Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: The extremely serious childhood variant called MIS-C

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: The extremely serious childhood variant called MIS-C

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Cree’Shaina Towery’s 9-year-old daughter tested positive for Covid in late December after a relative who was staying with them for the holidays contracted the virus. Towery’s daughter was totally asymptomatic, so she was not initially concerned, she said. “At that point, I will say I was completely naive,” Towery […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

Some people are trying really, really hard to bend the rules and get vaccinated against Covid — lying and cheating to make it happen. Meanwhile, others are watching, appalled, at the behavior of people they know. We’ve seen people on social media scolding others for showing pictures of their newly vaccinated selves — even if […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

Let’s call them backdoor vaccines. Or loophole vaccines. As the vaccine rollout continues its chaotic march across the United States, some people are getting a vaccine even though they don’t qualify. Some people are going to incredible lengths — forged paperwork and false claims. There was even a story about a $2,000 offer for a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

Our citizen science journalism project with Covid antibody tests is over, and the results are conclusively inconclusive. Out of 32 members of the group (including me) who used our in-home antibody tests from Wuhan, China, 6 were positive, 17 were negative, 4 were invalid and 5 were not returned. Among the people who tested negative […]

How Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth performed in the fourth quarter

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How Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth performed in the fourth quarter

“Many of the nation’s largest commercial insurers saw their profits fall in the fourth quarter of 2020 as expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic increased,” Becker’s Hospital Review wrote. “Here is how Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group fared: “1. Fourth-quarter revenues for Aetna parent CVS Health totaled $619.6 billion, up from $66.9 billion […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: N.Y. restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get the vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: N.Y. restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get the vaccine

“After nearly a year of the pandemic decimating New York City’s restaurant industry, forcing thousands of businesses to close permanently and costing tens of thousands of people their jobs, this month brought a glimmer of optimism,” Matthew Haag writes over at The New York Times. “Limited indoor dining has started again and restaurant workers, including […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]

How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

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How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

The man on the phone said his insurance company quintupled his premiums for next year, from $333 to $1,700, and he was really upset. He was even more upset that the only thing that had changed in his health care situation was that he had started taking Truvada, the anti-HIV drug. Truvada, also known as […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and planning: What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | MIT Technology Review

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and planning: What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | MIT Technology Review

“The first time Mary Ann Price logged into her employer’s system to schedule a vaccine, she found an appointment three days later at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy,” Cat Ferguson writes over at MIT Technology Review. “She woke up the next day to an email saying it had been canceled. So she logged in again and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

“Mihail Zilbermint is used to treating diabetes — he heads a special team that cares for patients with the metabolic disorder at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.,” Erin Blakemore wrote over at The Washington Post “But as the hospital admitted increasing numbers of patients with covid-19, his caseload ballooned. ‘Before, we used to manage maybe […]