Feb 25, 2020 - Health

The U.S. is still taking on measles during the coronavirus threat

A patient receiving the measles vaccine

A patient receiving the measles vaccine on Aug. 28, 2019. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/picture alliance via Getty Images

The U.S. is still grappling with old diseases like measles — as well as enduring problems like addiction and heart disease — even as it tries to combat new threats like the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports with Kaiser Health News.

Why it matters: While we race for new treatments in the wake of new threats, we're also beset by plenty of problems we know how to solve. Declining vaccination rates, for example, are allowing once-vanquished diseases to come roaring back, and holes in addiction treatment keep people at risk.

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