Long waits for NYC’s Covid-19 isolation hotel rooms as Omicron cases spike: City Limits

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Long waits for NYC’s Covid-19 isolation hotel rooms as Omicron cases spike: City Limits

“When Sam Bellamy tested positive for Covid on Dec. 16, he immediately called the city’s hotline for a free hotel room,” Mary Steffenhagen wrote over at City Limits. “He lives in Brooklyn with two roommates, one of whom was unable to get the booster due to health concerns, so he knew isolating at home would […]

Getting those Covid tests in the mail: The successes and failures of the ordering process

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Getting those Covid tests in the mail: The successes and failures of the ordering process

By JEANNE PINDER and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES When the Biden administration announced that it planned to send Covid at-home tests to anyone in the United States, it seemed clear that the ordering and delivery process would be a mess — like much of the rest of the official response. The surprising thing was that when the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

Looking back over the last year, our Covid work has taught us some really important and interesting things, culminating in our five months helping distribute vaccines an undervaccinated neighborhood in New York City. We started the year in a flurry of reporting on why people were having a hard time getting access to the new […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

You need to prove you got vaccinated — maybe at the border, maybe at the door of the bar, or at the airline gate or the sports arena. What to use? There’s always your paper vaccine record. And yet a number of electronic vaccine passes have sprung up, some more useful and reliable than others. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine pass: What’s it like to be the person checking vaccine credentials?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine pass: What’s it like to be the person checking vaccine credentials?

What’s it like to be the person who checks people’s vaccine credentials at a public venue in New York City? I was introduced to a man who does that at a major tourist venue. We chatted by phone. Here’s the conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, and posted here on the condition that we […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries At-home Covid tests are very hard to find. And the prices are spiraling up, despite promises by city, state and federal governments in the United States to make them available for free. New York Health + Hospitals, the New York public housing entity, is passing out free boxes of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Omicron and holidays have made the market crazy

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Omicron and holidays have made the market crazy

The combination of the surge in the new Omicron Covid variant, people’s decisions to travel for the holidays and the shutdown of some public testing sites has driven a sudden overnight change in the Covid testing landscape. Many people who had settled on a testing place in their neighborhood have now found that place has […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How to get more people vaccinated through volunteer efforts

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How to get more people vaccinated through volunteer efforts

“America is awash in vaccines. After a winter and spring where it was very, very difficult to get an appointment, we now have plenty of doses to go around. Kids over 5 can get shots, and the FDA even greenlit boosters for older teenagers last week,” Tim Requarth writes over at Slate, in a piece […]

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

“When fans of the band Phish started falling ill with Covid-19 all over the country after a Halloween concert weekend in Las Vegas, public health officials were largely in the dark about what appears to have been a superspreader event,” Kathleen McLaughlin writes over at Stat. “In a Facebook post from mid-November with hundreds of […]

Coronavirus (Covid) and the death toll: Severe covid doubles risk of death in the year after illness, study finds

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Coronavirus (Covid) and the death toll: Severe covid doubles risk of death in the year after illness, study finds

“Survivors of severe Covid-19 are more than twice as likely to die over the following year than those who experienced milder symptoms or remained uninfected, according to new research published in Frontiers in Medicine, suggesting serious infections may cause significant damage to long-term health and underscoring the protection offered by vaccines,” Robert Hart writes over […]