Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: An ethicist talks about lying

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: An ethicist talks about lying

We’ve been hearing a lot about lying related to the coronavirus pandemic. Wanting to hear from an ethicist, I reached out to Dr. Charles E. Binkley, a cancer surgeon who is director of bioethics at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution in Silicon Valley. (See our post about lying […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the breakthrough cases: Can they cause long Covid? Yes.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the breakthrough cases: Can they cause long Covid? Yes.

“Need another reason to mask up? People may get long COVID19 after a breakthrough infection,” Katelyn Jetelina, “Your Local Economist,” wrote on Substack. “While vaccines protect from severe disease, we know the vaccinated can still carry the virus (to some extent, we don’t know this number with Delta) and can, but rarely, display symptoms (i.e. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

Commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, July 26, President Biden said some long Covid patients would qualify for disability, a development that long Covid patients have been seeking for months. “‘We are bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long Covid, who have a disability, have access to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

A number of people who received the Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine (or Astra Zeneca outside of the United States) are seeking a second shot of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in the belief that the Johnson and Johnson and other vaccines may be safer with  a booster. We heard about this from an acquaintance, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and men’s sexual health: Erectile dysfunction, lost sex drive, pain on ejaculation and urination, and more

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and men’s sexual health: Erectile dysfunction, lost sex drive, pain on ejaculation and urination, and more

When N., a 23-year-old man from western Massachusetts, got sick with Covid, he knew he might be in for a tough time. He ultimately had to quit his job because he was so ill. What he did not expect was that the virus would affect his sexual health, depriving him of the ability to get […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

The Covid pandemic may appear to be on the decline in the United States, but some experts are saying we have yet to witness another, still unfolding wave of illness and death — the mental health crisis that has been called the fourth wave of the pandemic. ClearHealthCosts spoke to patients and experts around the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

(Originally posted April 2020; updated June 2021: I have now tested positive for antibodies seven times and negative twice.) (Original April post here; updates below) I tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). I was tested via the antibody (serological) test program run by New York State on Saturday, April 25, at the Co-op City pop-up site […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the future: Vaccines make people forget the basic pandemic rule

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the future: Vaccines make people forget the basic pandemic rule

“During a pandemic, no one’s health is fully in their own hands,” Ed Yong writes over at The Atlantic. “No field should understand that more deeply than public health, a discipline distinct from medicine. Whereas doctors and nurses treat sick individuals in front of them, public-health practitioners work to prevent sickness in entire populations. They […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Study finds many patients are experiencing new medical problems

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Study finds many patients are experiencing new medical problems

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought medical care for post-Covid health problems that they had not been diagnosed with before becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the largest study to date of long-term symptoms in Covid-19 patients,” Pam Belluck writes over at The New York Times in an article about a study that […]

Almost all major U.S. insurers raised forecasts after the first quarter, showing optimism despite pandemic

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Almost all major U.S. insurers raised forecasts after the first quarter, showing optimism despite pandemic

“Analysts were worried about U.S. payers’ financial performances coming into 2021, as service utilization is expected to resurge this year following months of care delays during the pandemic,” Healthcare Dive reported. “An acute rally in deferred care could depress earnings, following a year of historic profits in the sector. But almost all major payers hiked […]