Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: Hurdles and success stories of volunteer ‘vaccine angels’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: Hurdles and success stories of volunteer ‘vaccine angels’

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Darlene Ferreira works 10 to 12 hours a day in the office. But when she gets home, she begins work on what has become for her a second job: helping total strangers get Covid vaccines. “I got home today at nine. I’ll probably be doing this until 2 a.m.,” […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Jane Duncan has spent every night for the past two weeks on Walgreens’ website refreshing her computer screen, waiting for new vaccine appointments to open up. “From midnight to two is when they load one set of appointments. And then generally from five to seven in the morning is […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

John Best, a 31-year-old software engineer from Jersey City, N.J. has no illusions about the danger he faces from Covid-19. “I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that if I get it, I should probably make a will,” he said in a phone interview last week. Best spent the majority of 2020 holed up in […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: For caregivers, it’s a big challenge

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: For caregivers, it’s a big challenge

For Julie from Westchester County, N.Y., getting Covid would mean her mother would be stuck at home alone for two weeks. No doctor’s appointments, no visitors and very limited groceries. That’s because Julie, 50, is the primary caregiver for her mother, 76. She’s hoping that New York State will allow her to get the Covid […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Challenges, rejections, changing rules, overcoming obstacles

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Challenges, rejections, changing rules, overcoming obstacles

As the vaccine is distributed in the U.S., many people have reported experiencing alarming difficulties in their attempts to get the shot, and changing rules. Appointments made are revoked, and phone numbers that were working suddenly stop working within minutes. Even those currently eligible to be vaccinated have encountered roadblocks in what could be a […]

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 […]