Coronavirus Files: The beginning of the end

When a trio of health equity scholars set out to study racial and ethnic inequities during the pandemic, they failed, the researchers write in STAT. The data just weren’t there.

Coronavirus Files: Pandemic endangers minority cancer patients, pregnant people

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.

Coronavirus Files: Congress investigates pandemic response as White House eyes end of emergency

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.

Coronavirus Files: Reports outline long COVID’s deadly toll, and millions saved by vaccines

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.

Coronavirus Files: Widespread masking remains unlikely as holidays fuel viral surges

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.