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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

“Thousands of people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past year, and generally, most patients haven’t had to pay out of pocket for these costs,” Caroline Tien writes over at verywellhealth.com. “Government programs and insurance companies have largely borne the brunt of the cost. But that might be changing. Researchers at the University of […]

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: States find hidden stashes in their own backyards

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: States find hidden stashes in their own backyards

“When tiny glass vials of coronavirus vaccine began rolling off production lines late last year, federal health officials set aside a big stash for nursing homes being ravaged by the virus,” Sharon LaFraniere, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Abby Goodnough write over at The New York Times. “Health providers around the country figured as well that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Jane Duncan has spent every night for the past two weeks on Walgreens’ website refreshing her computer screen, waiting for new vaccine appointments to open up. “From midnight to two is when they load one set of appointments. And then generally from five to seven in the morning is […]

CMS fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients: Kaiser Health News lets you look up your hospital

CMS fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients: Kaiser Health News lets you look up your hospital

“Under programs set up by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government cuts payments to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and those with the highest numbers of infections and patient injuries,” Jordan Rau writes for Kaiser Health News. “For the readmission penalties, Medicare cuts as much as 3 percent for each patient, although […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

John Best, a 31-year-old software engineer from Jersey City, N.J. has no illusions about the danger he faces from Covid-19. “I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that if I get it, I should probably make a will,” he said in a phone interview last week. Best spent the majority of 2020 holed up in […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Mount Sinai cancels coming appointments

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Mount Sinai cancels coming appointments

Back in January, when I first became eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine as a 66-year-old New Yorker, I started scouting around for appointments. Mount Sinai in New York City was offering appointments online, so I snagged one for March 4. Meanwhile, I managed to get an earlier appointment, and went ahead, getting vaccinated with […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the superspreader event: He started a Covid-19 vaccine company. Then he hosted an event that infected many people.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the superspreader event: He started a Covid-19 vaccine company. Then he hosted an event that infected many people.

“At least 20 people contracted covid-19 at an indoor, mostly unmasked gathering for wealthy executives hosted by Peter Diamandis, the Singularity University and XPrize Foundation cofounder,” Eileen Guo writes over at MIT Technology Review. “At the time, a regional stay-at-home order made the gathering illegal. The outbreak wasn’t reported to authorities as required and rules […]

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. […]