Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for long-term rules against school mask mandates and workplace vaccine requirements, reports John Kennedy at USA Today. The move is widely seen as part of his presumed candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
COVID-19 created a perfect storm of rising rents as people started moving when they emerged from lockdown. Those pandemic effects are still rippling across the nation, causing housing costs to rise even in cities that were once affordable, report Holly Fuong and Monica Potts at FiveThirtyEight.
Thousands of people are waiting in Mexican border cities for the anticipated Dec. 21 expiration of a Trump-era restriction on U.S. entry during the pandemic.
The flu virus took full advantage of family gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the week that ended Nov. 26, hospitalizations for flu nearly doubled, reports Richard Franki at WebMD.
A Republican-controlled Congress could have big consequences for America’s ongoing battle against COVID, with GOP leaders eager to dismantle the last of the protective policies, end the national emergency and usher in a wave of investigations into the federal funding of both the relief effort and pre-pandemic virology research.