New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

In early November, New York City’s COVID-19 positive test rate was 2.06% while NYU’s was 0.76%. A decrease in hospitalizations and deaths accompany the increase in the positive test rate. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

NYU sees slight rise in COVID cases as winter approaches

In the week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase in New York City’s new reported COVID-19 cases has some students concerned about breakthrough infections.
Gabriel Hawthorne, Staff Writer November 22, 2021

NYU reported a slim increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on campus as positivity rates increased in New York City over the past four weeks.  In the most recent testing...

A study at NYU Langone found that vaccinated pregnant women can pass COVID-19 antibodies to their babies. Researchers hope the study will reduce vaccine hesitancy in pregnant people. (Staff Photo and Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Vaccinated pregnant people pass COVID antibodies to their babies, Langone study finds

NYU researchers hope that the study results will diminish vaccine hesitancy among pregnant people.
Lauren Ashe, Staff Writer November 5, 2021

Jenna Silverstein got the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot while she was pregnant — one of the 35% of pregnant people aged 18-49 to receive a vaccine. Because Silverstein, an...

The new Merck COVID-19 treatment pill is currently awaiting FDA approval. Though the pill is effective at treating early-stage COVID patients, vaccines are still our best chance at ending the pandemic. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: The COVID-19 vaccines remain the best weapons against the pandemic

A new antiviral medication developed by Merck is awaiting FDA approval. The potential approval and widespread use of this new medication could help save thousands of lives, but the vaccine remains the best deterrent to the pandemic. 
Srishti Bungle, Deputy Opinion Editor October 19, 2021

On October 11th, the pharmaceutical company Merck requested that U.S. regulators approve their pill for use in treating COVID-19. Merck’s antiviral pill, named molnupiravir,...

All adults in the US are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and in some states, all residents 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine. However, even as vaccination rates continue to increase, some students feel unsure about the safety of returning to pre-pandemic activities. (Staff Photo by Roshni Raj)

Even after vaccination, some students’ concerns about COVID-19 remain

As vaccination rates throughout the state continue to increase, some students feel unsure about the safety of the city and resuming their pre-pandemic activities.
Natalie Melendez, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Over a year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the end to the nightmare seems near. April 19 marked the day adults 18 and older in the United States...

NYUs policy of filling out the Daily Screener to get access to NYU buildings has flaws when it comes to post-vaccination symptoms. Post-vaccination symptoms can cause people to feel ill, unrelated to the COVID-19 symptoms, so there is hesitation in responding honestly to the Daily Screener in fear of an unnecessary quarantine. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

You could be quarantined in your dorm for reporting your vaccine side effects

With no apparent university policy on post-vaccination symptoms, responding honestly to the Daily Screener could get you quarantined.
Alex Tey, Copy Chief April 27, 2021

I don't socialize indoors, I wear one mask outside and two inside, and the riskiest thing I do is ride the subway about twice a week, an activity that is safer than eating inside...

NYU announced that students planning to return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  NYU has begun scheduling vaccine appointments for students, while also encouraging students to get vaccinated at other vaccination sites if available. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NYU will require COVID-19 vaccines for all in-person students this fall

The university says the requirement will minimize the spread of COVID-19 and allow for a return to in-person activities.
Rachel Fadem, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

NYU students planning to return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, senior university leadership announced in an April 19 email...

An illustration of a megaphone with a red handle. Written in orange on the megaphone are the words “Staff Rants.”

Staff Rants and Raves: Vaccines

With New York residents getting vaccinated, we'd figure that we should share our opinions on vaccines in general.

On Dystopian Experiences Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor Walking through the Javits Center made me feel like I was the main character in one of those dystopian movies. As I made...

Walgreens is among one of the vaccine providers accessible through appointment booking. Some students ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have been taking advantage of its conflicting guidelines to get vaccinated, putting their friendships with other students on the line. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Cutting ties with line cutters: A student’s friendships are tested after ineligible friends get vaccinated

Liberal Studies first-year Amber Alirahi has put friendships on hold with students who used loopholes to get vaccinated early. Public health experts said such cheating is to be expected and pushes eligible people aside.
Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

Amber Alirahi has witnessed the effects of the pandemic firsthand. The Liberal Studies first-year lost a loved one due to COVID-19 in early May of 2020. She witnessed her sister,...

NYU plans on opening vaccination sites at Student Health Center and the Bobst Library. The university has released plans for on-campus vaccination but has yet to state whether it is required for students to be vaccinated for on-campus activities. (Photo by Nina Schifano)

NYU prepares vaccination sites on campus

The university encourages eligible groups to get vaccinated and released plans for on-campus vaccination sites.
Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

NYU has been approved as a vaccination center and will open vaccination sites at the Student Health Center and on the first floor of Bobst Library, according to a Feb. 17 email...