karneus

Coronavirus Chronicles

How Long Does Natural Immunity from a Covid Infection Last?

UW Medicine biochemist and researcher John Bowen explains why reinfections and immunity are tough to pinpoint during the ever-changing pandemic.

08/17/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Coronavirus Chronicles

Need Paxlovid? Washington's Telehealth Program Ups Access

Getting a prescription for Covid oral antivirals in King County and Washington is even easier than seeing a doctor in person.

08/08/2022 By Ann Karneus

Coronavirus Chronicles

Symptoms and More on the Covid BA.5 Subvariant in Seattle

The new omicron subvariant has familiar calling cards—cough, runny nose, sore throat—but a wildly different response to vaccines.

08/02/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Coronavirus Chronicles

Adults Younger Than 50 Can't Get a Second Booster Until Fall

Plans to expand eligibility for a second Covid booster shot this summer fizzled out in favor of omicron-specific vaccines anticipated to arrive in fall.

08/01/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

CDC Recommends Masking Again in These Washington Counties

Thanks to highly contagious and vaccine-evasive omicron subvariant BA.5, Covid-19 community levels are considered high in these Washington counties.

07/29/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

Relief at Last: First Kids Under 5 Get Their Covid Shots

At Seattle Children's, a handful of children in the age group received their first Covid shots from Pfizer and Moderna.

06/21/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

What to Know About the Covid Vaccine for Kids Under 5

Is the Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine better for the youngest among us? And where to get your kids an appointment in Seattle and King County.

06/15/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

The Most Surreal Safety Measures We Took to Prevent Covid

Jerry-rigged hug suits. Shower curtain sex barriers. Halloween candy chutes. Those early-pandemic public health and safety measures sure were something.

05/04/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

The Latest Covid News from the CDC and King County

Do you have to quarantine if you're vaccinated? Where do you need to wear a mask? Is the pandemic over? What does King County's "medium" level mean anyway?

04/28/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

Seattle Transit Agencies Reacted Very Differently to the Mask Mandate Repeal

Alaska Airlines, as well as local transit agencies like King County Metro and Sound Transit, have noted mask policy updates with caution and celebration.

04/25/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Aloha State

How the Pandemic Shook Hawaiian Tourism

Seattle's favorite tropical destination struggles with lawbreaking tourists and overrun hiking trails. Will Covid lead to a reckoning for visitors?

03/25/2022 By Malia Alexander

Coronavirus Chronicles

We Just Ditched Covid Restrictions. Is Stealth Omicron Going to Ruin Things?

The subvariant is causing surges in Hong Kong and Europe and could impact Seattle and King County right as we drop Covid restrictions.

03/22/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Coronavirus Chronicles

King County Restaurants, Bars, and More Requiring Proof of Vaccination

Restaurants, bars, theaters, and more in King County that still require proof of vaccination.

03/09/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach, Angela Cabotaje, and Grace McGuire