Coronavirus (Covid-19) and sewage: How does wastewater testing work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and sewage: How does wastewater testing work?

Could the answer to stopping coronavirus in its tracks be found in sewage? In August, the University of Arizona made headlines after it announced that it had used its sewer system to stop a coronavirus outbreak – and the school isn’t alone. Across the United States, wastewater testing programs have cropped up in cities, counties, universities […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

It sounds like the most awful healthcare joke of all: They went to the hospital for Covid testing, gave their insurance information, and were turned away with no treatment. And yet! They got billed! It happened to Rebecca Oliver and Dan Loncoa of Irondequoit, N.Y., at Rochester Regional Hospital. “I had traveled out of state […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

In April, New York City was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Refrigerated trucks waited outside hospitals to receive bodies. Ambulances waited in line at overwhelmed emergency rooms. Now, with the curve crushed in New York, residents are waiting for their Covid-19 test results. Partly because resources for testing are being sent to new hotspots […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and surveillance testing: What makes a monitoring program effective, for schools, sports or the workplace?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and surveillance testing: What makes a monitoring program effective, for schools, sports or the workplace?

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER On the field, Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the first game of a modified and renewed Major League Baseball season on July 23. Off the field, the sports organization took one piece of advice from Dr. Fauci to heart: the importance of testing. In […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: I tested positive for a fourth time

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: I tested positive for a fourth time

I have now tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) antibodies four times, and negative twice. The most recent test is in a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, “COVID in the Community: Sampling the Unsampled.” They sent out a test kit with a rapid antibody test to do at home, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why are some people being asked to pay?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why are some people being asked to pay?

While it’s widely believed that coronavirus (Covid-19) testing is supposed to be covered with no patient out-of-pocket payments by federal law in many cases, we have learned increasingly that Insurers are declining to pay. While we haven’t seen a flood of such reports, there are plenty. We’ve investigated a few, and found that in several […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and work: Helping companies plan their return to the office

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and work: Helping companies plan their return to the office

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER New York City — the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic — entered its first phase of reopening on June 8. Of course essential workers — doctors, firefighters, grocery store workers, mail deliverers — have been on the job since the beginning of the pandemic. But now, for the first […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

By JEANNE PINDER and PHOEBE PINDER We went to CityMD Urgent Care in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just north of New York City, on May 10, Mother’s Day morning, to get coronavirus (Covid-10) antibody testing. They told us on the phone to walk in with insurance card and ID. We would be screened and tested on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: What’s it like? I did it, and I’m here to tell you about it. I went to a Stop and Shop grocery store parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon, April 25, to get tested. The parking lot is in the Bay Plaza Shopping center at 2136 Bartow Ave., in The […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing accuracy is coming to the fore as a topic of discussion and the subject of public health policy around the world. With this conversation, we became really interested in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. If it’s FDA-approved, it must be good to go, right? Wait, not so fast. Our […]