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Covid Immunity Through Infection or Vaccination: Are They Equal?

By Arthur Allen | Friday Oct 8, 2021
"We don't yet have full understanding of what the presence of antibodies tells us about immunity," says one infectious diseases expert.

The Pandemic Forced My Transgender Wife to Fight Our Insurer Over Hormones

By Helen Santoro | Wednesday Oct 6, 2021
Many state-federal health program for low-income people don't cover gender-affirming care, partly because of conservative policies and lack of research on how crucial this care is for patients.

The Part of the 'Free Britney' Saga That Could Happen to Anyone

By Christopher Magoon | Saturday Oct 2, 2021
Though the pop star's circumstances in a financial conservatorship are unusual, every year hundreds of thousands of other psychiatric patients also receive involuntary care, and many are stuck with the bill.

COVID Is Killing Rural Americans at Twice the Rate of Urbanites

By Lauren Webber | Friday Oct 1, 2021
Rural Americans are dying of covid at more than twice the rate of their urban counterparts — a divide that health experts say is likely to widen.

Who Qualifies for a COVID Booster? The List is Growing Longer

Monday Sep 27, 2021
So far, regulators have done a poor job of defining the universe of people considered at risk because of institutional and occupational exposure, but the list is growing.

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

By JoNel Aleccia | Friday Sep 24, 2021
A short-term regimen of daily pills that can fight the virus early after diagnosis and conceivably prevent symptoms from developing after exposure is in development.

I Got a 'Mild' Breakthrough Case. Here's What I Wish I'd Known.

By Will Stone | Monday Sep 20, 2021
The reality is breakthrough cases are becoming more common. Here's what I wish I'd known when those first symptoms laid me low.

Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough to Face the Delta Variant?

By Amanda Michelle Gomez | Monday Sep 20, 2021
Don't worry if you are confused. Mask guidance has been mixed since the dawn of the pandemic, and new research has altered conventional thinking. We decided to dig in and sort out the latest developments.

When COVID Deaths Are Dismissed or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame and Anger

By Brett Sholtis, WITF | Saturday Sep 18, 2021
Falsehoods and conspiracies have fostered a dismissive attitude about the coronavirus among many people in rural areas, causing strife among surviving family and loved ones.

ICUs Are Filled With COVID — And Regret

By Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio | Tuesday Sep 14, 2021
"If I would have known six months ago that this could be possible, this would have been a no-brainer," says a 45-year-old father of six. "But I honestly didn't think I was at any risk."

Why At-Home Rapid Covid Tests Cost So Much, Even After Biden's Push for Lower Prices

By Hannah Norman | Monday Sep 13, 2021
Rapid at-home covid tests are flying off store shelves across the nation and are largely sold out online as the delta variant complicates a return to school, work and travel routines.

Your COVID Game Plan: Are Stadiums Safe?

By Phil Galewitz | Tuesday Sep 7, 2021
Is it safe to go to a packed stadium even if you are vaccinated? Six out of the seven public health experts that KHN spoke to from big football states were adamant in their response: No way. Not now

Telehealth's Limits: Battle Over State Lines and Licensing Threatens Patients' Options

By Julie Appleby | Thursday Sep 2, 2021
If you live in one state, does it matter that the doctor treating you online is in another? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, and the ability to conduct certain virtual appointments may be nearing an end.

States Pull Back on Covid Data Even Amid Delta Surge

By Andy Miller | Saturday Aug 28, 2021
Public health experts are voicing concern about the pullback of covid information, with one official calling the trend "not good for government and the public" because it gives the appearance of governments "hiding stuff."

Microbiome Startups Promise to Improve Your Gut Health, but Is the Science Solid?

By Hanna Norman | Thursday Aug 26, 2021
Viome's troubles provide a cautionary tale for consumers in the wild west of microbiome startups, which have been alternately hailed for health breakthroughs and indicted for fraud.

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

By JoNel Aleccia | Wednesday Aug 25, 2021
"It's a backwards strategy," says Dr. Christian Ramers. "It's so much better to prevent a disease than to use an expensive, cumbersome and difficult-to-use therapy."

Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color

Wednesday Aug 25, 2021
Interviews with a dozen suicide researchers, data collected from states across the country and a review of decades of research revealed that suicide is a growing crisis for communities of color.

'We Sent a Terrible Message': Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan

By Rachana Pradhan | Monday Aug 23, 2021
The Biden administration's plans to make COVID-19 booster shots available next month has drawn a collective scream of protest from the scientific community.

Federal Vaccine Program Hasn't Helped Those Whose Lives Were Altered by Covid Shot

By Arthur Allen | Thursday Aug 19, 2021
The options are slim for people who suffer rare life-altering injuries after a covid shot — a problem whose significance has grown as states and the federal government increasingly ponder vaccination mandates.

Do Healthy, Fully Vaccinated People Need a Booster? 7 Questions Answered

By Sarah Jane Tribble | Wednesday Aug 18, 2021
So what do we know about whether healthy, fully vaccinated people should get a booster? Here are answers to seven key questions.

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