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Older COVID patients battle ‘brain fog,’ weakness and emotional turmoil

by Judith Graham October 20, 2020 “Lord, give me back my memory.” For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night. Like other older adults who’ve…

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Most home health aides ‘Can’t afford not to work’ — Even when lacking PPE

Home health aides flattened the curve by keeping the most vulnerable patients — seniors, the disabled, the infirm — out of hospitals. But they’ve done it mostly at poverty wages and without overtime pay, hazard pay,…

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COVID takes challenge of tracking infectious college students to new level

by Lauren Weber October 12, 2020 As the return of college students to campuses has fueled as many as 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day, keeping track of them is a logistical nightmare for local health departments…

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Hard lives made harder by COVID: homeless endure a ‘Slow-moving train wreck’

This was supposed to be the year California finally did something about its homelessness epidemic. COVID-19 upended that promise. by Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Angela Hart October 8, 2020 CALEXICO, California — The message wasn’t lost…

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White House testing regimen did not protect the President

Rachana Pradhan and Lauren Weber and Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Friday, October 2 President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is raising fresh questions about the White House’s strategy for testing and containing the virus for a…

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Thousands of minks dead as COVID outbreak escalates on Utah farms

by JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Friday, October 2 Thousands of minks at Utah fur farms have died because of the coronavirus in the past 10 days, forcing nine sites in three counties to quarantine, but…

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The Mask Hypocrisy: How COVID memos contradict the White House’s public face

The mixed messages and ensuing confusion leave governors, and often state and local health officials, holding the bag of political consequences. Lauren Weber and Katheryn Houghton October 1, 2020 While the president and vice president forgo…

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Post-COVID clinics get jump-start from patients with lingering illness

by Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News September 30, 2020 Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went home in early June. But he’s far from over the disease, still suffering from limited endurance,…

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Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ alarm career scientists

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News September 21, 2020 President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections…

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It’s tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

by   Mark Kreidler,  KHN September 16, 2020 The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got…

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Elizabeth Fischer uses an electron microscope to capture images of the coronavirus, which is about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.(COURTESY OF ELIZABETH FISCHER)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Race for the White House 2020

Most adults wary of taking any vaccine approved before the election

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News September 10, 2020 The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according…

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Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

by Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Thursday, September 3 Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and…

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As threat of Valley Fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine

by Jim Robbins, KHN September 4, 2020 One New Year’s Day, Rob Purdie woke up with a headache that wouldn’t quit. Vision problems, body aches and a slight fever followed. At the emergency room, the Bakersfield,…

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Navajo health workers and sisters Corrina and Cheryl Thinn died weeks apart of COVID-19 in April. (The Thinn family)
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Two Navajo sisters who were inseparable died of COVID just weeks apart

by  Shoshana Dubnow August 26, 2020 Cheryl and Corrina Thinn were almost joined at the hip. The sisters, both members of the Navajo Nation, shared an office at Arizona’s Tuba City Regional Health Care. Cheryl conducted…

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A sign on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia reminds students to maintain social distancing.(SEBASTIÁN MARTÍNEZ VALDIVIA/KBIA)
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Swab, spit, stay home? College Coronavirus testing plans are all over the map

As with the uncoordinated and chaotic national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education has no clear guidance or set of standards to adhere to from the federal government or anywhere else. Policies for reentry onto…

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Trump is sending fast, cheap COVID tests to nursing homes — But there’s a hitch

Point-of-care antigen tests distributed to nursing homes have been hailed by the Trump administration as a tool to root out asymptomatic carriers who might still infect others. But experts say the approach could add cost and…

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In Arizona race, McSally makes health care pledge at odds with track record

“Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always,” — McSally in a TV ad released June 22. Martha McSally, who was appointed by the governor to take over John McCain’s Senate seat in…

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Packed bars serve up new rounds of COVID contagion

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lawrence June 25, 2020 As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults…

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A box containing a 5-minute test for COVID-19 from Abbott Laboratories is pictured during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 30.
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Abbott’s Fast COVID test misses 20% positive cases

The warning followed multiple academic studies showing higher “false negative” rates from the Abbott device, including one from New York University researchers who found it missed close to half of the positive samples detected by a…

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A police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis.
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Fractured skulls, lost eyes: police often break own rules using ‘rubber bullets’

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY and Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY June 19, 2020 Warning: Graphic images and video below. Megan…

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In his work with black teenagers, pastor and mental health caseworker Darnell Hill teaches an unofficial guide to what he calls “living while black.” Though many black families have their own sets of rules to navigate others’ racist assumptions, Hill says he hopes that following his “do’s and don’ts” will allow kids to survive as unscathed as possible to realize their life ambitions. “Let’s just make it home,” Hill tells them. (Cara Anthony/KHN)
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‘Just Make It Home’: The unwritten rules Blacks learn to navigate Racism in America

Cara Anthony June 18, 2020 ST. LOUIS — Speak in short sentences. Be clear. Direct but not rude. Stay calm, even if you’re shaking inside. Never put your hands in your pockets. Make sure people can…

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Pedestrians walk past customers sitting outside at a bar in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Restaurants and coffee shops can start offering dine-in service while limiting occupancy and checking employees for Covid-19 symptoms before their shifts, Azcentral reported. Photographer: Cheney Orr)
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Health experts link rise in Arizona COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

Before Arizona lifted its stay-at-home order, only about 5% of COVID-19 tests registered as positive. On Monday, that number was around 16%. by Will Stone Tuesday, June 16, 2020 With new daily coronavirus cases rising in at least…

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White House left states on their own to buy ventilators. Inside their mad scramble.

by Rachana Pradhan June 15, 2020 Fearful that New Orleans would run out of ventilators by early April as the number of COVID-19 patients rose by the hundreds, even thousands, per day, Louisiana officials set out…

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Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions. “They finally were tired of me not going along the line they wanted me to go along,” she says. (Photo by Theresa Anselmo/Courtesy of Emily Brown)
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Public health officials face wave of threats, pressure amid coronavirus response

by Lauren Weber and Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press June 12, 2020 Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado,…

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