John Kopp

John Kopp

John Kopp is the Chief Health Reporter/Assistant Editor at He joined the newsroom after spending five years reporting for the Delaware County Daily Times. He spent the prior year covering state and local politics, including a $4 million Pennsylvania state Senate race. He previously covered Chester city government, the Chester Upland School District and high-school sports. A Temple University graduate, John enjoys long-distance running, watching baseball and exploring new places.

October 5, 2020


COVID-19 can spread via airborne transmission, revised CDC guidelines say

The coronavirus can spread through aerosols that linger in the air for "minutes to hours," according to the CDC's new guidelines. But airborne transmission is "uncommon," with most spread stemming from close, person-to-person contact, the agency says.

September 21, 2020

Mental Health

For colleges, online mental health services are a 'silver lining' of COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted an increase of mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, among U.S. college students. With many campuses closed, universities are responding to the influx through virtual counseling sessions and digital outreach – forums that come with a variety of advantages and disadvantages.

September 7, 2020

Labor Day

University of the Arts faculty planning to form labor union

Faculty members at the University of the Arts announced their intentions to unionize on Labor Day. The faculty would be represented by the United Academics of Philadelphia, a union affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers. They seek to secure better compensation and benefits from the art school.

September 7, 2020


La Salle College High mourns death of 'kind and thoughtful' football player

Isaiah Turner, a two-sport athlete at La Salle College High School in the Philadelphia suburbs, died after suffering a "sudden catastrophic medical event" at football practice Friday. His family, friends and teammates mourned his death over Labor Day Weekend, describing him as "kind and thoughtful," with a "warm, inviting smile."

September 7, 2020


Arsonist watches North Philly house go up in flames after lighting porch on fire, police say

Philadelphia police are looking for the person who lit the porch of a North Philly home and watched as the flames engulfed the house. The suspect was seen observing the fire from across the street.

August 21, 2020

Mental Health

CHOP researchers see sense of altruism in people's COVID-19 worries

People are less worried about getting COVID-19 than they are that a family member will get it – or that they might unknowingly spread the coronavirus, according to a study conducted by Penn Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The research also examined the effect of resiliency on anxiety and depression.

June 29, 2020


As youth sports return, doctors urge athletes to take 'quaranteam' pledge

Children need to stay physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic, but restarting youth sports requires a balancing act. Pediatricians from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a set of recommendations to guide athletes, parents and coaches as athletics resume.

June 16, 2020

Health Stories

Former Tony Fauci trainee steering Jefferson Health through COVID-19 crisis

Dr. John Zurlo trained under Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the 1980s, conducing HIV/AIDS research. Now, he's serving as Jefferson Health's top infectious diseases expert amid the COVID-19 pandemic, directing the health system on everything from treatment guidelines to personal protective equipment.

May 21, 2020


Running with a mask is difficult and hot weather could make it even harder

Wearing a face mask makes running more difficult due to restricted air flow. Doctors recommend modifying workouts to make them less strenuous until the body acclimates to exercising with a mask. But don't expect added fitness benefits. Studies show masks don't mimic altitude training.

May 1, 2020


Coronavirus restrictions to ease in 24 Pennsylvania counties

Pennsylvania will begin reopening by easing coronavirus-related restrictions in 24 northwest and north-central counties on May 8, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday. The Philadelphia region, where COVID-19 cases remain high, is expected to be among the last to reopen.

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