Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

In June, during his second week of having Covid-like symptoms, Andrew Ficker took a turn for the worse. His left arm went numb, he had pain in his chest and he felt dizzy. He went to the emergency room, fearing that he was in the middle of a heart attack. Over the next month and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and new cases: When should schools shut down?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and new cases: When should schools shut down?

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER In June, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was planning to return for in-person classes, at least partially. Addressing concerns about what would happen when cases rose on campus, UNC leaders said that there would be “off-ramps” — plans to scale back in-person activities — but the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young adults: Yes, indeed, they are in danger

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young adults: Yes, indeed, they are in danger

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER When Covid-19 reached American shores in March, Rachel Robles, 26, was a little nervous, but not panicked. After all, early data from other countries indicated that young people had an easier time with the virus. “I can’t control everything and I might get it,” Robles said about her early […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN As telehealth has become more common with the Covid-19 pandemic, both doctors and patients are learning that it has many advantages — and downsides. While many simple conditions — a child’s rash, for example — might be fairly easy to diagnose and treat with telemedicine, other more complicated ailments […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

In April, New York City was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Refrigerated trucks waited outside hospitals to receive bodies. Ambulances waited in line at overwhelmed emergency rooms. Now, with the curve crushed in New York, residents are waiting for their Covid-19 test results. Partly because resources for testing are being sent to new hotspots […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and surveillance testing: What makes a monitoring program effective, for schools, sports or the workplace?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and surveillance testing: What makes a monitoring program effective, for schools, sports or the workplace?

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER On the field, Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the first game of a modified and renewed Major League Baseball season on July 23. Off the field, the sports organization took one piece of advice from Dr. Fauci to heart: the importance of testing. In […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: Who’s paying what for a virtual visit?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: Who’s paying what for a virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN Telemedicine has boomed during the Covid-19 as an alternative to in-person visits. Doctors and patients alike are finding that the virtual visit — previously often described as a pale imitation of the actual in-person office visit — is a fine way to do health care in the middle of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer: For cancer patients, pandemic brings new hurdles in and out of treatment

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer: For cancer patients, pandemic brings new hurdles in and out of treatment

When the pandemic began in March, Tori Geib was finally stable, or so she thought. She had undergone the same chemotherapy treatment — her ninth course since her diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer in 2016 — for nearly a year. In April, she received the results from a scan: Her cancer had progressed to her […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the office: When returning to the workplace doesn’t go smoothly

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the office: When returning to the workplace doesn’t go smoothly

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER For a speech therapist in Tennessee, options to work remotely have all but vanished. In March, the pediatric disability clinic where she works transitioned to telehealth, which has allowed her and her colleagues to work remotely during the pandemic. But the state’s Medicaid partner stopped covering telehealth on June […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and infectious disease: A specialist’s experience in a Queens hospital

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and infectious disease: A specialist’s experience in a Queens hospital

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: Dr. Carlos Salama is an infectious disease specialist at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y. Elmhurst is a public hospital that is a part of the NYC Health and Hospitals system. Queens was among the hardest hit places in New […]