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Alan was all set on majoring in biology, but then he realized he liked writing about science more than doing research, so he left Hong Kong and went to study journalism in the U.S. After interning at NPR and WBEZ in Chicago, he has never wanted to work anywhere outside of public radio. He covers space and all other kinds of innovation. He enjoys comic books, LEGO, and dragon boating.

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I tested positive for COVID on a home test. How do I report it?

This is one of a series of articles in which reporters from WHYY’s Health Desk Help Desk answer questions about vaccines and COVID-19 submitted by you, our audience.
By Alan Yu/WHYY

Philadelphia police assaulted her and kept her from her toddler for hours. Now they’ll pay $2 million

Rickia Young was driving through West Philadelphia when she found herself in the middle of a protest. Officers dragged Young and her nephew out of her car, beat them and kept her away from her son for several hours.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Relaxed COVID measures may be causing an unseasonal surge in another virus

Another virus is leading to an unseasonably high number of illnesses in children: respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Philly announces vaccine sweepstakes and a regret lottery

There will be three drawings in June and July, with the first one on June 21. There is a total of $400,000 in giveaways, including cash prizes.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

What the U.S. can learn from mass vaccination campaigns in other countries

People in this country assume the U.S. is a global leader when it comes to public health response, when in fact low- to middle-income countries run mass vaccination campaigns far more frequently.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

How well are contact tracing apps working to alert us to COVID in Pa., Del., and N.J.?

States are measuring effectiveness partly in terms of how many people have downloaded the apps. Pennsylvania’s app has reached roughly 5% to 6% of the target population.

By Alan Yu/WHYY
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