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Epidemia de obesidad en los Estados Unidos amenaza la eficacia de una vacuna contra COVID

Epidemia de obesidad en los Estados Unidos amenaza la eficacia de una vacuna contra 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.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Para un mundo paralizado por el coronavirus, la salvación depende de una vacuna.Pero en los Estados Unidos, en donde al menos 4,6 millones de personas se han infectado y casi 155,000 han muerto, la promesa de esa vacuna se ve obstaculizada por otra epidemia anterior a COVID-19: la de la obesidad.Forma parte del...

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Your Favorite Store or Restaurant Is Open. How Do You Know It’s OK to Go In?

Your Favorite Store or Restaurant Is Open. How Do You Know It’s OK to Go In?

This story also ran on .Just because many businesses are open again doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. The coronavirus is still on the loose — actually surging in many locations — which means people have to make serious choices about their health all day, every day.Nothing in life is without risk, and decisions ultimately hinge on individual calculations. But, according to the public health experts we consulted, there are steps you can take — and signs to look for — to make you feel comfortable and help you decide whether to open the door and walk in. Sometimes, you may want to opt...

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Health Care Workers of Color Nearly Twice as Likely as Whites to Get COVID-19

Health Care Workers of Color Nearly Twice as Likely as Whites to Get COVID-19

This story also ran on .Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate or reused protective gear, and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, a new study from Harvard Medical School researchers found.The study also showed that health care workers are at least three times more likely than the general public to report a positive COVID test, with risks rising for workers treating COVID patients.Dr. Andrew Chan, a senior author and an epidemiologist at...

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With Caveats, Hopeful News for Preschools Planning Young Kids’ Return

With Caveats, Hopeful News for Preschools Planning Young Kids’ Return

August 6, 2020Sabrina Lira Garcia is proud to work as a clinical assistant in the COVID-19 ward of a Los Angeles hospital, but sometimes she wishes she could just stay home with her infant son until the pandemic is over.Pulling her child from day care has never been an option for Lira Garcia, however. She can’t let her career lapse. Her husband was born in Mexico and is undocumented. The family pays monthly legal fees to help him get residency papers. If he were ever deported, she’d have to support Jeremiah, born in October, by herself.“I couldn’t afford to just stay home,” she said. “I...

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Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

This story also ran on .MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana.When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of two changed dramatically. His daughters, 8 and 4 years old, were suddenly home from school. The restaurant group where Sumners works maintenance shut down, thrusting him onto unemployment alongside legions of workers nationwide.Despite his life being upended, Sumners backed Gov. Steve Bullock’s decision to lock...

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Maryland County Pledges Investigation of Health Worker’s Coronavirus Death

Maryland County Pledges Investigation of Health Worker’s Coronavirus Death

This story also ran on .Officials in Maryland’s Prince George’s County say they “will spare no time or expense” investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a veteran public health worker who died of COVID-19 after relatives and co-workers believe she contracted the coronavirus on the job.The probe follows two weeks ago focusing on the worker, Chantee Mack, a 44-year-old disease intervention specialist at the Prince George’s County Health Department who union officials said was among at least 20 department employees infected by . The outbreak underscores the stark dangers facing...

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Missouri Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion Despite GOP Resistance

Missouri Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion Despite GOP Resistance

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.Despite strong opposition from Republicans and rural voters, Missouri on Tuesday in expanding its Medicaid program. Voters in Missouri approved creating a state constitutional amendment that will open Medicaid eligibility to include healthy adults starting July 1, 2021.Voters approved expansion by a margin of 6.5 percentage points.Missouri joins five other mostly conservative states that have passed Medicaid expansion via ballot initiatives — most recently, Oklahoma, . Most of the remaining 12 states that have not...

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America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID Vaccine

America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID Vaccine

This story also ran on .For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine.But in the United States, where at least 4.6 million people have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded COVID-19: obesity.Scientists know that vaccines engineered to protect the public from influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies can be less effective in obese adults than in the general population, leaving them more vulnerable to infection and illness. There is little reason to believe, obesity researchers say,...

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When Green Means Stop: How Safety Messages Got So Muddled

When Green Means Stop: How Safety Messages Got So Muddled

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and Kaiser Health News.When Marquita Burnett heard Philadelphia was moving to the “green” phase of reopening, she was confused. She was pretty sure the city had already earned a green designation from Pennsylvania’s governor (it had). The next thing she knew, the city was scaling back some of the businesses it had planned to reopen (namely, indoor dining and gyms). But it was still calling this phase “restricted green.”“I feel like it’s been back and forth — the mayor says one thing, the governor says another. So who do you really listen...

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Could Labs That Test Livestock Ease COVID Testing Backlog for People? Well … Maybe.

