A PPE fee at the dentist? New requirements could raise prices for patients
PHILADELPHIA — When the dentist’s office called to cancel Laura Lizcano’s appointment for a crown and cavity filling in March because of the coronavirus, she wasn’t terribly worried.The 25-year-old freelance musician didn’t know at the time that the pandemic would keep medical offices closed for months — and prevent her from getting her teeth taken care of before she lost her health insurance.Lizcano, who lives in Queen Village, will be dropped from her mother’s insurance plan at the end of May after turning 26, the age limit for children to be covered by a parent.Now, at a time when she’s los...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kaiser's virus patients needed more intense care than ones in China, study finds
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As health experts in the U.S. planned for a surge in coronavirus patients earlier this spring, they relied on data from China and elsewhere to estimate everything from how many hospital beds would be needed to demands for protective gear for doctors and nurses.But new research out of Kaiser Permanente and UC Berkeley suggests the pandemic is playing out very differently, at least in California and Washington. A study of 9.6 million Kaiser patients across the two states found that the more than 1,200 people hospitalized with the coronavirus by early April stayed longer on ave...
The Mercury News
Trump to NC governor: You have a week to decide on RNC
President Donald Trump Tuesday escalated his threats over this summer’s Republican National Convention, saying he needs a decision from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper “within a week” as to whether the convention can go forward as planned.“We need a fast decision from the governor,” the president told reporters at the White House. “He’s been acting very, very slowly and very suspiciously, but we’ll find out. We’re talking about a very short period of time … . I would say within a week that certainly we have to know. if he can’t do it, if he feels he’s not going to do it, all he has to do is tel...
The Charlotte Observer
Seattle researchers building 'biobank' of patients' blood to unlock the mysteries of the new coronavirus
SEATTLE — Blood and other biological specimens from COVID-19 patients treated in Seattle area hospitals are helping scientists build a massive “biobank” to examine the virus’s long-term impacts on the human body and why it affects some people more severely than others.Disease doctors and researchers hope to use what they learn from the data to help figure out what drugs and therapies are most effective in treating those sick with COVID-19 and to aid other scientists’ in the quest to develop a vaccine against it.“We don’t yet understand exactly what this virus is doing to individuals — what org...
The Seattle Times
New York Gov. Cuomo: State and NYC to provide death benefits for front-line workers who die from coronavirus
ALBANY, N.Y. — Families of front-line workers killed by coronavirus will be entitled to government-backed death benefits, Gov. Cuomo announced Monday.The governor, holding his daily briefing aboard the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in honor of Memorial Day, said public health workers, police, firefighters, transit workers and medics deserve more than just a thank you for their work during the pandemic.“We will continue to show respect to our front-line heroes not just with words, but with action,” Cuomo said.“I want to make sure we repay that debt,” Cuomo said. “The least we can do, what w...
New York Daily News
Stanford coronavirus research: Did politically motivated scientists hype their speedy study?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the race to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s scientists have embraced a radically new method of disseminating information about their research, offering it quickly and without filters in the effort to understand and control this deadly disease.But their new communication model is striking at the heart of scientific integrity, publicizing research that has been corrupted by speed, sloppiness and opacity. And now the academic world is being roiled by a question for which millions of lives hang in the balance: Is the public being well-served by the fast and free flo...
The Mercury News
Bradford William Davis: MLB must choose between player safety and public health
Relaunching a team sport during a still-raging public health crisis is an inescapably risky endeavor, requiring numerous moving parts operating in harmony.It requires a governing body of owners who have decided the only unacceptable risk is punting a season’s worth of revenue. Players must be willing to further reduce their pay to preserve their bosses’ sunken cost, and elected officials must shift Maslow’s hierarchy of needs until an entertainment product receives at least the same special privileges to hospitals, grocery stores and any other public or private service that literally keeps peo...
New York Daily News
Ravenous rats await restaurant-goers after 2 months of food deprivation, CDC warns
NEW YORK — Beware rogue ravenous rats.That’s the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months make themselves known.In a species evolutionarily adapted to resort to cannibalism during hard times, the CDC is warning of “unusual or aggressive rodent behavior” stemming from their lockdown starvation diet.Last month, rodents were seen resorting to open warfare, cannibalism and eating their young in the wake of shutdowns to restaurants and other food sources that...
New York Daily News
Missouri among states overcounting coronavirus testing, blurring picture of virus' spread
ST. LOUIS — Missouri overcounted the number of people it claimed have been tested for COVID-19 by at least 17,000, state health officials said Saturday, raising the percentage infection rate and muddying the state’s assessment of the viral spread even as regional officials ease restrictions.Until Saturday, health officials were lumping together two different types of tests: viral tests that show who is currently sick with COVID-19, and antibody tests that look for signs of past exposure.Combining the two can give an inaccurate picture of the virus’ spread and inflate the extent of testing and ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Cunningham: Player safety takes back seat as NCAA rushes to allow campus workouts
ATLANTA — Starting June 1, college football and basketball players will return to campus and get back to work as COVID-19 continues to spread (the SEC will allow it on June 8). The NCAA says the workouts are “voluntary” and must be initiated by athletes. But those words don’t mean much when there’s a power imbalance between players (who have little) and coaches (who have a lot).It’s clear what’s happening. College sports programs are facing enormous pressure to make money. They especially need football games in the fall for that goal. The NCAA’s decision to end the moratorium on athletic activ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution