Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the spread: The complicated role of the staff break room

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the spread: The complicated role of the staff break room

One might think that dealing with Covid-positive patients is the most dangerous part of a doctor’s work day, but emerging evidence from across the country has indicated a far more insidious source as the vector for disease spread: the staff break room. “Transmission in the workplace in hospitals is not related to patient care,” a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine production: What are the supply chain weaknesses?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine production: What are the supply chain weaknesses?

The start of the pandemic showed just how fragile medical supply chains can be as the United States saw shortages in basics like personal protective equipment and nasal swabs to administer tests. Now, as the nation enters the next phase – mass vaccination – experts are raising alarm bells at potential shortages of other kinds […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and pregnancy: Women navigating the two at once

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and pregnancy: Women navigating the two at once

MaElena Barcenas, of Detroit, Mich., had what started out as a fairly normal pregnancy. Other than persistently high blood pressure, she said, the first seven months went smoothly for her. In mid-March, around seven months into Barcenas’s pregnancy, she began experiencing symptoms of pre-eclampsia, including extremely high blood pressure and swelling in her feet and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

A Rochester-area woman we introduced you to over the summer has continued to receive hospital bills for a Covid test that never happened. Back in July, Rebecca Oliver and her partner Dan Loncoa went to Rochester Regional Hospital’s emergency room seeking a Covid test, only to be sent home without one and then billed $540 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and gender: How the illness affects the sexes differently

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and gender: How the illness affects the sexes differently

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the pandemic, it’s that not all cases of Covid are the same. While science is still catching up to the disease, a growing body of research shows coronavirus may affect people differently based on their sex. . How does Covid affect the sexes differently? We break down the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and government bailout money: U.S. hospital giant gives back cash as workers continue to call for more P.P.E.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and government bailout money: U.S. hospital giant gives back cash as workers continue to call for more P.P.E.

As we wrote earlier this fall, workers at hospitals owned by HCA Healthcare, one of the largest for-profit healthcare companies in the United States, spent the summer protesting what they say are continued unsafe working conditions and inadequate pay during the pandemic. HCA was part of a cohort of 20 big hospital chains that, the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and workers’ compensation: When your employer won’t pay up

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and workers’ compensation: When your employer won’t pay up

Three days after treating a Covid-positive patient in April, Monica Burgos-Wilkins awoke in the middle of the night with a fever and severe muscle pain. Within 24 hours, Burgos-Wilkins, a Waterbury, Conn., hemodialysis nurse, had lost her sense of taste and smell and tested positive for the coronavirus herself. After that, she said, her illness […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

By MOLLY TAFT and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES It’s clear that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health: a recent study found that adults in the US were reporting symptoms of depression at three times the rate as before the pandemic. But some Covid patients, especially those who have been sick for months, say that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

The coronavirus pandemic changed the face of work for everyone in 2020, but those returning to their in-person jobs are facing unique stressors. It is not clear how many employees have transitioned back to working in person, but there are a few numbers. While only 8% of Manhattan office workers have returned to their workspaces […]