Fenit Nirappil

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering health care and coronavirus

Education: Northwestern University, BS in journalism and political science. ; American University, MSJ in journalism.

Fenit Nirappil joined the health & science team in 2020 to cover government response to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine distribution. He previously spent five years on the local politics team covering D.C. government and politics, Virginia elections and government accountability. Before joining the Post, he covered the California state house for the Associated Press and Portland suburbs for The Oregonian.
Latest from Fenit Nirappil

Face masks may return amid holiday ‘tripledemic’ of covid, flu and RSV

Masks this time aren’t just about avoiding the coronavirus. The CDC director and other experts are advising masks to also protect against influenza and RSV.

December 7, 2022

Flu hospitalizations soar as triple viral threat looms ahead of holidays

The CDC urged Americans to get the latest flu and coronavirus vaccines to protect themselves.

December 5, 2022

Covid hospitalizations rising post-Thanksgiving after an autumn lull

Public health authorities are concerned the increase in covid patients will exacerbate the strain on hospitals already reeling from RSV and influenza cases.

December 4, 2022

Biden administration poised to lift monkeypox emergency declaration

Fewer than 10 cases a day are being reported, compared with more than 450 in early August.

December 2, 2022

Men are using condoms less, even as syphilis and other STDs surge

The United States recorded nearly 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2021, more than doubling in the last two decades.

November 23, 2022

My mom was finally ready to accept my gay wedding. Then she got covid.

As a Post reporter who covers the coronavirus pandemic, I feared my wedding would be a superspreader event. As a son, I just wanted my mom there.

November 17, 2022

CDC warns of tough winter as flu, RSV and covid collide

CDC reports unusually high flu hospitalizations amid concerns of flu, covid and RSV further straining health system this winter.

November 4, 2022

The illness straining pediatric hospitals

Today on “Post Reports,” why RSV — respiratory syncytial virus — is overwhelming children’s hospitals, and what parents can do to keep their children safe.

October 28, 2022

Should I still be worried about monkeypox?

Monkeypox vaccines appear to be working in stemming the outbreak. But severe symptoms and inequality persist.

October 26, 2022

Monkeypox can be far more devastating for patients with weak immune systems

At least 10 patients have died in the U.S. monkeypox outbreak, even as cases continue to fall.

October 26, 2022