Coronavirus (Covid-19) and pregnancy: Women navigating the two at once

Filed Under: Costs

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and pregnancy: Women navigating the two at once

MaElena Barcenas, of Detroit, Mich., had what started out as a fairly normal pregnancy. Other than persistently high blood pressure, she said, the first seven months went smoothly for her. In mid-March, around seven months into Barcenas’s pregnancy, she began experiencing symptoms of pre-eclampsia, including extremely high blood pressure and swelling in her feet and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the brain: It’s not just a respiratory illness

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the brain: It’s not just a respiratory illness

Ten days after testing positive for Covid and a week after her fever subsided this August, Hannah Chambers came down with new symptoms she hadn’t experienced before. “I felt a little different,” said Chambers, who is 27 and lives in Davenport, Ia. “I was still in quarantine at that time, but when I woke up […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and timing: U.S. covid cases found as early as December 2019, says study

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and timing: U.S. covid cases found as early as December 2019, says study

“Testing has found Covid-19 infections in the U.S. in December 2019, according to a study, providing further evidence indicating the coronavirus was spreading globally weeks before the first cases were reported in China,” Bloomberg News writes. “The study published Monday identified 106 infections from 7,389 blood samples collected from donors in nine U.S. states between […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: The ABC’s right now

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: The ABC’s right now

By JEANNE PINDER and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES Who is making the vaccines? While dozens companies and organizations are in the process of testing and manufacturing Covid vaccines, five appear poised to have their shots ready for the public in the United States within the next six months: Pfizer (in partnership with BioNTech) Moderna AstraZeneca (in partnership […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

A Rochester-area woman we introduced you to over the summer has continued to receive hospital bills for a Covid test that never happened. Back in July, Rebecca Oliver and her partner Dan Loncoa went to Rochester Regional Hospital’s emergency room seeking a Covid test, only to be sent home without one and then billed $540 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: How would you go about getting a reliable antibody test?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: How would you go about getting a reliable antibody test?

Let’s say you want a trustworthy Covid antibody test, to establish that you have coronavirus antibodies. Where should you go? Should you avoid or disbelieve any tests or testing locations? What else should you know? Does a trustworthy test exist? Has the technology improved to the point that we can believe any of the tests? […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and gender: How the illness affects the sexes differently

Filed Under: Costs

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and gender: How the illness affects the sexes differently

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the pandemic, it’s that not all cases of Covid are the same. While science is still catching up to the disease, a growing body of research shows coronavirus may affect people differently based on their sex. . How does Covid affect the sexes differently? We break down the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and re-infections: More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and re-infections: More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some

“In late June, Sanne de Jong developed nausea, shortness of breath, sore muscles, and a runny nose,” Jop de Vrieze writes for Science magazine. “At first, she thought it might be lingering effects from her COVID-19 infection in the spring. De Jong, 22, had tested positive on 17 April and suffered mild symptoms for about […]