Charted: COVID-19 learning loss

Data: The Nation's Report Card; Chart: Axios Visuals

Nearly every state and public school district have seen math and reading scores among fourth and eighth graders decline since 2019, according to new national test scores.

Why it matters: The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, dubbed the Nation's Report Card, are yet another illustration of the historic learning setbacks the pandemic caused, Axios' Noah Bressner reports.

Mary Jane Sanese
Nov 1, 2022 - News

A "tripledemic" collision of flu, COVID and RSV cases on the horizon

An infant in a hospital bed being taken care of by a woman in yellow scrubs and mask next to a vitals monitor.

An intensive care nurse cares for a patient with RSV. Photo: Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images

Respiratory illnesses in children are on the rise.

Why it matters: Physicians across the country have reported seeing more cases of the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, in recent weeks, Axios' Herb Scribner reports.

Long COVID affecting thousands of Ohioans

Data: CDC Household Pulse Survey; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Nearly a third of Americans who know they've had COVID-19 say they've also experienced the lingering, often debilitating aftereffects known as long COVID.

  • That includes 28% of Ohioans, ranking us 31st among states, according to a recent CDC survey of 50,000 people.

Omicron booster rollout has been slow in Ohio

Illustration of a turtle carrying a vial of liquid

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Demand for Omicron boosters is off to a slow start.

What's happening: Just over 325,000 Ohioans have received a dose of the updated COVID-19 shots — called bivalent vaccines — since they rolled out in late September.

A COVID-19 booster Q&A

Illustration of three boxes that have a checkmark made of a syringe.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

New COVID-19 boosters are now rolling out to Central Ohio providers.

🤔 Your questions, answered:

Ohio's declining life expectancy

Data: Arias, et al., 2022, "U.S. State Life Tables, 2020"; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Ohio's life expectancy was the 13th-lowest in the U.S. in 2020, per new CDC data.

  • The average lifespan of an Ohioan at birth was 75.3 years — lower than the national average of 77.

Your kid (probably) had COVID-19

Data: CDC; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios

Almost 83% of Ohio kids between 6 months and 17 years old have been infected with COVID-19, per recent estimates from the CDC.

  • That's slightly higher than the national average of just under 80%.

Masks recommended again in Columbus, Franklin County

Data: Ohio Hospital Association; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Health officials in Columbus and Franklin County are recommending we wear masks in public again for the first time since rescinding mandates more than four months ago.

Driving the news: This is the first time Franklin County has had a "high" COVID-19 community level on a new CDC data tracker launched in March, triggered by rising community spread and hospitalizations.


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