Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

In June, during his second week of having Covid-like symptoms, Andrew Ficker took a turn for the worse. His left arm went numb, he had pain in his chest and he felt dizzy. He went to the emergency room, fearing that he was in the middle of a heart attack. Over the next month and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and new cases: When should schools shut down?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and new cases: When should schools shut down?

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER In June, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was planning to return for in-person classes, at least partially. Addressing concerns about what would happen when cases rose on campus, UNC leaders said that there would be “off-ramps” — plans to scale back in-person activities — but the […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the symptoms: It’s not just shortness of breath and fever

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the symptoms: It’s not just shortness of breath and fever

While early in the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic the most common symptoms were thought to be a fever, shortness of breath, dry cough and other respiratory issues, the experiences of others and long-term suffers of the illness demonstrate a wide array of other symptoms including extreme fatigue, hair loss, body aches and pains and even surprisingly […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young adults: Yes, indeed, they are in danger

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young adults: Yes, indeed, they are in danger

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER When Covid-19 reached American shores in March, Rachel Robles, 26, was a little nervous, but not panicked. After all, early data from other countries indicated that young people had an easier time with the virus. “I can’t control everything and I might get it,” Robles said about her early […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: Where should you go for treatment and advice? 

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctors: Where should you go for treatment and advice? 

Where should you go to get treated for Covid-19? Or to get advice? Well, it all depends.  Some patients, of course, will go to their regular doctor, or to a specialist, or to the emergency room. But increasingly, patients who have long term courses of the illness — they call themselves “long-haulers” — are finding […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests: N.B.A.-funded saliva test cleared for immediate use

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests: N.B.A.-funded saliva test cleared for immediate use

“Yale University researchers developing a cheap, scalable saliva test for detecting COVID-19 found a specific group of deep-pocketed and willing guinea pigs: the NBA. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for the SalivaDirect COVID-19 diagnostic test developed by the Yale School of Public Health,” Sophia Chang wrote for Gothamist. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the office: A software company and its return-to-the-campus plans

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the office: A software company and its return-to-the-campus plans

Many employers around the country are grappling with how to get workers back to the office safely in the pandemic. We teamed up with our partner Anna Werner, chief consumer investigative correspondent for CBS This Morning, to do a story about Epic Systems, a health care software company, that faced a firestorm of objections from […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the insurers: Big insurance companies report big profits, benefiting from the pandemic, The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the insurers: Big insurance companies report big profits, benefiting from the pandemic, The New York Times

“The nation’s leading health insurers are experiencing an embarrassment of profits,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “Some of the largest companies, including Anthem, Humana and UnitedHealth Group, are reporting second-quarter earnings that are double what they were a year ago. And while insurance profits are capped under the Affordable Care Act, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

In April, New York City was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Refrigerated trucks waited outside hospitals to receive bodies. Ambulances waited in line at overwhelmed emergency rooms. Now, with the curve crushed in New York, residents are waiting for their Covid-19 test results. Partly because resources for testing are being sent to new hotspots […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and surveillance testing: What makes a monitoring program effective, for schools, sports or the workplace?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and surveillance testing: What makes a monitoring program effective, for schools, sports or the workplace?

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER On the field, Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the first game of a modified and renewed Major League Baseball season on July 23. Off the field, the sports organization took one piece of advice from Dr. Fauci to heart: the importance of testing. In […]