[Editor’s note: This article contains strong language that readers might find offensive or disturbing.] SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. — Dr. Gail Newel looks back on the past year and struggles to articulate exactly when the public bellows of frustration around her covid-related health orders morphed… Read More »‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace
Mark Gottlieb’s life changed in an instant when another driver crashed into his car, damaging four vertebrae in his upper spine and smashing six teeth. In the months following that January 2019 crash, Gottlieb got the teeth crowned and, for debilitating neck pain, tried injections,… Read More »After Accident, Patient Crashes Into $700,000 Bill for Spine Surgery
An estimated 10% to 30% of people who get covid-19 suffer from lingering symptoms of the disease, or what’s known as “long covid.” This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. Judy Dodd, who lives in New York City,… Read More »Mysterious Ailment, Mysterious Relief: Vaccines Help Some Covid Long Haulers
At 70, Linda Findley has long been active in her small town of Fort Scott, Kansas, which sits more than an hour away from any major city. Findley, whose husband died in an accident just after the local hospital closed, helps with the Elks and… Read More »‘It Didn’t Really Stick With Me’: Understanding the Rural Shrug Over Covid and Vaccines
Kyunghee Lee’s right hand hurts all the time. She spent decades running a family dry cleaning store outside Cleveland after emigrating from South Korea 40 years ago. She still freelances as a seamstress, although work has slowed amid the covid-19 pandemic. This story also ran… Read More »Her Doctor’s Office Moved One Floor Up. Her Bill Was 10 Times Higher.
For months, journalists, politicians and health officials — including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Anthony Fauci — have invoked the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to explain why Black Americans are more hesitant than white Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine. This story is… Read More »Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not an ‘Excuse’ for Current Medical Racism.
As the speed of covid vaccinations picks up, so do the reports of doses going to waste. And it’s more than just a handful at the end of the day because of a few appointment cancellations. Health officials are trying to rein in waste without… Read More »Accidentally Trashed, Thawed or Expired: Reports of Covid Vaccine Spoilage
This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Counting the dead is one of the first, somber steps in reckoning with an event of enormous tragic scope, be it war, a natural disaster or a pandemic. This dark but necessary arithmetic… Read More »Comparing Death Tolls From Covid to Past Wars Is Fraught
With millions of older Americans eligible for covid-19 vaccines and limited supplies, many continue to describe a frantic and frustrating search to secure a shot, beset by uncertainty and difficulty. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. The efforts to… Read More »‘Cruel’ Digital Race For Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind
This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. As states await the promise of a renewed federal pandemic response and expand the number of Americans who qualify for a shot, some governors are trying to scale… Read More »Big Business Boosts Vaccine Effort, but It’s ‘Complex Choreography’ to Get Shots in Arms
In December, all states began vaccinating only health care workers and residents and staffers of nursing homes in the “phase 1A” priority group. But, since the new year began, some states have also started giving shots to — or booking appointments for — other categories… Read More »Are You Old Enough to Get Vaccinated? In Tennessee, They’re Using the Honor System
As hospitals across the country weather a surge of COVID-19 patients, in Seattle — an early epicenter of the outbreak — nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians are staring down a startling resurgence of the coronavirus that’s expected to test even one of the best-prepared hospitals… Read More »A Battle-Weary Seattle Hospital Fights the Latest COVID Surge
Kurt Papenfus, a doctor in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, started to feel sick around Halloween. He developed a scary cough, intestinal symptoms and a headache. In the midst of a pandemic, the news that he had COVID-19 wasn’t surprising, but Papenfus’ illness would have repercussions far… Read More »What Happened When the Only ER Doctor in a Rural Town Got COVID
Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop… Read More »Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals
Whether it’s strange rashes on the toes or blood clots in the brain, the widespread ravages of COVID-19 have increasingly led researchers to focus on how the novel coronavirus sabotages blood vessels. As scientists have come to know the disease better, they have homed in… Read More »Clots, Strokes and Rashes: Is COVID a Disease of the Blood Vessels?
For decades, people struggling with illnesses of all kinds have sought help in online support groups. This year, such groups have been in high demand for COVID-19 patients, who often must recover in isolation. But the fear and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus have made online… Read More »When False Information Goes Viral, COVID-19 Patient Groups Fight Back
When KHN Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal heard a sample of the voices that correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble brought back from her reporting trip to rural Kansas, Rosenthal said she knew the story needed to be told through audio. That’s the genesis for “No Mercy,” season one… Read More »Listen: COVID Stresses Rural Hospitals Already ‘Teetering on the Brink’
To make ends meet, Martha Tapia works 64 hours a week at two Orange County, California, nursing homes. She is one of thousands of certified nursing assistants who perform the intimate and physical work of bathing, dressing and feeding the nation’s fragile elderly. “We do… Read More »They Work in Several Nursing Homes to Eke Out a Living, Possibly Spreading the Virus
In 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… Read More »Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims to Curb Them ― For Now.
Yousuf El-Jayyousi, a junior engineering student at the University of Missouri, wanted guidance and reassurance that it would be safe to go back to school for the fall semester. He tuned into a pair of online town halls organized by the university hoping to find… Read More »Swab, Spit, Stay Home? College Coronavirus Testing Plans Are All Over the Map
From the early days of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, states have wrestled with the best course of action for bars and nightclubs, which largely have their economic prospects tied to social gatherings in tight quarters. As the virus has pinched the industry’s lifeblood, bar owners… Read More »Deadly Mix: How Bars Are Fueling COVID-19 Outbreaks