Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Texas man charged $54,000 for Covid tests at hospital emergency room

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Texas man charged $54,000 for Covid tests at hospital emergency room

“A Dallas man was charged $54,000 for his COVID-19 tests at an emergency room in Lewisville, Texas –- a staggering fee that is not only legal, but hardly the only coronavirus test to break the bank for a time-desperate person during the pandemic,” Scott Gleeson writes for USA Today. “Travis Warner told NPR that his […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: 1 in 3 Covid patients suffer from long Covid, study finds

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: 1 in 3 Covid patients suffer from long Covid, study finds

“One in three people who survived COVID-19 suffered from long COVID, according to a study of Long Beach residents published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday,” Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money write for The Los Angeles Times. “The study found that these long COVID patients reported at least one […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: More than a quarter of patients still symptomatic after 6 months

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: More than a quarter of patients still symptomatic after 6 months

“In a new study of adults from the general population who were infected with COVID-19 in 2020, more than a quarter report not having fully recovered after six to eight months,” Science Daily reports. “Those findings are described this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Milo Puhan and colleagues at the University of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: About 11.1 million Americans have long Covid

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: About 11.1 million Americans have long Covid

“About 11.1 million Americans are living with long COVID-19, according to new estimates from The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,” Gabrielle Masson writes over at Beckers Hospital Review. “Long COVID-19, or persistent symptoms up to six months after being cleared of the illness, affects around 30 percent of individuals who had Covid-19, according […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People are deciding to get it, after months of refusal. Why?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People are deciding to get it, after months of refusal. Why?

Eve Besser, 42, of Dekalb, Ill., decided to get the coronavirus vaccine after months of hesitating. What changed her mind? Her 12-year-old son. Besser, a long Covid patient, was reluctant to get the shot because she had heard that for some long Covid patients, the shot makes their illness worse. (For some, it makes them […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: F.D.A. gives full approval to Pfizer vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: F.D.A. gives full approval to Pfizer vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine today, according to a press release. “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine,” the release said. “The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention […]

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: 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, […]