Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now “actively looking into” results from universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter,” Drew Karedes from Boston 25 News reported. “The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

So you’re worried about your health insurance given the coronavirus epidemic. You’re not alone. Whether you have or had job-sponsored insurance, or were on the state exchanges, or were uninsured before COVID-19 hit, it’s a topic of concern. Here are some situations, with answers. You lost your job and need insurance to replace employer-sponsored insurance. […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pets: Navigating sickness with our furry friends

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pets: Navigating sickness with our furry friends

In the era of coronavirus (COVID-19), some animals have reportedly tested positive for the virus. Given the fact that scientists believe some form of animal-to-human transmission started the pandemic, it’s worth examining the landscape — and thinking of what we can do for animals.    Reported Cases Late in February, a 17-year-old Pomeranian in Hong […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) masks: To wear or not to wear?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) masks: To wear or not to wear?

(Updated April 9) Coronavirus (COVID-19) masks: Should or shouldn’t healthy people wear face masks when outside to protect both themselves and others? In the last few weeks, the number of people wearing face masks when out in public seems to have exploded. With emerging reports from official health organizations now recommending the use of face […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and funerals: Your questions, answered

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and funerals: Your questions, answered

By MOLLY TAFT and JEANNE PINDER It’s awful: You are grieving a loved one and need the services of a funeral home in the era of coronavirus. You don’t have any idea what to expect. Here are some key questions. Remember, funeral homes are used to dealing with grieving people. But they don’t have experience […]

Non-coronavirus medical care: Going to the doctor has changed, so what can you do?

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Non-coronavirus medical care: Going to the doctor has changed, so what can you do?

The simple act of going to the doctor has changed in the era of coronavirus (COVID-19). In general, most of us don’t want to go to the hospital or doctor’s office unless we absolutely have to, and that feeling is multiplied exponentially in this time of coronavirus, when it seems obvious that a hospital is […]

Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

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Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

American patients who have gone through hell and high water to get a coronavirus test may be alarmed to learn about false negatives – what happens when a patient who actually has the virus gets a negative result on a laboratory test. The rate of accuracy for nasal swab tests, the mechanism overwhelmingly used to […]

Coronavirus may add billions to the nation’s health care bill: The New York Times

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Coronavirus may add billions to the nation’s health care bill: The New York Times

“With so much still uncertain about how widespread hospitalizations for coronavirus patients will be around the United States, a new analysis says premiums could increase as much as 40 percent next year if the pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays,” Reed Abelson writes in The New York Times. “Health plans went into […]