COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online: NPR

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COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online: NPR

“When Stephanie caught Covid-19 just before Thanksgiving of last year, her daughter Laurie suggested that she get help,” Geoff Brumfiel writes over at NPR. “‘She was really not feeling well, and I was like, “Just go to the doctor,”‘ Laurie recalls. But Stephanie, who was 75 at the time, didn’t go. A few years before, […]

Paying for Covid tests gets complicated; sites close down

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Paying for Covid tests gets complicated; sites close down

Paying for Covid tests has gotten a lot more complicated. The tests are no longer routinely covered by insurance or by federal money for many people, in a change from previous practices. Also, a number of testing places have closed, making it harder to get tested. This didn’t happen overnight. The federal government reduced coverage […]

Covid vaccine for children under 5: The rollout is rocky

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Covid vaccine for children under 5: The rollout is rocky

The rollout of the Covid vaccine for children under 5 has started, but it’s still rocky in many places. A week after the White House announced the rollout, and five days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved both the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines for very young children, the New York State vaccine-finder […]

Covid vaccines recommended for kids under 5; questions remain

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Covid vaccines recommended for kids under 5; questions remain

(Updated) Covid vaccines for under-5 kids have been recommended for approval by the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee, but there are still a lot of questions about the rollout. The White House said last week that it has a plan for vaccinating kids under 5 years old against Covid, with the first shots for […]

What experts wish they knew about Long Covid: Vox

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What experts wish they knew about Long Covid: Vox

“David Putrino, a rehabilitation and long Covid researcher at the Mount Sinai medical school in New York City, has watched mounting evidence that suggests between 4 and 36 percent of Americans infected with Covid have symptoms lasting at least six months,” Keren Landman wrote about Long Covid experts over at Vox. “It makes him nervous, […]

Need Paxlovid for Covid? New Yorkers are supposed to have access, but that isn’t always so. Here’s what I found out.

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Need Paxlovid for Covid? New Yorkers are supposed to have access, but that isn’t always so. Here’s what I found out.

I tested positive for Covid-19 on May 4, 2022, after getting the virus from my roommate. She tested positive on April 28, four days after she began experiencing sinus infection-like symptoms, and after a previously negative at-home test. It took me six days, seven tests (a couple rapids, two PCRs, and three at-homes) to finally […]

Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut: Nature

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Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut: Nature

“In the chaos of the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, oncologist and geneticist Ami Bhatt was intrigued by widespread reports of vomiting and diarrhoea in people infected with SARS-CoV-2,” Heidi Ledford writes over at Nature magazine. “’At that time, this was thought to be a respiratory virus,’ she says. Bhatt and her colleagues, curious […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breaking the isolation: Finding community online

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breaking the isolation: Finding community online

One survivor is using his experience dealing with long Covid to help others struggling with the condition and the painful emotions that can torment them by running a pop-up virtual support group for long-Covid patients that runs 24 hours at a time so people in any time zone can find help when they need it. Dave, […]

Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated: The Washington Post

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Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated: The Washington Post

“Unvaccinated people accounted for the overwhelming majority of deaths in the United States throughout much of the coronavirus pandemic,” Fenit Nirappil and Dan Keating  write over at The Washington Post. “But that has changed in recent months, according to a Washington Post analysis of state and federal data. The pandemic’s toll is no longer falling almost […]