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 vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

You need to prove you got vaccinated — maybe at the border, maybe at the door of the bar, or at the airline gate or the sports arena. What to use? There’s always your paper vaccine record. And yet a number of electronic vaccine passes have sprung up, some more useful and reliable than others. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine pass: What’s it like to be the person checking vaccine credentials?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine pass: What’s it like to be the person checking vaccine credentials?

What’s it like to be the person who checks people’s vaccine credentials at a public venue in New York City? I was introduced to a man who does that at a major tourist venue. We chatted by phone. Here’s the conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, and posted here on the condition that we […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries At-home Covid tests are very hard to find. And the prices are spiraling up, despite promises by city, state and federal governments in the United States to make them available for free. New York Health + Hospitals, the New York public housing entity, is passing out free boxes of […]

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, […]

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

“When fans of the band Phish started falling ill with Covid-19 all over the country after a Halloween concert weekend in Las Vegas, public health officials were largely in the dark about what appears to have been a superspreader event,” Kathleen McLaughlin writes over at Stat. “In a Facebook post from mid-November with hundreds of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the schools: How the Delta variant invaded an elementary school classroom

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the schools: How the Delta variant invaded an elementary school classroom

“An unvaccinated elementary schoolteacher infected with the highly contagious Delta variant spread the virus to half of the students in a classroom, seeding an outbreak that eventually infected 26 people, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Sabrina Imbler and Emily Anthes write for The New York Times. “The […]

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 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 […]

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 […]