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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and children: 13-year-old with Covid-19 as source of outbreak

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and children: 13-year-old with Covid-19 as source of outbreak

“There is increasing evidence that children and adolescents can efficiently transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” Noah G. Schwartz, Anne C. Moorman, Anna Makaretz, Karen T. Chang, Victoria T. Chu, Christine M. Szablewski, Anna R. Yousaf, Marie M. Brown, Ailis Clyne, Amanda DellaGrotta, Jan Drobeniuc, Jacqueline Korpics, Adam Muir, Cherie Drenzek, […]

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and telemedicine: Will my insurance still cover my appointments?

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Coronavirus (Covid 19) and telemedicine: Will my insurance still cover my appointments?

Many of the country’s insurers are bringing back patient fees for telemedicine visits after waiving them for several months because of the coronavirus crisis. But how much you’ll have to pay and when you’ll have to pay it depends on which plan you have. Throughout the pandemic, insurance companies have varied widely on what they […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Determination defeats despair for the ‘Black female nerd of Covid’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Determination defeats despair for the ‘Black female nerd of Covid’

Chimére Smith started getting sick in March. Smith, an English and language arts teacher from Baltimore, Md., says she will never forget the moment she first started to feel it — a strong burning tickle in her throat. She is prone to sinus infections at that time of the year, so she tried to convince […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: How one long-hauler keeps her records

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: How one long-hauler keeps her records

Karyn Bishof is a long-hauler from Florida who founded the Facebook group Covid-19 Long-Hauler Advocacy Project. She posted the other day about how she keeps herself organized. I asked her if we could reproduce her post on our blog, with credit, and she said yes. By KARYN BISHOF I’m at 6.5 months post-covid. I was […]

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 […]