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Health Care Workers Plead With Americans To Take Pandemic More Seriously

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 3:46pm

Health workers and hospitals already strained by the pandemic are increasingly making direct appeals to the public with open letters, asking people to mask up and stay at home this holiday season.

Near Crisis, Some Hospitals Face Tough Decisions In Caring For Floods Of Patients

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 6:43pm

Hospitals are getting so crowded with COVID-19 patients that they're having to resort to workarounds to treat them all. Experts warn this may hamper doctors' ability to save lives.

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Hospitals Puzzled With How To Administer Monoclonal Antibodies To COVID-19 Patients

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 3:55pm

Hospitals are figuring out how to administer drugs that are designed to treat people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. The drugs are in short supply, and there is no guarantee they will work.

A Kid, A Minor Bike Accident And A $19,000 Medical Bill

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:00am

It was a surprise even for a family of lawyers. A process called "subrogation" began with a Nevada family's health insurer denying their claim for an ER visit after their 9-year-old fell off his bike.

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Initial Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines Will Go To States Based On Population, Not Risk

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 8:46pm

Operation Warp Speed is allocating the first batch of 6.4 million COVID vaccines to states, based on population. This circumvents a CDC advisory committee, which proposed allocation based on risk.

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Hospitals Across U.S. Find Themselves Understaffed, With No Reinforcements Available

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 3:57pm

Nurses and doctors across the U.S. pitched in when New York City was overwhelmed with the coronavirus. Now with the pandemic simmering coast to coast, hospitals can't count on reinforcements.

Vaccine Expert: Once A COVID Vaccine Is Available, 'Don't Overthink It. Don't Wait'

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 1:50pm

Dr. Peter Hotez is part of a team working to develop a low-cost COVID vaccine that could be distributed globally. "Vaccines are coming," he says. "We have to get everybody through to the other side."

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What It Means When Hospitals Say They Have To Ration Care

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:53pm

As more hospitals across the U.S. reach the level of rationing care, NPR explains what that move, called "crisis standards of care," means in practical terms.

Mask Mandates Work To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus, Kansas Study Finds

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 7:01am

When Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

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Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients To The Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:00am

In Kansas City, hospitals are treating local COVID-19 patients as well as patients transferred from rural counties in Missouri and Kansas, where there's no mandate or culture for wearing masks.

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1,000 U.S. Hospitals Are 'Critically' Short On Staff — And More Expect To Be Soon

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 7:42pm

As COVID-19 hospitalizations surge, new data released by the federal government show how many hospitals are struggling with staffing.

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Federal Data Show Growing Hospital Staff Shortages Across The U.S.

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 3:58pm

The federal government released data showing that the number of hospitals with staffing shortages is rapidly increasing. NPR digs into what these data illuminate and what data might be kept hidden.

Coronavirus FAQ: How Safe Is It To Work Out In A Gym Or Play Indoor Sports?

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 3:22pm

And what about those outdoor tents that gyms and spin studios are setting up? Is it safe to exercise in there, too?

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WHO Trial Finds Remdesivir Has 'No Meaningful Effect' In COVID-19 Patients

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 2:49pm

The medicine is one of the few to win regulatory approval as a treatment for the disease, but has fallen out of favor with the health authority.

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Why Does A Virus Cause Problems In One Region But Not Another? A Study Offers Insight

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 11:31am

In 2015, the mosquito-borne virus Zika exploded in South America. Health experts predicted it would erupt in Africa. But a major outbreak never happened. Now scientists think they understand why.

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As Vaccine Approvals Loom, U.S. Funds A Backup Plan For Delivery

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 5:04am

As the U.S. prepares for what will likely be the largest vaccination program in its history, the Trump administration plans to loan $590 million to a Connecticut company with a novel technology.

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Ex-Officials From Trump And Obama Administrations On COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 3:45pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Andy Slavitt, ex-acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration head, on COVID-19 vaccine efforts.

Deep Sleep Protects Against Alzheimer's, Growing Evidence Shows

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:00pm

People who get more deep sleep appear less likely to develop Alzheimer's. That may be because this phase of sleep allows the brain to clear out waste products.

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Iowa Doctor Says Money And Staffing Needed To Handle Coronavirus In Nursing Homes

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:49pm

Dr. Glenn Hurst says hospitalizations are growing in part because of a nursing home "bottleneck." Many people rehabilitate at nursing homes after leaving the hospital.

As COVID-19 Cases Soar, El Paso Convention Center Becomes Hospital

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 5:11pm

Texas recently surpassed a million confirmed coronavirus cases — the most in the United States. Nowhere is the surge more acute than in El Paso, which is being hammered by soaring cases and deaths.