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In Remote Ecuador, Pandemic Health Care Is Stretched Thin

2022-06-13 In Remote Ecuador, Pandemic Health Care Is Stretched Thin  by Kata Karath Name     Karen Topa Pila looks around the windowless reception area in the small health care station of Hoja Blanca, Ecuador, its pale yellow walls stained with patches of mold. “When did the electricity go out last night?” Topa Pila, a […]

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This Rural, Red Southern County Was a Vaccine Success Story. Not Anymore.

    2022-05-21 This Rural, Red Southern County Was a Vaccine Success Story. Not Anymore. Brett Kelman May 19, 2022 MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. — At a glance, it seemed like a Southern pandemic success story in a most unlikely place. A small county northeast of Chattanooga, along the twisting banks of Chickamauga Lake, for much […]

Better Ventilation Can Prevent Covid Spread. But Are Companies Paying Attention?

    2022-04-20 Better Ventilation Can Prevent Covid Spread. But Are Companies Paying Attention? Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Americans are abandoning their masks. They’re done with physical distancing. And, let’s face it, some people are just never going to get vaccinated. Yet a lot can still be done to prevent covid infections and curb […]

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How the Test-to-Treat Pillar of the US Covid Strategy Is Failing Patients

    2022-04-17 How the Test-to-Treat Pillar of the US Covid Strategy Is Failing Patients Hannah Recht The federal “test-to-treat” program, announced in March, is meant to reduce covid hospitalizations and deaths by quickly getting antiviral pills to people who test positive. But even as cases rise again, many Americans don’t have access to the […]

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Losing Sleep Over the Pandemic? Work Flexibility May Be a Boon for Night Owls’ Health

    2022-04-07 Losing Sleep Over the Pandemic? Work Flexibility May Be a Boon for Night Owls’ Health Krishna Sharma Many so-called night people feel that, when it comes to society’s expectations about when the workday should start, they drew the short straw. Research shows that “night owls” are hard-wired to sleep later, yet 9-to-5 […]

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What is the new COVID-19 variant BA.2, and will it cause another wave of infections in the US?

What is the new COVID-19 variant BA.2, and will it cause another wave of infections in the US? BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world. BlackJack3D/iStock via Getty Images Plus Prakash Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina and Mitzi Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina A new omicron subvariant of the virus that causes […]

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Patients With Vulnerable Immune Systems Worry Vaccine Exemptions May Put Them In Peril

    2022-03-24 Patients With Vulnerable Immune Systems Worry Vaccine Exemptions May Put Them In Peril Aaron Bolton Charlie O’Neill received part of her husband’s liver in a 2013 living donor transplant and has been taking drugs that suppress her immune system ever since to prevent her body from attacking the organ. “I frequently get […]

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Sharing Covid Vax Facts Inside ICE Detention, One Detainee at a Time

    2022-03-21 Sharing Covid Vax Facts Inside ICE Detention, One Detainee at a Time Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News   The sounds of wailing ambulances, car horns, and bustling traffic filtered into the high-rise home office of Dr. Daniel Turner-Lloveras in downtown Los Angeles as he settled into a brown leather couch to […]

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It Was Already Hard to Find Evusheld, a Covid Prevention Therapy. Now It’s Even Harder.

    2022-03-20 It Was Already Hard to Find Evusheld, a Covid Prevention Therapy. Now It’s Even Harder. Hannah Recht As immunocompromised people across the country work to get Evusheld, a potentially lifesaving covid therapy, several hundred providers of the injections were removed from a federal dataset on Wednesday night, making the therapy even harder […]

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Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities

    2022-03-13 Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities Lauren Weber Divya Goel, a 35-year-old deaf-blind woman in Orlando, Florida, has had two telemedicine doctors’ appointments during the pandemic. Each time, she was denied an interpreter. Her doctors told her she would have to get insurance to pay for an interpreter, which is […]

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