Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

When your turn comes, where can you go to get a Covid-19 vaccine? As states and the federal government prepare to vaccinate millions of people this spring, major pharmacy chains and grocery stores like CVS, Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens have emerged as some of the central locations officials say will be distribution points for the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations: On the front lines, travel nurses say they’re being kept in the dark on vaccines

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations: On the front lines, travel nurses say they’re being kept in the dark on vaccines

Traveling nurse companies have stayed busy this year. Across the country, demand has skyrocketed for travel nurses in hospitals as healthcare facilities face decreasing staff and increasing need as the pandemic drags on. But despite the industry’s runaway success, travel nurses who spoke to ClearHealthCosts said that they have been excluded from vaccination lists from […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: How medical racism informs mistrust

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: How medical racism informs mistrust

Not all Americans are enthusiastic about the arrival of the vaccine for the novel coronavirus. A study released in December from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than one-third of Black adults surveyed said they would “probably or definitely not” get a Covid vaccine, even if it was free and vetted by scientists. How […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medical racism: A Black Chicago doctor tells her story

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medical racism: A Black Chicago doctor tells her story

Dr. Brittani James works on Chicago’s South Side as a family doctor, and also serves as an assistant professor at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois. She also runs with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, the Institute for Antiracism in Medicine. Dr. James sat down for a video interview with ClearHealthCosts in […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine production: What are the supply chain weaknesses?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine production: What are the supply chain weaknesses?

The start of the pandemic showed just how fragile medical supply chains can be as the United States saw shortages in basics like personal protective equipment and nasal swabs to administer tests. Now, as the nation enters the next phase – mass vaccination – experts are raising alarm bells at potential shortages of other kinds […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and government bailout money: U.S. hospital giant gives back cash as workers continue to call for more P.P.E.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and government bailout money: U.S. hospital giant gives back cash as workers continue to call for more P.P.E.

As we wrote earlier this fall, workers at hospitals owned by HCA Healthcare, one of the largest for-profit healthcare companies in the United States, spent the summer protesting what they say are continued unsafe working conditions and inadequate pay during the pandemic. HCA was part of a cohort of 20 big hospital chains that, the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

By MOLLY TAFT and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES It’s clear that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health: a recent study found that adults in the US were reporting symptoms of depression at three times the rate as before the pandemic. But some Covid patients, especially those who have been sick for months, say that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: What do we know, and what don’t we know?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: What do we know, and what don’t we know?

Coronavirus is commonly perceived as a respiratory illness, but as both short-term patients and long-haulers can attest, the symptoms can impact almost every part of the  body – including the heart. In a survey of long-haul patients this summer published by the Indiana University of Medicine and SurvivorCorps, a long-hauler group, “inability to exercise or be […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and New York Testing: Where’s the quickest test right now? — October edition

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and New York Testing: Where’s the quickest test right now? — October edition

We reported back in August on how to get tested in New York City and which locations were providing fast results – and which were lagging behind. After documenting my relatively pain-free (except for that awful nasal swab, of course!) experience at Woodhull Hospital, I’ve since gotten three additional tests at that location – in addition […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and sewage: How does wastewater testing work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and sewage: How does wastewater testing work?

Could the answer to stopping coronavirus in its tracks be found in sewage? In August, the University of Arizona made headlines after it announced that it had used its sewer system to stop a coronavirus outbreak – and the school isn’t alone. Across the United States, wastewater testing programs have cropped up in cities, counties, universities […]