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Nsikan runs the health and science desk at WNYC/Gothamist. Nsikan was previously at National Geographic where he worked as a science editor, overseeing its COVID-19 coverage in addition to other topics in science, health and technology. Before National Geographic, he worked for more than four years at PBS NewsHour, where he co-created an award-winning video series named ScienceScope. He shared a 2020 Emmy for the PBS NewsHour series “Stopping a Killer Pandemic” and in 2019 received a George Foster Peabody Award for the PBS NewsHour series “The Plastic Problem.” Nsikan has also worked for NPR, Science News Magazine, Science Magazine, KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and as a writer at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University. He holds a doctorate in pathobiology from Columbia University and is an alum of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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The state health department is no longer requiring schools to report cases, but a health expert worries the closure of the COVID-19 Report Card is coming at an inopportune time.


Here's your guide to finding the updated COVID-19 boosters and what they mean for your body’s protection against the coronavirus.


Both updates arrived without press conferences to the public, even though polio is known to cause paralysis in children and the New York City school system started classes on Thursday.


How do you find your old vaccine records? Is a child protected if they haven't had all their shots? Who's at risk, and does polio spread in pools? Here’s a guide to facing a polio outbreak in 2022.


The education department said the company that sold the air purifiers to the city – Delos Living – has an exclusive contract to distribute the costly filters. The high price tag comes as schools face hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to spending by the Adams administration.


Later this month, NASA will open the launch window for the Artemis I mission — the first step toward returning humans to the moon.


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