Coronavirus (Covid-19) and others: A way forward to opening up social circles

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and others: A way forward to opening up social circles

“We are starting to enter into a new normal,” Evelin Dacker, M.D., wrote on Medium in an article accompanied by the graphic here. “Restrictions are being lifted and we are beginning to decrease social distance, yet we must continue to work together to reduce the risk of viral transmission. Until accurate testing is available and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and work: Here’s how some are returning to the workplace

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and work: Here’s how some are returning to the workplace

Coronavirus (Covid-19) has sent a lot of people out of the workplace, especially in places like New York, the center of the pandemic. As the New York area cautiously starts to leave full lockdown, examples of workplace practices are being discussed. Employees are waiting to hear what’s up at their workplace, and what has been […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing: Is my employer allowed to test me?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing: Is my employer allowed to test me?

If you’re one of the countless numbers of Americans getting called back to work this month, you may face some significant changes to your workplace. (We’d encourage you to share your experiences with us!) Across the country, some companies are installing mandatory coronavirus testing for employees. Is this a violation of privacy? Is it allowed? […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the primary care doctor: The view from Kansas

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the primary care doctor: The view from Kansas

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: Dr. Ryan Neuhofel is a direct primary care doctor -– meaning that his primary care practice runs on a subscription model, where patients pay a set fee monthly for all their primary care. Primary care practices also often arrange […]

How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

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How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

It was a crazy expensive X-ray price, shared by a community member – a $415 charge for an X-ray of the spine, “Lumbosacral, Complete, W Oblique Views,” (CPT code 72110). The insurer paid $351.41, she told us. We have documented X-ray prices from $20 to $988, and we’re always interested in the topic — they’re […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Mayo Clinic doctors find many antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Mayo Clinic doctors find many antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News

“A number of commercially available COVID-19 antibody tests, which look at a patient’s blood for signs of past infection, did not pass Mayo Clinic quality screening or meet their expectations for use, researchers from the hospital concluded in a joint investigation by the clinic and ABC News,” Dr. Mark Abdelmalek and Megan Christie wrote for […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: Do you really want one? Think hard about it. Maybe not.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: Do you really want one? Think hard about it. Maybe not.

(Updated) Coronavirus testing: It has long been hard to get. Now suddenly in the New York area, tests are freely available. The test will tell me truly if I have had coronavirus and am therefore immune, right? Or if I was exposed to the virus and magically skipped through, with few symptoms? The expert opinions […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) party scene: Going online to ‘Club Quarantine’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) party scene: Going online to ‘Club Quarantine’

Fear not, partygoers! While quarantine has sadly made it impossible to go out to the club or attend even the smallest of parties, human ingenuity has found a way to create an entertaining, if not quite as satisfying, alternative. People everywhere are turning to virtual parties to sate their party bugs, and some of these […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

What’s it like to be a doctor in the middle of the pandemic? I had a chance not long ago to talk with a New York surgeon about his experiences, on the condition that we would not use his name. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.  This is intended to […]