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Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

Most U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Suffer Financially, Too : Shots - Health News Plus, of all U.S. homes that include someone with a disability, 63% report serious financial hardship during the pandemic, and 37% have used up all or most of their savings.Toggle more optionsHeard onFromToggle more optionsCOVID-19 has caused widespread damage to the economy — so wide that it can be easy to overlook how unevenly households are suffering. But out this month reveal households that either have had someone with COVID-19 or include someone who has a disability or special needs are much more...

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U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000

U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000

U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000 More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. We hear from three areas of the country about how the pandemic has affected life there.Toggle more optionsHeard onMartha BebingerWill StoneToggle more optionsMore than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. We hear from three areas of the country about how the pandemic has affected life there.NPR thanks our sponsors

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COVID Vaccine Trials Move at Warp Speed, But Recruiting Black Volunteers Takes Time

COVID Vaccine Trials Move at Warp Speed, But Recruiting Black Volunteers Takes Time

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and .Participation in clinical trials among Black people is low, according to . Still, including them in coronavirus vaccine trials has been a stated priority for the pharmaceutical companies involved, since African American communities, along with those of Latinos, have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic.The ongoing trials are moving at a pace that is for medical research, with the Trump administration’s vaccine acceleration effort dubbed “.” Yet recruiting minority participants requires sensitivity to a mistrust borne of past...

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Challenges Of Ensuring Diversity In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Challenges Of Ensuring Diversity In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Challenges Of Ensuring Diversity In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials There's a push to have minority volunteers take part in coronavirus vaccine trials. Recruitment is happening, but it often means overcoming a deep-seated mistrust of the medical system.Toggle more optionsHeard onFromToggle more optionsThere's a push to have minority volunteers take part in coronavirus vaccine trials. Recruitment is happening, but it often means overcoming a deep-seated mistrust of the medical system.SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:Black and Latino people in the U.S. have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. That's...

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¿Puede este fin de semana de vacaciones disparar otra ola de casos de COVID?

¿Puede este fin de semana de vacaciones disparar otra ola de casos de COVID?

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Con suerte, el verano no terminará como comenzó. Las celebraciones de Memorial Day ayudaron a desencadenar una ola de infecciones por coronavirus en gran parte del sur y el oeste de los Estados Unidos. Y las reuniones del 4 de julio dispararon más casos de COVID.Y ahora llega el Día del Trabajo, cuando esas regiones recién comienzan a registrar una disminución de...

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Will Labor Day Weekend Bring Another Holiday COVID Surge?

Will Labor Day Weekend Bring Another Holiday COVID Surge?

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.Hopefully, summer won’t end the way it began. Memorial Day celebrations helped set off a wave of coronavirus infections across much of the South and West. Gatherings around the Fourth of July seemed to keep those hot spots aflame.And now Labor Day arrives as those regions are cooling off from COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned Wednesday that Americans in infection rates. But travelers are also weary of staying home — and tourist destinations are...

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El Congreso dijo que los tests de COVID-19 debían ser gratuitos, pero ¿quién paga?

El Congreso dijo que los tests de COVID-19 debían ser gratuitos, pero ¿quién paga?

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Los hospitales de todo el país tienen miedo de enviar cientos de miles de facturas relacionadas con las pruebas para COVID-19, porque el Congreso ordenó que no hubiera copagos ni costos de bolsillo para los pacientes.Forma parte del grupo de Facebook de Kaiser Health News en español .Pero muchos empleadores con...

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Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should Be Free — But Who’s Paying?

Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should Be Free — But Who’s Paying?

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.Hospitals around the country are afraid to send out hundreds of thousands of bills related to COVID-19 testing. That’s because Congress mandated there would be no copays and no out-of-pocket costs for patients. But many employers with self-funded health plans seem to believe they’re exempt from the rules.When testing kits were still scarce, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, fired up its clinical labs. It almost single-handedly took over testing in much of Tennessee. Other health systems...

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Tennessee’s Secret To Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up The Tab

Tennessee’s Secret To Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up The Tab

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.To reopen businesses and public spaces safely, experts say, states need to be testing and contact tracing on a massive scale. But only a handful of states are doing enough testing to stay on top of potential outbreaks, according to a state-by-state analysis .Among those, Tennessee stands out for its aggressive approach to testing. In Tennessee, anyone who wants a test can get one, and the state will pick up the tab. The guidance has evolved to “,” and the state started paying for it in April.It’s still rare for a...

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Before ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Illness, Nursing Home Thought It Had COVID-19 Contained

Before ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Illness, Nursing Home Thought It Had COVID-19 Contained

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.More than 20 patients have died. Dozens more are still hospitalized. And residents who had already been sent back to a nursing home in Gallatin, Tennessee, have turned up with new cases of COVID-19.An investigation finds that the facility downplayed the outbreak to first responders on 911 calls in late March. But the nursing home administrator told WPLN News that the coronavirus was unstoppable in Tennessee’s largest outbreak yet.Dawn Cochran, the administrator of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing,...

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Long-Standing Racial And Income Disparities Seen Creeping Into COVID-19 Care

Long-Standing Racial And Income Disparities Seen Creeping Into COVID-19 Care

April 6, 2020The new coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. But physicians in public health and on the front lines said they already can see the emergence of familiar patterns of racial and economic bias in the response to the pandemic.In one analysis, it appears doctors may be less likely to refer African Americans for testing when they show up for care with signs of infection.The biotech data firm Rubix Life Sciences, based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, reviewed  in several states and found that an African American with symptoms like cough and fever was less likely to be given one of the scarce...

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Coronavirus Pushes More Hospitals To Share Data About Inventories Of Protective Gear

Coronavirus Pushes More Hospitals To Share Data About Inventories Of Protective Gear

CDC Asks Hospitals To Share Data About Supplies Of Coronavirus Gear : Shots - Health News There is currently no central coordination of the supply of protective garb and masks in U.S. hospital inventories. A CDC project wants hospitals to share that information for the good of all.FromMasks, gloves and other equipment are crucial as health care workers face the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a strategic national stockpile that the U.S. government controls — but no one actually knows, beyond that stockpile, what's already out there in the private sector. Some hospitals have extras, and some not...

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Coronavirus Pushes Hospitals To Share Information About Stocks Of Protective Gear

Coronavirus Pushes Hospitals To Share Information About Stocks Of Protective Gear

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.Masks, gloves and other equipment are crucial as health care workers face the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a strategic national stockpile that the U.S. government controls — but no one knows what, beyond that stockpile, is available in the private sector.Some hospitals have a surplus of the protective equipment and some not enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on a system that would track the inventory across the U.S.The big hurdle isn’t the technology. The issue is getting hospitals...

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