Could Labs That Test Livestock Ease COVID Testing Backlog for People? Well … Maybe.

“Five veterinary labs have their CLIA certification to officially test human patients. There are a lot of labs who are doing surveillance testing that don’t need the CLIA certification.”Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, July 26, 2020This story was produced in partnership with .In a heated exchange late last month on , host Jake Tapper pressed Adm. Brett Giroir, the Health and Human Services assistant secretary who oversees COVID testing efforts for the...

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Covered California Announces Record-Low Rate Hike for 2021

Covered California Announces Record-Low Rate Hike for 2021

Premiums for health plans sold through Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, will rise an average of 0.6% next year — the smallest hike since it started providing coverage in 2014, the agency announced Tuesday.The modest increase follows an average statewide  on coverage that started in January of this year, which was the previous record low.The rate changes will vary across regions, ranging from an average increase of 5.6% in Santa Clara County to reductions of 2.1% in southwestern Los Angeles County and 2.6% in Mono, Inyo and Imperial counties.Before the...

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California GOP Consultant Rues ‘Big Mistake’ That Led to Family’s COVID Infections

California GOP Consultant Rues ‘Big Mistake’ That Led to Family’s COVID Infections

SACRAMENTO — The Richard Costigan posted July 23 was bluntly honest: “We tried our best to limit exposure to #COVID19 but we slipped up somewhere.”Costigan tweeted while waiting anxiously in the parking lot of a hospital outside Sacramento. The veteran Republican political consultant had just dropped his wife, Gloria, off at the emergency room. He wasn’t allowed to go in with her.🙏 needed 🚨! My wife is in the as she can’t catch her breath. She has been having severe coughing fits that won’t stop. We tried our best to limit exposure to but we slipped up somewhere. I am coughing as well....

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Readers and Tweeters Defend Human — And Animal — Rights

Readers and Tweeters Defend Human — And Animal — Rights

is a periodic feature. We  and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names.Standing Up for the HomelessMany aspects of your story on homeless camps being “swept,” moved or cleared during this pandemic (“,” June 26) seemed tone-deaf or smacked of a skewed viewpoint by those who blame the homeless for poverty or other circumstances that lead them to camp on the street. Nancy Kuhn references 9,500 pounds of garbage after a sweep. Did that include tents, bicycles, clothing, shoes and other things people worked hard to acquire? If so, labeling it as “trash”...

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Listen: NPR Interview About Less Lethal Weapons That Can Maim Or Kill

Listen: NPR Interview About Less Lethal Weapons That Can Maim Or Kill

August 3, 2020The streets in many U.S. cities have erupted with protests recently and police and federal officers have into crowds, injuring or even blinding some of the participants. This has been going on for decades, yet efforts to crack down on less-lethal ammo have failed locally and nationally. KHN senior correspondent Jay Hancock spoke with NPR’s Ailsa Chang about why efforts to curb their use have failed.Copy HTMLWe encourage organizations to republish our content, free of charge. Here’s what we ask:You must credit us as the original publisher, with a hyperlink to our khn.org site....

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Listen: ACA Heading to Supreme Court — Again

Listen: ACA Heading to Supreme Court — Again

August 3, 2020Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, joins “SCOTUStalk” podcast host Amy Howe .The two look at the law’s history before the court — it will be the seventh hearing in eight years on the ACA or one of its provisions — and what issues might be important to the justices, including whether Republican state officials bringing the case have standing or whether their argument that the elimination of the tax for people who don’t get insurance dooms the entire law.The court’s decision will have widespread effects: More than have gained coverage under changes set forth in...

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Fauci Unfazed as Scientists Rely on Unproven Methods to Create COVID Vaccines

Fauci Unfazed as Scientists Rely on Unproven Methods to Create COVID Vaccines

This story also ran on .With millions of lives on the line, researchers have been working at an unprecedented pace to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.But that speed — and some widely touted breakthroughs — belie the enormous complexity and potential risks involved. Researchers have an incomplete understanding of the coronavirus and are using technology that’s largely unproven.Among many worries: A on COVID-19 survivors suggest that antibodies — key immune system proteins that fight infection — within months. That’s led scientists to worry that the protection provided by vaccines could fade...

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What Seniors Can Expect as Their New Normal in a Post-Vaccine World

What Seniors Can Expect as Their New Normal in a Post-Vaccine World

This story also ran on .Imagine this scenario, perhaps a year or two in the future: An effective COVID-19 vaccine is routinely available and the world is moving forward. Life, however, will likely never be the same — particularly for people over 60.That is the conclusion of geriatric medical doctors, aging experts, futurists and industry specialists. Experts say that in the aftermath of the pandemic, everything will change, from the way older folks receive health care to how they travel and shop. Also overturned: their work life and relationships with one another.“In the past few months,...

