Posted inClimate, Environment, Health, News, Wildfire

Smoke from faraway wildfires may be worse for Coloradans than if it came from blazes in their own backyards

For long stretches of the summer the Front Range has been bathed in smoke traveling hundreds of miles from California and Oregon wildfires and it turns out that long-range smoke could be more dangerous than the fumes from homegrown forest fires. Some initial studies have shown that long-range smoke may be more toxic and since […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: The world is on fire from COVID-19. If we work together, we can put out the flames.

The concept of global health addresses health care issues and concerns that transcend national boundaries and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions. The understanding of this concept  has never been as important in human history as today with the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are engaged in a global effort as we mobilize the resources […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Access and information, not hesitancy, are the biggest challenges in getting more Coloradans vaccinated

As vaccination rates decline across the country, a story has taken hold that “hesitancy” or “resistance” are the barriers we must clear to stop the pandemic.  We surveyed thousands of Coloradans recently and heard a different story: Our neighbors want this life-saving vaccine — they either don’t know how to get to it or face […]

Posted inCOVID, News

More than 20 Colorado counties are poised to move to the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions

More than 20 Colorado counties could begin moving into the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday when the state implements the latest version of its COVID-19 dial, according to a Colorado Sun analysis of case and testing data. But the state Health Department late Tuesday added new uncertainty to a proposal first released Friday […]

Posted inCOVID, News

Why Coloradans should get the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, despite headlines about lower efficacy

So, at long last, you’ve managed to book a coronavirus vaccination appointment for yourself — hooray! — only to discover that you will be receiving the new vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. You’ve seen the headlines saying that particular vaccine is less effective than the ones made by Pfizer or Moderna. Perhaps you’ve heard […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

An Aurora doctor tried to prioritize refugees for the coronavirus vaccine. Colorado told him to stop.

In late January, Dr. P.J. Parmar, who runs Ardas Family Medicine, converted a section of an international business center in northwest Aurora into a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. He wanted to immunize refugees in the city, where vaccination rates were trailing neighboring communities.   But in the first few days, he said, about half the vaccine clinic’s […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, Housing, News

Confusion and omissions dampen hopes for speedy COVID-19 vaccinations of unhoused Coloradans

Advocates for people experiencing homelessness in Colorado are worried and frustrated that neither homeless shelter residents nor people living on streets are included in the state’s current COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. An October 2020 draft state vaccination priority plan didn’t mention those living on streets, but did include people living in shelters during the second phase of […]