Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing accuracy is coming to the fore as a topic of discussion and the subject of public health policy around the world. With this conversation, we became really interested in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. If it’s FDA-approved, it must be good to go, right? Wait, not so fast. Our […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer patients: How the sickest are affected

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer patients: How the sickest are affected

“The COVID-19 pandemic and responses to help prevent its spread have had far-reaching impact on all Americans, and particularly on cancer patients and survivors. Risk of infection, overloaded health care systems, shortages of food and supplies, and economic challenges all create unique barriers to achieving and maintaining health while fighting cancer and after,” according to […]

Fear of coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people with heart symptoms away from ERs: STAT

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Fear of coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people with heart symptoms away from ERs: STAT

“Stayc Simpson’s blood pressure readings are all over the place. Her heart rate is fluctuating wildly,” Usha Lee McFarling writes at STAT. “After struggling with heart failure and coronary artery disease for 15 years, undergoing a double bypass, and living with an implanted pacemaker and defibrillator, she knows her numbers aren’t good. She’s really worried. […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing shortage: Why are we running out of swabs?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing shortage: Why are we running out of swabs?

Still can’t get a coronavirus test? You’re not alone. More than two months into the outbreak into the United States, it still seems that tests are in short supply for the average Joe or Jane – despite promises to open drive-through testing centers and celebrities getting tested through their doctors. Here, we break down some of […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now “actively looking into” results from universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter,” Drew Karedes from Boston 25 News reported. “The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

So you’re worried about your health insurance given the coronavirus epidemic. You’re not alone. Whether you have or had job-sponsored insurance, or were on the state exchanges, or were uninsured before COVID-19 hit, it’s a topic of concern. Here are some situations, with answers. You lost your job and need insurance to replace employer-sponsored insurance. […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pets: Navigating sickness with our furry friends

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pets: Navigating sickness with our furry friends

In the era of coronavirus (COVID-19), some animals have reportedly tested positive for the virus. Given the fact that scientists believe some form of animal-to-human transmission started the pandemic, it’s worth examining the landscape — and thinking of what we can do for animals.    Reported Cases Late in February, a 17-year-old Pomeranian in Hong […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) masks: To wear or not to wear?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) masks: To wear or not to wear?

(Updated April 9) Coronavirus (COVID-19) masks: Should or shouldn’t healthy people wear face masks when outside to protect both themselves and others? In the last few weeks, the number of people wearing face masks when out in public seems to have exploded. With emerging reports from official health organizations now recommending the use of face […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and funerals: Your questions, answered

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and funerals: Your questions, answered

By MOLLY TAFT and JEANNE PINDER It’s awful: You are grieving a loved one and need the services of a funeral home in the era of coronavirus. You don’t have any idea what to expect. Here are some key questions. Remember, funeral homes are used to dealing with grieving people. But they don’t have experience […]