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Forced Sports Timeout Puts Squeeze on College Coffers, Scholarships and Towns

Forced Sports Timeout Puts Squeeze on College Coffers, Scholarships and Towns

August 3, 2020On college football Saturdays, tiny Clemson, South Carolina (pop. 17,000), turns into a city of 150,000 when fanatics pour into downtown and swarm Memorial Stadium, home of the Tigers. Some don’t even have a ticket to the game, but they come with money to burn.“It’s well north of $2 million in economic impact per game,” said Susan Cohen, president of the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce. Hotels sell out rooms at $400 a night; some shops bring in 50% of their year’s revenue during the seven home-game weekends. Add in massive broadcasting contracts and apparel deals that enrich...

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Avoiding Care During the Pandemic Could Mean Life or Death

Avoiding Care During the Pandemic Could Mean Life or Death

July 31, 2020These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer follow-up.But Warren won’t go near a hospital, even though she says her wrist hurts every day.“If I go back to the hospital, I’ll get COVID. Hospitals are full of COVID people,” says Warren, a former film director and author of the book “How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love With You.”“Doctors say, ‘Come back for therapy,’ and my answer is, ‘No,...

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Get the Data: Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

Get the Data: Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

To assess the state of the public health system in the United States, KHN and The Associated Press analyzed data on government spending and staffing at national, state and local levels.We explain what data we used and how we did it.There is no comprehensive data on government public health spending and staffing in the U.S., and KHN and the Associated Press spent months gathering different datasets, each measuring a slightly different concept of “public health,” into a unique repository of public health data at the local, county and state levels.Now, we’re releasing our public health...

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Don’t Fall for This Video: Hydroxychloroquine Is Not a COVID-19 Cure

Don’t Fall for This Video: Hydroxychloroquine Is Not a COVID-19 Cure

“This virus has a cure. It is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax. I know you people want to talk about a mask. Hello? You don’t need [a] mask. There is a cure.”Stella Immanuel,  during a July 27 press conferenceThis story was produced in partnership with .Millions of people, including the president of the United States, have a video in which a doctor falsely claims there is a cure for the coronavirus, and it’s a medley starring hydroxychloroquine.The video shows several doctors in white coats giving a press conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. It  on social...

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Don’t Count on Lower Premiums Despite Pandemic-Driven Boon for Insurers

Don’t Count on Lower Premiums Despite Pandemic-Driven Boon for Insurers

When COVID-19 smacked the United States in March and April, health plans feared medical costs could skyrocket, jacking up premiums drastically in 2021, when millions of the newly unemployed might still be out of work.But something else happened: Non-COVID care collapsed as hospitals emptied beds and shut down operating rooms to prepare for an expected onslaught of patients sickened by the coronavirus, while fear of contracting it kept people away from ERs, doctors’ offices and outpatient clinics. In many regions of the country, the onslaught did not come, and the billions of dollars lost by...

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Republicans in COVID Disarray

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Republicans in COVID Disarray

July 30, 2020·Can’t see the audio player? .·Can’t see the audio player? .President Donald Trump’s pivot to a more serious view of the coronavirus pandemic didn’t last long. This week, he was again touting hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that has not been shown to work against the virus. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Republicans continue to struggle to come up with a proposal for the next round of COVID-19 relief even as earlier bills expire. That’s leaving millions of Americans without the ability to pay rent or meet other necessary expenses, as the economy continues to sink.Also on...

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Medi-Cal Agency’s New Head Wants to Tackle Disparities and Racism

Medi-Cal Agency’s New Head Wants to Tackle Disparities and Racism

When Will Lightbourne looked at the statistics behind California’s coronavirus cases, the disparities were “blindingly clear”: Blacks and Latinos are dying at higher rates than most other Californians.As of Monday, Latinos account for 45.6% of coronavirus deaths in a state where they make up 38.9% of the population, collected by the California Department of Public Health. Blacks account for 8.5% of the deaths but make up 6% of the population.Lightbourne, who led California’s Department of Social Services under Gov. Jerry Brown, describes this pandemic as one that “rips the bandage off” a...

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Namaste Noir: Yoga Co-Op Seeks to Diversify Yoga to Heal Racialized Trauma

Namaste Noir: Yoga Co-Op Seeks to Diversify Yoga to Heal Racialized Trauma

July 30, 2020DENVER — Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance.When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community meetings or handed out cups of juice at her roving farmers market, which has brought local, fresh foods and produce to this city’s food deserts for more than a decade.Her busy schedule came to an abrupt halt on July 1, 2018, when her youngest son, Reese, 17, was outside a Denver restaurant. He’d just graduated from high school and was weeks from starting at the University of...

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