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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Determination defeats despair for the ‘Black female nerd of Covid’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Determination defeats despair for the ‘Black female nerd of Covid’

Chimére Smith started getting sick in March. Smith, an English and language arts teacher from Baltimore, Md., says she will never forget the moment she first started to feel it — a strong burning tickle in her throat. She is prone to sinus infections at that time of the year, so she tried to convince […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and childcare: Nannying during the pandemic

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and childcare: Nannying during the pandemic

As the pandemic continues into the school year, one cohort of American workers is feeling a unique squeeze. Caught in an unregulated industry of employment by families who need more help, private nannies and other child care providers have gone through a rollercoaster of changes this year. We spoke to experts about what the past […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

By PHOEBE PINDER and JEANNE PINDER Some research has been done on people in whom Covid symptoms persist over the course of months, but there is still a lack of thorough medical investigations of this phenomenon. In fact, it’s still not absolutely clear what this phenomenon should be called. Some call it “long Covid,” while […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

After suffering for days with chest pain and difficulty breathing due to Covid-19, Candace Taylor finally fell asleep in a recliner one night in late March. She didn’t know at the time, but she would have to sleep in that recliner for the next three months. Taylor, 38, is one of a growing number of […]

Coronavirus (covid-19) and reproductive health: Heavy periods, sex drive changes, hormonal switches

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Coronavirus (covid-19) and reproductive health: Heavy periods, sex drive changes, hormonal switches

As the list of symptoms associated with Covid and post-Covid syndrome continues to expand, a growing number of men and women are reporting reproductive system changes they believe are associated with the virus. These changes have been primarily reported by women, but some men have noted changes as well. As with other Covid-related symptoms, these […]