Frances Stead Sellers

Washington, D.C.

Senior writer on the America desk.

Education: University of Pennsylvania, MA in linguistics; University of Oxford, BA (Hons) in modern languages

Frances Stead Sellers joined the National staff in 2016 to cover the presidential campaign. Sellers became a senior writer based in the Sunday Magazine in 2014 and spent two years before that as the editor of Style, with a focus on profiles, personalities, arts and ideas. She ran the newsroom’s health, science and environmental coverage during the battle over health care and the Gulf oil spill, and she edited a series of stories about military medical care that was a Pulitzer finalist. She has also been deputy editor of Outlook. Sellers came to The Washington Post from Civilization, the bimont
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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

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

N95, KN95 masks provide best protection against covid, CDC study shows

The study shows that wearing any kind of mask in indoor public places significantly lowers the odds of becoming infected with the coronavirus, with N95 or KN95 masks providing the best protection.

February 4, 2022

Coronavirus vaccination may soon be available for children younger than 5, prompting elation and questions

News that vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years may be available by the end of the month has elicited relief - and questions about the approach the companies are taking for emergency use authorization.

February 2, 2022

Researchers implant genetically altered pig kidneys into a brain-dead man

The transplantation of the organs, which functioned for more than 70 hours, marks another major step forward in the use of animal organs to replace failing ones in humans.

January 20, 2022

Free rapid tests may not arrive in time to significantly blunt East Coast omicron surge

Responding to questions about the lag time for free test delivery, senior administration officials told reporters Friday that there are other means of getting tests, pointing to the Saturday launch of another White House initiative to have private insurance companies cover the cost of up to eight at-home rapid tests per month.

January 14, 2022

Covid-19 live updates: CDC presents data aimed at keeping schools open

The country had made “tremendous progress” using key strategies for reducing risk, including vaccination, masking, increasing ventilation and testing, CDC director says.

January 7, 2022

Much has changed since the start of the pandemic. But the nation’s public health system remains fractured.

Some experts contend that the imbalance between the country’s scientific advances and its public health response is starker than ever.

January 1, 2022

CDC recommends Pfizer, Moderna vaccines over Johnson & Johnson, citing rare blood-clot issue

Nine deaths, among seven women and two men, have been confirmed in connection with the problem.

December 16, 2021

With delta surges and the threat of omicron, states call on military medics to relieve hospital staff

The surge is driven by the delta variant, which accounts for about 99.9 percent of U.S. covid cases as of the week ended Dec. 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — even as the omicron variant continues to capture attention.

December 10, 2021