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): The coming mental health crisis

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

The Covid pandemic may appear to be on the decline in the United States, but some experts are saying we have yet to witness another, still unfolding wave of illness and death — the mental health crisis that has been called the fourth wave of the pandemic. ClearHealthCosts spoke to patients and experts around the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Study finds many patients are experiencing new medical problems

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Study finds many patients are experiencing new medical problems

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought medical care for post-Covid health problems that they had not been diagnosed with before becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the largest study to date of long-term symptoms in Covid-19 patients,” Pam Belluck writes over at The New York Times in an article about a study that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Long Covid patients face high risk of dying from complications

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Long Covid patients face high risk of dying from complications

“A massive study involving more than 87,000 Covid-19 patients found that recovered patients face about a 60% increased risk of death from long-term complications of the disease in the six months after initial infection compared to people who’ve never tested positive,” Katie Camero writes for The Miami Herald. “Some of the fatal illnesses brought on […]

The role of private equity in driving up health care prices: Harvard Business Review

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The role of private equity in driving up health care prices: Harvard Business Review

“Private investment in U.S. health care has grown significantly over the past decade thanks to investors who have been keen on getting into a large, rapidly growing, and recession-proof market with historically high returns,” Lovisa Gustafsson, Shanoor Seervai, and David Blumenthal wrote in the Harvard Business Review in 2019. “Private equity and venture capital firms […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the epidemiologists: How U.S doctors are re-entering everyday life

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the epidemiologists: How U.S doctors are re-entering everyday life

“Epidemiologists are starting to hug again. They’re also running errands, gathering outdoors with friends and getting haircuts in far greater numbers than before,” Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Kevin Quealy write over at The New York Times. “In a new informal survey this month by The New York Times, 723 epidemiologists in the United […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: 246 infected, 3 dead in Michigan despite being vaccinated |

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“At least 246 people in Michigan who were ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID-19 were later diagnosed with the virus, including 11 who were hospitalized and three who have died, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,” Robin Erb writes on Bridge Michigan.  “More than 1.8 million Michigan residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, according […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Outreach efforts build to get people vaccinated and combat vaccine hesitancy

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Outreach efforts build to get people vaccinated and combat vaccine hesitancy

Kenny Herzog spends a lot of his time off from work by working — on getting vaccine appointments for people in and around the Westchester County town of Greenburgh. He’s one of the earliest members of the Greenburgh Covid Angels, a group of volunteers trying to ease the Covid crisis by getting shots in arms. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

(Updated, April 24) A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A friend put together Vaccinehawk, an updater for Walgreens sites

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A friend put together Vaccinehawk, an updater for Walgreens sites

A friend, Jake Bialer, put together a vaccine appointment availability updater for the Walgreen’s pharmacy site nationwide, describing it as “an independent effort to make vaccine availability more transparent.” It’s particularly useful for  booking eligible people at Walgreens, or for “leftover” or “waitlist” or “standby” vaccines at a place where unused vaccine might be available […]