The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

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The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

Vaccinations have dropped sharply among people visiting our Covid vaccine van in Queens — and we find ourselves both surprised and not surprised in light of the new BA.2 variant of the Covid virus. We have been tracking the surge in the new Covid variant in Queens Village in New York City by various measures […]

Long Covid, the invisible public health crisis fueling labor shortages: The Financial Times

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Long Covid, the invisible public health crisis fueling labor shortages: The Financial Times

“When Katie Lazell-Fairman returned to work after recovering from a Covid-19 infection, she quickly discovered that the virus had taken a much heavier toll on her body than she initially realised,” Delphine Strauss and Jamie Smyth write over at The Financial Times. “’I woke up suddenly feeling incredibly exhausted, dizzy. My heart rate was 135 […]

Covid resistance: So you never got it, but others did. Why?

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Covid resistance: So you never got it, but others did. Why?

Many people who live in New York, a Covid hotspot from the beginning of the pandemic, seem never to have been infected. That’s true for a number of people in other places too. As Lauren Mechling, a Brooklyn writer,  tweeted recently, “To my fellow nyc humans who have never knowingly gotten Covid, what is the […]

A decade-long look at how Big Insurance profiteers on American taxpayers and the sick: Wendell Potter

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A decade-long look at how Big Insurance profiteers on American taxpayers and the sick: Wendell Potter

“Over the past several days, I’ve been scouring a dozen years’ worth of big health insurers’ financial disclosures, and I’ve discovered some trends that go a long way toward explaining why most of us are paying much more for coverage that is far less useful and protective than it used to be,” Wendell Potter writes […]

New York grants nurse practitioners full practice authority | Healthcare Dive

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New York grants nurse practitioners full practice authority | Healthcare Dive

“New York is the latest state to pass legislation granting nurse practitioners full practice authority after Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the state budget into law Monday,” Hailey Mensik wrote on Health Care Dive. “With full practice authority, NPs in New York will now be able to evaluate, test, diagnose, manage treatments and prescribe medications for […]

Finding caregiving for older adults in Detroit — what to know and where to go

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Finding caregiving for older adults in Detroit — what to know and where to go

The world of caregiving for older Americans is undergoing seismic changes. As more and more people choose to age at home, demand for in-home care is rising – even as the workforce is contracting and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to be felt. We surveyed dozens of providers in the City of Detroit […]

What happens when Covid-19 emergency declarations end? Kaiser Family Foundation

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What happens when Covid-19 emergency declarations end? Kaiser Family Foundation

“With more than two years having passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, questions are being raised about when to end the public health emergency declarations made by the federal government early on, with some advocating for their extension and others calling for their expiration,” Juliette Cubanski, Jennifer Kates, Madeline Guth, Karen Pollitz, […]

Long Covid has many faces: What is it anyway? Some taxonomies of the illness.

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Long Covid has many faces: What is it anyway? Some taxonomies of the illness.

It’s been a puzzle since the beginning: What is long Covid anyway? Who has it and who doesn’t? At the beginning of the pandemic, people who didn’t die or get well right away were relegated to some “not really” status – people (including doctors and spouses) refused to believe that they hadn’t gotten well. Friends […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

Hervé, a father of two in Paris, was shocked when he found out that his daughter, Cèlia, had been infected with Covid-19. He, Cèlia, Cèlia’s mother and brother had multiple negative PCR tests since the pandemic began and had never felt sick. But in January 2022, when Hervé took Cèlia, 10, to a pediatric vaccination […]