Brittany Shammas

Washington, D.C.

General assignment reporter

Education: Michigan State University, BA

Brittany Shammas is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. She previously worked for the Miami New Times and the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Latest from Brittany Shammas

Why some states are treating schools differently from other indoor spaces when weighing end of mask mandates

The Democratic governors of California, Illinois and New York said they needed more time and data before they could make a decision about face coverings in schools, one of the most contentious and hotly debated aspects of the pandemic response.

February 12, 2022

More states ease mask mandates, citing lower infection, hospitalization numbers

New York and Massachusetts announced Wednesday they will ease mask mandates, joining a long list of states making similar moves in recent days.

February 9, 2022

Mask mandates continue to fall as Fauci says U.S. may be approaching ‘normality’

Federal officials remained wary, urging Americans in high-transmission areas – almost the entire country – to continue wearing masks. It marked another unusual moment in the pandemic: A weary public and eager elected officials largely ignoring the advice of health professionals.

February 9, 2022

‘Now is not the moment’ to drop mask rules, CDC director says as states end mandates

As states end to mask mandates in schools and other public places, Rochelle Walensky warned against lifting such requirements in an interview with Reuters.

February 8, 2022

California joins growing numbers of states saying mask mandates will end in coming weeks

Amid declining case counts, the governors of New Jersey and Delaware announced plans to drop mask requirements in schools.

February 7, 2022

A new attitude toward the pandemic seems to be taking shape. But we’ve been here before.

Fatigued, frustrated and frazzled by five surges over two years, some parts of the U.S. population have decided to simply live with the coronavirus and move on.

February 6, 2022

FDA will rigorously review vaccines for children under 5, surgeon general says

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy said the FDA "will not cut any corners" as it reviews the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for young children.

February 3, 2022

Army says it will begin discharging unvaccinated soldiers

In a statement, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth described the action as necessary for Army readiness, adding that “unvaccinated soldiers present risk to the force.”

February 2, 2022

Despite U.S. cases decline, the country doesn’t have ‘control’ of virus, Fauci says

On Wednesday, infections declined to an average of 601,302 in 7-day average and current hospitalization have leveled off to 148,710, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.

January 26, 2022

Emergency phase of pandemic could end in 2022 but conditions still ‘ideal’ for new variants, WHO says

The World Health Organization’s Hans Kluge said “it’s plausible that [Europe] is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame.”

January 24, 2022