Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: You might be hit with expensive medical bills, employer mandates

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: You might be hit with expensive medical bills, employer mandates

“People who choose not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus face greater odds of getting seriously ill and hospitalized –- a decision that could risk not just their health, but their finances as employers mandate vaccination and insurance companies look at ways to pass on the costs of treatment,” Ken Alltucker writes over at USA Today. “More […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: The third shot is here, for immunocompromised people. How does it work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: The third shot is here, for immunocompromised people. How does it work?

Third shots of the Covid vaccine are now being broadly recommended for people who are immunocompromised. But like a lot of the rest of the vaccine rollout, the change in policy has been a little rocky. The prospect of a third shot has been discussed for quite some time for immunocompromised people. Scientists noticed that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Can the shot cause menstrual cycle changes?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Can the shot cause menstrual cycle changes?

“Sore arms. Headaches. Low-grade fevers. These are some of the expected side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine —- a sign that the body’s mounting an immune response and learning how to fend off the coronavirus,” Geoff Brumfiel reports over at NPR. “But thousands of people in the U.S. think they may have had other side […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: New York City and state give goodies for those getting vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: New York City and state give goodies for those getting vaccinated

New York City has started to offer $100 to unvaccinated people to encourage them to take the Covid vaccine. The New York City offer is good only at New York City sites, not at CVS or a local urgent care center.  A vaccinated person has to register, and then gets the incentive after getting fully […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who is lying, and about what, and why?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who is lying, and about what, and why?

Perhaps it’s not surprising that we’re hearing of people who are lying — again, or still, or more and more — about the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. We’ve heard about people lying about age, about occupation, about place of residence. We’ve heard people lying about whether they were vaccinated or not. What goes into that — […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the breakthrough cases: Can they cause long Covid? Yes.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the breakthrough cases: Can they cause long Covid? Yes.

“Need another reason to mask up? People may get long COVID19 after a breakthrough infection,” Katelyn Jetelina, “Your Local Economist,” wrote on Substack. “While vaccines protect from severe disease, we know the vaccinated can still carry the virus (to some extent, we don’t know this number with Delta) and can, but rarely, display symptoms (i.e. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

Commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, July 26, President Biden said some long Covid patients would qualify for disability, a development that long Covid patients have been seeking for months. “‘We are bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long Covid, who have a disability, have access to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

A number of people who received the Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine (or Astra Zeneca outside of the United States) are seeking a second shot of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in the belief that the Johnson and Johnson and other vaccines may be safer with  a booster. We heard about this from an acquaintance, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: Why are they dying?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: Why are they dying?

“Fretting over a fever in her toddler that wouldn’t break, the mother took the young girl, Letícia, to a hospital. Doctors had worrisome news: It was Covid-19,” Anna Ionova writes for The New York Times. “But they were reassuring, noting that children almost never develop serious symptoms, said the mother, Ariani Roque Marinheiro. Less than […]

ADHD and medications: A guide to navigating pharmacies, getting your meds on time, and insurance

ADHD and medications: A guide to navigating pharmacies, getting your meds on time, and insurance

(Editor’s note: This piece was posted on Reddit’s ADHD subreddit, described as “A place where people with ADHD and their loved ones can interact with each other exchanging stories, struggles, and non-medication strategies.” I noticed it there and asked the author if we could post over here, and he gave us the OK to use […]