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 […]

Vaccine choice for children nearing 5 years old: The New York Times

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Vaccine choice for children nearing 5 years old: The New York Times

“Understandably, many parents of young children have questions about the new coronavirus vaccines for babies and toddlers and the expected rollout next week of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots. We talked with infectious disease pediatricians to get answers to the most common ones,” Melinda Wenner Moyer writes over at The New York Times. “One specific […]

Why not everybody tests positive for Covid: The New York Times

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Why not everybody tests positive for Covid: The New York Times

“As a science journalist, I’ve read dozens of research papers about Covid-19, and I’ve interviewed so many virologists, infectious disease physicians and immunologists over the past two years that I’ve lost count,” Melinda Wenner Moyer writes over at The New York Times. “But nothing prepared me for what happened after my 7-year-old daughter tested positive […]

The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

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The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

Vaccinations have dropped sharply among people visiting our Covid vaccine van in Queens — and we find ourselves both surprised and not surprised in light of the new BA.2 variant of the Covid virus. We have been tracking the surge in the new Covid variant in Queens Village in New York City by various measures […]

Covid resistance: So you never got it, but others did. Why?

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Covid resistance: So you never got it, but others did. Why?

Many people who live in New York, a Covid hotspot from the beginning of the pandemic, seem never to have been infected. That’s true for a number of people in other places too. As Lauren Mechling, a Brooklyn writer,  tweeted recently, “To my fellow nyc humans who have never knowingly gotten Covid, what is the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) in hiding: There are more asymptomatic cases than you think

Hervé, a father of two in Paris, was shocked when he found out that his daughter, Cèlia, had been infected with Covid-19. He, Cèlia, Cèlia’s mother and brother had multiple negative PCR tests since the pandemic began and had never felt sick. But in January 2022, when Hervé took Cèlia, 10, to a pediatric vaccination […]

Covid at-home test costs, a guessing game: Which 2-pack is $38.99, and which is $19.99?

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Covid at-home test costs, a guessing game: Which 2-pack is $38.99, and which is $19.99?

(Updated and corrected, March 25, 2022: This post originally said the Ellume test was a 2-pack, but it’s actually a single test.) At the Rite-Aid in Grand Central at the checkout counter,  two 2-packs of Covid at-home tests were for sale next to each other on March 20. Can you guess which was $38.99 for […]