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Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers More Than Others

Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers More Than Others

In March 2020, just weeks into the covid-19 pandemic, the incident command center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was scrambling to understand this deadly new disease. It appeared to be killing more Black and brown patients than whites. For Latinos, there was an additional warning sign: language.This story is part of a partnership that includes , and KHN. It can bePatients who didn’t speak much, or any, English had a 35% greater chance of death.Clinicians who couldn’t communicate clearly with patients in the hospital’s covid units noticed it was affecting outcomes.“We had an...

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Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

Biden’s Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and KHN. It can beIn early December, was watching TV with her family and scrolling through Twitter when she saw a tweet that made her shout.“I said ‘Oh, my God!'” she recalled. “Super loud. My kids jumped up. My husband looked over. He said, ‘What’s wrong, what’s wrong, is everything OK?’ I was like, ‘No, no, it’s the opposite. It’s amazing. This is amazing!'”had just been tapped to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Stephenson is an infectious diseases specialist and vaccine scientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical...

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Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims to Curb Them ― For Now.

Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims to Curb Them ― For Now.

October 2, 2020In August, Robert Pettigrew was working a series of odd jobs. While washing the windows of a cellphone store he saw a sign, one that he believes the “good Lord” placed there for him.“Facing eviction?” the sign read. “You could be eligible for up to $3,000 in rent assistance. Apply today.”It seemed a hopeful omen after a series of financial and health blows. In March, Pettigrew, 52, learned he has an invasive mass on his lung that restricts his breathing. His doctor told him his condition puts him at high risk of developing deadly complications from COVID-19 and advised him to...

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