Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the spread: The complicated role of the staff break room

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the spread: The complicated role of the staff break room

One might think that dealing with Covid-positive patients is the most dangerous part of a doctor’s work day, but emerging evidence from across the country has indicated a far more insidious source as the vector for disease spread: the staff break room. “Transmission in the workplace in hospitals is not related to patient care,” a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the spread: Sick Oregon worker sparked outbreak that killed 7, forced 300 to quarantine – The Washington Post

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the spread: Sick Oregon worker sparked outbreak that killed 7, forced 300 to quarantine – The Washington Post

“A southern Oregon community was recently devastated by two coronavirus outbreaks that killed seven people and caused hundreds to quarantine fearing they had been exposed to the virus,” Katie Shepherd writes at The Washington Post. “But unlike headline-grabbing outbreaks that have led to deaths elsewhere in the United States, these covid-19 clusters did not spring […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine production: What are the supply chain weaknesses?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine production: What are the supply chain weaknesses?

The start of the pandemic showed just how fragile medical supply chains can be as the United States saw shortages in basics like personal protective equipment and nasal swabs to administer tests. Now, as the nation enters the next phase – mass vaccination – experts are raising alarm bells at potential shortages of other kinds […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: How Covid-19 hollowed out a generation of young Black men — ProPublica

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: How Covid-19 hollowed out a generation of young Black men — ProPublica

“The Rev. Dr. Kejuane Artez Bates was a big man with big responsibilities,” Akilah Johnson and Nina Martin write over at ProPublica. “The arrival of the novel coronavirus in Vidalia, Louisiana, was another burden on a body already breaking under the load. Bates was in his 10th year with the Vidalia Police Department, assigned as […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How is the rollout going? Well, it depends.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How is the rollout going? Well, it depends.

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine rolls out nationwide, questions about who will get it and when have been occupying a lot of space. Doctors and other health care providers are first in line — with others likely to wait until spring or summer, depending on supplies. Perhaps not unexpectedly, the rollout has been very organized […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Trial volunteers to be officially unblinded

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Trial volunteers to be officially unblinded

Many Covid vaccine trial volunteers may soon learn whether they received a placebo or the real thing. And those in the placebo groups may be offered the actual shot in the coming weeks. Participants from both the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials told ClearHealthCosts this week that study organizers told them they would have the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data: An interactive data visualization of symptoms

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data: An interactive data visualization of symptoms

We made the acquaintance of Lenore Albert on the Covid-19 Long-Haulers Discussion Group on Facebook. She’s an artificial intelligence expert and a Covid patient who collected data and made this data visualization set and several others on her website. It’s fascinating for what it shows about what symptoms are most common at what time over […]

With slow health benefit cost growth in 2020, employers plan to invest in more support for employees, says Mercer

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With slow health benefit cost growth in 2020, employers plan to invest in more support for employees, says Mercer

“Total health benefit cost rose 3.4% on average in 2020, reaching $13,674 per employee among all US employer health plan sponsors with 50 or more employees, according to the annual Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans 2020,” Mercer wrote in a press release. “Large employers (those with 500 or more employees) reported a cost […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: What if my employer requires me to get it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: What if my employer requires me to get it?

As Covid vaccines reach or near approval, some Americans are wary, citing the rushed timeline as a reason to delay getting the shot. But eventually, even the dwindling number of Americans saying they don’t plan to get the injection may have to choose between abstaining from the vaccine and keeping their jobs. ClearHealthCosts spoke with […]