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Federal agencies are ignoring most building safety concerns flagged by DHS

Lawmakers raise concerns about the non-compliance in light of the recent uptick in threats against feds.

Conspiracy theories are dangerous—even when few believe them

Worrying about how many people believe false ideas misses the real danger—that people are influenced by them whether they believe them or not.

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A House panel advances legislation to protect feds during pandemics

The Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act proposes to require federal agencies to develop and publish workplace safety plans, to get ready for future pandemics.

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Did the U.S. jump the gun with the new omicron-targeted vaccines?

With fears of a winter surge looming, government agencies have authorized and encouraged vaccination using a newly formulated booster. But, to many, the science to support that decision remains inconclusive.

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The Biden administration releases its plan for updated COVID shots

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s this week’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

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Military sexual assaults surged in 2021, report shows

Pentagon’s annual report also reveals that fewer people trust the military system for dealing with such assaults.

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COVID-19 distress upped vax rates, but not distancing

People more distressed during the COVID-19 pandemic were less likely to follow distancing guidelines, but more likely to get vaccinated.

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The contractor vaccine mandate confusion

Courtney Bublé joins our partner site podcast, and discusses the key court decision and how it will affect contractors.

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Unraveling the interplay of omicron, reinfections, and long COVID

The omicron variant has proved adept at finding hosts, often by reinfecting people who recovered from earlier bouts of covid. But whether omicron triggers long COVID as often and severe as previous variants is a matter of heated study.

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Do some 9/11 responders have a new kind of dementia?

World Trade Center responders who have PTSD may have a new, specific form of dementia, a new study suggests.

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At least one major agency is still testing unvaxxed feds, defying White House policy

DOD says it is still trying to figure out how to implement the new policy within its unique workforce.

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Survey: COVID caution is plummeting

Despite knowing the risks of COVID-19, its breakthrough infections as well as long COVID, American adults are less and less likely to take precautions, a survey finds.

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How the Omicron subvariant BA.5 became a master of disguise ...

Face masks are still an effective way to help stop the spread of the BA.5 subvariant.

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Will the vaccine mandate discipline ever begin?

Federal employment attorney Stephanie Rapp-Tully joins our partner site's podcast to discuss the enforcement of the WH's long-delayed rules.

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Is monkeypox a pandemic? An epidemiologist explains why it isn’t as likely to become as widespread as COVID-19, but Is worth watching

The monkeypox virus, which is commonly found in West and Central Africa, is now causing many infections in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

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VA needs more PPE, worker protections, medical staff says

As more patients and staffers contract coronavirus infections, employees are seeking more personal protective equipment, collaboration with management and hazard pay.

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State Dept. chooses Va. site for new training center

The State Department has selected a site about 40 miles southwest of Richmond, Va., to be the home of its new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center

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