Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breaking the isolation: Finding community online

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breaking the isolation: Finding community online

One survivor is using his experience dealing with long Covid to help others struggling with the condition and the painful emotions that can torment them by running a pop-up virtual support group for long-Covid patients that runs 24 hours at a time so people in any time zone can find help when they need it. Dave, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

Hervé, a father of two in Paris, was shocked when he found out that his daughter, Cèlia, had been infected with Covid-19. He, Cèlia, Cèlia’s mother and brother had multiple negative PCR tests since the pandemic began and had never felt sick. But in January 2022, when Hervé took Cèlia, 10, to a pediatric vaccination […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Rolling out the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. What we know so far.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Rolling out the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. What we know so far.

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries Covid vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are likely to be approved for distribution in early November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. The decision on giving vaccines to younger kids will affect as many as 28 million children ages 5 to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

Eight months after the first Covid vaccine was rolled out in the United States, debate is raging over how to push hesitant Americans to get the shot to help rein in the pandemic that has cost the country trillions of dollars and over a million lives directly and indirectly. ClearHealthCosts zoomed in on the potential health and financial costs of […]

Parents, advocates angered by reduction in Covid safety measures in school

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Parents, advocates angered by reduction in Covid safety measures in school

Children in the United States are about to commence their second, full Covid school year with as much fear and frustration as their first. As the Delta variant causes cases to surge globally and childhood cases to rise, districts have dropped their precautions, and some parents are frightened, angry and deeply conflicted over how to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

The Covid pandemic may appear to be on the decline in the United States, but some experts are saying we have yet to witness another, still unfolding wave of illness and death — the mental health crisis that has been called the fourth wave of the pandemic. ClearHealthCosts spoke to patients and experts around the […]

Open notes: Reading your clinical notes just got easier

Open notes: Reading your clinical notes just got easier

A federal rule allowing patients to more easily access clinical notes written in their medical records took effect in early April. Supporters of the move from both the patient side and the provider side say the new policy will improve patient outcomes and has very few drawbacks. The “open notes” or “information blocking” rule is […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: The extremely serious childhood variant called MIS-C

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: The extremely serious childhood variant called MIS-C

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Cree’Shaina Towery’s 9-year-old daughter tested positive for Covid in late December after a relative who was staying with them for the holidays contracted the virus. Towery’s daughter was totally asymptomatic, so she was not initially concerned, she said. “At that point, I will say I was completely naive,” Towery […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: Hurdles and success stories of volunteer ‘vaccine angels’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: Hurdles and success stories of volunteer ‘vaccine angels’

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Darlene Ferreira works 10 to 12 hours a day in the office. But when she gets home, she begins work on what has become for her a second job: helping total strangers get Covid vaccines. “I got home today at nine. I’ll probably be doing this until 2 a.m.,” […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Jane Duncan has spent every night for the past two weeks on Walgreens’ website refreshing her computer screen, waiting for new vaccine appointments to open up. “From midnight to two is when they load one set of appointments. And then generally from five to seven in the morning is […]