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Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for Covid Vaccines

Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for Covid Vaccines

This story also ran on . It can beAs the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots.A by the Rural Policy Research Institute found that 111 rural counties, mostly between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, have no pharmacy that can give the vaccines. That could leave thousands of vulnerable Americans struggling to find vaccines, which in turn threatens to prolong the pandemic in many hard-hit rural regions.And in those...

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Amid Covid Health Worker Shortage, Foreign-Trained Professionals Sit on Sidelines

Amid Covid Health Worker Shortage, Foreign-Trained Professionals Sit on Sidelines

It can beAs hospitals nationwide struggle with the latest covid-19 surge, it’s not so much beds or ventilators in short supply. It’s the people to care for the sick.Yet a large, highly skilled workforce of foreign-educated doctors, nurses and other health practitioners is going largely untapped due to licensing and credentialing barriers. According to the think tank in Washington, D.C., some 165,000 foreign-trained immigrants in the U.S. hold degrees in health-related fields but are unemployed or underemployed in the midst of the health crisis.Many of these workers have invaluable...

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Markian Hawryluk
Jan 25
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Tracking COVID’s Spread Inside a Tight-Knit Latino Community

Tracking COVID’s Spread Inside a Tight-Knit Latino Community

This story also ran on .Early in the pandemic, Ximena Rebolledo León, a registered nurse at Telluride Regional Medical Center in southwestern Colorado, needed to find everyone who’d been in contact with a sick Latino worker whose boss had told him he would lose his job if he didn’t show up.The man had gone to work and infected four co-workers, all Latinos, with COVID-19 — so Rebolledo León then had to track down their movements to determine who else had been exposed to the coronavirus in the wealthy ski resort community.“I ended up calling 13 different families, and I put a total of 85...

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Dec 8
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Need a COVID-19 Nurse? That’ll Be $8,000 a Week

Need a COVID-19 Nurse? That’ll Be $8,000 a Week

This story also ran on .[UPDATED at 2:30 p.m. ET]DENVER — In March, Claire Tripeny was watching her dream job fall apart. She’d been working as an intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, and loved it, despite the mediocre pay for the region. But when COVID-19 hit, that calculation changed.She remembers her employers telling her and her colleagues to “suck it up” as they struggled to care for six patients each and patched their protective gear with tape until it fully fell apart. The $800 or so a week she took home no longer felt worth it.“I was not sleeping and...

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Nov 24
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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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Nov 19
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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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Markian Hawryluk
Oct 14
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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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Oct 14
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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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Oct 5
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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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Markian Hawryluk
Oct 1
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What Covid Means for the Athlete’s Heart

What Covid Means for the Athlete’s Heart

For sports fans across the country, the resumption of the regular sports calendar has signaled another step toward post-pandemic normality. But for the athletes participating in professional, collegiate, high school or even recreational sports, significant unanswered questions remain about the aftereffects of a covid infection.This story also ran on . It can beChief among those is whether the coronavirus can damage their hearts, putting them at risk for lifelong complications and death. from early in the pandemic suggested that as many as 1 in 5 people with covid-19 could end up with heart...

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Markian Hawryluk
Apr 6
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