Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

By MOLLY TAFT and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES It’s clear that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health: a recent study found that adults in the US were reporting symptoms of depression at three times the rate as before the pandemic. But some Covid patients, especially those who have been sick for months, say that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: What do we know, and what don’t we know?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: What do we know, and what don’t we know?

Coronavirus is commonly perceived as a respiratory illness, but as both short-term patients and long-haulers can attest, the symptoms can impact almost every part of the  body – including the heart. In a survey of long-haul patients this summer published by the Indiana University of Medicine and SurvivorCorps, a long-hauler group, “inability to exercise or be […]

Healthcare costs, access to data, and partnering with providers: Patients’ top user experience factors

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Healthcare costs, access to data, and partnering with providers: Patients’ top user experience factors

“As patients returned to in-person, brick-and-mortar health care settings after the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic, they re-enter the health care system with heightened consumer expectations, according to the Beryl Institute – Ipsos Px Pulse report, Consumer Perspectives on Patient Experience in the U.S.,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes over at Health Populi.com. “Ipsos conducted the survey […]

How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

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How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

Our community member reported to us that an MRI of the lower extremity without dye (CPT code 73721) had cost $848 at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico (Xranm) in Albuquerque, N.M., in October. The note said: “This is for an MRI of the knee. This is the cost for self-pay and not running it through […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

The coronavirus pandemic changed the face of work for everyone in 2020, but those returning to their in-person jobs are facing unique stressors. It is not clear how many employees have transitioned back to working in person, but there are a few numbers. While only 8% of Manhattan office workers have returned to their workspaces […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: ‘For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health and utter exhaustion’ — The BMJ

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: ‘For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health and utter exhaustion’ — The BMJ

Editor’s note: Paul Garner, professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, discusses his experience of having covid-19 for 7 weeks. This piece, posted May 5, 2020, was one of the first descriptions of “long covid.” As an internationally known academic, Garner brought early attention to the phenomenon. “In mid March I developed […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and reinfection: Yes, it happens, but it’s very, very rare — The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and reinfection: Yes, it happens, but it’s very, very rare — The New York Times

“Reports of reinfection with the coronavirus evoke a nightmarish future: Repeat bouts of illness, impotent vaccines, unrelenting lockdowns — a pandemic without an end,” Apoorva Mandavilli writes over at The New York Times. “A case study published on Monday, about a 25-year-old man in Nevada, has stoked those fears anew. The man, who was not […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and New York Testing: Where’s the quickest test right now? — October edition

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and New York  Testing: Where’s the quickest test right now? — October edition

We reported back in August on how to get tested in New York City and which locations were providing fast results – and which were lagging behind. After documenting my relatively pain-free (except for that awful nasal swab, of course!) experience at Woodhull Hospital, I’ve since gotten three additional tests at that location – in addition […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and sewage: How does wastewater testing work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and sewage: How does wastewater testing work?

Could the answer to stopping coronavirus in its tracks be found in sewage? In August, the University of Arizona made headlines after it announced that it had used its sewer system to stop a coronavirus outbreak – and the school isn’t alone. Across the United States, wastewater testing programs have cropped up in cities, counties, universities […]