Getting used to seeing your doctor virtually? Telehealth coverage might not last
CHICAGO — Before COVID-19 hit, Jenny Thomas had always visited her doctor in person.But now that the Chicago resident is home more, she’s been seeing her doctor over video instead, often in her pajamas.“It was so easy, and she was right there,” Thomas, 46, said of her doctor at Rush University System for Health. “I’ll definitely go that route again in the future.”Like Thomas, many people are using telehealth for the first time as they try to stay physically distant to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. State, federal and health insurance rule changes — made in response to COVID-19 — have m...
COVID-19 plus measles? Kids aren't getting their vaccines, and doctors are worried
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — COVID-19 has infected some of Dr. Sonder Crane’s youngest patients — the newborn who tested positive because its mother had the coronavirus, the 14-month old who caught it at day care.Now, on top of that, she and other pediatricians across the country worry about this possible scenario: Outbreaks of preventable diseases, like highly contagious measles, because children have missed getting their immunizations during the pandemic.Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cautioned last week that the pandemic coupled with the flu season could ...
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Study: Antiviral drug remdesivir helps white, Black and Latino patients equally
CHICAGO — Remdesivir, the only drug given emergency approval for treatment of COVID-19, appears to provide equal benefits to white, Asian, Black and Latino patients, according to an analysis led by researchers at University of Chicago Medicine.It’s encouraging news, infectious disease experts say, because of the disparate effects of the disease on different groups. Black people are dying at higher rates than people of other races, and Latinos are contracting the disease at higher rates than others.Dr. Kathleen Mullane, a UChicago Medicine infectious disease expert, said the results — which wer...