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States’ Face-Covering Mandates Leave Gaps in Protection

States’ Face-Covering Mandates Leave Gaps in Protection

November 19, 2020BOULDER, Colo. — Brady Bowman, a 19-year-old student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and two friends strolled down 11th Street, all sporting matching neck gaiters branded with the Thomas’ English Muffins logo. He had received an entire box of the promotional gaiters.He thinks they are just more comfortable to wear than a face mask. “Especially a day like today, where it’s cold out,” he said, with the top of his gaiter pulled down below his chin.More stylish? Perhaps. More comfortable? Maybe. But as effective? Not necessarily.With states such as Colorado requiring...

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Aunque preferiría cerrar, la cadena de tiendas COVID-19 Essentials se expande

Aunque preferiría cerrar, la cadena de tiendas COVID-19 Essentials se expande

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 ().Lone Tree, Colorado.- Darcy Velásquez, de 42 años, y su madre, Roberta Truax, caminaban recientemente por el centro comercial Park Meadows, 15 millas al sur del centro de Denver, buscando regalos de Navidad para los dos hijos de Velásquez, cuando vieron una tienda con un exhibición de máscaras faciales adornadas...

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Making Money Off Masks, COVID-Spawned Chain Store Aims to Become Obsolete

Making Money Off Masks, COVID-Spawned Chain Store Aims to Become Obsolete

October 14, 2020LONE TREE, Colo. — Darcy Velasquez, 42, and her mother, Roberta Truax, were walking recently in the Park Meadows mall about 15 miles south of downtown Denver, looking for Christmas gifts for Velasquez’s two children, when they spotted a store with a display of rhinestone-studded masks.It’s an immutable truth of fashion: Sparkles can go a long way with a 9-year-old.The store is called COVID-19 Essentials. And it may well be the country’s first retail chain dedicated solely to an infectious disease.With many U.S. stores closing during the coronavirus pandemic, especially...

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Not Pandemic-Proof: Insulin Copay Caps Fall Short, Fueling Underground Exchanges

Not Pandemic-Proof: Insulin Copay Caps Fall Short, Fueling Underground Exchanges

This story also ran on .DENVER — D.j. Mattern had her Type 1 diabetes under control until COVID’s economic upheaval cost her husband his hotel maintenance job and their health coverage. The 42-year-old Denver woman suddenly faced insulin’s exorbitant list price — anywhere from $125 to $450 per vial — just as their household income shrank.She scrounged extra insulin from friends, and her doctor gave her a couple of samples. But as she rationed her supplies, her blood sugar rose so high her glucose monitor couldn’t even register a number. In June, she was hospitalized.“My blood was too...

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Diabetes patients turn to underground insulin networks as Covid-19 exposes limits of copay caps

Diabetes patients turn to underground insulin networks as Covid-19 exposes limits of copay caps

(Kaiser Health News)D.J. Mattern had her under control until Covid-19's economic upheaval cost her husband his hotel maintenance job and their health coverage. The 42-year-old Denver woman suddenly faced insulin's exorbitant list price — anywhere from $125 to $450 per vial — just as their household income shrank.She scrounged extra insulin from friends, and her doctor gave her a couple of samples. But as she rationed her supplies, her blood sugar rose so high her glucose monitor couldn't even register a number. In June, she was hospitalized."My blood was too acidic. My system was shutting...

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Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

This story also ran on .STERLING, Colo. — Tonja Jimenez is far from the only person driving an RV down Colorado’s rural highways. But unlike the other rigs, her 34-foot-long motor home is equipped as an addiction treatment clinic on wheels, bringing lifesaving treatment to the northeastern corner of the state, where patients with substance use disorders are often left to fend for themselves.As in many states, access to addiction treatment remains a challenge in Colorado, so a new state program has transformed six RVs into mobile clinics to reach isolated farming communities and remote...

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Ski Towns Are Absorbing Much Of The Coronavirus Exodus — And It Threatens To Strain Their Health Care Infrastructures

Ski Towns Are Absorbing Much Of The Coronavirus Exodus — And It Threatens To Strain Their Health Care Infrastructures

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The staff at  is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID pandemic has upended everything. The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of Long Island has seen a huge upswing in demand for obstetrics and delivery services. The pandemic has families who once planned to deliver babies in New York or other big cities migrating to the Hamptons for the near term. From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains,...

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COVID Exodus Fills Vacation Towns With New Medical Pressures

COVID Exodus Fills Vacation Towns With New Medical Pressures

This story also ran on .The staff at is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID pandemic has upended everything.The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of Long Island has seen a huge upswing in demand for obstetrics and delivery services. The pandemic has families who once planned to deliver babies in New York or other big cities migrating to the Hamptons for the near term.From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation...

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An Ickier Outbreak: Trench Fever Spread by Lice Is Found in Denver

An Ickier Outbreak: Trench Fever Spread by Lice Is Found in Denver

This story also ran on .DENVER — Dr. , medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, received an unusual call last month from the microbiology lab: confirmation of the third case this year of trench fever, a rare condition transmitted by body lice that plagued soldiers during World War I.Barron’s epidemiological training kicked in.“Two is always an outbreak, and then when we found a third — OK, we clearly have something going on,” Barron recalled thinking.Barron, who said she’d never before seen a case in her 20 years here, contacted state...

