Long waits for NYC’s Covid-19 isolation hotel rooms as Omicron cases spike: City Limits

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Long waits for NYC’s Covid-19 isolation hotel rooms as Omicron cases spike: City Limits

“When Sam Bellamy tested positive for Covid on Dec. 16, he immediately called the city’s hotline for a free hotel room,” Mary Steffenhagen wrote over at City Limits. “He lives in Brooklyn with two roommates, one of whom was unable to get the booster due to health concerns, so he knew isolating at home would […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

Looking back over the last year, our Covid work has taught us some really important and interesting things, culminating in our five months helping distribute vaccines an undervaccinated neighborhood in New York City. We started the year in a flurry of reporting on why people were having a hard time getting access to the new […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How to get more people vaccinated through volunteer efforts

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How to get more people vaccinated through volunteer efforts

“America is awash in vaccines. After a winter and spring where it was very, very difficult to get an appointment, we now have plenty of doses to go around. Kids over 5 can get shots, and the FDA even greenlit boosters for older teenagers last week,” Tim Requarth writes over at Slate, in a piece […]

Leaked Southern California records reveal huge 675% markups for health care: The Los Angeles Times

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Leaked Southern California records reveal huge 675% markups for health care: The Los Angeles Times

“Ridiculous, seemingly arbitrary price markups are a defining characteristic of the $4-trillion U.S. healthcare system — and a key reason Americans pay more for treatment than anyone else in the world,” David Lazarus writes over at The Los Angeles Times. “But to see price hikes of as much as 675% being imposed in real time, […]

Surgeons report higher pay after vertical integration with hospitals

Surgeons report higher pay after vertical integration with hospitals

“Surgical specialists make more after becoming vertically integrated with hospitals or health systems, according to a Dec. 6 study published in Health Affairs,” Laura Dyrda writes over at Beckers ASC Review. “Physicians overall saw a slight pay decrease after vertical integration, but surgical specialists reported income $10,741 higher per year after joining the larger organization. […]

Coronavirus (Covid) and the death toll: Severe covid doubles risk of death in the year after illness, study finds

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Coronavirus (Covid) and the death toll: Severe covid doubles risk of death in the year after illness, study finds

“Survivors of severe Covid-19 are more than twice as likely to die over the following year than those who experienced milder symptoms or remained uninfected, according to new research published in Frontiers in Medicine, suggesting serious infections may cause significant damage to long-term health and underscoring the protection offered by vaccines,” Robert Hart writes over […]

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 […]