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 […]

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 […]

Inaccessibility, anti-vax co-workers, and learning on the fly: What it’s like working at one of Los Angeles’s biggest Covid testing and vaccine non-profits

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Inaccessibility, anti-vax co-workers, and learning on the fly: What it’s like working at one of Los Angeles’s biggest Covid testing and vaccine non-profits

As the Covid vaccine rollout continues, many people have had interesting roles and experiences. We spoke with one — we’ll call her C. — who is helping with the rollout in Los Angeles. I caught up with her for a conversation about her experiences. Here is our conversation, lightly edited for clarity and brevity. Phoebe […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Rolling out the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. What we know so far.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Rolling out the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. What we know so far.

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries Covid vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are likely to be approved for distribution in early November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. The decision on giving vaccines to younger kids will affect as many as 28 million children ages 5 to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Long Covid advocates and the financial fallout

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Long Covid advocates and the financial fallout

Two widely known long Covid patient advocates have recently begun to publicize the financial fallout from their illness, starting fund-raising campaigns to support themselves. Both advocates, Amanda Finley and Karyn Bishof, have been ill since spring of 2020. Both have long-term consequences, and both are well-known founders of patient advocacy groups on Facebook — Finley […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Why young people are choosing not to get vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Why young people are choosing not to get vaccinated

In late June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) released a study in which they revealed the surprising statistic that only 34% of younger adults, between the ages of 18 and 39, reported having received a Covid vaccine. This age group reportedly displayed the lowest vaccine coverage and intent to get vaccinated, despite […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: U.S. vaccines trashed while millions across the globe desperately seek first dose

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: U.S. vaccines trashed while millions across the globe desperately seek first dose

For the last few months, news sources across the country have increasingly been reporting alarming evidence that, since the beginning of U.S. vaccine distribution in December, vast numbers of vaccine doses have gone to waste, with numbers still increasing in some states to this day. thousands of vaccine doses wasted daily The New York Times […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

Eight months after the first Covid vaccine was rolled out in the United States, debate is raging over how to push hesitant Americans to get the shot to help rein in the pandemic that has cost the country trillions of dollars and over a million lives directly and indirectly. ClearHealthCosts zoomed in on the potential health and financial costs of […]

Parents, advocates angered by reduction in Covid safety measures in school

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Parents, advocates angered by reduction in Covid safety measures in school

Children in the United States are about to commence their second, full Covid school year with as much fear and frustration as their first. As the Delta variant causes cases to surge globally and childhood cases to rise, districts have dropped their precautions, and some parents are frightened, angry and deeply conflicted over how to […]