Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

It sounds like the most awful healthcare joke of all: They went to the hospital for Covid testing, gave their insurance information, and were turned away with no treatment. And yet! They got billed! It happened to Rebecca Oliver and Dan Loncoa of Irondequoit, N.Y., at Rochester Regional Hospital. “I had traveled out of state […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: How to do it, with a disability specialist who has gone through it herself

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability:  How to do it, with a  disability specialist who has gone through it herself

Meet Alison Sbrana, a 27-year-old moderator for the support group Body Politic and former care coordinator living in Colorado. Sbrana has myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, a chronic, disabling condition that often afflicts people after an acute viral infection. Last week, we talked to her via video conference about navigating Covid-19 and applying for disability. Our […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: A Black long-hauler hears ‘There are no next steps’

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: A Black long-hauler hears ‘There are no next steps’

For her 30th birthday, Netia McCray asked her partner to help her put her affairs in order and make a will. McCray had been suffering from Covid symptoms for weeks. Unable to get meaningful treatment, she felt close to death. McCray, a Black Boston resident, and other people of color who have had long-lasting symptoms […]

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 the symptoms: It’s not just shortness of breath and fever

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the symptoms: It’s not just shortness of breath and fever

While early in the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic the most common symptoms were thought to be a fever, shortness of breath, dry cough and other respiratory issues, the experiences of others and long-term suffers of the illness demonstrate a wide array of other symptoms including extreme fatigue, hair loss, body aches and pains and even surprisingly […]

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 the doctors: Where should you go for treatment and advice? 

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: Where should you go for treatment and advice? 

Where should you go to get treated for Covid-19? Or to get advice? Well, it all depends.  Some patients, of course, will go to their regular doctor, or to a specialist, or to the emergency room. But increasingly, patients who have long term courses of the illness — they call themselves “long-haulers” — are finding […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests: N.B.A.-funded saliva test cleared for immediate use

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests: N.B.A.-funded saliva test cleared for immediate use

“Yale University researchers developing a cheap, scalable saliva test for detecting COVID-19 found a specific group of deep-pocketed and willing guinea pigs: the NBA. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for the SalivaDirect COVID-19 diagnostic test developed by the Yale School of Public Health,” Sophia Chang wrote for Gothamist. […]