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COVID past and present – from unmasking to understanding the how early days of the pandemic made some rich

Just where exactly do we stand with the current state of COVID in the US? And how did traders, contractors, and healthcare companies use one of the darkest moments of the pandemic to make money?


Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of Covid-19 public transportation rules, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. – Mask mandates on public transportation are no longer in effect following a ruling by federal judge on April 18, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)


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COVID-19 might not be making as many headlines as a year ago, but it is still very much a reality. And its impact is still being felt as people continue to get sick or remember the loved ones they lost.

Can we finally relax, as guidelines change?

Or will we see more variants and new outbreaks in the US?

And how can we better assess situations where we should wear a mask, even though they're no longer required in many places?

Today, we get a COVID update with one of our trusted local public health experts.

Plus, there will always be those who use times of crisis to their advantage. How did that happen during COVID's most dire days?

An award-winning investigative reporter talks about his new book Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick.


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