Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: What happens if you cannot work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: What happens if you cannot work?

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and JEANNE PINDER After two weeks out sick with Covid, an executive in Oregon returned to work. While she still had a cough, she and her doctor both believed the worst was behind her. “There wasn’t a conversation about Covid lingering or continuing,” she said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It was […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Black New Yorkers waited 7 days on average to seek care, and it cost some their lives, WNYC/Gothamist

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Black New Yorkers waited 7 days on average to seek care, and it cost some their lives, WNYC/Gothamist

“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black and Latino New Yorkers died from the virus at rates much higher than their representation in the general population,” Fred Mogul writes over at WNYC/Gothamist. “Experts at first theorized that members of these groups worked jobs that put them at greater risk, or that they were more […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and childcare: Nannying during the pandemic

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and childcare: Nannying during the pandemic

As the pandemic continues into the school year, one cohort of American workers is feeling a unique squeeze. Caught in an unregulated industry of employment by families who need more help, private nannies and other child care providers have gone through a rollercoaster of changes this year. We spoke to experts about what the past […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: Lingering damage for an uncertain number of patients

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: Lingering damage for an uncertain number of patients

“The family of seven known human coronaviruses are known for their impact on the respiratory tract, not the heart,” Dr. Eric Topol of the Scripps Research Translational Institute writes in Science. “However, the most recent coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has marked tropism for the heart and can lead to myocarditis (inflammation […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

By PHOEBE PINDER and JEANNE PINDER Some research has been done on people in whom Covid symptoms persist over the course of months, but there is still a lack of thorough medical investigations of this phenomenon. In fact, it’s still not absolutely clear what this phenomenon should be called. Some call it “long Covid,” while […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

After suffering for days with chest pain and difficulty breathing due to Covid-19, Candace Taylor finally fell asleep in a recliner one night in late March. She didn’t know at the time, but she would have to sleep in that recliner for the next three months. Taylor, 38, is one of a growing number of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) as a chronic illness: The lasting misery of coronavirus long-haulers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) as a chronic illness: The lasting misery of coronavirus long-haulers

“The lung scans were the first sign of trouble,” Michael Marshall writes over at Nature. In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, clinical radiologist Ali Gholamrezanezhad began to notice that some people who had cleared their Covid-19 infection still had distinct signs of damage. ‘Unfortunately, sometimes the scar never goes away,’ he says. Gholamrezanezhad, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the activist: A Black patient’s journey through the system

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the activist: A Black patient’s journey through the system

For Fred Joseph, it started in July with an odd stiffness in his neck. As an athletic man who works out and stretches regularly, he said, it just didn’t make sense. Within a few weeks, the stiffness got worse, and he went on to experience migraines so severe they would wake him up, and extreme […]

Coronavirus (covid-19) and reproductive health: Heavy periods, sex drive changes, hormonal switches

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Coronavirus (covid-19) and reproductive health: Heavy periods, sex drive changes, hormonal switches

As the list of symptoms associated with Covid and post-Covid syndrome continues to expand, a growing number of men and women are reporting reproductive system changes they believe are associated with the virus. These changes have been primarily reported by women, but some men have noted changes as well. As with other Covid-related symptoms, these […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

It sounds like the most awful healthcare joke of all: They went to the hospital for Covid testing, gave their insurance information, and were turned away with no treatment. And yet! They got billed! It happened to Rebecca Oliver and Dan Loncoa of Irondequoit, N.Y., at Rochester Regional Hospital. “I had traveled out of state […]