COVID-Like Cough Sent Him To ER — Where He Got A $3,278 Bill
From late March into April, Timothy Regan had severe coughing fits several times a day that often left him out of breath. He had a periodic low-grade fever, too.Wondering if he had COVID-19, Regan called a nurse hotline run by Denver Health, a large public health system in his city. A nurse listened to him describe his symptoms and told him to immediately go to the hospital system’s urgent care facility.When he arrived at Denver Health — where the emergency room and urgent care facility sit side by side at its main location downtown — a nurse directed him to the ER after he noted chest pain as...
Kaiser Health News
COVID-Like Cough Sent Him To ER — Where He Got A $3,278 Bill
From late March into April, Timothy Regan had severe coughing fits several times a day that often left him out of breath. He had a periodic low-grade fever, too.What Gives:When patients use hospital emergency rooms — even for short visits with few tests — it’s not unusual for them to get billed thousands of dollars no matter how minor the treatment received. Hospitals say the high fees come from having to staff the ER with specialists 24 hours a day and keep lifesaving equipment up to date.Denver Health coded Timothy’s ER visit as a Level 4 — the second-highest and second-most expensive — on a...
Low-cal craft beer becomes vital during quarantine. We taste 18 and pick the winners and losers.
First, let’s get the thing that needs to be said out of the way: These beers come with an asterisk. They are what they are. And what they are is low in calories and low in carbohydrates.If you want big, flavorful beer, this generally isn’t the place to look. If you want beer that doesn’t pile up quite as quickly at your waistline while tasting better than most options ending in “light,” this is indeed the place to look.Spurred by the continuing success of Michelob Ultra Light and the hard seltzer category — both of which grow at phenomenal rates — craft beer low in calories and carbs was alrea...
Coronavirus concerns create an epic road trip
GALLUP, N.M. — Sliding off Interstate 40 about 100 miles west of Albuquerque presented another in a seemingly endless series of decisions during a 3,900-mile, 11-state journey. On one side of the east-west artery was a bustling truck stop. On the other, a decaying gas station that likely encountered its last mop during the Reagan administration.No brainer. Choose the path less traveled or, in this case, bathroom less visited. The coronavirus pandemic was surging past American deaths in Vietnam in just more than two months, easily outpacing a ghastly conflict that stretched nearly two decades. ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Businesses hoping to reopen join run on PPE
Nikia Londy’s employees are afraid to come back to work.The owner of Intriguing Hair, a salon in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, thought her stylists would be eager to return. But they don’t feel safe, she said.Like other states, Massachusetts has released standards businesses must follow to reopen after two months of quarantine. Among the dozens of requirements, every employee at salons and barbershops must wear face masks and eye protection. Faced with choosing vendors despite knowing little about the equipment, Londy is struggling to procure this safety gear before reopening Monday.“I don’...
San Jose could reap benefits of exodus from San Francisco, LA in wake of COVID-19, study says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the wake of a pandemic sweeping through many of the country’s most densely packed areas, analysts expect an exodus from cities in favor of car-friendly suburban areas.San Jose is among the cities best-positioned to reap the benefits of a post-coronavirus world, according to a new study from the data analytics firm Moody’s. Researchers looked at the top 100 metro areas in the U.S., favoring those with more educated — and spread-out — populations, to predict which cities would fare best and worst in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.San Jose was joined by a selection of ...
The Mercury News
Científica genera imágenes del coronavirus para que todos vean al “enemigo invisible”
Desde su laboratorio en Montana, Elizabeth Fischer está tratando de ayudar a que las personas vean a qué se enfrentan con COVID-19.Durante las últimas tres décadas, Fischer, de 58 años, y su equipo en los Rocky Mountain Laboratories, parte del Instituto Nacional de Alergias y Enfermedades Infecciosas de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud (NHI), han capturado y creado algunas de las imágenes más dramáticas de los patógenos más peligrosos del mundo.“Me gusta obtener imágenes para tratar de transmitir que se trata de una entidad, para desmitificarla, que sea algo más tangible para las personas”, ...
Kaiser Health News (Espanol)
Rural destinations 'ready to reopen' but fear virus
When the first coronavirus shutdowns were announced in March, hoteliers in the Appalachian town of Gadsden, Ala., said they did not want to host visitors from other states.So, Hugh Stump, executive director of Greater Gadsden Area Tourism, told them that as private businesses, they could deny lodging to people for reasons other than age, race, religion and other protected categories.“If somebody’s coming from New York, and you’re worried about New York, you don’t have to allow them in your hotel,” Stump advised.Rural destinations like Gadsden shunned out-of-towners at the outset of the pandemi...
Majority of Latinos lack trust in federal response to COVID-19, new poll shows
MIAMI — Latinos say they are skeptical of federal authorities’ response to the coronavirus, but they generally support provisions in the new financial stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a new national poll released by Democratic-leaning organizations Wednesday.The survey, conducted May 10 to May 16 by the research firm Latino Decisions, was commissioned by the nonprofits UnidosUS, SOMOS and the progressive advocacy group MoveOn. Polling in all 50 states — including over-samples in Florida, Arizona, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois and Califor...
Staffing nursing homes was hard before the pandemic. Now it's even tougher
Residents have fallen ill with the new coronavirus in both the Worcester, Mass., nursing homes where Kwaku Tsibo Bondah works. Protective equipment is in short supply, he said, and many of his colleagues have tested positive or are calling in sick because they’re afraid to come to work.“It’s really challenging … everybody is in a state of anxiety,” said Bondah, a licensed practical nurse. “Because you are going into a room with someone who has COVID-19 there.”Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities were short-staffed before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now it’s even harder to recrui...