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Colorado, Like Other States, Trims Health Programs Amid Health Crisis

Colorado, Like Other States, Trims Health Programs Amid Health Crisis

This story also ran on .As a teenager, Paulina Castle struggled for years with suicidal thoughts. When her mental health was at its most fragile, she would isolate herself, spending days in her room alone.“That’s the exact thing that makes you feel significantly worse,” the 26-year-old Denver woman said. “It creates a cycle where you’re constantly getting dug into a deeper hole.”Part of her recovery involved forcing herself to leave her room to socialize or to exercise outside. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of that much harder. Instead of interacting with people on the street in...

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The Hidden Deaths Of The COVID Pandemic

The Hidden Deaths Of The COVID Pandemic

June 23, 2020BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Sara Wittner had seemingly gotten her life back under control. After a December relapse in her battle with drug addiction, the 32-year-old completed a 30-day detox program and started taking a monthly injection to block her cravings for opioids. She was engaged to be married, working for a local health association and counseling others about drug addiction.BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Sara Wittner had seemingly gotten her life back under control. After a December relapse in her battle with drug addiction, the 32-year-old completed a 30-day detox program and started...

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Scientist Has ‘Invisible Enemy’ In Sights With Microscopic Portraits Of Coronavirus

Scientist Has ‘Invisible Enemy’ In Sights With Microscopic Portraits Of Coronavirus

May 21, 2020From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19.Over the past three decades, Fischer, 58, and her team at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, part of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have captured and created some of the more dramatic images of the world’s most dangerous pathogens.“I like to get images out there to try to convey that this is an entity, to try to demystify it, so this is something more tangible for people,” said...

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How COVID Colors The Salon Experience

How COVID Colors The Salon Experience

May 11, 2020LOVELAND, Colo. — Blush Beauty Bar hair salon had been closed 48 days, a consequence of stay-at-home orders to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.But last Tuesday, the shop in this city of nearly 80,000, about 50 miles north of Denver, was finally reopening after the orders had been partially lifted on May 1.It was booked solid its first day — and for each day the rest of the month. After seven weeks of isolation, it seems people desperately want to get their hair cut.Still, as Colorado attempts a soft reopening, the three-person staff has had to adjust to a new way of doing...

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Not So Fast Using CPAPs In Place Of Ventilators. They Could Spread The Coronavirus.

Not So Fast Using CPAPs In Place Of Ventilators. They Could Spread The Coronavirus.

This story also ran on .The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not.In the U.S., emergency plans developed by states for a shortage of ventilators include using positive airway pressure machines — like those used to treat sleep apnea — to help hospitalized people with less severe breathing issues.While that measure could stretch...

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Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients

Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients

This story also ran on .While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory problems and securing enough ventilators, doctors on the front lines are grappling with a new medical mystery.In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest.As more data comes in from China and Italy, as well as Washington state and New York, more cardiac experts are coming to believe the COVID-19 virus can infect the heart muscle. An initial study found cardiac damage in as many as 1 in 5 patients, leading to heart failure and death...

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Colorado Forges Ahead On A New Model For Health Care While Nation Waits

Colorado Forges Ahead On A New Model For Health Care While Nation Waits

This story also ran on .DENVER — With the nation’s capital mired in gridlock and the Affordable Care Act facing a dire legal challenge, the prospects of lowering health care costs for Americans this year seem unlikely.Just don’t tell that to Coloradans.Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate and a Democratic governor eager to push aggressive health care measures have turned Colorado into one of the foremost health policy laboratories in the country. State lawmakers have taken swift action on many of the same health issues being debated at the federal level, including a...

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Despite A Birth By A Colorado Legislator, Paid Family Leave Bill Feels Labor Pains

Despite A Birth By A Colorado Legislator, Paid Family Leave Bill Feels Labor Pains

This story also ran on .[UPDATED on March 6]DENVER — When , a Colorado state senator, gave birth to a boy in January, she became only the second lawmaker in the state to have a baby during a legislative season.The first, Sen. Barbara Holme, delivered just two days before lawmakers adjourned nearly 40 years ago. But because she was part of a Democratic minority at the time, no one worried much about the votes Holme was missing, much less her need for paid maternity leave.“That was the year I was born,” said Pettersen, also a Democrat. “Unfortunately, we haven’t come very far from...

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During A Pandemic, States’ Patchwork Of Crisis Strategies Could Mean Uneven Care

During A Pandemic, States’ Patchwork Of Crisis Strategies Could Mean Uneven Care

A possible coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm the nation’s hospitals and force doctors into difficult decisions about how to allocate limited resources. Yet, experts say, only a handful of states have done the work necessary to prepare for such worst-case scenarios.How would hospitals handle overflowing emergency rooms? What would doctors do if they ran out of medicines or ventilators? How would they decide who gets prioritized if they can’t treat everyone?Many fear the rapid spread of the virus invites a repeat of disaster scenarios like those that occurred in 2005 after Hurricane...

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